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Old 10-17-2017, 03:39 PM
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Does anyone have experience with the Mishimoto R2171-AT stock replacement 2 row plastic tank radiator?
It's available at Summit for $280.
If my OEM radiator makes it to 200k, then another stock replacement might last as long.
The Mishimoto has a lifetime warranty so maybe I should go ahead and get one now.
I would hope the Mishimoto radiator would be at least as good quality as the OEM.

Note: From looking at various radiators I think the 6.8L and 7.3L radiators are the same, but the 6.0L is different.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:00 PM
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The problem with the radiator plastic inlet is replacing the OEM clamps with screw drive clamps that un-evenly load the plastic neck. Stick with the spring lock clamps on the plastic radiator necks.
I don't think the issue is uneven load, but more that normal screw drive clamps are fixed diameter when tightened.
As temps rise the pressure against the clamp increases and the plastic tank tube is stressed.
The OEM clamps are a constant-tension spring band clamp.
There is a T-bolt constant-tension clamp available which has a spring to allow for expansion, but they're pricey.
I'm not fond of the OEM spring clamps, one should be careful removing them as they can fly off and damage an eye.
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There is another style constant tension clamp that uses Belleville springs to adjust for expansion.
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