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Old July 31st, 2016, 08:39 PM
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Radiator for 94 NAS Defender

I think I need one. I've tried everything else and it's still running hot.
Man oh man the price of a new radiator is stressing me out. Anything out there on the cheap?
I'm tempted to re-core to save money. Thoughts?
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Old July 31st, 2016, 08:52 PM
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Go genuine. This is a part you don't want to roll dice on. My 94 was running warmer than I liked. I replaced mine along with all hoses, oil lines, ect last spring. Drove around today in 95 degree heat with A/C blasting and it never went past dead center on temp gauge. I've seen genuine new ones for $650-$700.
Also check fan clutch as they loose their juice after some time and you may as well do that once you get in there.
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Old July 31st, 2016, 08:52 PM
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why do you think its the rad? have you flushed the system ... water pump, fan, thermostat are good places to look before rad replacement...


I just did a recore... saved about $100 and employed an American : }
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Old July 31st, 2016, 08:59 PM
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Go genuine. This is a part you don't want to roll dice on.
Did you get a Genuine one or your truck or did the radiator shop in RVA recore it? I personally wouldn't buy a Genuine one. They always come in damaged and are brush painted. Drew had one the included a large chunk of solder rattling around inside.
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Old July 31st, 2016, 09:04 PM
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Did you get a Genuine one or your truck or did the radiator shop in RVA recore it? I personally wouldn't buy a Genuine one. They always come in damaged and are brush painted. Drew had one the included a large chunk of solder rattling around inside.
I ended up buying a genuine one, we looked it over and it was very nice. Must of been built and painted on a good day.
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Old July 31st, 2016, 09:18 PM
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People including Zack swear by the rn non genuine one. I did a recore once and it got hot. My genuine one has been great but it looks like it was painted with someone's dick on a good day.
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Old July 31st, 2016, 09:55 PM
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why do you think its the rad? have you flushed the system ... water pump, fan, thermostat are good places to look before rad replacement...


I just did a recore... saved about $100 and employed an American : }

Thanks Dan. Sure have. All of the above. Rad is next step...unless I'm missing something. I even tested my gauge.
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Ignoring the potential that either the temp sensor or gage is faulty I used a cooler free radiator on my truck and added separate cooler for transmission.
Much cheaper than the cooler included inside radiator.
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X2 re RN's aftermarket rad. Zack will take care of you. Just did mine a couple months ago. Fit was spot on and downtime was a couple hours vs recore.

I agree with Ron too. If a recore shop was near I'd gone that route and given the work to an American. If you go that route do your homework. Too many cores may not be the ideal set up. I think I've read too much flow does not allow the system to operate effectively.
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