Aluminum Radiators from eBay - opinions/experience?
Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:18 AM
I'm Looking to upgrade my 260s radiator and like everyone I've noticed the aluminum ones on eBay. Can anyone who has one make some comments on their performance and maybe clarify the different ones that are available (2 and 3 core radiators have the same pic on the eBay ads)?
I found this one thread where they have one good review, hoping to add to that before I make the purchase.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:51 AM
Few i know have used all three, no issues at all.
For more effective heat transfer from engine to water, do not use ethylene glycol, ie the usual common anti freeze coolant, since wgen, in this country do we freeze!
Use product like Redline Water wetter, or Penrite Sin coolant, these do not contain ethylene glycol, are dafe to "dum"on a race track, and actually cause more efficient transfer of heat from hot metal into tje eatwr, and cause better air cooling as itasses through whatever radiator you use. It also makes our original equipment radiators work better!
Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:32 AM
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So there appears no doubt hey are better and then even better again if we use Redline Water wetter, or Penrite Sin coolant.
So now where is the best place to buy them. Are the local sources just as cheap as evilbay? Which evilbay stores are good and which should be avoided? maybe some store links could be posted of people's positive experiences?
Ash, do you sell these?
Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:28 AM
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:18 PM
PWR is just too pricey for me
Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:30 PM
Computer says no.......
I got on from evilbay for $215. ASI brand
triple core, needs mods to fit.
Fins are very soft, so be careful.
Seems to be ok for me.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:38 PM
turn this into stencil and spray paint onto said radiator
Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:44 PM
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 05:17 PM
Cant speak to the performance side of it, as i have never had it running properly yet
Quality is good, very happy with it, mounted up well.
They have a good finish on them and are very easy to polish up to a brilliant shine, if you so desire.
Delivery was good too.
When i was part of the Gemini forum, they did a big group buy of them, about 30 or so in one go.
Of those 30, there was 1 that had a slight weeping from the core, was replaced no worries.
Make sure you check/change the radiator cap to an appropriate cap to suit your application, eg, recovery system or not, pressure ect ect
Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:34 PM
Thanks for all of the replies.
I get the impression that they perform well and will aim for a 3 core unit. I will ditch the mechanical fan and use thermo fans on the new radiator.
Please keep posting your experiences with the ebay radiators, as I'm sure this will be a useful reference for others.
Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:26 AM
I picked mine up from the eBayer, and then another turned up at my door a week later! So at effectivly $80 each, I'm really happy.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:19 AM
My question is, would an alloy radiator same specs run cooler than a metal one?
I intend putting in an oil cooler soon but should I do the radiator at the same time?
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