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  1. #1
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    Rover SD1 Radiator alternative

    Hey guys, I am well in my RAM rebuild now and I have encountered several problems. My latest is de engine cooling. The powerplant is a 390 FE Ford V8. Now I know several treads have been started about which type of radiator should be fitted in a RAM. However, the advised Rover SD1 radiator is harder and harder to find. Since I am Dutch and therefore obligated to find cheap solutions (re-coring not being one of them) I was wondering if there's anyone out there who succesfully fitted a alternative (readily available) stock radiator which is up for the task.

    I actually do have a perfect size bmw radiator with a huge cooling fan and fan shroud. Sadly it is controlled by a can-bus. Has anyone succesfully by-passed one? (simple wiring to the battery wasn't succesfull I'm affraid....)

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    I understand that people have had success fitting a Nissan 200SX S14 radiator instead of SD1 rad to DAXs.
    http://www.cobraclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54503
    Not tried it myself but it looks similar to an SD1 rad layout from the pictures for a listing on eBay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NISSAN-S14...MAAOSwm8VU0j-Q

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    Last edited by Russ-Notts; 12-08-16 at 07:44 PM. Reason: eBay link no longer working
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    Thanks Russ,

    I in fact did see the Dax thread. I reckon it indeed will fit a Ram as well. With minor adjustments probably. They look pretty descent also. Although a local custom radiator builder warned me about the quality of some of the aluminum radiators out there. They tend to go leaking around the in- and outlet pipes. After a year or so they crack due to vibrations. According to him, this is due to the fact cheap and thin aluminum is used. His radiators go for 650 euro or so (ex VAT), so I can imagine he has something to say about the quality of the competition.

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    I used this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/radiator-t...oGvcQAu6fjhs8Q

    Company is Boston Motor cool, very helpful, rad fits perfectly as its a rover pattern and with 4 row cooling will be more than up to the job. He mad fan mounting points in the rad for me as well so that I could bolt my twin kenlowes straight to the inside of the rad. Also put in fan switch socket and temp gauge sender socket.

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