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Old 06-21-2014, 02:45 PM
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IDI radiator in OBS

So I just learned something new. The waterpump in my 95 is leaking so I bought an International pump/filter, lower hose and the Dieselsite billet thermostat housing and upper hose. For once I was smart enough to mock up the hoses before ripping everything apart and discovered that not all OBS radiators are the same. Both the upper and lower ports are on opposite sides from most other trucks. A little Googling and it turns out that 94 and apparently 95 trucks built in 94 have a IDI radiator.

My options now are
1) Send the upper hose back to Dieselsite and use flexible hose for both upper and lower.
2) Convert to a 96/97 coolant system. Initial research shows radiator, fan shroud and degauss bottle.

The big question for anyone that has done it (havn't found any threads on it yet) is is there any advantage to the 96/97 system over the IDI one?

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Old 06-21-2014, 03:15 PM
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Yes the 94 and first part of 95 (until they used all of the ones they had) are the same as the Idi. Personally I like the earlier ones with a radiator cap.
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It might be a good time to switch to this Mishimoto OBS Radiator Sale $289! - PowerStrokeArmy

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It might be a good time to switch to this Mishimoto OBS Radiator Sale $289! - PowerStrokeArmy

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Tempting... Need to see if I can find the fan shroud and degauss bottle plus anything else needed for the conversion.
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:35 PM
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Go ahead and get the 6.0 fan too! Your truck will thank you....
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:15 PM
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The plastic fan is on my list but I am still not convinced converting the cooling system to 95 1/2+ is worth it even with the killer price on an aluminum radiator. I think the existing radiator is CU and it's 20 years old so preventative maintenance is the only good reason I can find to replace it.

I haven't found a comprehensive list of parts needed but...

AL Radiator $340 shipped
Degauss bottle $100 shipped
Fan shroud $50 shipped (need to find out if gas/diesel are the same)

or

Return upper hose -$80
Shiny flexible upper hose $80
Bottom hose with opposing 90 bends and coupler $??
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:56 PM
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Ok, bit the bullet and ordered the Mishimoto radiator and degauss bottle. I still can't find any info on the fan shroud other than a few posts saying it's different between the 94 and 95. I think I will try and make my existing one work, the fan position doesn't change and the radiator uses the same brackets so I guess I will find out soon if it will work.
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Hows your swap coming along?
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:49 PM
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Slow, the aluminum radiator is on back order till September 1st despite their website still showing in stock.
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the 96+ water pump uses longer bolts than the 94.5-95.5. there are 9 bolts, 6 short and three longer. you can reuse the short ones but need new longer ones. i think the earlier ones are 100mm and the later ones 110m
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