Is your vehicle optimized for performance? The radiator plays an important role in protecting the engine from overheating, especially high-performance motors. Depending on your vehicle and how you use it, you may want to upgrade from the OEM radiator to a customized option. Custom radiators will help to ensure the longevity of your engine and radiator through improved cooling. Is your ride ready for what lies ahead on the road?
Replace a Plastic Radiator
Some manufacturers opt for plastic radiators to reduce costs in the cooling system. While plastic radiators cost less, the lower price comes at the cost of a greater chance of cracking. Plus, these models don’t provide as efficient cooling as their metal counterparts.
If you have an OEM plastic radiator, consider upgrading to an all-metal custom radiator. Copper, brass, steel, or aluminum radiators offer the benefit of stronger construction [...]
Radiator design has changed over the years, and recently there’s been a trend towards using radiators made mostly from plastic instead of metal. While plastic radiators are definitely cheaper to produce and install than their metal counterparts, they should probably ultimately be replaced. Here are just a few reasons why.Why You Should Replace Your Plastic Radiator
The biggest reason to use a metal radiator instead of a plastic model is because it will extend the life of the product. When a vehicle’s thermostat opens, coolant that is heated to temperatures up to 200 degrees rushes into the radiator tank. This happens constantly when your vehicle is running, and this exposure to such a high temperature can cause a plastic radiator to crack. Once a plastic radiator is cracked, it needs to be replaced. The aluminium core that rests within most plastic radiators is a little more durable, but even that isn’t as effective as [...]
Use care when installing your Volvo Truck radiator frame to make sure the Tie Bar / Bow Tie Bracket and Rubber Insulators are in their correct position. Failure to do so may result in radiator core damage that is not covered under manufactures warranty.
The placement of the Tie Bar is very important to keep it from damaging the radiator core. Make sure the Tie Bar is not flipped around to be flush against the core.
Do not leave tie bar lose, this can allow it to flip over after time and rub against the radiator core.
Correct placement of the Tie bar
See photos # 1 & 2 for the correct placement of the Tie bar.
Bow Tie Brackets should be assembled behind the structure face as shown in photo #3:
The rubber insulators should [...]