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Old 11-30-2018, 10:23 AM
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Need a radiator, which do you guys recommend?

After doing a coolant flush this past weekend I now have a leaking radiator. I can't afford or wait for a mishimoto so my only options are getting a Ford radiator from the dealership for around $500 or getting a aftermarket from one of the parts stores near me for around $150. Do the aftermarket one seem to hold up okay or should I spring for the Ford radiator?
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:34 AM
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Long story but Iíll make it short. When I first bought the truck I have tires installed. The kid lifted the truck up using the radiator support well that didnít work real good. Broke the support smashed up the radiator, The tire shop was responsible for fixing everything. Initially they put in a aftermarket radiator. It wasnít as thick as the OEM one and didnít cool as well because air would go around the fan shroud instead of through the radiator. I made him take it out and put an OEM on in the truck. Whatever you get make sure the shroud will seal tight up against it when everything installed.
 
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I’m a stickler for motorcraft but Ford was backordered when I needed mine so I ended up with a autozone unit.
Looks identical in every way to the OEM as far as I observed, it has performed flawlessly, also has a lifetime warranty.
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:41 AM
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I put an aftermarket radiator in my wifeís truck (2002 F150) that I got from Advance Auto. I have had no problems with it and it did seem to fit as well as the OEM. I do not remember the brand but I think it was make overseas. If it didnít fit right then I would not have accepted it either.
Just my .02
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 10:50 AM
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I went with a radiator from NAPA a few years ago and haven't had any problems with it.
 
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I was looking at radiators myself. (Oil temp on my truck is running high when towing in the heat.). Looking on RockAuto I found this, LILAND GLOBAL 2171AA All Aluminum for $224.79
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:02 PM
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Thanks for all the input guys! Going to try to salvage my new coolant, where do you guys find cheesecloth at? Can't seem to find any stores that know what I'm talking about
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:07 PM
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I went with a radiator from NAPA a few years ago and haven't had any problems with it.
do you do a lot of Towing?
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:13 PM
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The paint department at a home improvement store (Lowes or Home Depot...etc) will have it.
 
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Couldn't you also just use a pair of old underwear? (Just not too old )
 
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Thanks guys, I found it at Walmart only it was labeled flour sack cloth
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:59 PM
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Well it looks like I have my weekend cut out for me, have to replace radiator, do the oil cooler o rings, and flush all the old transmission fluid out
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:03 PM
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J, what's your location?

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do you do a lot of Towing?
Yep, tow heavy 5 to 6 times.a year. 38' travel trailer.
 
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:05 PM
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Primeauto is in NY and they do have quality rads. Check it out.

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