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Finally got to tow with the new rad, it’s not as heavy as the tractor and gooseneck but it’s still a load . 130 bails of hay, it was a hot day 90s and the truck ran fine . Only got up to 205 going up hills and would cool right off after climbing the hill , engine would hold 1,100 egt climbing hills so it had plenty-of heat to heat soak the engine . Definitely seems to be a improvement . I’m sure that now I’m running Hptuners instead of box smarty tunes that helps to with how cool the engine runs. Real test will be to put the tractor on the goosneck and take it to the other farm. Lots of hills to climb and can’t go very fast due to all the turns and narrow roads . That will come soon hopefully weather permitting. So far besides the fitment issues, I’m happy .


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I haven’t forgotten about this.... I borrowed my uncles stihl pole saw so I could cut branches along the property line . And man it’s a lot of work but it does make a huge difference. Now I don’t have to worry about hitting and damaging the tractors canopy. I’ll get to towing the tractor out to the other property here soon hopefully. I need to cut some Branches out there to.


Now you see them .




Now you don’t . Man I love brush hogs .








Also did some weeding . Biggest autumn olive I think I’ve ever seen. Knocked it over with the front loader and picked it up with the pallet fork attachment. I’ll update the thread once I do get get around to towing the tractor.


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Thanks for keeping us up to speed.

If you were in the market for a radiator at this time, what would you choose?
 

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Thanks for keeping us up to speed.

If you were in the market for a radiator at this time, what would you choose?
Depending on what I wanted . If I didn’t care about increased cooling performance I’d just get a store bought with a life time warranty.

If I wanted increased cooling performance I’d get the afe or Graffen rad. The afe definitely seems to cool better , I haven’t towed very heavy yet.... I know I know I’ll get around to it eventually, but what little I have towed it definitely seems to have helped. It unfortunate I had so many problems with fitment issues with the afe . Maybe I just got a dud, but I’ve heard of at least one other person having fitment issue like I’ve had . So I don’t know .


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There were a couple of recent radiator threads that linked to Radiator Express, that I have never heard of.


This rad is pricey at US$989 but it is a nice looking piece. 2 row, 2.25" core, made in USA, similar to the Griffin.

I'm sure it's better than the US$500 AFE China rad, which has a 2inch core, but it's twice the price.

I wonder how I would explain a US$1000 radiator to my wife...
 
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Maybe I missed it, but are the Mishimoto no good?
 
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Maybe I missed it, but are the Mishimoto no good?

The Mishimoto rad for the 3rd Gens is the biggest dissappointment.
It's US$800 and the 1 3/8" core is significantly thinner than the stock rad.

It makes zero sense since the Mishimoto rads have a thicker core than stock for all other Cummins generations of trucks.
 
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How is the radiator holding up so far? My factory one developed a slow leak this weekend, all i do is tow with it, looking into the bigger all aluminum radiators and the afe one caught my eye.
 

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How is the radiator holding up so far? My factory one developed a slow leak this weekend, all i do is tow with it, looking into the bigger all aluminum radiators and the afe one caught my eye.
So far great. Haven’t had a problem. Other then fitment issues when installing . It sure looks nice when you pop the hood to


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So far great. Haven’t had a problem. Other then fitment issues when installing . It sure looks nice when you pop the hood to


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Good deal, I ordered one last night so we will see. Thanks for the write up, let’s see if this one has the same fitment issues...
 
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Good deal, I ordered one last night so we will see. Thanks for the write up, let’s see if this one has the same fitment issues...
Can you add into this thread your install experience?

Also, IIRC there was an issue with the overflow bottle nipple that might have been updated...? Maybe you can comment on that when the time comes?
 
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Can you add into this thread your install experience?

Also, IIRC there was an issue with the overflow bottle nipple that might have been updated...? Maybe you can comment on that when the time comes?
Yeah someone complained that the nipple was to small and it snapped off . Mine came with a pretty beefy brass nipple . It would be much harder to snap it off . My only concern was the brass and aluminum, don’t know if galvanic corrosion will happen over the years or not . Shouldn’t ever need to remove it . I did put a liberal amount of pipe dope on the threads to help pervert galvanic corrosion.


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Well, I ordered the radiator on the 9th of this month. Never got a shipping confirmation, called the company and they said to contact afe direct because it would be shipping from there. Got ahold of them finally yesterday, they told me production was 5 weeks out and that I wouldn’t receive the radiator until late September, well that wasn’t going to work so I requested a refund. Company I originally ordered from emailed me back and said they have a mishimoto on the shelf ready to ship, so I got it for a discounted price and should be here in the next couple days.
 

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Well I’m pretty sure the afe rad is made in China . I don’t recall seeing anything on the box or I should say what was left of the box, where it was made . The manual didn’t say anything either. But this COVID-19 seems to be really messing with supply lines . I just recently built a new gaming pc and the aio I originally wanted was out of stock every where . Places that did have it in store stock were price gouging. I noticed a lot of computer components seemed to be out of stock . I’m assuming cause 99% of it comes from China . Thankfully I was able to source the parts I needed.

Only bad thing I’ve heard about the mishimoto rad on the 3rd gens is that the core is smaller then the oem . So I doubt it’s going to give any cooling performance over oem. Also I’ve seen on a few reviews that some people have had problems with them leaking.


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That's what im doing now, researching different routes, I told them to hold off on sending me the mishimoto. Damn you AFE :mad:
 

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There is no way I'd do a mishimoto unit. Put a cheap stock style in from Rock Auto if yours needs replaced and wait until the aFe is available and buy it and replace when you have downtime.
 
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Actually I got ahold of Summit and they had 1 afe left in stock, ordered it and should be here in 3-4 days, I had them put eyes on it to confirm, so good to go. And from the research that ive done im a little shocked of the mishimoto, smaller size, fitment issues, and the price tag....
 
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