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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2010 Thread Starter
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Does a performance radiator for a 3.8L Automatic exist?

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I'm converting my 1998 3.8L with a 4R70W to a 4.2L and was wondering if a performance radiator exist?

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The stock ones are fine. Tom Jr still runs his stock radiator. I have an aftermarket one because my turbo and piping is so huge. Even then, I do not use the radiator for cooling of my tranny lines. I use a separate tranny cooler......


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What tranny cooler did you use?
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B&M with AN fittings.......

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I bought a performance radiator for mine, don't remember where I got it, they promised it would fit like the original and it didn't. It went in right but wouldn't clamp down. I ended up returning it and having my original one cleaned up like new.

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I bought a performance radiator for mine, don't remember where I got it, they promised it would fit like the original and it didn't. It went in right but wouldn't clamp down. I ended up returning it and having my original one cleaned up like new.
Performance radiators are usually wider, and fabbing up hold-down brackets are normal......

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I wanted to know the same thing and researched for a long time. From what I can tell, if you want an all aluminum or multi-row radiator, it wont be an exact fit.
You can check: racepages OR Summit OR JEGS OR OEHQ
I bought a 160 degree stat and a regular replacement radiator and it is just fine.

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I wanted to know the same thing and researched for a long time. From what I can tell, if you want an all aluminum or multi-row radiator, it wont be an exact fit.
You can check: racepages OR Summit OR JEGS OR OEHQ
I bought a 160 degree stat and a regular replacement radiator and it is just fine.
160 degree thermostats are not good. They won't allow your car to heat normally and will not go into closed loop......

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