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Old 09-04-2009
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Icon5 Radiator size for a 302

What size is a radiator for a car/truck with a 302, i was looking at my truck and it seems like the radiator is on the small side for a v8. I compared it to my other ranger and it's only a little bit bigger. If it is too small it probably is a good idea to trade it out with a bigger radiator right?

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yes. for ur year u could order an aftermarket radiator for it. call summit theyll hook u up.
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Is it ok to be driving with it like that, and what will i gain by putting a bigger one in?
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well obviously with a better cooling radiator youll see better performance!
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I will try and find one thank you for your help.
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My '88 had a radiator from L&L Products, aluminum, it fit under the support, towards the front about four inches and gave a little extra space on the front of the engine.
Never had a cooling issue and really pushed the engine sometimes.
Did run into a problem with the truck lifted and all of the air dam $hit removed; on the hy-way the temp would go up but not boil over.
I lifted the rear of the hood about 1 inch and all was good.
When I removed the air dam the air that would have moved under the truck actually stated coming up in the engine bay but only at hy-way speed. This would stop a lot air in the bay, blocking some of the air through the radiator.
Funny when the hood went up and the flow was restored all was well.
Where am I going, L&L Products had a great radiator.
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Hi, hope I'm putting this in correct place. I put a 97 mountaineer 302 in my 98 and I used a rad for a ranger with a 4.0 and it cost about $125.00 I think and it works great.
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sunbelt radiators has max cooling package radiator for 70 bucks no shipping charge.
Fits in original spot bolts right up twice as big as original.
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