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post #1 of 10 Old 09-03-2018, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Radiator replacement recomendations needed

My radiator is leaking, not badly, but it is annoying me and will no doubt get worse.
I am looking for a replacement, I can get a stockkish cheap from rock auto, $70, but would rather upgrade.
Any recomendations?
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My radiator is leaking, not badly, but it is annoying me and will no doubt get worse.
I am looking for a replacement, I can get a stockkish cheap from rock auto, $70, but would rather upgrade.
Any recomendations?
How long has your stock lasted and what benefit do you think you’ll get from an “upgrade”? FWIW I just passed 125k miles on my stock radiator and it still works just fine. Save your money for some real upgrades
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I had overheating issues and replaced mine with a Mishimoto AL radiator. Still have the stock 08 fan and it runs perfectly. Even in the 120+* heat of Yuma, AZ.

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search on here for "Mishimoto Radiator" & you'll get the general experience of those aluminum , leak-prone beasts. I would suggest hitting Rock Auto and buying a replacement OEM radiator as they function fine and you won't have the stupid tig welds breaking just from installation that others have exp with Mishimoto rads.


there , again, is nothing wrong with the factory radiator.

upgrade your fan /shroud if you really wanna take cooling to another level( if 07-11; 12s & up have fine fans)






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I had overheating issues and replaced mine with a Mishimoto AL radiator. Still have the stock 08 fan and it runs perfectly. Even in the 120+* heat of Yuma, AZ.
Ditto here (except for the AZ heat). Run the same combo on my 2009 JKUR and so far it's been problem free.
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Something to think about.

I replaced my radiator at something around 100k. While I was at it I also replaced the water pump, thermostat and hoses. Flushed the coolant too. I had no issues with these parts but figured they would not last forever and if any one of them failed I was stuck. A few dollars more but I figured the new parts would last another 100k. And they did.
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Stock it is. I already have a thermostat and housing on the shelf, so will order a water pump when I order the radiator.
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Is it the metal section or plastic end caps? Mine started leaking near the top radiator hose at 160k and they replaced the plastic end caps under warranty.

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Is it the metal section or plastic end caps? Mine started leaking near the top radiator hose at 160k and they replaced the plastic end caps under warranty.





that is a valid, useful point .





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I recently replaced mine with an OEM style O'reillys radiator. Has a lifetime warranty. I wouldn't bother with the all aluminum "upgraded" replacements, they seem to have a much higher failure rate than the OEM styles.

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