Here is the model and information you need to know about my Jeep.
1989 Jeep Comanche Eliminator, 4.0L Straight 6, Automatic Transmission, 2x4, I have A/C and cruise control.
I have managed to complete my closed to open cooling system conversion. I did not spend a lot of money and I also did not go the cheapest route. I shouldnt have to replace any more water pumps or worry about cooling ever again.
Here is a list of components that I bought:
2-Row Radiator - $100
Comes with elbow and straight radiator cooling line fittings.
Radiator Cap - $35
It is very hard to turn on and off the radiator.
4' of 5/8" Black Heater Hose - ~$15 total
4' of 3/4" Black Heater Hose - ~$15 total
(2) 5/8" to 3/4" Hose Adapters - ~$15 total
One Gallon of Concentrate Coolant - $15
One Gallon of Distilled Water - $3
High Flow Thermostat Housing - $33
High Flow 180deg Thermostat - $19
Thermostat Housing Spacer - $37
High Temp Blue Silicone Gasket Maker - $12
Hi-Flow Water Pump w/ Gasket - $87
Hose Clamps - ~$10
6' of 5/16" Hose for Radiator Vent - ~$10
(1) 5/16-18 by ~2" long
(1) 5/16-18 by ~1-1/4" long
*Not exactly sure on length because I gave up on using the housing spacer (I will explain later)
*The housing spacer and thermostat housing comes with gaskets.
Well worth it, will never have a cooling issue. Works like a charm. My Jeep is preventing global warming from happening.
A few pictures of stuff I bought...
Start taking off parts... I had to take off the supports on top of the radiator, loosen the belt, and accessory fan. See photo below. NOTE: See the square rubber supports on top of the radiator? You need to reuse those. Take them off and put them on the new radiator so you do not forget... :doh:
At this point I drained the coolant and took off all the hoses and transmission cooling lines. There is no pressure in the transmission lines so no fluid should leak out! Here is my old radiator taken out of the truck. This also shows the fitting types for the transmission lines. See the bottom elbow transmission fitting? My new radiator came with a replacement. The stock one is one piece and not a swivel fitting like the new fittings. You MAY have to grind, file, sand, etc. the diameter of the new elbow fitting so the plastic quick disconnect fitting will slide on the new fitting. Either that or you can file the plastic piece like I did. See below.
^^ That plastic piece goes on the elbow fitting ^^
I found that there was two holes that did not line up to support the radiator...Both sides. So I zip tied them on. Not too important since there are other brackets supporting the radiator on the top.
First issue I found with the housing spacer... The belt comes pretty close the to lower housing bolt. See below. Also you can see two brass inserts. That is a 1/4" plug on the right (wrapped in teflon tape) and 3/16" plug on the left. Normally sensors go there on the newer jeeps. The Renix older jeeps have the sensors elsewhere.
Second issue because of stupidity (Halfway my fault). Hardware store worker said the housing bolts were M8-1.25. They are not... They are 5/16-18. So I stripped out the holes and the bolts. I said screw the spacer and used original bolts. Bad luck for trusting the hardware store kid. :fs1:
A little fabrication was needed for the radiator cap on the support bracket. It comes pretty close. Also, the vent hose is a 5/16" hose. I re-purposed my coolant reservoir bottle for my overflow tank.
I forgot to take a picture but the two heater hoses go straight into the heater core. This shouldn't affect the A/C as the heater valve is open when the A/C turns on. This info is straight from the Jeep service manual I have. Heat comes out of the vents when the blower fan isnt on which is the only case which could be bad... Heat could build up without the blower fan on and melt/overheat things in the HVAC.
Other helpful things to note:
Make sure to put fan belt shroud/cover on before the new radiator is in.
Make sure to put the rubber supports from the old radiator onto the new radiator.
!!!!!!!! LET THE SILICONE CURE BEFORE FILLING THE SYSTEM WITH COOLANT !!!!!!!!
Feel free to message me for any questions about my experience with this upgrade.
:cheers: :rock on: :clapping: :waving: . :MJ 2: .