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Monthly Archives: March 2010

  • Radiators: Aluminum vs. Brass

    11 Comments 2010 March 30
    by therealcoleq

    There is an age-old debate about which material is better to make radiators from:  brass or aluminum. Most people focus on the radiator core design when choosing a radiator - how many tubes, tube size, how many fins per square inch, etc. - but the core is not the only part of the radiator that can cool. The sidetanks hold more of the cooling fluid than the core!

    Just about every high-performance vehicle you see in car magazines has an aluminum radiator. So you might assume that aluminum has the best cooling properties. That actually isn't true, and we'd like to share some facts and test data that compare aluminum to brass, and even to composite radiator sidetanks. Continue reading

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