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Half Radiator Install

Discussion in 'HYBRID -> ED-EF / DA' started by reckedracing, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    well, i've got my hatch ripped down getting the turbo setup together
    but i need some tips on the radiator...
     
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    scottp11 The Seniorest Member....

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    Huh?
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    88-91 hatch, trying to use a 92-95 radiator...
    its a bit too tall, i was just wondering how other people made it fit?
     
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    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    95-99 non-AC neon radiator supposidly fits fell; just need a part to fill it though(the cap is on the hose, so to say, instead of on the radiator)
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    i know lots of people use the 92-95 radiators, i just can't find a write up or any info on it
     
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    ripperbone angry bear

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    well i dont have the pictures anymore or the car, but what did was make a notch in the crossmember for the rad. and had to notch the hood for the rad cap.
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    wow, thats a lot of hacking huh?
     
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    GSRCRXsi Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    you could lean it.
     
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    ripperbone angry bear

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    not really. just a notch on the crossmember about 3 in" long, and hood just have to notch the under side. I have to get pictures of it from the kid i sold it to
     
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    Just make yourself a gangsta-ass bracket like my old one.

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    I think one of the feet lined up, and I drilled a hole in the subframe for the other radiator mounting foot thingie (the one towards the driver's side) and ziptied it to the subframe...it sat a little bit tall, but nothing some minor dremeling couldn't fix. Didn't rattle around at all. I believe you can use a 95 Dodge Neon radiator and it'll mount up just like a 92-00 radiator, except it's a few inches shorter and will clear the hood with no modification. The reason I bootlegged mine like that was my fullsize EF radiator took a shit on dyno morning, and I needed a quick fix.
     
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    so you were able to fit that in there with no problem huh?

    i've got the D16Z6 with the upper hose coming straight off the motor, and i've got to fit a splice in the radiator hose for my turbo coolant feed

    i don't want to cut anything either
    i'm curious where abouts your put the 3 inch notch in the cross member? i'm guessing you notched it for the lower hose right?

    i went to home depot lastnight to get some fittings, the kid i got the "turbo kit" from used some ghetto shit, i think i've got something better...


    i'd be satisfied with how your setup looks
    i'm going to the yard tomorrow morning so i'll see what they have as far as neon radiators go...

    thanks for the help guys
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    this is exactly what i am looking to avoid doing

    [​IMG]http://homemadeturbo.com/turbo_projects/csaddict/csaddict_3_P.jpg
     
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    I just read a project thread over on H-T....*rumage rumage*....

    HERE it is.
    Scroll down and you'll see what he did.. it looks a LOT better than civicious's "Gangsta-ass bracket"...

    He just cut out a little bit of the front crossmember and voila.

    [​IMG]


    -Andrew
     
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    Yeah, it may look better, but at the price of hacking up your crossmember and losing structural rigidity? No thanks, function over form for me. If I had taken a little more time and machined a bracket for it, it would have looked a lot better, but as I stated before I needed something quick so we could get it on the dyno. On another note, I guarantee you my 'gangsta ass bracket' held a radiator that cooled a LOT more power than that guy's.


    Additionally, with it supported only on one side on the top like that, chances are it's gonna rattle around on the opposite side. You don't want your radiator rattling around.
     
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    Not to thread jack, but I'm thinking about hacking up my radiator(don't worry, I have a backup); I want to cut out some of the core around the side but leave the top and bottom "covers" on so it would sit like stock. This is for a "ram air" system btw. Would simply JB welding aluminum sheet over the area that was cut be able to hold back the pressure?
     
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    Not to hate,

    But that would be a pretty stupid and ricey thing to do.
    It would be easier to just buy a 1/2 sizer and be done with it. ?
     
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    this is for a full size or half size radiator?
    if you cut into one of the up and down tubes in the radiator you basically make that full tube useless, the coolant above or below the cut will just sit as it can't flow straight through

    if you want to experiment i would cut each tube and fold it over and crimp it off
    JB weld will not work for you but crimping the tube should do the trick
    and there's no reason to only cut out the middle, like i said, if you break the tube its useless...

    ooh and i found the PERFECT radiator in the yard?
    more info and pics soon to come :)
     
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    A half-sized radiator is more than what I'm willing to spend. I don't see how it's rice when no one would even be able to see it. As long as the radiator will be able to cool the coolant, and coolant doesn't leak, it's all good.

    I know that the coolant wouldn't flow through, but it'll still flow where the fan is(middle of the radiator). Where I made the cuts, coolant will not flow at all. I will try crimping it; sounds like it should work. I will try to get pics of it later.
     
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