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  • Replaced my busted radiator

    With an CX-Racing aluminum radiator (which was about the same price as an OEM replacement).

    fans already swapped over




    "fixed" old radiator


    It leaves a little less clearance to access the front of the motor, but I think it was worth that small sacrifice.

    1991 UK-spec MX-5 - https://www.facebook.com/djinovaband <<< METAL!

  • #2
    Sweet. I just ordered a similar (i.e. CDM) rad, but marketed under the Mishimoto label. It'd be interesting to see if there is any difference.
    93LE | 9psi | 16g turbo | MSPNP w/ IAT, EBC, vTPS, HR10g | 11"x12"x3" core FMIC
    R-pkg Bilsteins | 300f/220r 2.5" springs | FCM sleeves/perches/mounts/bumps | frame rail reinf.
    4.10 Torsen | 2¼" Maganflow cat & ebay exhaust | Mishimoto rad

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    • #3
      How much was it?

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      • #4
        is there any benefits to having a thicker radiator on a stock motor or you gonna go boost or what?
        MS2, VVT, 650cc, Spec S3, MMR, 6 speed, 4.30, AEM , ARP, ... one day ill get a real turbo

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        • #5
          (related to the gasket swap at the meet yesterday) No more oil leaks??

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          • #6
            This one?
            http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CXRac...Q5fAccessories

            Man, that is so damn cheap. My car probably should get a new rad before summer. After spending a fortune on a Griffin for my last car, this looks like an amazing deal.
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            | 10AE-T | BEGi S4 | GT2560r | Enthuza | 6UL | MS3Pro PNP|
            | 2001 Track Rat | Enthuza | Jenvey | MS3Pro PNP | Exocet in Progress|
            | 1992 323 | Wrong-wheel-drive Miata Endurance Racecar|

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            • #7
              Ben, why don't you buy one of the Mischimotos (sp?) from Nester since his company is having that big sale? Deal ends today though...

              Originally posted by miata5620
              Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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              • #8
                I saw that. His website is screwed up. You have to enter in a coupon code to see what the sale price is. When paying by paypal, it does not allow you to enter in the coupon code. When paying by visa, you have to enter in visa information before the coupon code, which I didn't want to do. I sent nester a message asking what the price would be. But really, the Mishi radiators are on ebay at $240 or best offer with free shipping.

                The Mishi radiators look like the CX radiators, but I can't find any information on CX. The Mishi advertise brazed, no epoxy cores which makes me more comfortable with them.
                DIYAutoTune.com

                | 10AE-T | BEGi S4 | GT2560r | Enthuza | 6UL | MS3Pro PNP|
                | 2001 Track Rat | Enthuza | Jenvey | MS3Pro PNP | Exocet in Progress|
                | 1992 323 | Wrong-wheel-drive Miata Endurance Racecar|

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                • #9
                  Yeah. Someone on mt.net got one and was bragging about the $180 total he spent.

                  Originally posted by miata5620
                  Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                  • #10
                    If I ever need a 55mm radiator, i'll still pay $350 for a KOYO :D

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                    • #11
                      Mishimoto is $200 shipped to the ATL area from turbochargers.com until the end of today.
                      93LE | 9psi | 16g turbo | MSPNP w/ IAT, EBC, vTPS, HR10g | 11"x12"x3" core FMIC
                      R-pkg Bilsteins | 300f/220r 2.5" springs | FCM sleeves/perches/mounts/bumps | frame rail reinf.
                      4.10 Torsen | 2¼" Maganflow cat & ebay exhaust | Mishimoto rad

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                      • #12
                        I got the radiator for $165 shipped...here's the auction:
                        CLICK HERE

                        It's already been on two road trips (2hr round trip to Columbia and 5hr round trip to ATL), with zero issues.

                        As far as the benefits for the thicker radiator...I probably won't see much, it was just so cheap I couldn't refuse to upgrade. For just a little more than a OEM replacement, I had to do it. I haven't had any issues with the car taking too long to warm up or anything. The heater still gets warm pretty quick. I intend to eventually turbo the car, so it should help then. For now though, getting rid of that aging/cracked radiator is a ton of piece of mind.

                        As far as oil leaks...the VC gasket is spot on. I still probably need to do the crankshaft seal though. It seems to be loosing oil WAY slower though, which rocks. Thanks for all the help yesterday!
                        1991 UK-spec MX-5 - https://www.facebook.com/djinovaband <<< METAL!

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