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bhicks
March 23rd, 2009, 10:35
I'm replacing the motor in my 2000 and I have to yank the radiator to do that. I figured if I'm already pulling the radiator I might as well upgrade as I go. Any good aftermarket radiators out there? Costs?

fubar XJ
March 23rd, 2009, 10:45
I bought my 3-core through DPG Offroad, around $200 IIRC.

BruceB83
March 23rd, 2009, 10:45
I'd check with radiatorbarn.com...I am a huge supporter of theirs! I've order 4 radiators from them...great prices, great selection, great customer service, FREE SHIPPING!

BruceB83
March 23rd, 2009, 10:46
Just checked for you...heavy duty 3 row, all metal....$164.77 shipped!

http://www.radiatorbarn.com/search.php?product=radiator

(By the way...I am in no way, shape, or form related to radiator barn nor do I receive any commission from any sales on radiatorbarn.com........I just love their products!) :gee:

bhicks
March 23rd, 2009, 11:34
Just checked for you...heavy duty 3 row, all metal....$164.77 shipped!

http://www.radiatorbarn.com/search.php?product=radiator

(By the way...I am in no way, shape, or form related to radiator barn nor do I receive any commission from any sales on radiatorbarn.com........I just love their products!) :gee:

Thanks for the info. I was also looking at radiator barn. It seems they have the best price I can find. What is the advantage of the 3 row radiator over the 2 row?

fubar XJ
March 23rd, 2009, 11:53
An extra row of cooling tubes, slightly bigger tanks, more capacity + moves more water.

BruceB83
March 23rd, 2009, 11:59
An extra row of cooling tubes, slightly bigger tanks, more capacity + moves more water.

Exactly...it's more surface area for the water to be cooled over. Think if you ran hot water through a 1 foot pipe on a cold day...it would probably be just as hot coming out as going in. Now if you ran it through a 100 foot pipe, it would much cooler coming out compared to the temp going in the pipe. Now that is taking it to the extreme just to get the point across but you get the idea.

A 3 row offers 150% more cooling area over a 2 row.

HaleYes
March 23rd, 2009, 12:05
I got my CSF 3 row from Dirk at www.dpgoffroad.com. I couldn't be happier.

bhicks
March 23rd, 2009, 12:23
I really appreciate all the info guys. I am ordering my radiator right now from radiator barn. I am getting the HD 3 layer radiator for $164. That includes the shipping. I heard a couple negative things about them but an overwhelming amount of positive. I figured if there was anything wrong with the radiator the lifetime warranty they offer with it would take care of it. Thanks again guys.

BruceB83
March 23rd, 2009, 12:28
Cool...just out of curiosity, what negative things did you hear?

bhicks
March 23rd, 2009, 13:31
Cool...just out of curiosity, what negative things did you hear?

They use Fed Ex to deliver their radiators and they often damage them in shipping. I was informed that it is a real hassle to get radiator barn to ship another one. The common damage is always in the same area. The neck for the cap gets bent and the cap itself will then not seal properly. Seems to be a very common issue. Other than that, everyone has very positive things to say.

fubar XJ
March 23rd, 2009, 13:33
I got my CSF 3 row from Dirk at www.dpgoffroad.com. I couldn't be happier.

Yep, that's the one. I knew it had a 3-letter name, couldn't remember what the hale it was.

BruceB83
March 23rd, 2009, 13:36
They use Fed Ex to deliver their radiators and they often damage them in shipping. I was informed that it is a real hassle to get radiator barn to ship another one. The common damage is always in the same area. The neck for the cap gets bent and the cap itself will then not seal properly. Seems to be a very common issue. Other than that, everyone has very positive things to say.

Hmmm...never had an issue with that. Between FedEx and UPS...FedEx causes the least damage from my experience. I ship out about 20-30 boxes a month with FedEx and haven't had any issues with them.

Regardless, you'll be happy with your new radiator! They ship pretty quick too!

stoneyva21
March 23rd, 2009, 13:50
when it says "all metal" does that include side tanks?

Cousin Eddie
March 23rd, 2009, 14:01
X2 on radiatorbarn.com. I didn't have any damage on mine. It is all metal including the side tanks.

BruceB83
March 23rd, 2009, 14:12
when it says "all metal" does that include side tanks?

Yup.

stoneyva21
March 23rd, 2009, 14:22
well is wish i had read this earlier.

ordered one from genesis(early last week), haven't got it yet much less heard anything from em. have heard good things about these guys, if they f up i'll be getting one from the barn

FreemansXJ
March 23rd, 2009, 14:37
Is the 3 core thicker than the standard radiator? If so, do you need to make any slight modifications putting it in?

John

BruceB83
March 23rd, 2009, 14:42
Is the 3 core thicker than the standard radiator? If so, do you need to make any slight modifications putting it in?

John

No modifications necessary.

bhicks
March 23rd, 2009, 14:52
The more you guys talk about the radiator the more excited I get about it. Damn, I feel like a little kid at Christmas. The expected delivery date of my new engine and radiator is this Friday. Althought replacing the engine and radiator is going to be a PITA, I am very excited to get my Jeep back on the road and trails with all new goodies.

Slip Kid
March 23rd, 2009, 16:37
I have a stock Modine from napa. It certainly works better than what was in there before, tho I got a 93 model to go in my 87, the conversion could have something to do with the better cooling. it was well priced.

cemeyer
March 23rd, 2009, 18:04
well is wish i had read this earlier.

ordered one from genesis(early last week), haven't got it yet much less heard anything from em. have heard good things about these guys, if they f up i'll be getting one from the barn


I started a thread yesterday about their all aluminum rad, nobody replied:(
Today I tried calling genesis and could not get through and tonight it seems their website is broke, WTF? I like the idea of the all aluminum one, but I can't get ahold of them.

YEAGS
March 23rd, 2009, 18:45
i as well am looking to possibly get a new radiator. for my 88 4.0 the price was 175 on radiator barn. now that i think abt it tho my 88 has the old coolant system and the rad has no filler neck but i want to go with a newer style that has a filler neck and do away with the crappy old one. so shuld i order for a newer year??

BruceB83
March 23rd, 2009, 19:23
i as well am looking to possibly get a new radiator. for my 88 4.0 the price was 175 on radiator barn. now that i think abt it tho my 88 has the old coolant system and the rad has no filler neck but i want to go with a newer style that has a filler neck and do away with the crappy old one. so shuld i order for a newer year??

You don't need to ditch the system. Do what I did...swapped my coolant tank to a Dodge Intrepid tank and you'll get a real metal radiator neck/cap.

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc313/BruceB83/newcoolanttank.jpg