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    Radiator upgrade after all

    Well it's a damn good thing I got the temperature sensor working a while back. Radiator popped this morning.
    Caught it in time and was only 2 blocks from home so engine should be ok. Was running just fine.
    Pulled radiator and filled it up with water, blocked off lower hose mount and found a pin hole between vanes. Wasnt even the plastic that busted.
    It made it 30 years though so cant be too upset.

    Looking through some old threads, there is some consensus that a 94-01 integra rad will fit with only slight mount modifications. Was planning on it at a later date but it seems that has been pushed up on the time table lol.
    Good times.
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.



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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Never let a good crisis go to waste, right?
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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    ha, of course not.
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    It's always bittersweet when something breaks. I feel great about finally upgrading but damn is the bank account ever unprepared lol. As far as radiators I've been eyeballing one of these for years

    https://www.mishimoto.com/honda-crx-...tor-88-91.html

    God speed with the repairs and upgrade though, your ride is really coming together!

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    https://skunk2.com/cooling/radiators/radiator-1255.html
    What I ordered.
    Also picked these up: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1995-1998-H...72.m2749.l2649
    Drill a couple holes and can put them wherever I need em.
    Lucky things broke at tax time =P
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    and we're done. Still need to get some fans but I've got a month or two before it gets warm =P




    That was fun.

    and yes the hood shuts.
    Last edited by InAccordance; 02-26-2020 at 11:35 AM.
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    oh, and I will need a thermostat housing. It's being held together by prayers and an 11mm bolt right now.
    It seems at some point the thermostat was changed and the threads were stripped in the housing itself. There was an 11mm bolt in there which made me question life cause ya know.... Honda dont use 11mm...Other bolt was a 10.
    Well, housing is jacked but not leaking yet.
    Last edited by InAccordance; 02-26-2020 at 05:33 PM.
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Great job on the new rad!
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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Quote Originally Posted by InAccordance View Post
    oh, and I will need a thermostat housing. It's being held together by prayers and an 11mm bolt right now.
    It seems at some point the thermostat was changed and the threads were stripped in the housing itself. There was an 11mm bolt in there which made me question life cause ya know.... Honda dont use 11mm...Other bolt was a 10.
    Well, housing is jacked but not leaking yet.
    One of the bolts on my thermostat housing bolts broke off. The body of the bolt stuck inside while its hex head part detached. I ended up drilling through the stuck bolt and put a smaller stainless bolt \ washer \ nut to hold it in place and it works.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    I also got the same aftermarket watertemperatuur adaptor between the radiator hose on the same spot as yours. Mine is not reading correctly though in comparison to the stock dash temperature gauge. Mine reads max 60 Celsius. Is yours reading correct Also,seems you have two wires attached to it,mine has only one

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Have to ground the sensor. It grounds through the body of the sensor itself. The single wire plugged into the sensor is the positive lead. Normally it sits in the intake so it can ground easily. I just ran a wire from the body of the adapter to a random bolt up front. Reads just fine.
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Never thought about that . Will try asap . Did you solder that groundwire to its body .Thanks for replying.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Nah, just used those ring terminals and stuck it to a random bolt on the body
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    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Problem solved. Thanks a lot. Had to try some different spots,it sometimes had too much of a reading instead of former too little, but found one that did the trick . Now just have to rig up the oil pressure sensor and they're all good. Happy with your assistance.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    No problemo.
    I still need to hook up an oil pressure sensor too lol
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Yo wait, you've got a working temp sensor? Elaborate, I need to know how to get mine going. Its still hooked up to the crossover tube with a hose barb and brake line adapter lol. I should probably start by shortening the hose going to it... Ive got the intake off rn and I'm realizing I slapped like 1.5' of hose on it in a mad panic to plug the hole.

    Does that adapter you have in the rad hose just have the factory sensor threaded into it?
    Last edited by ShiRen; 05-21-2020 at 07:58 AM.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    No,in the aftermarket radiatorhose adapter plugs an also aftermarket temperaturesensor.

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    That's the shiznizzle!!

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    Re: Radiator upgrade after all

    Quote Originally Posted by AWH View Post
    No,in the aftermarket radiatorhose adapter plugs an also aftermarket temperaturesensor.

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    Got an ebay link or something? I've been putting off buying any old sensor because I didn't know if they would give the right reading

    Edit: Actually I see he made a thread about it and used the factory sensor. This should work I think https://www.ebay.com/itm/Water-Hose-...A/323380841965

    Might work a little better in the lower rad hose, that's closer to the factory location I think.
    Last edited by ShiRen; 05-21-2020 at 10:16 AM.

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