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#1593476 - 05/02/2017 22:35 Radiator alternatives
andyps Offline
Club member 1482
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 16/12/2005
Posts: 1101
Loc: Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Is there a decent alternative radiator for the 20VT? I took mine out this weekend as part of the dismantling for the engine swap and it is in really poor condition with lots of missing fins. Whilst I could presumably get it reconditioned I wondered if there is anything else recommended.
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#1593482 - 05/02/2017 23:17 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
PeteP Offline
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Registered: 22/12/2005
Posts: 18556
Loc: Aldershot
Reconditioning radiators usually involves fitting a complete new core retaining only the end caps, so the poor condition parts will be thrown away.
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#1593483 - 05/02/2017 23:22 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
Edinburgh Offline
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Je suis un Coupé

Registered: 04/03/2007
Posts: 9918
Loc: Auld Reekie
Joe at FCSS uses Valeo....
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#1593487 - 06/02/2017 00:29 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
andyps Offline
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Loc: Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Thanks guys, I need to chat with Joe tomorrow anyway so will ask him.
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#1593502 - 06/02/2017 09:09 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
PeteP Offline
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Valeo is OEM.
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#1593503 - 06/02/2017 09:15 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
Countrycruising Offline
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Registered: 12/09/2006
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Loc: FCSS 01684 593187
Yes as Pete says Valeo is the OE radiator for yours Andy, the one removed sounds like an original black copper unit which has done it's time by the sound of it, new Valeo rads are alloy so silver in colour and still readily available, check Eurocarparts as they had a deal on last year supplying them for £95.00 delivered.
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#1593506 - 06/02/2017 09:59 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
andyps Offline
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Loc: Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Cheers Joe, I'll wait until the next email from EuroCarParts with a discount - had one for 30% over the weekend but get them regularly.
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#1593511 - 06/02/2017 11:53 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
rayzer82 Offline
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Registered: 21/01/2010
Posts: 168
Loc: basingstoke, england
its worth trying some of the older codes for higher discount...I've had expired 40% and 50% codes work on items. I always try searching google for discount codes as that brings up past and present codes...sites like hot uk deals list expired codes but trial and error can save ££££££

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#1593515 - 06/02/2017 12:24 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
ScouseCoupe Offline
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Registered: 10/04/2015
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Loc: Huangdao & Ayrshire
Got my Valeo radiator from mister-auto.co.uk at the time ( Sept 2016 ) £88.00 delivered.
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#1614548 - 16/01/2018 11:52 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: ScouseCoupe]
godders Offline
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Registered: 16/05/2006
Posts: 128
Loc: Surrey Hills, U.K
Hijacking Andy's Post from Feb Last year.
My radiator has a slight incontinence problem and is leaking from the bottom of the core on the right hand side (as you look at it from the front).

So neither http://www.mister-auto.co.uk or www.eurocarparts.com have any Valeo units in stock (actually, they have no Coupe rads in stock, period!).

So looking at alternatives, found this on fleabay, which has correct Fiat part No (from eper):

For FIAT COUPE 2.0 20V TURBO 1996-2001 New Radiator Genuine Valeo 71735354 OEM
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-FIAT-COUP...EM/252029165571

Or:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FIAT-COUPE-199...R-/332447362745
Which has the correct Valeo part no 731593 .

However, I’ve also seen this which looks interesting:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/351731274139

And looks suspiciously like the Direnza rads’ which have a bit of mixed set of opinion on here. As this is for a trackday car, any views please?

Thanks in advance

Regards

Sg

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#1614550 - 16/01/2018 11:58 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
Countrycruising Offline
Club Rep Europe, member 914
I AM a Coop

Registered: 12/09/2006
Posts: 14405
Loc: FCSS 01684 593187
Personally I'd stick with OE Valeo at £109.00, the alloy radiators can leak and also cause issues where the fan frame is too close to the bottom outlet pipe.
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#1614566 - 16/01/2018 17:26 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
magooagain Offline
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Registered: 22/10/2008
Posts: 6400
Loc: ked
The one on my track coupe is an Aloy one(I think) from AA.

I run in very hot temps a lot of the time. No problems in any way.

There! I've said it. Kiss of death on its way!
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#1616234 - 21/02/2018 17:32 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
sjpbarchetta Offline
Reaping the fruits

Registered: 13/04/2008
Posts: 71
Loc: Hampshire
Does anyone know who has stock of the Valeo part? I'm struggling to find one. The ones on eBay are in Latvia - and have ETA of mid April!

Thank you in advance
Stephen

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#1616439 - 25/02/2018 10:33 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
godders Offline
Club member 1575
On a journey

Registered: 16/05/2006
Posts: 128
Loc: Surrey Hills, U.K
Yeah! Had the same problem, ordered one off Fleabay, but they cancelled my order as they said their supplier had incorrectly labelled their stock and they had none with no eta.

So after discussing with Joe i’ve gone for the Black Direnza which arrived in super speedy (Parcelforce aside) time. Not fitted yet but it looks fine and that bottom pipe (to the turbo) looks fine.

I’ll post up details once fitted (couple weeks time)

Sg

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#1616537 - 27/02/2018 14:48 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
sjpbarchetta Offline
Reaping the fruits

Registered: 13/04/2008
Posts: 71
Loc: Hampshire
Thanks for that reassurance, I will probably do the same then. I believe they are thicker too, but hopefully there's enough room to play with.

S

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#1616913 - 05/03/2018 15:02 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: andyps]
Gripped Online   content
Club member 1144
I need some sleep

Registered: 20/12/2005
Posts: 3014
Loc: S. Wales. Way beyond my means
I've had 2 radiators from these. One for my Coupe (VIS) and one for my van. Both have been fine so far. They've been installed for at least 4+ years.

https://www.adrad.co.uk/car-radiator/cat...e=2.0&year=
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#1620344 - 12/05/2018 09:41 Re: Radiator alternatives [Re: godders]
godders Offline
Club member 1575
On a journey

Registered: 16/05/2006
Posts: 128
Loc: Surrey Hills, U.K
Update,

So I bought the black 40% upgrade Direnza Alloy radiator
Now fitted and I have to say I think this is a pretty decent bit of kit, the fan mountings fitted no problem, tip is fit the turbo coolant hose first then the fan mounting else it’s a bit of a tight squeeze to get the jubilee clip on.

The fact it is black gives the engine bay that OE feel, and on initial test runs especially when on idle the fans pop on for the briefest of times so the efficiency seems really good.

Should point out that my car has had the aircon removed so the rad is closer to the slam panel than on a car with aircon fitted, so for me the slightly thicker radiator is not a problem.

There are a couple of piccies on Joes FCSS Facebook page under “Barry Circuit Car” album.

If anyone needs any further detail let me know, but my view is that these are a decent alternative to the Valeo which is difficult to obtain at the moment.

Sg

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