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post #51 of 52 Old 07-30-2019, 07:59 AM
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Has anyone had any luck with the Northern radiators? They are a lot cheaper than the C&R but if they have issues the cost is irrelevant to me. My CSF is leaking only after 2500 miles on swap so I would like to upgrade once to eliminate the problem. A big issue with my 5.3 is the outlet orientation on the passenger side of the radiator. If the outlet was pointed 90 degrees (and shorter) or at a down angle it would be manageable but the tilt up makes it a pain to deal with as there is to much crowding at the top with the intake plenum. I don't like currently having to go across the radiator with a solid tube and would prefer looping down.
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post #52 of 52 Old 07-30-2019, 12:37 PM
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I know of others that have been through several Northern radiators. They are about a third the cost of C&R. Last year, I had both the Northern and C&R (and OEM) in hand for a couple of days. My Northern radiator was obviously poorly made (looked like I could have thrown it together in my garage), with a warped top of the core. The OEM radiator was clearly better made. The C&R radiator made the Northern look like a hot pile of garbage. However, I think some Northerns have run OK so it might be worth a try, but also take every precaution to minimize flexing and electrolysis either way.
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