1963 AP5

Fenix Radiators - anybody used one of these?

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I'm running Aussie Desert Cooler in my Senator. No issues yet but quite a bit of shit feedback on the forums about Desert Cooler. Seems they all have their problems no matter what brand

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If it's just in a shitty car that you want to keep running, why not get something second hand? Mega cheap.

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Last second hand radiator I bought leaked worse than the one I took out. 

Cheap new chinese replacement is still working fine.

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Yeah I would just buy a red line unit based on this thread.  I had one on corona and was legit. 

 

As for what ever the comment was about putting one on an expensive motor., if you let a leaking rad demo you're engine then you shouldn't own cars.

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On 7/15/2017 at 21:51, kiwi808 said:

No one is recommending using one on a expensive motor, but realistically if your building a top of the line show car with an expensive massive pony engine then you can afford to splash out on a custom radiator.

You mean this comment?

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For our VS i purchased the cheapest new trademe radiator i could find. I forget the brand but google said they were actually OEM for many japanese producers.

 

Perfect fitment and been in there a few years with zero issues. Looked identical too- cant fault it at all.

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Sounds like it's going to be a bit of a lucky dip when it comes to the alloy radiators, as I kind of expected opinions are mixed. 

After a lot of phoning round today I have found a radiator specialist that is prepared to give me a sharp price on a new copper / brass item.

Seems like a good deal although it's probably still made in China. 

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How do PWR radiators compare? Both Commodore radiators that I have are a bit unhealthy, tossing up whether I get the twin core OE radiator recored or purchase an alloy radiator? Not sure whether the n/a and factory turbo radiators are any different although the radiator that's fitted is apparently an early single core and the twin cores were introduced later on.

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Radiator is all fitted up to our VK now. I think it was worth getting the OE style copper item in the end simply for ease of installation. It's a 2 core item and the quality seems to be very good, cost no more than an alloy one in the end but needed  to phone around a few places to find somebody who was prepared to do a good price. 

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I need a radiator for my Volvo badly and I can only find a Fenix its $250 shipped to my door and I am getting prices for around $600 to re core my one.

I hear so much bad stuff about them,

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I bought a redline for my surf and its fine.. Held my breath for the first couple of thou k waiting for it to leak but it hasnt.. Would def trade again

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10 hours ago, SOHC said:

I need a radiator for my Volvo badly and I can only find a Fenix its $250 shipped to my door and I am getting prices for around $600 to re core my one.

I hear so much bad stuff about them,

Check rockauto

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2 minutes ago, ajg193 said:

Check rockauto

What he said. 

I got my D21 radiator from there miles cheaper than locally. 

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20 hours ago, SOHC said:

I need a radiator for my Volvo badly and I can only find a Fenix its $250 shipped to my door and I am getting prices for around $600 to re core my one.

I hear so much bad stuff about them,

I think I have mentioned this before but:

Fenix and other cheap Chinese radiators have a 30% failure rate. All this means is that if you fit one to your car don’t ten go out and drive the full length of the country. Fit it, run it up to temp in the garage. Do a few laps of the block. That way if it fails your are close to home.

If it doesn’t fail immediately then you are probably all good to go.

Other things to know about them is that they normally require some modifications to fit correctly.

We put one in my mates RX-8 and other then a wee jiggle to make it fit he’s had 40,000kms worth of trouble free motoring.

Also, if it is one of the 30% that do fail they will normally swap it.

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Chinese gamble only worth it if you put fuck all value on your time (which you shouldn't, unless you're pretty solid on reincarnation, which you shouldn't be)

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