If your factory aluminum radiator has started to leak, is clogged, or has been damaged, it is the perfect time to upgrade to upgrade to an aluminum radiator. Some of the questions we always get are "What is the difference between an aluminum radiator and a factory radiator?" & "Why should I upgrade to an aluminum radiator". We are going to break down some of the key features, benefits, and difference you will see in an aluminum radiator.
One of the most obvious differences is going to be the all aluminum construction, where the factory radiators are usually a mix of aluminum and plastic. This greatly reduces the changes of your radiator leaking as the plastic tanks found on OEM radiators often crack over time. With most aluminum radiators, you will get wider, more efficiently shaped tubes that help cool coolant faster.
Aftermarket aluminum radiators are often offered in multi-row options. You may have heard the terms "2 row radiator" or 3 row radiator" used in the industry. This simply refers to the amount of rows in the core of your radiator. More rows means more coolant can flow through the radiator, thus keeping your engine cooler.
Depending on what year car you have, an aluminum radiator could be a lighter option for you as well. This will be a great upgrade for older cars with copper radiators. Newer vehicles with copper core and plastic tank radiators may not see much of a difference in weight.
If you are looking to get a cleaner look in your engine bay, an aluminum radiator can always help! Aluminum radiators are usually offered with a flat, clean top that can give the messiest of engine bays a better look.