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    Default alloy radiator - pwr or aussie desser cooler?

    looking at buying an alloy radiator for the hatch. Been looking at both pwr and aussie desert coolers but dont know much about either. A mate recommended ron davis but then i would have to customise it to fit?
    Has anyone running one of these radiators that can give me some feedback?

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    why are you going alloy, i hope its only for the looks

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    find out the whole story about alloy radiators mate...

    dunno if its true but a mate said you have to get em cleaned out atleast 2 times a year. and there realle easy to break and expensive to repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70rey View Post
    find out the whole story about alloy radiators mate...

    dunno if its true but a mate said you have to get em cleaned out atleast 2 times a year. and there realle easy to break and expensive to repair.

    Not true at all?

    Alot of people will bag out alloy radiators because they are too expensive?

    I had overheating drama's with my 308 using standard radiator, I bought a Steet and Strip combo with twin thermo fans from Aussie desert coolers, best investment ever fit straight in no mods looks AWESOME and keeps the engine nice and cool. BUT yes they are easy to block up and expensive very expensive to clean. To eliminate all the drama's you just install a Tefba filter check and clean it once a week no drama's. http://www.mako.com.au/html/tefba_filter.html

    To all the negative people out there why do all new cars, race cars, exotic cars, rally cars, supercars etc use alloy radiators?

    cheers

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    You priced copper lately compared to alluminium, not to mention race cars/exotic cars go for weight reduction as much as possible. It is a proven fact that copper radiator's dissapiate heat more efficiently than alluminium radiator's, from an athesetic point of view an alluminium radiator is superior, but for sheer cooling capabilities, nothing beats a copper radiator. They will always outdo alluminium radiator's no matter what - all things being equal.

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    Im running a PWR alloy rad,no real complaints really, but i really do need to set up some twin thermos on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WB5LTR View Post
    why are you going alloy, i hope its only for the looks
    Quote Originally Posted by SilverVH View Post
    You priced copper lately compared to alluminium, not to mention race cars/exotic cars go for weight reduction as much as possible. It is a proven fact that copper radiator's dissapiate heat more efficiently than alluminium radiator's, from an athesetic point of view an alluminium radiator is superior, but for sheer cooling capabilities, nothing beats a copper radiator. They will always outdo alluminium radiator's no matter what - all things being equal.
    ,without doing labcoat style testing but given that they are about 15-25mm thicker than standard and the aluminium dissipates heat better than copper or brass the difference is moderate to substantial over the original units(depending on the cond of your stocker)...I have a customer with a 400 plus hp VU SS that is now running a 1/4 gauge less temp all round when driving with a near identical radiator. His stock rad was in perfect condition aswel...

    They are a definate step up in both performance and looks...

    that is copied straight out of jar's thread on this forum . not going to bring it up but this is an old argument.
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    l had to make the same choice few weeks back, unless you are willing to wait for your new allow radiator to be made, around 2 weeks pwr, race radiator, and cost around $1000, or do what l did
    l went and saw Norm at Aussie Desert Coolers, number 1 he has them on the shelf ready to go, number 2 he will weld any brackets you need for free, number 3 they are only $750, and number 4 then l payed the $750 in cash he pulled a 50 bucker out of what l just gave him and gave it back and said this is for paying cash

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    PWR can build a radiator for you if you are in a hurry for it, i was for mine and turn around time was 5days from when i orderd it to when i recived it, at the same retail price as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVK 355 View Post
    PWR can build a radiator for you if you are in a hurry for it, i was for mine and turn around time was 5days from when i orderd it to when i recived it, at the same retail price as well.

    Mate

    l went to pwr in Dandenong in person with cash they told me 2 weeks
    then l went around the corner to race radiators, he was 2 weeks too

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    either way man, like i said i got mine in 5 working days

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    you must be better then me, l had cash and they told me 2 weeks no earlier,
    l would have preferred a pwr, just becuase they look more trick

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    ever though about JAR.
    they sponsor us, I've got one in my car, and its working great.

    a lot cheaper then pwr, etc etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark View Post
    ever though about JAR.
    they sponsor us, I've got one in my car, and its working great.

    a lot cheaper then pwr, etc etc.
    Good call Mark.

    Nath from JAR has been very helpful with regards to radiator design and modifications, and has asked several times for suggestions from forum members on improving his products.

    Give him a try as well, I'm sure you'll be more than happy with his help and advice.

    Cheers,
    Rusty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty View Post
    Nath from JAR has been very helpful with regards to radiator design and modifications, and has asked several times for suggestions from forum members on improving his products.

    Give him a try as well, I'm sure you'll be more than happy with his help and advice.

    Cheers,
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    maybe a look at this thread will be helpful
    Alloy Radiator to suit vk

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