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Stock 2-Core Radiator (?)

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Posted 06 May 2004 - 12:40 PM

My Subaru shop told me that my ea81T probably has a 2-Core Rad. and that the turbos usually do. We're fixing up my cooling system. I was under the impression that there weren't 2-cores and that none were made for an ea81 or ea82... I keep reading about people on the board having to modify 2-core radiators to fit. Just wanted to clear up my confusion.


#2 Marck


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Posted 06 May 2004 - 12:42 PM

Here is an aftermarket two core with brass tanks that was made for the EA82(T):

Part number: CR-1269
I think they have a lifetime warranty.

They are made by CSF: http://www.csfimports.com/

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Posted 06 May 2004 - 09:31 PM

my ea82t came with a single core...the dual core fit, no problem. not sure about ea81t...couldnt be too different

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 10:58 PM

So do EA82 radiators fit in EA81 cars?

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 06:14 AM

the 1989 GL-10 Turbo FT4WD with auto trans had a 2 row from the factory.

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 09:12 AM

I bought a brass two-row for the wife's '89 wagon--The radiator in the Solo car was a stock one row & I has a local radiator shop make a two row for it--I don't think that a EA82 rad would work in a EA81--It was easier to have mine rebuilt.

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 10:10 AM

tomrhere has an ea82 radiator in his brat, but it has an ea82 motor as well.

one way to tell from single row and dual row is to look at the top of the radiator, the single row has an indentation on the front and center, while the dual is straight across.

if there is ever a fitment issue with the radiator, the cores themselves are swappable between the bottom and top rail. we had a rad. for the rx and we had to swap the bottom for the rubber mounts and the top for the bolt alignment.

the bolts that hold it together have captive nuts molded in the plastic, the plastic around it may break. if so gently pick away the plastic till you can get a wrench on the nut, or wedge it still with a flat screwdriver to turn them free.

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 07:45 PM

I am using the 2-row CSF radiator...............BTW, that "Radiatorconnection" site is a bit high-priced. I paid less and it was delivered overnight!

THe installation problem is not with the radiator itself, it's the fact that the second row of the core is closer to the mechanical fan; so there is less clearance for the fan shroud to slide in.............you have to grind it down a little (not too far, or you'll take out the spot welds that hold it together) in the bottom, center of the shroud. You only need enough to clear the fan-clutch.
Oh, the radiator includes a heat exchanger for a slush-bucket trans..........and the hose connections stick out some, so drop it in carefully. Once installed, everything fits nice.

Got mine from 1-800-RADIATOR................Business customers will get a better deal (hint, hint re-sale lic. # required) than I did................

So far, I never see the temp. guage past the middle of the scale, even with the A/C running full blast waiting at stoplights.............

I will put my old rad. in the Market place.......it just needs to be rodded out and it's all brass too.

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 10:11 PM

As another source for a 2-core (for an EA-82)...

I got my 2-core at Auto Zone. It was listed as stock replacement for a newer Automatic Tranny Loyale. It fit fine into my 86 EA-82 with a slight bit less clearance between rad and mechanical fan. Only had to modify the Right radiator hose as the angle coming from the rad was slightly different. Just used a stock formed hose for the same Loyale and cut it to length to fit.

I don't remember the exact cost, somewhere just over $100. With a 160 deg thermostat runs plenty cool but I am running a 5-speed and unfortunately no A/C .... from the factory :( (Who ordered this thing without A/C, anyway??!)


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