Cracked my radiator which aftermarket to buy? 2003 WR450F


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  • MXCRFDAD

Posted March 10, 2013 - 08:59 AM

#1

Went riding at st Joe state park yesterday hit a tree between brush guard and front wheel. Cracked my OEM rh radiator on my 2003 wr450f. The OEM looks like it is real week or poorly built. Some after market ones on eBay look a lot stronger. Any thoughts on which one to get. Some say oversized. Will these still fit the plastic that mounts to it. 1362929742710.jpg 1362934706034.jpg 1362934741620.jpg

  • MANIAC998

Posted March 11, 2013 - 04:58 AM

#2

Quite often those aftermarket radiators don't fit very well at all. You can usually "tweak" them to make them fit, but it's almost always very difficult to make radiator guards fit them. They usually are more robustly built though. The choice is yours. I prefer to run the OEM's with radiator guards, as everything lines up correctly.

  • slippyfoot

Posted March 11, 2013 - 07:03 AM

#3

If you have time to wait, Its worth it to check with Mylers in Utah for repairs. I took mine there when I lived in Salt lake and I was blown away with what they were able to fix. Despite being thin, the oem rads are definitely better quality than any of the knock offs. Thinner, higher quality materials are more likely to bend than break, and tolerate repairs.

-Mike



Went riding at st Joe state park yesterday hit a tree between brush guard and front wheel. Cracked my OEM rh radiator on my 2003 wr450f. The OEM looks like it is real week or poorly built. Some after market ones on eBay look a lot stronger. Any thoughts on which one to get. Some say oversized. Will these still fit the plastic that mounts to it. 1362929742710.jpg 1362934706034.jpg 1362934741620.jpg



  • LucasLeader

Posted March 11, 2013 - 08:43 AM

#4

I would go with some oem replacements from ebay and get some guards. Easy fit and if you shop around you can find take offs pretty cheap. The bigger ones may be a bit stronger but don't necessarily offer a lot more cooling. See this thread: http://www.thumperta...-radiator-test/

  • dez4ever

Posted March 14, 2013 - 03:37 PM

#5

I have sent several radiators to Mylers and have referred them to several friends and they can pretty much fix most anything at much less than new.

Just my .02

  • Pooley

Posted March 14, 2013 - 03:55 PM

#6

Mylers can perform magic with radiators. That being said, after I had my radiators repaired 3x, I bought a set of Fluidyne Radiators a few years ago and they seem to be top quality. I did not have any fit issues with my rad guards, but I can't remember the brand for the life of me. They're the ones that have an angular brace that goes back on an angle from the outer edge and attaches to the engine mount below the gas tank.

  • dans450

Posted March 15, 2013 - 06:49 AM

#7

Fluidyne

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  • Do I Care?

Posted March 16, 2013 - 03:22 AM

#8

If I had to buy them I would want the welded seam type. A mate bought some for his YZ450f, although not the same bike they are the same quality. He bought [color=#0000CD]THESE[/color] from eBay shipped from Melbourne AU. He had no problem with fitment either, just bolt straight on.
Oh, [color=#0000CD]HERE[/color] is a link for WR450 radiators from the same eBay seller

Edited by Barra8, March 16, 2013 - 12:51 PM.


  • MXCRFDAD

Posted March 18, 2013 - 04:32 PM

#9

Purchased a set off ebay for 85.00 and a set of blue hoses. The radiators fit ok. The only thing was the top tube that connects the two radiators through the frame dont line up the best had to bend the tubes up so they would line up with the whole in the frame for the hose to connect them. The plastic fit just fine. I was not able to use two of the new blue hoses because they were to short1363652879394.jpg

These photos are of the new radiators installed

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  • MXCRFDAD

Posted March 18, 2013 - 04:35 PM

#10

Filled up radiators and went riding with my son and his crf 100 ang his friend and his crf 150 all afternoon Saturday in the woods by the lake on some old 4 wheeler trails they did great.

  • MXCRFDAD

Posted January 31, 2014 - 06:27 AM

#11

just an update.  I have been running these radiators now for about a year and they work great.  my son is riding my 450 now more than me and he is hard on it.  these sure work great.



  • mr2autoxr

Posted January 31, 2014 - 12:55 PM

#12

Do you still have your LEFT side stock radiator?  I'm looking to get a good replacement for that side.  I need one that doesn't leak and is straight.  
 

PM me if you have one you want to sell.

 

Mike



  • RHeritage

Posted January 31, 2014 - 03:08 PM

#13

Purchased a set off ebay for 85.00 and a set of blue hoses. The radiators fit ok. The only thing was the top tube that connects the two radiators through the frame dont line up the best had to bend the tubes up so they would line up with the whole in the frame for the hose to connect them. The plastic fit just fine. I was not able to use two of the new blue hoses because they were to shortattachicon.gif1363652879394.jpg

These photos are of the new radiators installed

Did you get these from GPI Racing? I bought a set from them for my 04 and could only get the left side mounted, the through frame tube alignment was not even close. Plus the only two of the radiator mounts would line up. Right side will not go in without significant modification, my buddy welds aluminum and suggested I bring it to him for proper fitting. 

 

By the way, the units themselves are very well built and bike does run cooler even with just one side installed, fitment is another issue.

 

Rich



  • MXCRFDAD

Posted January 31, 2014 - 04:03 PM

#14

i bought them off ebay the cheapest ones.  they were almost perfect just slight tweeking from what I remember.  the ebay seller id was superadiators.  they were great.  sorry I don't have the other side for sale.






 
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