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Old 12-15-2018, 06:23 PM
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Default $100 and $56 Amazon/ Ebay radiator questions :)

Been doing some reading up on ls1 to lt1 radiator upgrade. Just want to make sure this is the right one? I know Iíve read 93-96 is the one to go with as the 97 is same core size as ls1. Take a look at the dimensions and advise. If you know where I can get one for better price advise on that to $100 seems pretty cheap to me. thx


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Almost seems TOO cheap....
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When I enter car info (95 camaro 5.7) it says direct fit. It says 1.26” which I’ve read that ls1 rad is approx 3/4” and lt1 is approx 1.25” so I’m thinking this is the one. Just want someone more familiar with the lt1 radiators to chime in.
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Cheap is as cheap does. I bet it does not last a year.

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This is the thicker radiator from 96 V6, I put this one in my 99 firebird, fits perfect and has a littel better cooling capacity.
https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...sn=771&jsn=771
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Originally Posted by B52bombardier1 View Post
Cheap is as cheap does. I bet it does not last a year.

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Has a year warranty lol. Came across some old posts where a couple people were running the double row ebay radiators with success.
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Originally Posted by qweedqwag View Post
This is the thicker radiator from 96 V6, I put this one in my 99 firebird, fits perfect and has a littel better cooling capacity.
https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...sn=771&jsn=771

How long have you been running it?
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Yes I'm old. EBay radiator is made for the v6 so it doesn't have the steam port fitting. I also had to trim the fan shroud to fit closer to the radiator to improve suction through the radiator





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Originally Posted by ironmikektm525 View Post
WHO'S lifetime?? lol
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You should edit this thread title as it's the most vague thing possible. How about "Radiator, cheap, too good to be true?".
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Fwiw I threw an an Amazon 100 dollar TYC radiator in my Chrysler mini van and it's been fine for going on three years.
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Fwiw I threw an an Amazon 100 dollar TYC radiator in my Chrysler mini van and it's been fine for going on three years.
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Originally Posted by Chris Paveglio View Post
You should edit this thread title as it's the most vague thing possible. How about "Radiator, cheap, too good to be true?".
This is nothing new I see it all the time on here, titles that have nothing to do with the subject , or incorrect , misleading or not accurate in some shape or manner . Sometimes I wish moderators would suggest posters edit their title. But It should not be forced or invoked .And I do not believe in censorship in any form. So I guess it's just something we have to put up with .
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I bought the dual aluminum core from engineered cooling products off eBay. Lifetime warranty. Only modification i had to make was bending the radiator support from the 90* to flat. Ive had it paired with my electric water pump now for over 2 years with NO issues. Went with the aluminum after cracking 3 of the OEM radiators over the course of 2 years.
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Originally Posted by Chris Paveglio View Post
You should edit this thread title as it's the most vague thing possible. How about "Radiator, cheap, too good to be true?".

I see titles written this way a lot! I figured people did it this way to grab someone’s attention as I see it did yours I didn’t know it was looked down upon and made people upset �� I’ll see if I can edit title? If not moderators feel free to remove my thread as I did not know it was a no no. Thank you all for the great info!!!
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I fixed the title I ordered the $56 ebay radiator. Update when it comes in.
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Originally Posted by ironmikektm525 View Post
I fixed the title I ordered the $56 ebay radiator. Update when it comes in.
I hope it works as it should, and prove many of our thoughts (incuding mine! LOL) WRONG. A cheap but GOOD radiator is a good find!
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[QUOTE=G Atsma;20017837]I hope it works as it should, and prove many of our thoughts (incuding mine! LOL) WRONG. A cheap but GOOD radiator is a good find![/QUOTE

Hey I’ve bought cheap a— ebay wheel bearings for different work trucks over the years and they worked/lasted. My Dakota is going on 5 years with them and still going strong (knock on wood ) Said what the heck for $56 I’ll give it a try. My local parts store only had the thinner style radiator that’s what made me look online. Like you said if it works out it’s a good find for others. If not it’s gonna take up space in my trash can lol

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Old 12-19-2018, 04:07 PM
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Too late for the OP, but I recently bought a Spectra CU1486 radiator for my 1998 Fornula. It is the thicker 1.25" design and has the bottom drain that needs to be plugged off on the bottom driver side (used a 5/8 ID heater hose with brass plug and hose clamps). It has the port for the coolant level sensor but comes with it plugged off for all those that don't want to use it.

What I liked about it was it was cheap at $80usd and made in Canada and not overseas. Don't know if that means it's better quality but I like things made in North America. I bought it on eBay.
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