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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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JDM Radiator replacement

Hey, Today I replaced my hoses both upper and lower radiator hoses. Vehicle is at 100k so why not. I started with draining the radiator fluid and taking the hoses off. This is where it all starts. As I am taking the hoses off I notice that radiator is moving back and forth (not good). So I drain al the fluid and take the hoses off, unbolt the mounts and pull the radiator. I notice the bottom keepers or pegs are sheered off. Not good. So i happen to have a JDM radiator sitting in the garage. I flushed it and installed it with the fan and overflow tank. After its all mounted I start placing the hoses on the radiator and continue to fill the radiator fluid up. I get everythingg all ready and I notice the fan clips are not mating up. Moral of the story. If you are trying to use a JDM radiator it will mount. DONT USE A JDM FAN. It won't hook up to a USDM wire harness. VERY HARD LESSON learned. Thanks


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Ouch, that sucks.

If you are that deep in I would be looking for ways to make it work lol!

So the JDM rad fits ok, the JDM fan is installed as well, but the JDM fan plug wont fit your car's fan harness socket?

Maybe you can borrow the plug of your USDM fan and install it on the JDM fan if you can figure out the pin outs?

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Well as deep as i was and not wanting to splice anything. I found that pulling the top hose and the overflow can the fan assembly pulls right out. I was lucky that my fans are in good working condition.

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What work was involved getting the USDM fan attached to the JDM rad?
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Actually no work. The JDM Radiator bolted right up to the USDM fan assembly.

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Ah, gotcha, everything fits but the sockets are different.

Wait, was it you that posted some time ago that you just swapped in a JDM front clip after an accident? Hope it didnt mess up all your work with this.
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Ah, gotcha, everything fits but the sockets are different.

Wait, was it you that posted some time ago that you just swapped in a JDM front clip after an accident? Hope it didnt mess up all your work with this.
HAHAHA. I did get into an off road accident and then swapped my JDM parts after. Definitely something you laugh about later.

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