I think a write up was already done about four years back in the faq section on how to replace the radiator
by the way, I once had an all metal one, it cracked on me in three years. Brass/Copper doesnt do well when it comes to dissapating heat, remember that
Indeed it does. Just take a look at CPU coolers and you'll see that most of the cheap OEM heat sinks you get with CPUs are aluminum whereas most of the higher-end HSF units are just splays of copper fins.Copper has a much higher thermal conductivity than aluminum, I thought.
If I get 3 years out of it, I will be happy. Your corrosion was probably caused by lack of proper care. I flush my cooling systems approx every 50K miles. My other radiator was the original and the plastic tank came apart from the metal. That had nothing to do with care and everyting to do with age.im not trying to bust your bubble bro, but I had the exact same radiator and the fins ended up corroding, brass/copper corrodes easily, and it weakened the metal eventually leading to it leaking....no factory installs these radiators on their cars, not even high end mercedes because of this reason...metal is not always your best option for protection unless its 100% aluminun.
most aftermarket parts have a good quality, if anything i think the rad. should stay oem while using aftermarket hoses or seals is a good alternative. However, im sure the radiator will be fine..I've had a metal one in my K1500 for 8 years now with no issues, so I guess I'm gonna disagree with you. I keep things like CV axles, seals, alternators, and hoses OEM. A radiator is a radiator.