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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 17, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Best upgrade for better cooling in AZ?

So I live in Phoenix AZ and if any of you don't know it gets hot in the summer. I still like to drive the car around but I'm afraid of overheating when in slower traffic due to it being 100+ degrees out. Right now I have stock radiator and clutch fan and shroud. What would be my best option to amp it up a little? Bigger radiator? Duel electric fans? The engine is a 350 in case that makes a difference. Pretty stock car so Im assuming it makes whatever horsepower those made when they came out.
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Re: Best upgrade for better cooling in AZ?

NOTHING. Make sure that what you have is in tip top shape. The factory designed cooling system is the best there is, especially for a stock 350. Have a radiator shop make sure your radiator core is free flowing and not stopped up. Make sure your clutch fan clutch is functioning. That is it.

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Re: Best upgrade for better cooling in AZ?

it does heat up, OR you'r afraid it might
if it is an original radiator have it rodded and cleaned
when in slow traffic keep as much space between you and the car in front as possible

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Re: Best upgrade for better cooling in AZ?

Might opt for a two or three row flat tube aluminium with your fan clutch and shroud.

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Re: Best upgrade for better cooling in AZ?

An aluminum radiator is the easiest and best single upgrade that you can make to improve your cooling.

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x3. Keep your original radiator configuration.
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x3. Keep your original radiator configuration.
X4 Make sure you steer away from those off shore radiators. I recommend Enthropy, as I have had one over 5 years trouble free but I do feel Griffin is the best. Enthropy was or still is a TC sponsor .

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 17, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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NOTHING. Make sure that what you have is in tip top shape. The factory designed cooling system is the best there is, especially for a stock 350. Have a radiator shop make sure your radiator core is free flowing and not stopped up. Make sure your clutch fan clutch is functioning. That is it.
The radiator is fairly new only a few years old at this point so it should be running at 100%.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 17, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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it does heat up, OR you'r afraid it might
if it is an original radiator have it rodded and cleaned
when in slow traffic keep as much space between you and the car in front as possible
Well what is too hot? I don't like when it goes above 180. But sometimes if I have been driving for a while and then hit traffic it can go just a little past 200.
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Re: Best upgrade for better cooling in AZ?

My old 406 would hover around 200 in traffic in the phx summer heat. Never boiled over though. That was with clutch fan, stock shroud and a griffin alum radiator. I know someone in Phx you could talk to on that, shoot me a pm and I'll get you his contact info.

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Re: Best upgrade for better cooling in AZ?

Dont over fill that radiator either, there should be a small bump our line in the metal, down inside the opening below the cap, dont fill above that line at all. These are closed systems and the fluid needs space in the system to expand when it gets hot. By staying below that line, your fluid can get warm but still do its job nicely. No need for fancy 'upgrades' unless you are rebuilding the engine into a power house. We drove our Camaro on several 2500 mile round trips, then local short trips, never overheated. Modern systems have 'catch cans' or 'overfill' buckets. Our Camaros dont have that type of system.

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