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Hot-n-Bothered TJ >>>Now Cool-n-Smooth...as usual<<<
« on: June 27, 2010, 11:09:51 pm »
As I was coming home from a golf course in the Fishing Creek area above Harrisburg, bear in mind that it was 3:00 in the afternoon and 95 stinkin' degrees out, my TJ seemed to be running a little on the toasty side. No boil over, but it was above the 210 mark while running on Rt. 283.

I'm going to start with a flush and fill, new 'stat and housing, and see what happens from there. I know that the OEM radiators are basically junk (with the plastic tank and whatnot) and replacing it is going to be a consideration as well. Any suggestions as to which radiator I should install? I would like to keep it a bolt in replacement...only a heavier-duty unit.

Oh yeah, I also added a winch a couple months ago, and maybe that's blocking some of the airflow to the rad. I have a vinyl cover on the winch...maybe I could just peel that off and see if the increased airflow helps with the cooling.

I have an electric SPAL fan that I was going to put in my F150, but it might find a new home in the TJ...if it fits.
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Re: Hot-n-Bothered TJ
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 06:36:52 pm »
It probably the cover. Jenn's jeep will do the samething. Go ahead and do the flush and all ,just as a preventive maintenance thing. When it comes time to find a replacement radiator good luck . I do this for a living and I can't find quality ones they are either China made $hit  or Very high end competition units. 
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Re: Hot-n-Bothered TJ
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010, 08:41:12 pm »
I'll tell ya...I've had more "confidence inspiring" replies to my questions in the past, Mr. Watson!  ;) 

That's kind of the notion that I got while surfin' for new rads. I bought one of the $hitty $100 chinese ones for my F150 about a year ago, and it seems to holding up fine...for now. The "Be Cool" units look to be the direction that I'm leaning, unless my CFO/accountant/girlfriend finds out how much they cost.

I just got done doing the flush-n-fill, new t-stat (what a pain in the a$$ that was!), and I'm in the process of topping it off and taking it for a shakedown cruise. I'm going to leave the cover on the winch for the shakedown to see how it acts.

Thanks for the reply...your help and advice is appreciated.
'99 TJ Sport (Trail Rig, Weekend Toy)
'10 F150 XLT 4x4  (Daily Driver, Tow Rig)
'04 Jeep Grand Cherokee (the Better Half's!)
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Re: Hot-n-Bothered TJ
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010, 06:59:54 pm »
Hey Dave,
    It seems that I can't run with the cover on the winch...I took it off last night and ran it all day without the temp going above 210*. At least my Jeep now has fresh antifreeze and a new t-stat, and the cooling system has been flushed clean! As long as it doesn't run hot, I'm not going to concern myself with a new rad...unless a sweet-a$$ deal comes along.

Now on to the important stuff...axles, lockers, etc.!!!

Thanks again for your advice.
'99 TJ Sport (Trail Rig, Weekend Toy)
'10 F150 XLT 4x4  (Daily Driver, Tow Rig)
'04 Jeep Grand Cherokee (the Better Half's!)
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Re: Hot-n-Bothered TJ >>>Now Cool-n-Smooth...as usual<<<
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 08:30:45 pm »
good job
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