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Old 09-20-2021, 09:21 AM
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new radiators-all plastic tanks

I'm shopping for a radiator for my CJ and all I have found are radiators with plastic tanks, is that all they're making now?
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Old 09-20-2021, 11:28 AM
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RADIATIORS

BJ'S OFFRORAD HAS ALL METAL

I HAVE ONE,... ITS NICE

AND I ALSO HAVE THE ONE THATS ALL PLASTIC

I HAVE HAD NO ISSUES WITH EITHER OF THEM.

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Old 09-20-2021, 12:45 PM
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Thanks! That's just what I want. I need to figure out if the dimensions are the same?
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:59 PM
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Just measured, J20 is about 3" wider than the CJ.
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Old 09-20-2021, 02:27 PM
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I did go for a alloy radiator for my 73 J4000 a couple years ago
and never had a issue with fitting and performing.
Will also get one for the CJ-5 when the time is there!
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Old 09-20-2021, 02:35 PM
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It looks like I'll be going aluminum unless i can find a good one in a Jeep salvage yard. I just need to find out who sells a quality part.
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Might try Collins, they deal with the CJ's.
Another option is to have it recored.
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I have the plastic/aluminum radiator in my J20 with no issues for about 5 years. Perfect fit, cools fine. The original aluminum/plastic radiator in my VW lasted almost 20 years.

The all-aluminum radiator I bought online for the J20 did not fit, and I had to send it back at my expense. They refunded my purchase price but not the shipping. Not from BJ's.

Depending on your location, finding a place to recore the original radiator may be a challenge. I purchased a copper/brass radiator for my CJ-6 about 10 years ago from RockAuto. Spectra? May not be available now.

The V8 FSJ radiators are too wide for a CJ. I think the 6-cylinder FSJ core is the same size as the CJ core, but the side brackets are different. Maybe try Walcks? I know they have accurate repop radiators for the earlier CJs.
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