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34 minutes ago, Conserv said:

All fine, but if the color of the radiator and condenser on your ‘02 means the difference between overheating and not overheating, I’d suspect you have more substantive cooling system issues than the choice of color.... 😉

 

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Steve

 

 

Bingo. 

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After the condenser went in I installed an I.E radiator, natural colour. Had to shoe horn it, but it solved the needle moving up from 4:00 to 2:00 in hot stop & go traffic.

My concern was to get maximum cooling for the AC as many have noted that it is critical to do so in these cars.




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The only time I had overheating problems in my tii was when I first obtained it. The PO had installed an undersized electric fan, and the temperature would definitely climb in stop and go city traffic. It also got too warm once when I was stuck in 20 mph on 101 south in San Jose with a tail wind. 

Bottom line, get a big enough fan to do the job. I reinstalled the stock engine driven fan, and that solved the problem.

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I didn’t trust any of the changes the P.O made so I thought since the condenser was extra wide, what the heck go with the larger rad. This also gives me some wiggle room in case I go on boost in the future.

I plan on taking some nice long road trips (probably to Cali) ,so I am not taking any chances.


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If you're after better cooling in general, I think really the best thing to do (although nobody generally addresses this) is to try to block off the sides in the nose in front of the radiator/condenser.  This prevents hot air from the engine bay from coming back around and getting sucked back into the cooling airstream.  Trying to cool the rad and condenser with pre-heated air isn't very effective, and there are a LOT of gaps in the 2002's nose to let this happen. . .

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1 hour ago, AustrianVespaGuy said:

If you're after better cooling in general, I think really the best thing to do (although nobody generally addresses this) is to try to block off the sides in the nose in front of the radiator/condenser.  This prevents hot air from the engine bay from coming back around and getting sucked back into the cooling airstream.  Trying to cool the rad and condenser with pre-heated air isn't very effective, and there are a LOT of gaps in the 2002's nose to let this happen. . .

I agree,  Andrew just put together headlamp opening covers for the 2002.  Unfortunately, that would mean that I would have to relocate my MSD box, which I am not willing to do at this point, but they would be great to funnel fresh air to the rad.  I have a turbo front on my car,  not sure how this affects anything. 

 

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There is a factory plastic plate to cover the hole by the batteryat least partially. I never knew this until I saw a picture recently. 

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There is a factory plastic plate to cover the hole by the batteryat least partially. I never knew this until I saw a picture recently. 

Luckily mine is still there


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