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Old May 18th, 2020, 06:33
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Radiator recommendation?

I have a 1997 Country with the max cooling radiator (52028133) and separate transmission oil cooler. The 52028133 cross references to 5191929AA, and it seems those are sold out and not made any more.

I am NOT having any cooling issues.. just the old one is getting pretty corroded, so prob won't last too much longer before it starts leaking. I also only use the Jeep for road use..

Crown has one they say is max cooling that cross references to 52028133.

Spectra Premium doesn't specify max cooling, so wondering if it's just for the standard, non max cooling, radiator?

What's a decent direct swap around $200?

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Old May 18th, 2020, 07:49
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

spectra is decent. the plastic tanks are a big part in cooling properly. iirc yes they are about 200$
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Old May 18th, 2020, 08:04
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

Wait, are you saying a plastic tanked radiator will cool better than an all aluminum one?
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Old May 18th, 2020, 09:24
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

Spectra is surprisingly good.
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Old May 18th, 2020, 14:46
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

The spectra core is 1.25 inches. They do not sell a "HD" cooling replacement unit like the thicker cored late model HD cooling radiators. I had the OEM Mopar HD rad on my last XJ and IIRC the core was 1.5 inches thick vs the standard 1.25 inches. I'd have to do some more research to verify.

The standard Spectra replacement is a decent radiator. IMO it's a better choice than a multi-core aluminum radiator.
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Old May 18th, 2020, 21:23
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

There is a ton of good information in this thread: https://www.naxja.org/forum/showthre...light=Radiator
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Old May 18th, 2020, 21:29
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

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Wait, are you saying a plastic tanked radiator will cool better than an all aluminum one?
nope, im saying OEM designed accordingly and it does make a difference.

Generally at lower speed is where the plastic tank makes a difference cooling. I cant speak to aluminum.


Plastic will insulate better, aluminum (crazy money btw) will be more susceptible to the radiating heat of the engine. If I had to guess, aluminum would really matter on the vehicle application(proximity to heat source thats not cooled/engine), or where you choose to mount the rad.

in my mind ide think an aluminum rad on say a tj is a better idea than under the hood on an xj, agian just spitballing assumption.


o.p. theres a flip side to this coin however. Your radiator was intended to transfer heat into the trans as well. If any aluminum rad cools better, you really need to be sure cooling is the most important function you want. The factory radiator runs trans fluid through it to get the trans up to operating temp quicker.
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Old May 19th, 2020, 07:33
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

Thanks all.. Decided to go with the Spectra.. have a new t-stat and rad cap coming as well.. Will look at the hoses and change as needed.

Almost got the Koyorad A1193...
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Old May 19th, 2020, 08:13
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I was just wondering if I should of went a different way. I bought the all aluminum vr racing radiator off Amazon for the extra capacity because I spend so much time a idle and low speeds. It seems to be doing okay but we aren't in the heat yet. The aluminum tanks are exposed on the front side so I figured it was extra cooling area over the plastic tanked ones.
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If its a well made rad im sure it will serve you well.
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

Mopar's HD 1-1/2", dual-core radiator, 52080104AC has worked well for me in both of my XJs and my brothers for many years.
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Old May 23rd, 2020, 16:17
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Re: Radiator recommendation?

Spectra premium CU1193 dropped right in to replace Mopar 52028133. Only thing I changed was the tabs that hold the radiator to the AC condenser coil. Stock ones had a curve or dip to them, spectra ones were straight across. Needed the dip so the mount would sit low enough on the bolt to get the nut on. See how she holds up.

Saw on a few reviews some people were concerned that the lower hose looked blocked by the tranny cooler/heater section.. if you look at the OEM one it's pretty blocked too..
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