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Mishimoto Aluminum Performance Radiator (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ)

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  • MPN# MMRAD-WRA-87

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Features, Video & Details

  • Features Brazed Aluminum, Polished End Tanks
  • Prevents Overheating
  • Effortless Installation
  • Fits 87-06 Jeep Wrangler YJ & TJ Models

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review of the Mishimoto aluminum performance radiator fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers. Today we're going to talk about the construction and of course the installation of this radiator. This radiator is going to be for those of you who need to replace your factory existing radiator because it is leaking, but I would not recommend this for those of you who are having overheating problems. If your TJ or YJ are overheating, chances are you have a problem with either the water pump, the thermostat or you need to have the coolant system properly flushed. And I would recommend those fixes before I go and spend big money on a performance radiator like this. While this radiator is designed to be very efficient, the OE radiator is more than optimal to cool almost any YJ and TJ in any off road or on road conditions. However, if you are looking for an all-aluminum radiator, this one from Mishimoto is a very high-quality option. This radiator is made from brazed aluminum and it has polished end tanks. The radiator has a .89 gallon capacity and Mishimoto claims a 20% increased efficiency in cooling over your factory radiator. This will work with both automatic and manual transmissions because it does have a transmission cooling tank on the bottom of it and a couple of different adapters to work with your factory automatic trans cooler. As I mentioned before, the OE radiator is going to be more than sufficient for most TJs and YJs in most driving conditions. In fact, the factory radiator is an aluminum core radiator, so it shares a lot of similarities with this radiator. Of course the factory radiator does have plastic tanks where this one has aluminum, so that is going to be an upgrade for this radiator over the factory. Getting this radiator installed in your Jeep is going to be a very simple process because it's designed to install just like your OE radiator. The first step is to get that old radiator out of the way. To do that, you'll want to first drain the system by using the petcock on the factory radiator. Then, pull the upper and lower coolant lines and finally your trans cooler lines if you have an automatic transmission. After that it's just a matter of removing the fan shroud and the bolts that hold the radiator onto the core support, then you can lift it out through the top. After that you can drop your new radiator in being careful not to bend or break any of the new fins and then reinstall it in the opposite steps that you uninstalled the factory one. Bolt the radiator to the core support, reinstall your fan shroud, reattach those automatic trans coolant lines if you have them and the upper and lower rad hoses. While you have the radiator out, this is a really good time to do a full coolant flush. Regardless, when you refill the radiator, you'll want to make sure that you're refilling it with the proper type of coolant which should be the same type of coolant you had in the system before. There are a few types of coolant out there these days and you certainly don't want to mix and match. If you have a TJ, this is also a really good time to blow out your heater core to make sure you're getting maximum heating in the cab. Once you have the system all hooked up and filled back up, you can bleed the cooling system in a couple of different ways. There are pressure bleeders that you can use, but the more old school way that is tried and true is to park the Jeep on a slight uphill, leave the radiator cap off and let the Jeep idle. As it comes up to temperature and the thermostat opens, it'll cycle all of the air out through the top of the radiator, and as long as you continue to top it off and keep your overflow tank full, you'll get all of the air out of the system no problem. This whole installation will probably take you around two hours, maybe a little bit more by the time you get everything bled out. You won't need any specialty tools, just a few gallons of coolant and some hand tools to get everything installed. As I mentioned before, an OE replacement radiator is going to be more than sufficient for most TJs and YJs. Even in the harshest desert off-road environments, they're going to be more than enough to keep your engine cool if your coolant system is in good condition. However, if you are looking to replace your radiator with one that's all-aluminum and doesn't have the plastic tanks that the OE radiator has, I think this is a really nice option. Of course you are going to pay significantly more than an OE replacement for this all-aluminum radiator from Mishimoto. You're going to be about three times the cost of an OE radiator for this option. If you're looking to replace your OE radiator with an all-aluminum version, I think this one from Mishimoto is definitely worth a second look. This is going to be significantly more expensive than an OE replacement but you are getting an all-aluminum radiator. That's my review of the Mishimoto aluminum performance radiator fitting all 1987 to 2006 Wranglers that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

Performance. Enhance your Jeep Wrangler's performance with the Mishimoto Aluminum Performance Radiator. It is designed to optimize cooling efficiency by up to 20% and prevent overheating.

Construction. The Mishimoto Jeep Wrangler radiator has lightweight dual core end tanks made of aluminum. It has a 0.89 gallon capacity.

Parts Included. This Mishimoto radiator has a magnetic drain plug, a radiator cap and 6 transmission adapters.

Compatibility. This downflow radiator is designed to fit 87-06 Jeep Wrangler YJ & TJ models.

Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Radiator
  • (1) Radiator Cap
  • (1) Magnetic Drain Plug
  • (6) Transmission Adapters
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • YJ - 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95
  • TJ - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
  • TJ Rubicon - 03, 04, 05, 06
  • TJ Unlimited - 04, 05, 06

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5/5
Just what I needed

I feel like it is more lightweight than the stock, and definitely keeps the engine cooler by a few degress which is a big plus

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5/5
Know what you are doing.

It's not an exact fit... With some skills and patience it does fit. Had to do slight modification to tranny cooling lines. Looks great temperature seems about 15 degrees cooler.

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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I've had past problems with this radiator with hoses leaking at the inlet and outlet of both upper and lower hose. What are the radiator in and out dimensions. I've tried several different hose manufacturers for my 97 tj sport. They all seep fluid.

JohnP

This is a direct fit with no modifications, correct? Any recommendations on an electric fan to attach to it?

MikeF

  • Yes, the Mishimoto Aluminum Performance Radiator is a direct fit replacement. You could reuse your factory fan or any aftermarket fan electric fan that has OEM fitment.

    TerriB

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The only question I have is how many cores does this radiator consist of?

RichardM

  • The Mishimoto Aluminum Performance Radiator (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ) is a 2 core or dual core radiator.

    XTHelenW

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Will this radiator work with a small block chevy

Hollywood

  • Hello, unfortunately we would only be able to guarantee fitment on 86-06 Wrangler's.

    XTNunoP

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Will this radiator work with the 06 Unlimited 2 door?

Wolf

  • Hello, yes the Mishimoto Aluminum Performance Radiator (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ) will work on your 06 Unlimited 2 Door.

    XTNunoP

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how many cores? I am looking for a four core radiator.

Reva

  • The Mishimoto Aluminum Performance Radiator (87-06 Wrangler YJ & TJ) is a 2 core radiator.

    XTHelen

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Overall Rating 4.7

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

  • Performance Gain 4.666667 4.7
  • Fit 4.8 4.8
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.8 4.8



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 16, 2016

    Just what I needed

    I feel like it is more lightweight than the stock, and definitely keeps the engine cooler by a few degress which is a big plus

    Vojtek

    Year: 2003Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    August 08, 2016

    nice radiator

    Good fit, everything fits good. Might as well not even open the bolts package because they don't fit,but everything else is good.

    Blackwidow

    Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 30, 2016

    Easy install, great performance

    Install went easy in my 94 YJ. Only complaint I have is that my stock fan shroud did not match up with the radiators mount. Just took the shroud out since my next upgrade will be mishimoto's fan.

    94YJ

    Year: 1994Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 20, 2016

    Know what you are doing.

    It's not an exact fit... With some skills and patience it does fit. Had to do slight modification to tranny cooling lines. Looks great temperature seems about 15 degrees cooler.

    JJ

    Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    August 27, 2015

    Great product

    Perfect fit no problem installing,less than one hour,looks like a well made product. Vehicle runs cooler than stock radiator and looks better than the original.veary happy with this product. All hard wear was included and instructions made it easy to read and understand.

    J2000

    Year: 2000Florida, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 10, 2015

    cool radiator

    Radiator fit perfect! Took about 4 hours to take out old one then put in new one. It runs 7-10 degrees cooler than stock. Very pleased with it so far.

    odgreencj5

    Year: 1991Fallung Waters Wv

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 15, 2015

    Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator

    Fit perfectly. Running slightly cooler than the stock radiator even with the a/c on. Going to Red River Gorge tomorrow, will see how it performs when going slow in 4Low all day.

    Craig67

    Year: 2001Louisville, KY, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 01, 2014

    one hundred percent yes

    this product is one of best for easy install bolts right in. and works just as well. I had a 10 degree temp drop with this radiator well worth the money.

    elvis62

    Year: 1999Orting, WA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 19, 2014

    keep it cool

    This is my third radiator and first aluminum one .high quality radiator for the price. All the welds are solid and already has bolt holes ready for the fan shroud with is a huge plus so u dont have to fiddle with the clips.

    Williams97

    Year: 1997Henderson, CO, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 11, 2017

    Great investment

    This thing is worth every penny. Quick, and easy to install, and now running noticeably cooler.

    JasonM

    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 05, 2017

    Great fit. Works great.

    Went in without any problems. Fit perfectly on the vehicle. I did have to drill one hole in the plastic fan shroud to get all four bolts in but no big deal.

    ChristopherK

    Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    February 06, 2017

    Looks Great

    Radiator fit great but couldn't use hardware they sent

    StevenG

    Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 03, 2016

    Second times the charm

    So the first radiator leaked otherwise the review would of got a higher rating. The second one arrived a couple days after I took the first one to UPS. They both fit perfect and best of all the second one didn't leak! Even though I got to practice with the first one, the extrem terrain customer service was great with getting a replacement and sending me the info for UPS.

    Jetdudezero

    Year: 2002Submodel: WranglerSummerville, SC, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 18, 2015

    radiator upgrade

    Great fit,easy install, looks great in the Jeep, improved performance

    allan22

    Year: 1989Yukon, OK, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 03, 2015

    Radiator

    This was the best fit radiator I have ever brougth. My temp drop 25 deg with this radiator. all botl holes line and it came with all hardware

    jeep93

    Year: 1993Hopkinsville, KY, USA

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