02 wrx w/leaking radiator after track
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This is a discussion on 02 wrx w/leaking radiator after track within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Like the title says my Radiator is leaking on the top, no specific area and I'm just wondering if this ...

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    02 wrx w/leaking radiator after track

    Like the title says my Radiator is leaking on the top, no specific area and I'm just wondering if this is a common prob with the 02. Motor is stock.

    how much is it to replace it and what should i go with; oem or aftermarket

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    OEM options include the Calsonic like you have now and an OEM offering from Koyo, not to be confused with their "race" all-aluminium unit. I use the OEM Koyo now. Others use aftermarket "race" types from Koyo, Mishimoto, or other makers.

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    I just had to replace the factory Calsonic unit last week on my 03. I refused to install another unit with plastic end tanks so I ended up ordering a performance all aluminum Mishimoto. Price was decent on the Mishimoto but the first one to arrive was badly damaged in an undamaged box, had to pay shipping to send it back, plus they are MADE IN CHINA, that part really irked me. Fitment was ok, but not great, sure did look pretty though. Knowing what I know now I would buy another brand if for no other reason than the made in china part.

    If you end up getting a standard replacement make sure you pay attention to the thickness of the aluminum core, I got a couple different brands and neither one had but about half the core as the original unit. Frustrating experience to say the least.

    On the bright side, they are easy to replace

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