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Old 03-21-2018, 02:48 PM
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Any recommendations on what radiator to get? I was getting the water pump replaced and when the fan and shroud were removed we could see 4 spots where coolant had been leaking out. Thatís probably where the coolant was coming from that made me think water pump, but itís not a bad thing to do the pump anyway. I did a quick search and found a lot of 6.0 trans cooler advce but nothing on radiators. Are the ones from local parts stores ok?
 
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Old 03-21-2018, 03:03 PM
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I went with a radiator from NAPA a while back. No problems.
 
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Old 03-21-2018, 03:49 PM
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I replaced mine with OEM.
 
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:25 PM
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Well, when I first bought my truck it needed tires, I found the tires I wanted (Cooper A/TW) and the one shop that sold Cooper's. They installed the rears then the front, how does this relate to the radiator? Well, here's the story and headaches. The kid decided to jack the front of my diesel truck up using the radiator support...see where this is going yet? Well, the support caved in then so did my radiator! They stood behind their mistake initially doing the minimum...they installed a single core "performance" radiator. There was a 1.5" gap between the shroud, not good for forcing air through the radiator...my temps proved it too. I went back and told them to pull it and get a brand new one from Ford. They did, well with the damage to the support the OEM one wouldn't fit. Off came the entire front of the truck and a body shop. Almost 3 weeks later I got the truck back...the difference between the aftermarket and OEM was very evident. It costs them $2600 with the labor and hassle...IMO OEM is worth the money.
 
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Old 03-22-2018, 01:25 AM
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I've debate replacing my radiator but I was scratching my head as to why the motorcraft radiator is MUCH thinner (maybe depth?)than the current original radiator. I'd like to think they made improvements to the radiator design to reduce the thickness. I will not commit unless I am forced or someone else can share their experience with the newer motorcraft radiator and temps while towing.

I'm in Las Vegas and plan on towing right at GCWR 20k this year or next year. The last thing I want is reduced cooling.
 
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Old 03-22-2018, 03:33 PM
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I've debate replacing my radiator but I was scratching my head as to why the motorcraft radiator is MUCH thinner (maybe depth?)than the current original radiator.
Are you sure you were looking at the correct rad for your year truck? I only ask because I recently put a Motorcraft rad in my '04 and it had the exact same dimensions as the one I pulled out of the truck.

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Old 03-22-2018, 03:57 PM
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Are you sure you were looking at the correct rad for your year truck? I only ask because I recently put a Motorcraft rad in my '04 and it had the exact same dimensions as the one I pulled out of the truck.

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I'm willing to bet the dealership "parts people" I was working with had the wrong information... I do remember them saying there is another radiator that is +$700. I bought it at the same time as the 6.0 trans cooler (which I have yet to install). I hope I received the right trans cooler....

Quick search on rockauto resulted in part number 4C3Z8005EB for my radiator.
I see a TYC 2171 with a depth of 1-7/16". There is also a a radiator depth of 2-1/4" supposedly ULTRA-POWER 2171.
This is a bit of a gray area in my opinion. I'm following this to see what everyone else is purchasing and the thickness (or depth or height, whatever it is) of their radiator.
Like the OP, I'm curious what you all recommend.
 
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I just checked and the mishimoto radiator for our trucks runs $774 on multiple sites, its all aluminum.
 
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Does anyone know how many rows the OEM radiator has? 2? 3? 4?
since OEM lasted 245,00 Iím thinking of just going with this:
https://www.silverstatefordparts.com...OC1kaWVzZWw%3D
but still wondering if a quality aftermarket isnít just as good.
 
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Old 03-22-2018, 06:14 PM
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When I priced out the rad for my truck at RockAuto, it was only $20 or so dollars more for the Motorcraft unit, so I went with it.

I dunno if the prices are still that close.

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Old 03-22-2018, 06:19 PM
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Well I got lucky. I just checked and it looks like the price jumped around $15 bucks and they have "Economy" rads listed now for a lot cheaper.

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Just wondering if the "thinner" radiator might be for the gas engine version of the Super duty?
 
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Old 03-26-2018, 08:45 PM
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I just had the same thing happen last Thursday. My water pump had a small crack in it. I pulled the fan shroud to replace the pump and noticed the radiator had 4 small pinhole leaks. I called my local Ford dealership and picked up an OEM radiator. I replaced the radiator, water pump and thermostat. No problems so far.
 
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Hereís what mine looked like. Yikes!

 
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