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Old 24-02-2012, 12:29 PM
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I have an 05 4.2 turbo GU Patrol ute ex telstra that is overheating in low range on very hot days. The turbo has been upgraded with bigger vanes and a 3 inch exhaust has been fitted.

I am looking to upgrade my current radiator to a heavy duty one. Not sure whether copper or aluminum is best. I checked out the PWR, ARE web sites and heard that Adrad are ok too.

Any feed back would be appreciated.
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copper brass is easier to repair in the bush, its too hard to carry a tig welder with you. What sort of driving do you do?
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X2 Pete, copper/brass can be soldered in the scrub, Check out the viscus fan too!!
Cheers, the ferret.
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copper brass is easier to repair in the bush, its too hard to carry a tig welder with you. What sort of driving do you do?
I use it for touring mainly which covers beach driving and outback such as the Canning Stock Route.
I seem to only find aluminum radiators on the web that are larger in capacity. Can you recommend anyone else?
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got an aftermarket temp gauge? a few members have noted that the vehicle isnt actually overheating when the gauge says it is...
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i have a Natrad copper/brass. It suits GU patrol and has the a/c cut out switches in it, not sure of a model number but get onto NATRAD to find out.
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^ I have one of theese too, there bloody huge.

Copper brass is heaps better then alloy.

You can fix it in the bush
stronger
its servicable
and cools better.

You can get one for around the $1k mark. any Air radiators / nat rad or ad rad dealer will be able to get one.
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These guys have a good range and prices, NISSAN RADIATORS at Discounted Prices
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oracle , You should carefully consider the interaction of copper and aluminum
I think that in one place copper and aluminum can not be, they have the capacity and the difference will be the oxidation of
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Thanks for the replies guys. I will follow up on your suggestions during the week.
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got an aftermarket temp gauge? a few members have noted that the vehicle isnt actually overheating when the gauge says it is...

x2. Before wasting money putting another radiator in, get a gauge - you may not actually have a problem. I have found the radiator fitted to the td42ti MORE than capable of the task, even in very hot weather. If you get a gauge and it is actually running hot, I would look at the thermostat thread (by its a ford not a nissan) and think about having the current radiator rodded then filled with nissan coolant.

btw, who has actually damaged a radiator in the bush, to the point of needing repair?
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