Recent Topics
Mobil 1 5w50 now FS too
by BobFout
Yesterday at 11:55 PM
Front brakes for 1991 GMC Sierra 2500
by sr17
Yesterday at 11:35 PM
7200 Miles
by Yup
Yesterday at 11:08 PM
Result; 5 additives tested in a lab
by DrAdmin
Yesterday at 09:25 PM
What are advantages of rotation ?
by HTSS_TR
Yesterday at 09:22 PM
Arthritic joints
by Eddie
Yesterday at 08:55 PM
Trouble Installing Filter
by Astro_Guy
Yesterday at 08:09 PM
Kia P0138 Code From Old Amsoil Stabilizer ??
by Quadrasteer
Yesterday at 07:43 PM
Micro Guard Filter
by Jason1221
Yesterday at 07:38 PM
'88 Caddy Brougham 307 c.u. oil selection
by momo
Yesterday at 07:34 PM
Kawasaki FX730V
by Jason1221
Yesterday at 07:30 PM
'88 Caddy Brougham 307 c.u. oil filter
by momo
Yesterday at 06:57 PM
Newest Members
troutwest66, AIRJAC3, bpete65, LEVY, Timmytimmy
58000 Registered Users
Who's Online
35 registered (barkingspider, alan003, 01rangerxl, 6 invisible), 754 Guests and 314 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
58000 Members
66 Forums
249507 Topics
4084441 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#3453114 - 08/12/14 07:01 AM Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice
Clubber_Lang Offline


Registered: 09/01/10
Posts: 360
Loc: SC
Want some advice on a replacement aftermarket radiator and water pump for my 96 Ford f150 4.9 manual transmission truck. The Radiator needs replacement due to inadequate flow, and im replacing the water pump due to it having 155,000 miles on it. Oem is out of the question as its over $400!. Looking at brands like spectra (2 row) oe style, with plastic tank and neck. I found a Sila (sp) for $230 thats all aluminum including tank and neck. How well will the plastic radiator hold up in comparison? Looking for opinions on that and a good water pump--considering an OE style Bosch for about $40


Edited by Clubber_Lang (08/12/14 07:03 AM)
_________________________
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Sir W.C.

Top
#3453131 - 08/12/14 07:22 AM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
Bluestream Offline


Registered: 09/13/03
Posts: 5223
Loc: Waterloo, ON
Bosch
_________________________
2000 Cavalier 2.2 A4
2000 VW Beetle 1.8T M5
2000 Ford Explorer 4.0 4X4
1991 BMW 735iL
"A fool and his money are soon parted" - Thomas Tusser

Top
#3453148 - 08/12/14 07:41 AM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
Vern_in_IL Offline


Registered: 06/25/14
Posts: 984
Loc: IL
..........In order of Terrible to bad are CSF all metals Radiators(CSF plastic tank rads are ok),Silla,Spectra (SPI) and Reach. These 4 have a huge failure rates, but they are cheaper than OEM. OEM would be my choice, but it depends on how long you intend on keeping this truck.


Now aftermarket water pumps are not much better... I would buy brand "X" and buy a new unit, not rebuilt. they all China made now,(ASC?)

Top
#3453169 - 08/12/14 07:58 AM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
michaelluscher Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 2124
Loc: Tri States Little Italy
.....you did check RockAuto right?
_________________________
'06 Toyota Camry SE V6 3MZ-FE 51k
'01 Mercury Villager Estate VG33E 48k
'06 Ford Taurus SE Vulcan 48k
'13 Chrysler 300 3.6 Pentastar 45k
2012-2015

Top
#3453183 - 08/12/14 08:19 AM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
Dufus2 Offline


Registered: 12/12/13
Posts: 252
Loc: Virginia
There are some deals if you look on eBay as compared to the discount auto stores. Most of my stuff comes from NAPA and quality has never been an issue with their stuff. When I lived in Arizona, there was quality concerns with the radiators sold through the discount auto stores; buyer beware when dealing with the mas marketing of a lifetime warranty. Avoid cheap reman water pumps and use distilled water to prevent future problems.
_________________________
ASE Certified in Med/Heavy Truck Service including A9
Heavy Equipment Repair, Fleet Maintenance
Real Cars Rattle and Smoke a Little

Top
#3453197 - 08/12/14 08:30 AM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Vern_in_IL]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 13803
Loc: apple valley, ca
Originally Posted By: Vern_in_IL
..........In order of Terrible to bad are CSF all metals Radiators(CSF plastic tank rads are ok),Silla,Spectra (SPI) and Reach. These 4 have a huge failure rates, but they are cheaper than OEM. OEM would be my choice, but it depends on how long you intend on keeping this truck.
i agree 100%! those are the brands i wont sell
_________________________
02 Wrangler super-s 10w30
87 F250 delo 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 5w30
Z400 Lucas 10w30
KLR250 Maxima 10w40
Can am maveric delo 5w40

Top
#3453335 - 08/12/14 10:51 AM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
Clubber_Lang Offline


Registered: 09/01/10
Posts: 360
Loc: SC
Will an all aluminum radiator typically outlast a plastic one?
_________________________
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Sir W.C.

Top
#3453459 - 08/12/14 12:35 PM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
abycat Offline


Registered: 12/06/10
Posts: 1909
Loc: grande prairie AB
I have a plastic one on mine and I'm pretty sure it's one of the first ones made. It's in perfect shape.
_________________________
2004 f350 6.0
2011 nissan versa hb

Top
#3453460 - 08/12/14 12:36 PM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 4614
Loc: USA
Spectra premium seemingly is the brand of choice now by Auto value/Parts Plus and some others.Both radiators and fuel pumps.SP must be offering some wicked deals to get coverage like that.

Top
#3453498 - 08/12/14 12:58 PM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
aquariuscsm Offline


Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 13426
Loc: South Texas,USA
Aftermarket radiators I'm fine with,but water pump,OEM only.
_________________________
1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Syntec 10W40/Fram Ultra
Amsoil MTG(tranny)
Amsoil 80W90 GL5(rear diff)
Mobil 1 ATF
Redline Water Wetter

Top
#3453551 - 08/12/14 01:31 PM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
Clubber_Lang Offline


Registered: 09/01/10
Posts: 360
Loc: SC
well I went with the 2 row Spectra radiator (about $140 shipped)

went with the bosh water pump, hopefully it is well constructed and works like OEM (about $40)

motorcraft belt tensioner and harmonic balancer, wow I cant believe what I am putting into this truck, but I digress. Thanks for everyones input here. Im a big OEM guy, but there was no way I could stomach a 425 radiator, especially with what Ive put into this 18 year old beast.....
_________________________
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Sir W.C.

Top
#3453569 - 08/12/14 01:45 PM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
yesthatsteve Offline


Registered: 06/27/11
Posts: 659
Loc: Kansas City, MO
I've got 44k miles on a Bosch water pump in the xB in my sig, after the original failed at 114k. So far, so good.
_________________________
'05 Scion xB, 180000+ miles | Chevron Supreme 5w30 & Puro Classic
'11 Accord I4 Sedan, 65000+ miles | Edge Black Bottle 0w20 & Fram TG

Top
#3453996 - 08/12/14 08:36 PM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8048
Loc: Florida
Sometimes you can get a Visteon which is often close to the OEM unit.

I guess the Bosch pump is okay, but I far prefer using OEM and if that isn't an option, I use GMB.
_________________________
2010 Lancer Ralliart Sportback

Top
#3454171 - 08/13/14 12:37 AM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
joegreen Offline


Registered: 03/10/13
Posts: 441
Loc: NY
i like my spectra radiator i bought for my chevy. i was a little hesitant about the plastic end tanks but it seems fine.
_________________________
1978 Chevrolet k20
Engine: Delo 10w30xle
Transmission: Castrol transmax dex/merc

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300 turbo diesel
Engine: Delo 400 15w40le

Top
#3454340 - 08/13/14 09:36 AM Re: Want aftermarket radiator and water pump advice [Re: Clubber_Lang]
zzyzzx Offline


Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 3206
Loc: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Spectra radiators are fine.

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >