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    fully welded radiator recommendations?

    I admit, I'm not a huge fan of plastic top/bottom tanks on vehicle radiators.

    On previous vehicles they've always ruptured and stopped me in my tracks, so I'm interested in a peace of mind option. I've had a quick squiz on ebay but wouldn't know if what I'm looking at is decent quality or not.
    2008 CRD Wagon, 196,000kms and counting....

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    I'd be steering clear of any eBay welded radiators personally. you won't know what your getting quality wise.

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    yeah my thoughts also
    2008 CRD Wagon, 196,000kms and counting....

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    I personally don't subscribe to the notion that everything on eBay is rubbish.
    I bought my ally 3 core rad there in 2015 for $245 when I converted to TD42T. It's well made, well tigged and everything fitted exactly. My TB45 shroud fitted perfectly.

    I've done nearly 30k kms with it, have absolutely no overheating issues (only has 150kw pump) and I've never added a drop of coolant.

    It's done some bumpy beach work and I've towed a 2.7t caravan to Lorella Springs over some good corrugations. The same corrugations that ruptured my original heater core.

    My eBay 100 amp alternator with vacuum pump and my eBay heavy duty starter motor ( had to buy 12v to replace 24v items) are also both working faultlessly after 6 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jff45 View Post
    I personally don't subscribe to the notion that everything on eBay is rubbish.
    I bought my ally 3 core rad there in 2015 for $245 when I converted to TD42T. It's well made, well tigged and everything fitted exactly. My TB45 shroud fitted perfectly.

    I've done nearly 30k kms with it, have absolutely no overheating issues (only has 150kw pump) and I've never added a drop of coolant.

    It's done some bumpy beach work and I've towed a 2.7t caravan to Lorella Springs over some good corrugations. The same corrugations that ruptured my original heater core.

    My eBay 100 amp alternator with vacuum pump and my eBay heavy duty starter motor ( had to buy 12v to replace 24v items) are also both working faultlessly after 6 years.
    While I agree, I still wouldn't buy a radiator online, it could get damaged in transit, be cheap chinese sh1t etc. Trying to send something like a radiator back to your place of purchase would be a logistical nightmare. Leccky parts is slightly different. being a smaller item and depending on what brand you buy. I bought an eBay Alternator, lasted two weeks, the seller was local'ish, took it back, the seller refused to warrant it claiming water ingress, go figure, so it became a hood ornament on his car instead. I now have a Bosch alternator, no issues.
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    I was told, last year, that Patrolapart will not send radiators to any customer. Pick up only as they've had too many problems with in transit damage.

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    Mine was in a strong cardboard box with polystyrene on all sides. It would have taken some serious mishandling to damage it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mudnut View Post
    I was told, last year, that Patrolapart will not send radiators to any customer. Pick up only as they've had too many problems with in transit damage.
    Dealing with couriers and Aus Post maybe 40 times a day, I see how they treat parcels first hand. I would not trust any of them at any time.

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    I guess Iíve just been lucky. I also bought 3 solar panels from eBay in 3 separate purchases, 200w & 2x100w, and all arrived with no issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pollenface View Post
    I admit, I'm not a huge fan of plastic top/bottom tanks on vehicle radiators.

    On previous vehicles they've always ruptured and stopped me in my tracks, so I'm interested in a peace of mind option. I've had a quick squiz on ebay but wouldn't know if what I'm looking at is decent quality or not.
    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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