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Old 05-08-2022, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default Radiator Replacement Brand Denso & Suggestions

Hey guys, noticed some coolant under my truck the other day. Turns out the upper tank cracked so itís new radiator time. I called my local Autozone and they have a Duralast branded one for $150 bucks which seemed high for their house brand. So I looked on Rock Auto and there are several to choose from. My instinct tells me to buy the Denso one since I feel this is a OEM style replacement but it says itís for a 96-01 which makes me wonder if the fit is the same or if I am just overthinking this. Does anyone have any experience with the Denso 2214406 found on Rock Autoís website?

Radiator is here (1996 D21 4cyl manual transmission):
https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...,radiator,2172

Or is there another quality brand I can go with that will last like the OEM one did?

I bet the Duralast one a rebranded one on Rock Auto with a markup. I am hoping for a OE syle fitment where I donít have to modify anything for my shroud.
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OSC from Rockauto, if they still sell them are a good radiator. Also make sure to get the V6 one so you get the 1" core (compared to the 5/8" for the 4 cylinder).
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... get the V6 one so you get the 1" core (compared to the 5/8" for the 4 cylinder).

Interesting. Are the hose nipples of the same size and in the same places on both radiators?
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yes they are


1" core:


https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...t=2172&jsn=850


5/8" core:


https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...t=2172&jsn=849
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Buy an all aluminum one from ebay. I have one and it looks freakin awesome under the hood.

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The radiator gasket between the upper plastic and lower metal part of my 1998 2WD 4-cylinder Frontier leaked about a decade ago, and since then I have used an O'Reilly radiator, lifetime warranty. Does not run hot, Arizona.


Hints: check your fan clutch too. And use an extra-long 10mm combination wrench to lessen cuts on your hands (I made mine).
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Buy an all aluminum one from ebay. I have one and it looks freakin awesome under the hood.




What does the Aluminum radiator Cost?
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Buy an all aluminum one from ebay. I have one and it looks freakin awesome under the hood.

How do you like the electric fan?
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He took it back out and went to the clutch fan, he was having problems with the AC being cool enough, the electric fan wasn't making enough air flow.
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Tony is correct.

The radiator has gone up in price like everything else. I paid 160 or so. Search eBay for a Nissan D21 all aluminum radiator. Doesnt matter which engine, they are the same design. Bolts right in place of the plastic one.
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