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    Quote Originally Posted by MB View Post
    G’day PF Mate!
    Never underestimate an OEM Nissan placcy radiator Brother, from my personal experiences they are truly excellent but expensive every 2-3 decades
    FWIW: I have had custom local brass/copper specialty GU/Chev radiators made before.....huge $$$$$$ ....purely for the reasons of ease of self nuffy soldiering out there in the bush if needed after aluminium customs have failed on welds through Nullabor vibrations.
    Placcy OEM gets my Vote


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    Yep. In my TD i've gone full ally, full copper/brass 3 core jobbies and have gone back to OEM.

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    I brought an eBay radiator, the guys at Outback 4WD had to
    have the top and bottom removed floshed and re fitted.
    It would of failed other wise.
    04 ST 3lt auto, not enough Mods to keep me happy, but getting there

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    So the core and tanks were still good? What would have caused it to fail and in what way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MB View Post
    G’day PF Mate!
    Never underestimate an OEM Nissan placcy radiator Brother, from my personal experiences they are truly excellent but expensive every 2-3 decades
    FWIW: I have had custom local brass/copper specialty GU/Chev radiators made before.....huge $$$$$$ ....purely for the reasons of ease of self nuffy soldiering out there in the bush if needed after aluminium customs have failed on welds through Nullabor vibrations.
    Placcy OEM gets my Vote


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    The one in my '06 is still going strong, but I guess that's what they do until they stop doing it! What's a new 'placcy' top one worth?

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    Around $600ish from Patrolapart IIRC Cuppa Mate!


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    My factory original radiator, top tank split,a couple of days ago, 140km from Longreach, had to make a temporary repair, then drive very carefully to Longreach, still waiting for an other radiator to arrive, the original core still looks new, but the plastic tanks get brittle with age, I don’t now how long they should last, but you could treat them as a service item and replace them at regular intervals.

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    In my last vehicle (mazda b2500) the top tank in the oem radiator gave way at around 300,000kms so I'd naturally be cautious when approaching the big 300 mark.
    2008 CRD Wagon, 196,000kms and counting....

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    When I converted to TD42T in 2015, the TB45E original plastic tank radiator was 14 years old but only 136k kms. I sold it on Gumtree for $100..

    A lot of ZD owners had issues with snapping off the small overflow/breather pipe when leaning into the engine bay.
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    FWIW: I now carry this small 2 part concoction found on Youtubey only a little while ago:



    Have a Youtubey search yourselves at how reactive the two are together with an incredible bond especially on plastics.
    Language warning: Aussie’s call the white powdery stuff ‘Bi-Carb Soda’ whereas Yank’s call it ‘Baking Soda’


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    scientists call it sodium-bicarbonate
    2008 CRD Wagon, 196,000kms and counting....

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