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Lonely Driver 01-07-2012 10:53 AM

Broken radiator on 05 LGT, upgrade time?
Looking for a new radiator to put in my 05 LGT wagon 5spd.

Any aftermarket brands that fit as well as OEM?

Bolksey85 01-07-2012 12:12 PM

There is no reason to upgrade over OEM. There are cars making stupid power on OEM rads in here and abroad.

LosAngelesLGT 01-07-2012 12:21 PM

Comes with what amounts to basically a unlimited lifetime warranty. IF you track the car and run it into a wall, they will replace it.

Lonely Driver 01-07-2012 12:26 PM


Originally Posted by Bolksey85 (Post 3695428)
There is no reason to upgrade over OEM. There are cars making stupid power on OEM rads in here and abroad.

OEM rads cost twice as much which is why I'm looking at aftermarket.

m sprank 01-07-2012 02:04 PM

Mishimoto. Cheaper than OEM. Fit is great. Crazy warranty. If you have a 5EAT, need an aftermarket tranny oil cooler too.

Lonely Driver 01-07-2012 02:10 PM

ok so now the question is: Where the cheapest place I can buy the Mishimoto and can I re-use my stock fans and overflow tank?

NWSPECB 01-07-2012 02:16 PM

m sprank 01-07-2012 03:03 PM

Yes, you can re-use the stock fans and tank. As long as you dont have an FMIC.

CapnJack 01-07-2012 03:05 PM

:ohhh:Will the Mishimoto not work with a FMIC? I've been waiting to install both FMIC and raidator at the same time.

m sprank 01-07-2012 03:07 PM

No. Not with any I have test fit. Need to relocate over flow (or use Mishimoto) and use Mishimoto thin fans and shroud. Have been able to fit every FMIC (including a rotated manifold) with this set up.

HAMMER DOWN 01-07-2012 03:39 PM

I have done it, Mishimoto radiator, OEM fan shroud, relocated small universal over flow tank & Racer X FMIC.

Look here.
Mishimoto thin fans and shroud would be the way to go. Only if I new about this when I did mine. So I just made what I had work. almost 9k on this set up. With no issues.


m sprank 01-08-2012 12:17 PM

^ It forces the cold side pipe to be wedged between the fans and timing cover. The fit on that pipe is bad enough already. I have yet to see a kit with a centered core that has not eaten the pipe, or coupler because it is shoved against the timing cover already. I did not feel comfortable with the extra tightness when using the radiator. So, I do not recommend it and recommend the slim fans and shroud.

In the past people have installed slim fans with no shroud. This actually decreases efficiency and ends up working worse than an OEM set up. With the Mishimoto shroud you get the benefit of the larger radiator and still maintain excellent airflow and efficiency.

Drift Motion 01-08-2012 12:59 PM

when mine busted, I got a Koyo OEM Replacement Copper radiator, $80 picked up NEW!

montec355 01-10-2012 07:48 PM

I never regreted buying the mishimoto radiator. The only issue with fitment is the factory upper radiator hose. it needed to be trimmed to clear the fan blades. otherwise i love the radiator. the only thing that could make it better is if the nipple was instead a threaded bung so you could get a hose barb that will match the factory size hose up to the coolant tank. Using a reducer just seems cheap, but for the warranty they offer i cant complain too much. who warranties a part even after its in an accident?

m sprank 01-11-2012 08:42 AM

You must have an original. That fitting is now threaded. They send the WRX and LGT adapter in every box. So you can install in either now, with no reducer. Yes, due to deeper core you usually have to trim the hoses slightly. Otherwise they kink.

All Mishimoto products come with a no questions asked lifetime warranty too. That includes crash protection. If your Mishimoto product is damaged in a crash just send in a copy of your original receipt and the police report from the crash and they send you a free replacement. Woot!

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