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Question Radiator OEM or aftermarket

So my 2005 Excursion with a 6.0l has just over 190,000 miles on it. The thread title gives a clue as to my issue, the radiator cracked along the top.

The radiator is an original OEM and I am wondering what people think I should do for a replacement. I could go with an OEM from Rock Auto - They are selling one right now for $309.79, with $81 shipping - Should I go with a Mishimoto radiator like from their website?- $698.95 with free shipping - Or is there an option I haven't thought about yet? Any other, cheaper routes to replace OEM parts?

Do all the aftermarket radiators all have a thinner core compared to the OEM and therefore the OEM is the best option? Or has the aftermarket started to upgrade their parts?

My future intentions include running an alternative fuel, specifically WVO so I was going to take this opportunity and run a hotter thermostat, specifically the 200 F one. Any other parts I should replace?

I am on a road trip, 600 miles from home so the truck will be taken to a shop here locally. Any advice is welcome.

Thank you for the time and advice.
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I just found another option, Bulletproof Diesel. These guys make many parts on my upgraded and "bulletproofed" '03 so I know they make good parts.
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My opinion, Performance Radiator (what BPD sells) or OEM.
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So my 2005 Excursion with a 6.0l has just over 190,000 miles on it. The thread title gives a clue as to my issue, the radiator cracked along the top.



The radiator is an original OEM and I am wondering what people think I should do for a replacement. I could go with an OEM from Rock Auto - They are selling one right now for $309.79, with $81 shipping - Should I go with a Mishimoto radiator like from their website?- $698.95 with free shipping - Or is there an option I haven't thought about yet? Any other, cheaper routes to replace OEM parts?



Do all the aftermarket radiators all have a thinner core compared to the OEM and therefore the OEM is the best option? Or has the aftermarket started to upgrade their parts?



My future intentions include running an alternative fuel, specifically WVO so I was going to take this opportunity and run a hotter thermostat, specifically the 200 F one. Any other parts I should replace?



I am on a road trip, 600 miles from home so the truck will be taken to a shop here locally. Any advice is welcome.



Thank you for the time and advice.
I just replaced mine with an all aluminum one from performance radiator. About 250 shipped but I picked it up from their warehouse. It's said that this is the same radiator BPD sells. I only have a couple hundred miles on it so far but it cools just as well as OEM in 95 degree weather pulling my camper. Very easy to replace with VERY basic hand tools like pliers and 8mm socket.

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Radiator OEM or aftermarket

Thank you G8orFord and letsmow10 for the replies!

Since asking this question, I have been reading about the topic. The Performance Radiator looks like the cheapest anyway and $181 is a great price that I have found anyway. But I'm up to hear any other opinions.
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I have the BPD / Performance brand ( BPD does not re badge these they are upfront on who is the MFG. and they do make the purchase easy since they sell the 03 performance version but include the 05 up trans fittings so it works with all trucks 03-07

the performance brand for the 05 has plastic tanks like OEM ( last I heard )

the 03 has AL tanks but they still are pinch sealed with a O- ring ( thats not a bad thing since it allows flex)

https://www.bulletproofdiesel.com/al...r_ford_6.0.htm

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I run the bulletproof radiator...it is essentially stock dimensions but metal end caps instead of plastic.

I used to run a mishimoto but it always had very inconsistent cooling. when it was damaged I replaced it with the bulletproof and have been happy with it.

This is not a knock on mishimoto. I have several friends that run them with no issue, and it never caused me any overheating issues....just wasn't for me

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