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    Radiator Recommendation

    Hey Guys,

    I need to replace my radiator. I'm not looking to spend $500, because i only use the car as a daily driver, and not to race. The temps here in Louisiana can easily exceed 90 degrees. Before it cracked, the stock radiator pretty much kept the engine under 180 degrees with a 160 thermostat. Does it matter if I just go to to the local auto shop (autozone, oreilly's) and buy a radiator from there, or do u recommend a GM radiator?

    My car is a 97 trans am with bolt-ons.

    Thanks in advance

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    I've visited Shreveport in the past and I know how hot and especially humid it can get. Pretty much any replacement radiator should be just fine. I wen't the xtra mile and got a Be Cool and though expensive, it's a very fine piece. I noticed atleast 10-deg. drop in temp, not to mention it was so much lighter than the stock unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palm0913 View Post
    Hey Guys,

    I need to replace my radiator. I'm not looking to spend $500, because i only use the car as a daily driver, and not to race. The temps here in Louisiana can easily exceed 90 degrees. Before it cracked, the stock radiator pretty
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    Stock radiator works fine on my Formula in Houston. 100+ here today. On the highway, it stays around 160-170 with a 160 t-stat. In traffic with AC on, it goes up to 190-200.

    Call Dal Slabaugh at Van de Mear Pontiac (877-448-5451). I got mine for around $250-300 I think a couple of years ago.

    E.

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    Thanks for your replies. I called around, and the NAPA near my house sells GM radiators for my car for $192.99. So I'll be buying one from their.

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