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    Aluminum Radiator?

    My radiator recently developed a leak and I was shopping around on Ebay, partzilla, local salvage yards, etc. I noticed on ebay I can get a brand new shiny Aluminum Radiator for prices that vary anywhere from $45-$130. Why is this? Is there a difference between the OEM radiator and these aluminum ones on ebay?

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    Here in Oz there has been a major in flux of the Chinese aluminum radiators in the last couple of years ranging from $ 110 to $240 AU' , I dropped one in a few months back and have suffered no ill effects at all, I'd go for one again

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sights
    Is there a difference between the OEM radiator and these aluminum ones on ebay?
    the quality of the welding! The OE rad end tanks are 'formed' whilst the Chinese rads are generally made from sheet and welded .... some seem to use a lot of pieces where one would do so it is good to see a photo at least before buying!

    That said I bought a Chinese aluminium rad a few months ago using my own advice for £38 (couldn't resist) and it appears well built. Bit of a no brainer to have as a spare. Previously I imported an OE one from the states .... total cost inc taxes just over £300. OE in the UK now stands at approx. £650!
    Full of Hot air? Intercool yourself............ you know it makes sense

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    414usd at partszilla. oem prices in the uk are crazy.

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    I bought a chinese one a few months back , my spannergirl reported no issues with fitting etc (although some people have had to make little tweaks from what I've seen on FB) and Tango now runs much cooler than she ever did

    (all in C)
    Open road was 85-90 now 75-85
    Following traffic was 90-100 now 85-95
    Brief Stationary 100-105 now 95-100
    Longer Stationary/Very Slow traffic 105-112 now 100-107

    ALso after being stationary/in traffic the temp drops a lot quicker than she used too once you get moving again
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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    Previous owner put a Chinese after market rad on my bike .
    I Can honestly say that it works just fine, the one thing to look out for is the position of the overflow spigot.
    If its not welded on in the position of the OEM one, its going to be a pig to fit a hose in there ( too tight to the fairing ) this is my exact problem, but solved with the alluminium neck off of a radio control fuel refill bottle.

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    Well there you go SIGHTS its a bit of a no brainer that they get the thumbs from the gurus ( DUCK & MIKEY ) so go for it

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    HI any chance of a link or something to the exact ones that are good its something i would like to do
    for the price many thanks for the help

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    Quote Originally Posted by bladebird View Post
    HI any chance of a link or something to the exact ones that are good its something i would like to do
    for the price many thanks for the help
    This is the one i got in oz for my FI o3 model, the spout for the injected mod is angled to miss the oil cooler where the first one they sent me was for carbi, straight up and down, just make sure you get the right one FOR Honda CBR1100 CBR1100XX Blackbird Fuel Injected 97 08 Aluminum Radiator | eBay

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    HI they may not post to the uk no probs will look

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    Quote Originally Posted by bladebird View Post
    HI they may not post to the uk no probs will look
    mate don't get one from down here freight would be a killer, your markets must be saturated as well so as long as you get the right radiator that being off set or vertical at the radiator cap you can't go wrong, Cheer's

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    Quote Originally Posted by bladebird View Post
    HI any chance of a link or something to the exact ones that are good its something i would like to do
    for the price many thanks for the help
    This is the one I bought


    ASI PROCOOL Aluminum radiator for Honda CBR1100 XX Blackbird fuel injected 97-08 | eBay

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    Just follow Mike, he will set you straight
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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    so did I
    Full of Hot air? Intercool yourself............ you know it makes sense

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    Re: Aluminum Radiator?

    HI iv looked at this was there any particular reason why you chose one of the most expensive
    and there is a pic which shows the rad what looks like its upside down which to me says when you upright it
    the rad cap and hose would be on the wrong side or facing the wrong way


 
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