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Radiator replacement, anything else?

I think next weekend I'm going to be replacing my radiator with the mishimoto that came in the mail yesterday. Is there anything else that I should look at doing while the radiator is out (and all the other front end stuff that is required to come out to replace the radiator)?


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All the updated hoses and the t stats if you haven't replaced them already. Also would be a good time to do belt tensioners and idler pulleys if you need to. I think that's about it. Maybe clean out your intercooler while its off??

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I'm planning the same project. I concluded all belts, pulleys and tensioners, the water pump (just for fun), Tstats, gaskets, that's about it. The belts etc were roughly 300 bux and the pump, tstats etc were another 250. It's turning out to be a $1400 to $1500 project.


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I just did hoses and t stats. Truck wasn't ready for the other stuff at 85k miles.

How many miles does your truck have?

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I just broke 100k, my hoses were replaced with the updated ones at 77k. I'll look into the belt tensioner and see how my pulleys look when it's apart.


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you can see the primary belt tensioner from underneath. what I look for is an even gap between the base and where the arm rotates. When the tensioner starts to fail the arm leans inwards toward the engine.

I look at the belts and tensioners on every 6.4 I work on. I probably upsell these items more often than anything (aside from coolant leaks).

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I guess you know to be weary about the bolts when you strap your new mishi back in...so as not to puncture it.

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Did a few searches on this topic here, but didn't really find much on the DIY "how to" for radiator swap.

Any threads, tips, etc?

30 miles into my 6.4L ownership and I've not got a cracked radiator to replace. Needless to say, not happy at all.....
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Well. It took for freakin ever (because a buddy bailed and I had to do most of it alone), but I finally got it done. Replaced both belts and tensioners. The idler pulleys still looked and spun like new so they stayed. Now in the process of flushing the system with a chit ton of Distilled water before I put ELC in.




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It looks great....4 hours by yourself aint too bad at all.

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