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Old 01-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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aluminum radiator?

Anyone have any experience with an aluminum radiator?if so, how'd it work out for you. I'm thinking of switching to one, need tips, thanks.
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I have one that was a pull from a truck that died of cavitation and it's working great.
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Cool I was wondering, it seems like it would run a little colder too
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I installed a spectra aluminum unit in my truck (94-95 'strokes have the same rad) and it's been great thus far. It is Chinese, which I was less than impressed with thinking it was most likely Canadian when I bought it, but an IDI guy here, with many more miles on his, has one with no issues.
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Another thing is the rows, If I remember right seems like my old brass copper had 3 or 4 and all the aluminium ones are two or three, does this make a difference or does the aluminium make up the difference, and which one did you go with?
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Another thing is the rows, If I remember right seems like my old brass copper had 3 or 4 and all the aluminium ones are two or three
While true, I recall reading somewhere that the OEM design was overly restrictive, and the "rows" were not optimal for cooling - seem to remember the Spectra's having more surface area per each row.
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Thanks, that's what I needed to know
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You should get a 4 core radiator
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Aluminum radiators for these trucks only come in two and three rows
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Well, I've been running my aluminum radiator for around 4 months now, and I love it. As far as the rows are concerned, it is a two row radiator. But one row in the aluminium radiator is so large, it's equal to two rows in a copper/ brass one.

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