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CSF radiator unbox and . . . Problem?

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Thought you guys might enjoy this.

 

2 core all metal off of RockAuto. Arrived today.

 

 

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Box was taped and stabled well with a handle with care and radiator sticker.

 

Must have been handled well during the delivery process as there was no damage to the box at all.

 

 

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Lots of packing material

 

 

 

 

 

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More air pouch packing material held the radiator nice and firm.

 

 

 

 

 

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Exposed in all her glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onto the problems:

 

 

 

Cooling fins are lose on the edges. Not attached to the tubes. Seems a tad sloppy,  but i don't think it will hurt performance. 

 

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This is the one that concerns me. This is a through split/crack and I'm not sure how much I should be worried about it propagating. 

 

The other nipple has no imperfections. 

 

 

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Excess weld bead inside the filler neck at the corner. Probably nothing to worry about but thought I would show it.

 

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I have generally heard good things about CSF radiators, but I would not hesitate to send this back for a replacement. Rock Auto's customer service is very good in my personal experience so I would think you won't have any trouble. Just my 2 cents worth. 

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Send it back. Unacceptable and I would never in a million years want to install a shipping damaged radiator on my vehicle.

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My OCD would never let me install that thing.  Surprised at the Q/A issues....CSF is (was?) a quality manufacturer.  None of that looks like shipping damage to me (I'm a Q/A Manager by trade, full disclosure).

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Thanks guys.

 

Ya no way its shipping damage. Just a deffect that slipped through the cracks (pun)

 

Just put some nasty 33x12.50 MTs on her so i dying to get her going again. Having to send this rad back is killin me. :sad:

 

 

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I have the 3 core eBay all aluminum in mine. I think it was like 89 bucks shipped and haven't had any issues going on 3 years.

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Do CSF radiators use proprietary caps?

 

I got a cap out of the junkyard off of a late model cherokee with open cooling system since the new rad did not come with one.

 

The spring and all gaskets are in good shape,  but when i put it on i can squeeze the rad hose and coolant/air comes out the overflow nipple like nothing is there.

 

I have the cap fully locked into place, of this i am 100% certain, but its like it isnt long enough to seal on the bottom.

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CSF rads use a regular cap.  I personally would not use a junk yard cap, given that an appropriate 16lb cap is so inexpensive at all the big box auto parts stores.

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I don’t really understand the hype with the csf radiators. I got mine from 1800radiator. It’s all aluminum and the build quality is great with zero issues. If I didn’t already have this radiator I’d go with the mishimoto or griffin

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I am two for two using CSF.   Neither had the issues reported by the OP.

 

if I was the OP, I would return thatrad. and insist on a different one from Rock Auto.

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22 hours ago, AZJeff said:

CSF rads use a regular cap.  I personally would not use a junk yard cap, given that an appropriate 16lb cap is so inexpensive at all the big box auto parts stores.

 

I'll pick up a new one, will report back.

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12 hours ago, ghetdjc320 said:

I don’t really understand the hype with the csf radiators. I got mine from 1800radiator. It’s all aluminum and the build quality is great with zero issues. If I didn’t already have this radiator I’d go with the mishimoto or griffin

 

Wasnt aware of any hype. I do know there are a boatload of ebay/amazon radiator suppliers. From what ive read its a real gamble whether or not you get a good one using these, china direct, suppliers.

 

I honestly don't know why i choose CSF, i went through rockauto.

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9 hours ago, AZJeff said:

I am two for two using CSF.   Neither had the issues reported by the OP.

 

if I was the OP, I would return thatrad. and insist on a different one from Rock Auto.

 

Already done did. :L:

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Update:

 

Guys at the parts store did some comparing. The only thing they could see different between my JY cap and a new one was the metal flange had a very slight bend in it, but otherwise identical. 

 

We put the new cap in place and had myself and another guy squeeze the upper and lower rad hose. No air/coolant came out overflow nipple and the other guy said he could feel the increased pressure in the lower hose when i squeezed the upper soooooo problem solved . . . . I guess?

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