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Well gents this is a sad day for me, but I feel compelled to pass on the info. It seems there are other companies out there making radiators for our beloved Dodges. I was pointed in the direction of Griffin Radiators recently and found not only do they make a direct fit replacement radiator, but it is nearly 3x as thick!!!!! No, that's not a typo, 3" inches thick! They sell these @ Summit Racing.

https://www.summitracing.com/search?SortBy=BestKeywordMatch&SortOrder=Ascending&keyword=8-00234
 

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$982!!!......
 

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It looks like a nice piece brotha! My $170 Napa one is going strong :wink2:
 

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I like my mishimoto, but I think they're way overcharging. Also I had to put a 180 deg stat in for it to keep up. They also make direct fit electric fans as well for the Griffin radiators grrrrr.
 

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On their page it says, Note: External Transmission Cooler Needed for Automatic.
Sounds like an aftermarket Trans cooler in a remote location is required to make it work with the Auto trans
 

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Whoa Gator... calm down... lol 3" overall thick is what they say on the summit site. That does not mean the core is 3" thick, it means the thickest part of the radiator is 3" The core size is 2.68" thick according to their site.

Griffin Radiators for 2005 Dodge Ram

ask if the rows are offset in the core...? and if they are building them on-site at Piedmnont, SC... If yes then sounds about right on the price. I was quoted just over 1k for one that had a 3 row, offset core, custom made... that was when I was looking to get the junk btr one fixed. (still using oem with crimped end tanks that I tightened the crimps on)
 

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This is what an offset core looks like... note how the tubes in this core are setup. Even a 2 row offset core is better than a 2 row standard core.




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I want to know why they dont use the entire core for cooling...? The bottom 1/3 is stagnant coolant and not flowing at all.

 

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On their page it says, Note: External Transmission Cooler Needed for Automatic.
Sounds like an aftermarket Trans cooler in a remote location is required to make it work with the Auto trans
there are no radiator embedded trans coolers on the rams. The trans cooler sits in front of the radiator and there is a heat exchanger mounted on the block. That radiator should be a drop in.
 

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I like my mishimoto, but I think they're way overcharging. Also I had to put a 180 deg stat in for it to keep up. They also make direct fit electric fans as well for the Griffin radiators grrrrr.
Probably not considering the labor in building one and the quality of the parts going into it. The BTR I had, I was told failed due to weak solder materials. Started leaking with 3~4 months after the install. It was junk.
 

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This is what an offset core looks like... note how the tubes in this core are setup. Even a 2 row offset core is better than a 2 row standard core.




standard core





I want to know why they dont use the entire core for cooling...? The bottom 1/3 is stagnant coolant and not flowing at all.

That's the Dodge design it is a direct fit replacement!
 

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Don't get me wrong I like my mish Rad, but I had to use a 180* stat to get it to work for me.
 

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Don't get me wrong I like my mish Rad, but I had to use a 180* stat to get it to work for me.
Cause of the bumper?
 

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I don’t know about in dodges but griffin has a good name in the hot rod world.


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they make a drop in for the Dodge also, and it's more than 2X thicker than the Mish. They even offer an electric fan and shroud for it. boy I wish I knew before I bought. The fans are a much lower CFM, I imagine since the core is so big they can save on current/AMP load that way. Now we're also talking about HP and mileage gains!!!
 

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Throttle response alone is worth the efan swap...
Yep I'd say they really did their homework on this one. Bigger radiator, with smaller fan instead of same size radiator and bigger high amp draw fans. the load on the alternator will suck some of that saved energy.
 

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Fwiw, my dual volvo setup is on a lot in the warmer months and i was still able to get 23+ mog when driving 100% eco... 27-28 amp draw for both fans on low
 
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