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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 5th, 19, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Cold Case Radiator review

Hey guys
With the awesome help from Eric at cold case radiators i have purchased their LS swap radiator kit part #CHC547AK

This is a preliminary review as im not set up to run yet

Out of the box the radiator was undamaged the shine from the polished aluminum was outstanding.
The fan shroud was formed with heavy gauge aluminum and the mounting bosses for the fan were spot on

I installed the shroud with rivets instead of the screws as i feel the rivets will stay put better

The 16” fan is rated at 2400 cfm and was very sturdy it bolted right up to the shroud perfectly using the supplied mounting clips.

The radiator is a 2 row core with 1-1/4” tubes.

Mounting flange is made of thick aluminum and bolted up without issue to the rad support and was perfectly level

All in all this is a great kit at an unbelievable price. If you are looking for an ls swap radiator contact Eric at cold case as they are forum sponsors

So far i give this kit 5/5 stars
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Thanks Steve. Looks like a good start. Keep us posted along the way!

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Looks really nice.
One question I do have from looking at the photos, how far from the radiator core is the shroud? It looks really close in the picture.

If its as close as it looks Ill be curious how it cools at speed. You see these shrouds (not saying this one is, but I have seen others that are) that are definitely easily made and look nice, but they are flow killers. Basically the air flows smooth through the round fan opening but virtually none or very little flows where the shroud sits. Just imagine how air flows and consider the tight corners etc. like a 90* turn at a shroud 1 From the core. If you look at factory shrouds especially, they are more funnel shaped and have little flaps that allow air to pass through at speed.

This may not be the case, just thought Id mention it if you have problems keeping it cool especially while moving. Hope it works as good as it looks though. Good luck with it!

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Interested to hear how noisy that fan is. A single fan needs a PWM controller imho. Two fans allows a hi/lo two speed controller.

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Looks really nice.
One question I do have from looking at the photos, how far from the radiator core is the shroud? It looks really close in the picture.

If its as close as it looks Ill be curious how it cools at speed. You see these shrouds (not saying this one is, but I have seen others that are) that are definitely easily made and look nice, but they are flow killers. Basically the air flows smooth through the round fan opening but virtually none or very little flows where the shroud sits. Just imagine how air flows and consider the tight corners etc. like a 90* turn at a shroud 1 From the core. If you look at factory shrouds especially, they are more funnel shaped and have little flaps that allow air to pass through at speed.

This may not be the case, just thought Id mention it if you have problems keeping it cool especially while moving. Hope it works as good as it looks though. Good luck with it!

You are probably .75" to 1" off the core. We seen the ones with the louvers sure, but we don't like the look. Ours looks very clean AND functions just fine

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Regarding fan comment
Doesnt the ls ecm have the pwm
Along with relays?

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Regarding fan comment
Doesnt the ls ecm have the pwm
Along with relays?
Some do but you still need the factory PWM controller. Aftermarket PWM controller is easier imho. The DCC one works well.

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You are probably .75" to 1" off the core. We seen the ones with the louvers sure, but we don't like the look. Ours looks very clean AND functions just fine
Wow, thats really close. I guess time will tell once the OP gets his car going. It does look nice, but Im a believer in form follows function.

I would go with a different shroud personally, but if it works for the OP thats great for him! If it doesnt cool properly at speed, consider the shroud first. He didnt mention horsepower or engine (other than LS), so it may not matter.

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Wow, thats really close. I guess time will tell once the OP gets his car going. It does look nice, but Im a believer in form follows function.

I would go with a different shroud personally, but if it works for the OP thats great for him! If it doesnt cool properly at speed, consider the shroud first. He didnt mention horsepower or engine (other than LS), so it may not matter.
I see what you are saying but space is often at a premium in LS swaps and funnel shaped fabricated aluminum shrouds are likely quite expensive in addition to taking up more space.

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