Replacement Radiator

AbnMike

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Apr 6, 2016
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Morgantown, WV
So last year I replaced the radiator that came with my Discovery (which was aftermarket) with this: https://www.buyautoparts.com/buynow/19-01431_AN

Because every night when it froze it would leak. Never leaks in summer. Never leaks in Autumn. Leaks in winter. Pulled it and took it to a shop to pressure test it. No leaks. Put it back in, freezes at night. Drip drip drip. Somewhere from the two side caps.

So does anyone know of a good radiator that doesn't leak and doesn't cost $1000?

This one fit perfect btw. Just fucking leaks.
 

jprover2

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Apr 8, 2017
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Birmingham,Al
Last year I installed a new one. The radiator I picked up on EBAY from seller: Monte-Rovers $180 plus shipping, I chose this one because it didn't have a drain plug in the radiator like most. The way I see it the drain plug is just one more break in the system to possibly leak, especially if it is ever opened. FWIW my radiator is still holding fine, now I'm in the deep south and we don't see too many hard freezes. Hopes this helps



2002 DII
 
Apr 20, 2004
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Lexington, Va
I am not a fan of the Plastic Tanks. Guys can chime in and say they are the best thing since Sliced Bread like a Yelp Review but the truth is I have seen 20 year old Radiators (genuine) that still look better.

The sad reality is if you do find a used one it's at least 19 years old so it's hard to justify installing it..... Which leads to having an older one redone.
 

AbnMike

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Apr 6, 2016
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Morgantown, WV
I am not a fan of the Plastic Tanks. Guys can chime in and say they are the best thing since Sliced Bread like a Yelp Review but the truth is I have seen 20 year old Radiators (genuine) that still look better.

The sad reality is if you do find a used one it's 19 years old so it's hard to justify installing it..... Which leads to having an older one redone.
Yeah this is the second plastic tanked one in here and I won't ever be installing another one.

I'm eyeing those all aluminum ones on fleabay (unless you've got something good for me).
 

logan_gibson

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Dec 20, 2016
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Alabama
Picked up a used one from Pull-A-Part, had it re-done at a local shop for $100.
Works great, no leaks in the summer/fall/winter (lowest it has gotten was around 25/18 for a week. )
Didn't wanna drop the cash on an aluminum one, and don't care for plastic tanks.

Runs at 168ish in late summer with a HD Fan and new water pump.
 

Tugela

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I'm eyeing those all aluminum ones on fleabay
I ordered one of those last year. It was about $300 or $330, shipped from Australia. Looked great when I took it out of the packaging, but I had to send it back because the fitments were the wrong size despite being advertised as compatible with the D1. Bit of a PITA.
 

Levi

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Just curious, was it the wrong size or wrong thread? I looked at one of those but I remember reading something in the description of it having NPT threads and thinking it should be BPT to work but I wasn't sure.
 

Blueboy

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Apr 20, 2004
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No one , especially people in colder climates, has replaced a radiator in a D1 with anything other than a stock OEM radiator?
Redid the entire cooling system on my '96 D1 last Summer.

Used a "Proline" rad from Roversnorth.

So far no leaks and stays cool in the Summer with A/C on.

Think it was around $400.00.

Live in the Rockwood, PA area and it gets cold - last week -17 F air temp.
 
Apr 20, 2004
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I have the "all metal" ones in stock for 520.00 delivered if needed. It includes all the fittings... no additional needs.
NEW
ESR3687
 
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mburnett

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Don’t you have a local radiator shop? I took my original in and he totally cleaned it inside and out. It looked like new and I have been running it over 5 years now.
 

AbnMike

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Apr 6, 2016
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Morgantown, WV
Don?t you have a local radiator shop? I took my original in and he totally cleaned it inside and out. It looked like new and I have been running it over 5 years now.
As posted, it?s brand new and was removed once to pressure test. No leaks.

Only leaks when temp is below freezing.
 

Nomar

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Apr 23, 2004
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Virginia
Don?t you have a local radiator shop? I took my original in and he totally cleaned it inside and out. It looked like new and I have been running it over 5 years now.
Radiator shops are a dying breed.

We used to have a good local one. Now, I think the closest one is 30 miles away and I'm not sure what services they provide...


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colvere

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Radiator shops are a dying breed.



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I do have a local shop that also builds custom radiators that I will give a shot before I buy one of Wills units. Giving my 99 D1 SD some love over the next few months. I have decided to drive her for a few more years. I can't explain the un rational love I have for that truck.