DAM TOYOTA...the gray 93...

RAYJON

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You would think they would make them better, After the factory PHH expairment finally started leaking at 230K, then at 245k the factory radiator had a crack in the top tank... 245k and 14 years you would think they would make them better :D:D:D Well at least it still has the stock head gasket, ----:D:D:D

It actually was a good time because I need to fix the oil pump leak and change the power steering hose... I also after a little searching found a KOYO radiator dealer that shipped one to my house for about 270$ and it came in the same packaging the 450$ one I bought from Toyota for the other cruiser...


Just so everyone knows in the 97 black cruiser I put a cheep 160$ aftermarket radiator when I did the head gasket because I didn't want to pay for a Toyota radiator and it lasted 2 years and split a tank. So pay the money and get a KOYO (who makes them for toyota) or a Toyota radiator. It is worth the extra money...
 
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245k is pretty darn good, mine split the top at 155k at the calico clean up run. JB water welded it to get her home.

Went with a metal 3 row CSF for ~$225. Can always weld metal so I doubt I would ever need another one :D

BTW some places will re-top the plastic ones, with a re-core ~ $125.
 

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Hmmm...12-14 years for a radiator. Must be planned obsolesence! Bastids!!! Mine went summer of '06 with a hairline crack in the top of the radiator as well. Mine occured at the top of the grapevine tho at the rest area.
 
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Yeah Brent mine was basically the same, hairline crack.

There is actually a seam there, that’s where mine cracked about ~4" long

They do last a while but I'm not a fan of the the plastic ones with that design. Basically the same thing happen over time with my 4 runner and another truck. I was low on funds and just had the top redone on the runner and it was good until I sold it.

The all metal radiators have never let me down, the one I bought has no seams but if something where to get damaged, easier to fix IMO. I wanted a 3 row also, the stock one on the 94's is 2 row I recall.

Besides the little bit of extra weight for all metal I quess its less expensive for plastic & that's the main reasons why they have been replaced with plastic?

BTW the front radiator bolts are a PITA, no room to work with unless you remove the condenser. Ending up having to purchase a 1/4" swivel, deep wall socket, and long ass extension so I get those bad boys in/out.
 
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I was stuck - have the premiun AAA, so no cost to have it towed down to dealer in Santa Clarita, then bent over w/o KY to the tune of around $1200 IIRC parts, hoses and labor. That was with me haggling, knowing what Dan's prices were, AAA discount and mentioning being a member of TLCA!
 
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Just so everyone knows in the 97 black cruiser I put a cheep 160$ aftermarket radiator when I did the head gasket because I didn't want to pay for a Toyota radiator and it lasted 2 years and split a tank. So pay the money and get a KOYO (who makes them for toyota) or a Toyota radiator. It is worth the extra money...

I have the same sob story, just on my last trip back I blew the top tank in a non KOYO rad. Here I thought a metal rad would have been better the the stock plastic outer... Oh well, I learned and ordered the KOYO, not from Toyota, save the $$$.

-Matt
 

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the 450$ was from dan, I will find the receipt for the KOYO, and post the dealer, it came from Sacromento so next day to me..and only 20-30$ shipping...


btw snap on swivel sockets or, craftsman swivel sockets with electrical tape on them work for the front bolts.. ohh and a 2ft extention,
 
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the 450$ was from dan, I will find the receipt for the KOYO, and post the dealer, it came from Sacromento so next day to me..and only 20-30$ shipping...


btw snap on swivel sockets or, craftsman swivel sockets with electrical tape on them work for the front bolts.. ohh and a 2ft extention,

KOYO, $277.00 to the shop from "Radiator Warehouse" is what it says on my online bank statement. Might want to search for that, I got the 411 from my friend at Toyota Corp. Same rad as factory....

-Matt
 

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My original is still holding on but you can see all the hairline cracks on the surface. I will definitely be taking note of the Koyo vendors when the time comes.


Crossing fingers.
 
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For the local OC guys 1-800-Radiator

They carry Koyos, they actually supply the radiators that we replace @ a Honda dealer- We dont use factory too expensive and customers are too cheap- ha ha

If you guys ever need anything let me know!!! But you can always call and they will give you a great price!!!
 

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Can anyone confirm that the KOYO radiator they replaced with is model #1917? The guys I called at radiatorswarehouse.com said the KOYO they carry is 3 row, brass core and has plastic tanks. It sounds like the one, but I was hoping to get confirmation from one of you guys.

Fyi, if this is the one, they have it for $235 +$15s/h +tax
 

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