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Thread: Aftermarket radiator for TD5

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    Aftermarket radiator for TD5

    Have just compared an original D2 TD5 radiator with an aftermarket radiator available on Ebay.
    They look pretty much the same physically, BUT if you weigh them, the original weighs in at 6 kilos, the aftermarket Ebay special weighs in at 4.1kgs.
    Since the plastic tanks are unlikely to be the source of teh weight loss, one can only assume that there is considerably less metal in the Ebay special.
    Be careful who who source your spares from.

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    I got mine from Roverlord, Glasgow Manufacturing as I recall, OEM. About $300 a couple of years ago. IIRC How much is the ebay one?
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    Go cheap, buy twice.

    And the cheap crap usually fails in a location that will cost more for recovery/repair than the better part would have.
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    Another vote for GM.
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    I bought an medium priced aluminium one off Ebay. The brackets were all wrong for my V8. But they offered a goodly amount back for me to keep it. But then I spent a lot of time making new brackets to suit. The difficulty was the two oil coolers sit close to the original and closer to this one so building the brackets was fiddly to say the least. I would buy original next time.

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    I got mine from Roverlord, it is a Nissens (Denmark) and I will installed this week. I am expecting that it will be okay Aftermarket radiator for TD5
    1999 build D2 TD5 AT, Mantec snorkel, 2" LRA spring lift, ARB on board air, CMM air ram CDL shifter, swag & gold pans .....

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    RE:how much is a cheap radiator

    Quote Originally Posted by Bohica View Post
    I got mine from Roverlord, Glasgow Manufacturing as I recall, OEM. About $300 a couple of years ago. IIRC How much is the ebay one?
    I think it was selling for $180 and $30 freight.

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    RE Nissens Denmark manufacturing

    Quote Originally Posted by onebob View Post
    I got mine from Roverlord, it is a Nissens (Denmark) and I will installed this week. I am expecting that it will be okay Aftermarket radiator for TD5
    The Cheap Ebay seller insists his radiator is made by Nissens, but coming out of China, and at 4.2 kg (price $180-270 depends on who who look at) compared to a Nissens /Danish made radiator weighing 6kg. (price range $302-380)
    I checked weight of radiator with a Nissens (Europe) importer, and he says his weigh 6kg (same as the one in my D2).

    Noticing many Britparts are now made in China, and I'm very cautious about the quality of any bearings (as in hubs, pulleys, tensioners) from there.
    I'd ordered a Dayco serpentine belt from LR parts supplier in UK, but received a belt that had been made in China.
    It was twice as thick as a Dayco and stiff, which might have made it harder to dissipate heat, and had many reinforcing fibres hanging out the side.
    Basically, a pretty rough item, so I didn't use it.

    Have been told by OEM LR parts seller (who also sells many parts made in ROC), that there is a code prefix on their parts so they know which are made in ROC.

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    Put simply - do not buy Britpart anything....
    Itís nickname is ****part for a very good reason.
    Cheers
    Tombie

    D4 MY11
    - Just about the way I want it.
    D90 MY15 - Just about the way Mrs Tombie wants it.
    D2 TD5 - Bugger me, Its Back again! Time to have some fun.

    Tesla Cybertruck Tri-Motor AWD
    On order...due 2021
    Gone - D1 AZZKIKR - 5.0L Supercharged with the lot
    Gone - Tombraider Defender - Lara

    And for two wheels:
    2007 Suzuki M109R Boulevard Limited - 1800cc of V-twin goodness
    2020 Suzuki Katana - Just Send It

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    Lotsa vids out there re knock offs.



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