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 Post subject: Race Radiators (Dandenong, VIC)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:29 pm 
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I would like to highly recommend Race Radiators in Bennet St, Dandenong.

I've just installed my new 55mm 2 row aluminium radiator.

It was a custom one-off according to my design: 550mmx400mmx55mm core, downflow, with heater return, OEM radiator size turned so the overflow goes straight to the passenger side, OEM coolant level sensor (on the front side of the top tank, so its hidden under the cowl), and baffling in the top pipe to force coolant flow across the whole core.

I was charged $600 for it :shock: , which is several hundred dollars less than the going rate. They also do rads in 40mm core, which is meant to perform brilliantly also, for cheaper.

RR use PWR cores, which are some of the best, most reliable cores available, and their workmanship is excellent. All welds were clean, and the tanks were nicely cleaned up and rounded off before being britexed to give them a nice clean finish. Polishing would be extra but I did this myself on the buffing wheel. Really, the work was excellent and the price difference of the competitors does not really equate to a better product IMO.

The radiator is also warrantied so long as you do the proper maintenance for aluminium rads (stray current test and use the correct grade of coolant).

RR do lots of work on rotaries - eg for IPRA (they do some work for Xtreme Rotaries, such as on Rohan's old IPRA racecar), and they mainly do streetrods, V8s and other circuit cars.

My only criticism was the turn around time, which was 2 weeks, but the recent floods in SE melbourne had wiped out all but one welder, so it was not really the workshops fault IMO. They were also extremely busy with Summernats coming up.

Cooling is now unbelievably good. 8)

I'll put some pics up as soon as I can get them hosted.

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Now orgainize mine Greg.

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I want to give you money for x-mas .............


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no probs Peter. Just give us some of the details I asked for in the last PM and I can order it for you tomorrow.

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That's an amazing price!!

I can host a few pics if you'd like to email them to me.

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KYPREO wrote:
no probs Peter. Just give us some of the details I asked for in the last PM and I can order it for you tomorrow.


PM sent, sorry I missed it :( Too much going on and not enough time, too many excuses :P


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That does look good, but performs well also, which is what's important! :P

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 Post subject: Neat Radiator
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Greg,

Now that is what I call a neat job - good price too.

This is probably the wrong place for my post looking for opinions on improving cooling so I'll post under technical. Your input (and others of course) would be most appreciated.

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Thanks guys, as they say...if you want a job done properly, do it yourself!

Good thing I'm unemployed at the moment, so I actually have time to do these things.

thanks for the pic hosting Christian.

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Ordered, thanx Greg :)

Now what else do I need to finish of my piece of poo .............. :?


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they also do intercoolers. Im getting a 550w * 450h * 3inch. So i'll let you guys know about the price and quality once recieved...


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Wooo Hoooo my rad is finished :) From all accounts (thanks Greg) I will/should be impressed with it especially given my specific situation ;)

I will update photos somehow (S2 13BT are you reading this ?)

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Well I got the rad.

It is sweet :) Want to say thanks to Greg "Keypro" for doing the leg work, this thing looks fantastic, looks like it could cool a 1000bhp car let alone the mere 850 I want to make LOL.

Nice x-mas present for me, glad I scored the larger core too for no extra cost............ thanx Santa :D


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So, is it as thick as you were thinking?

Send me some pics and i'll get em up for ya. (PM sent)

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S2 13BT wrote:
So, is it as thick as you were thinking?

Send me some pics and i'll get em up for ya. (PM sent)


LOL no, I miscalculated that one :) Its only 3" thick ;)

Its plenty big enough, almost to big to fit........ LOL just kiding Greg !


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This radiator looks awesome and a fair bit cheaper than PWR at $770 without freight. A little after Summernats i will definanly get one for my rx2 same as Kypreo but with mounts for 2 10 inch thermos whats the turnaround on one of these puppies Cheers RTRFRK

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No problems Peter. Glad its what you wanted. :D

RTR FRK: their turnaround is around 1-2 weeks depending on how busy they are. Mine took 2 weeks, Rice Racing's took less time - around 7 business days I think.

You should be able to go for a thinner 40mm two row core on the RX-2 since the radiator is so close to the front grill (better airflow), which were $550 all up last time I checked.

I should clarify that for that price the radiators are not polished, but thats the same for most places. I did the polishing on the radiator.

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how much was it with polishing and how much was the freight to canberra?? if not too bad may get one up to sydney, it went to all the factory bolt holes and used all the standard hoses too?

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No idea on their polishing surcharge, cos I always planned to do it myself (I've got the time to do a better job anyway if I do say so myself :lol: ). You could give em a call though.

Rice Racing's one cost $16 to send to Canberra.

The radiator lined up well. It comes without holes drilled - just the brackets, so you can sit it at the right height etc. The fit was TIGHT as the radiator is as big as you can physically fit without angle mounting, fabrication etc. I wanted mine the series 3 size cos I wanted maximum surface area possible as this is best for radiator efficiency (better than thickness), so my oil cooler will go under the aircon condensor. This is around 50% more surface area than the PWR radiator. :shock:

The only bits that were tricky were the thermofan fitting - there is only 5mm clearance between the thermo motor and aircon pulley (not a problem for most ppl since no one keeps aircon). the major issue is the swaybar. If you go for a series 2 size (which they have on file IIRC) there will be no swaybar issue. If you go series 3, there needs to be a slight indentation for the swaybar to sit. On a stock series 3 radiator you'll see the indent on the mounts. they should know about the issue from the one they did for me, but it wouldn't hurt to remind them if you order. Worst comes to worse you can just grind out a small section from the side mounts to accommodate the bar as I did.

it will fit the OEM coolant sensor, radiator cap, and top hose, but bottom hose I wouldn't know cos I'm using an EWP. Rice Racing's was a guess with the bottom outlet, but he should be able to say it the hose needs modding to fit.

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