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Old 07-01-2012, 06:36 PM
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New radiator, gimme some suggestions

Okay, so after going round and round with this truck, I got some help from a member Rentstdi, who drove nearly an hour to come out here so we could use his AE. So checking the radiator with his infrared temp gun we found a 5* difference from temps from the top of the radiator to the bottom. So it's obviously not doing it's job. I'm thinking, just replace it and be done with it. So should I go back with OEM? I'd like to do a mishimoto, but after spending money on an unneeded water pump, it ain't happening. So, any thoughts?
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:53 PM
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id say try a coolant flush with restore and restore+ and see if it gets better, i wouldnt just throw in the towel and spend the money until you know that you need to
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:59 PM
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I did a coolant flush last year, and it basically led to this problem and $7,000 in repairs. 2 oil coolers, egr cooler, head gaskets, water pump and a few sensors here and there. So, right now I'm at the point where I'm in it up to my eyeballs and a little more isn't going to make that much difference
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holly crap didnt know it was at that point already! it looks like the mishimoto is probably the best bet to me but there could be someone out there to say otherwise, thats what i would go with
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:16 PM
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John, can you remove the rad and take to a rad shop for a chemical flush.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:19 PM
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If I ever have to replace my radiator it will be the one that BulletProof Diesel carries. I have their oil cooler and if the rad is anything like the cooler, I will gladly cough up the cash for it. I also have the money to so that. If you are not so fortunate I would do what Lilpooh said.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:20 PM
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I talked to a shop, he said they'd vat it for $80, only problem is being 8 years old, when they take off the plastic ends, the tabs might break and I'll have to buy a new one.

I'm not sure if they'd have to take it apart for the chem flush. I'm gonna call tomorrow and find out for sure.

I'd like to do the BPD radiator, but I just put in their waterpump, and didn't need to
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:40 PM
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You could alway "reverse flush" it after you take it out. Apply water pressure/flow from the bottom of the radiator and try to loosen things up. I would try to collect all the debris to see what got all in there.
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I might try that as well. See what all I can get out of it
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:49 AM
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Well after sleeping on it for the night, I've decided I'm not even gonna dick around with it. Just go ahead and replace the radiator and be done with it. So back to my original question, should I go with OEM? Is there a better cooling/higher capacity radiator available for these trucks?
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