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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:56 am 
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i am looking for a radiator on the cheap for my metro head job. not sure if the engine is smoked or not (see topic expensive oops) and i don't want to spend over 100 for a new radiator if the engine is smoked. the vast majority of them on ebay say in the text 12 3/4 by 13 inch. mine measures 14 by 15 inch. it fits a manual trans car. not sure why the manual car would need a bigger radiator than an auto trans car. seems to me it would be the other way around. not sure if the 1 inch diff all around is even enough to make a difference. i thought about finding a cheap auto one and sticking it in and trying it out. i thought it was worth a post. someone might know more than me about this. thanks


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:17 pm 
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I have a brand new auto radiator I can't use. THe hose outlets are in different places.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:18 pm 
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im pretty sure they are almost identical. I know you can use either or because the mounting holes are the same and the upper and lower hose hits the same spot. only diff is that the auto has a tranny cooler built into it or something, and has two extra nipples for it. im currently actually using an auto tranny in my boosted 5spd

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:52 pm 
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Lower hose is on opposite ends. I know this as mine is opposite. I just couldn't make the lower hose reach that far across.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:20 pm 
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Bobzilla wrote:
Lower hose is on opposite ends. I know this as mine is opposite. I just couldn't make the lower hose reach that far across.

thats strange, because my 5spd and auto rads I have in the garage are not. are you sure you didnt maybe get a rad from a different gen?

can someone else comment on this?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:21 pm 
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APPARENTLY not all auto rads are the same.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:56 pm 
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hm, can you post what year your car is and what the rad is from? I think I can safely say all 89-94 auto/5spd rads are the same except the trans lines.... canada?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:27 pm 
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car is a 93 metro 1.0 manual trans not sure of where rad hoses connect, car is at home. have to post later. not sure if i can get that info, i took the tanks off the rad and threw them away, oops. still have rad core though. might be able to tell the way the hoses set on the engine.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:02 pm 
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the upper hose hooks sort of in the middle, and the lower hose hooks almost all the way to the driver side of the bottom portion. the radiator is origonal to the car, i believe.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:44 pm 
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http://www.radiator.com/geo-metro-1993- ... 1ci%2C+L-3

I ordered the first one on the list for my '93 5spd. It looked different than the original, but fit perfect. It has metal tanks instead of plastic. During checkout, use code 40415 for $25 off. I had mine in one business day.

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I've got an auto Cultus GT-i (ultra rare) and the bottom water outlet is on the other side (closer to the centre of the car).
Top is the same and it is dual core.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:21 pm 
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I just went out and dug up my leaky 5spd trans and compared it to the auto one I'm using in the car, and the outlets are 100% the same. maybe the 4 cyls have a slightly different one? both mine were from 3s and one was a 90 turbo sprint 5 spd, and the one I'm using was a 91 auto

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