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Old 11-16-2007, 10:31 AM   #61
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Anyone else got some brackets? I got my radiator Wednesday and can't install it cause I have a auto radiator right now and connot transfer the brackets.
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:58 AM   #62
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fab something up man...you can do it

Paul-noice, 179-181, thats COOL, lol
what were you logging before?
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:16 AM   #63
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Yeah, but I thought it would be easier if someone had some laying around. I've done too damn much work on this car lately. I just want to drive it now. I've only driven it about 200 miles in the past 2 months.
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:17 AM   #64
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Look at how Paul mounted his. Pic on page 2. Im sure you could do something similar on the bottom as well.

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Old 11-17-2007, 09:36 PM   #65
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Okay...It appears that indeed my stock fan is dying, and still runs a little warmer than Id like it.

So I bought ONE of the 12 inch fans from the site that was posted "siliconeintakes".

1) Do I need just one or two fans??
B) How did you wire it up??
2) Where do I get the 180 degree thermo and anyone got a part number??

I mounted mine against the "lip" of the radiator..proabably a bit unsafe? Ill have to fab a bracket as well.
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:45 PM   #66
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1) as far as I know the second fan only turns on with ac on miatas but 2 is always better than 1. I have 2 slim fans and no ac, they turn on at the same time.
2) You just cut the stock power and ground and then attach them to the new fan. Piece of cake.
3) Just get one at your local auto parts store....


Thick rads rock. With my 3" coolradiator I have never seen my temp go more than 1deg over whatever my thermostat is.
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:58 PM   #67
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I'm gonna say you need two fans. On my 99 the ECU turns on one cooling fan normally, but will turn on both when it's overheating or A/C is on. I recommend you do what neogenesis said and wire them together, so they both come on at the same time.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:08 PM   #68
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fab something up man...you can do it

Paul-noice, 179-181, thats COOL, lol
what were you logging before?
always around 200 before. today i had to take the gutted car to work(the one with no heat system!) cuz the girlfriend wanted to use my other Miata. It was 37 degrees when I started the car. Let it heat up for about 10-15 mins, Coolant temp reached 145. Started driving and the temp dropped. By the time I got on the highway the temps were 125-126 F! So yeah, the godspeed radiator is hella efficient.

A lil info about my setup:

coolant reroute bypassing the heater core and mixing manifold. The t-stat housing outlet in the front of the head is blocked off. Heated water exits the head at the rear and goes to the radiator. Cooled water goes back into engine at the water pump via a 1.8 upper t-stat housing, no mixing manifold. I run a 180 degree t-stat with two 1/8" holes drilled through so I don't get excess pressure building up behind. there is no ac condensor in front of the radiator but there is an 18x12x3" IC.

for the colder months(at least) I have 2 options:
  • new thermostat with only one 1/8" hole drilled. after thinking about it today i realized any excess pressure should just flow through the aux line that feeds the oil cooler and throttle body. this will force more water through the turbo too so it's a win win situation.
  • block off part of the radiator with something that won't melt or deteriorate and get stuck in the rad fins

when it gets warmer obviously the "shield" will come out if i made one.
might remove the AC fan which is currently wired in parallel if I deem it unnecessary
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:13 PM   #69
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Damn dude, are you sure your thermostat isn't stuck open? Test it in a pot of water on the stove with a thermometer if you can. If you have to block of some of the radiator, that should be fine. In the winter, I always see dump trucks and cement mixers and the like with cloth strapped in front of their radiators.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:20 PM   #70
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Damn dude, are you sure your thermostat isn't stuck open? Test it in a pot of water on the stove with a thermometer if you can. If you have to block of some of the radiator, that should be fine. In the winter, I always see dump trucks and cement mixers and the like with cloth strapped in front of their radiators.
not sure but it certainly wasn't thursday morning when i drove it before the radiator install and was seeing temps over 200.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:25 PM   #71
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Default Good deal

This was a good deal...glad I bought it. Ill just buy the two fans instead of one and post up.

BTW...anyone got the part number on the 180 from NAPA or whatever?

They claim stupidity right now..and say it doesnt exist.....
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Then go somewhere else with more competent people.
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Item#: THM101
Price: $6.79

http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...ure+180+Degree


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he did. mt.net
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Cardboard works well to block the radiator, if you want bling, cardboard with aluminumfoil on it works too. Used to do that with my oldsmobile, worked fine.
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I finally installed my GS radiator today. I had many of the same issues the OP did. A little hole finessing with a die grinder with a burr and I was good to go. I ground the bosses where the fans mount down a little instead of using tape to fill the gap. Although, I did have to retap the holes afterward.

I will say that this radiator does fit with a 1.125 hollow RB sway bar.

Overall, I am very happy with the finished product for the price. It's not plug and play, but for the price it's sweet.
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:01 AM   #76
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Cardboard works well to block the radiator, if you want bling, cardboard with aluminumfoil on it works too. Used to do that with my oldsmobile, worked fine.
wonder if the styrofoam that they packed the damn radiator will work....lol
that way I really get my money's worth.
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Damn dude, are you sure your thermostat isn't stuck open? Test it in a pot of water on the stove with a thermometer if you can. If you have to block of some of the radiator, that should be fine. In the winter, I always see dump trucks and cement mixers and the like with cloth strapped in front of their radiators.
if the thermostat was stuck OPEN i wouldn't have to stick it in a pot of water on the stove to test it now would I?
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This was a good deal...glad I bought it. Ill just buy the two fans instead of one and post up.

BTW...anyone got the part number on the 180 from NAPA or whatever?

They claim stupidity right now..and say it doesnt exist.....
I just ask for a "number 42 thermostat". They usually have to order it though.
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at 1600CFM only need one.
Positive? I just ordered the 12", should I even bother getting another?

On a related note; a stock Miata only spins one fan when the AC is off, right?
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On a related note; a stock Miata only spins one fan when the AC is off, right?
Yes, however most of us run our fans in parallel.
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