- Dec 24, 2003
LandCruiserPhil said:By the looks of the MAF radiator the shroud will fit the same. Who knows maybe its made by Ron Davis for MAF. You can see the fitment issue in a picture on this months ROTW.
Bambusiero said:Maybe I'm just being stodgy, but what's the point of a "billet" radiator?
Billet just means that it is carved out of a large single piece of metal
by machining away material. So, you waste lots of material and precision
machining effort in order to end up with a thin walled hollow structure.
In the process, the grain structure of the original billet is cut through
Forming, drawing, stamping, etc., are superior methods for this kind of
thing. The metal is cold worked in the process and gets stronger.
It doesn't throw away a pile of metal chips. It's automatically a uniform
thin wall structure. It's cheaper.
If more cooling capacity is what's needed, then more tubes and rows is
what you need. Billet has nothing to do with that.
So, what's the point of "billet" here? Bling, bling, look at how much money
I spent to make this thing? Conspicous consumption?
cruiserdan said:Is it twice as good as a stocker?
IdahoDoug said:Agree with what Dan's saying. A new stock 93/94 model rad (copper brass vs 95-97) fits perfect, was designed specifically for the engine and gives me enough cooling for wide open throttle for 3 minutes at low vehicle speed (low airflow). Anyone else going wide open for more than 30 seconds??