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Radiator question

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by noodles, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. noodles

    noodles Junior Member

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    I've been driving around for almost a year with a bad radiator (stupid idea, but I don't drive long distances at all... so I've been fine). Anyway, I'm in the market for a new one and I'm wondering which one has more heat dissipation, copper or aluminum? I'm pretty sure copper does a better job. But when I was looking around, the aluminum ones cost a little more than the copper ones... so it got me thinking. Does it cost more because it's better heat dissipation or is it because aluminum is lightweight? I don't care about weight, just heat.
     
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    SleEPeR_CRX Senior Member

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    id go with a fal, they are good rads, lil expensive but cant beat em.
     
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    saturn_boy96 88 C1V1C 53D4N DR1V3R

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    aluminum, better and lighter. aluminum is a super conductor.
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    FAL (flex-a-lite) makes fans not radiators
     
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    NoJokE Senior Member

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    If you want the best, go with Fluidyne, cant beat em. A little pricey but hands down the best.
     
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    CRX-YEM Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    as a metal copper is a better conductor vs aluminium.
    although copper weights about 2.3x as much as aluminium
     
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    :werd:


    if i were in your shoes i would look at Fluidyne and/or a stock dual-core unit.
     
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    copper has a higher coef. of thermal conductivity actually. the main advantage of a copper core radiator is that they can be recored/rebuilt, but they are heavier. if you have ever picked up a stock honda radiator, you would know theyre not heavy at all to begin with. i would go with a stock replacement unless you do some kind of racing.
     
  9. saturn_boy96

    saturn_boy96 88 C1V1C 53D4N DR1V3R

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    i just bought a brand new dual core for like $70 off ebay, alumium core with plastic tanks.
     
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    I bought a radiator that had a life time gaurantee, it was a GSR radiator with brass endtanks welded into the core of the radiator...and it only costed 100 bucks...


    consider other things when upgrading your radiator
     
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