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Old 03-10-15, 08:16 AM   #1
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Talking Ron Davis Radiator (w/ oil cooler)

Anyone get a Ron Davis Radiator yet?

Well, I did!!! It was not cheap $1000ish, :New Products | Ron Davis Racing Products

Why did I get this one over the other two populat models? For one I have heard of a ton of Mishimoto failures, and a few Koyo failures. Ron Davis seems to have a pretty good reputation.

The other reasons is because I wanted an oil cooler, but not an air-oil unit, but a coolant-oil one. This one has a built-in oil cooler (-10an fittings provided). It is supposed to bolt-in just like OEM.

I will update when I get it installed.







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Old 03-10-15, 08:54 AM   #2
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Damn that's nice.
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Old 03-10-15, 04:51 PM   #4
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Nice LittleBlueGT!!! I'm ordering one this summer! Lachute is making a custom Stainless Steel upper radiator tube for me, which will be paired to fit with the Ron Davis Radiator!

Did you order directly from them? I was quoted around $1500 CAD, so I'm intrigued to hear that you got it at $1000

Let us know how you like it

Are you going to run an AOS with the built-in oil cooler?
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Old 03-10-15, 05:15 PM   #5
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Is there any information on how the oil is routed in there?

What failures have you read about with the other external coolers?
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Awesome, show us how the oil is routed to it !
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Nice LittleBlueGT!!! I'm ordering one this summer! Lachute is making a custom Stainless Steel upper radiator tube for me, which will be paired to fit with the Ron Davis Radiator!

Did you order directly from them? I was quoted around $1500 CAD, so I'm intrigued to hear that you got it at $1000

Let us know how you like it

Are you going to run an AOS with the built-in oil cooler?
Talked with Julien (Julian, Julianio ) about it. I beleive they were one of the shops that said they had issues with the cheaper rads, but it might have been someone else.

I was ordering like $7000 worth of stuff from KNS brakes, and Ken hooked me up with a deal, I think it was a bit less then a grand USD (which is like a million CAD ).

AOS as in Air Oil Seperator with the oil cooler, not sure how they are really related?


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Is there any information on how the oil is routed in there?

What failures have you read about with the other external coolers?
A local STI owner has had two failures already, and when I looked I found quite a few failures.

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Awesome, show us how the oil is routed to it !
See the two fittings at the bottom of the rad?



You use your sandwich adapter of choice (I will use a thermostatic one) and run custom lines to it. I might double up on it and still keep the OEM one in place, not entirely sure how I will do that yet.

When I do, I will show pics.
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A local STI owner has had two failures already, and when I looked I found quite a few failures.
Failure of what???


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See the two fittings at the bottom of the rad?

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You use your sandwich adapter of choice (I will use a thermostatic one) and run custom lines to it. I might double up on it and still keep the OEM one in place, not entirely sure how I will do that yet.

When I do, I will show pics.
We are more curious as to how the oil is handed once it goes into one of those two fittings...
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I see, so you still have to use a sandwhich plate adapter where the oil filter sits. Ok makes a lot more sense now. FWIW, this is the setup that the Subaru Road Racing team used for their CTSCC STI. Was the first time I heard about Ron Davis Racing radiator with the built in oil cooler. But when I called up the staff they couldn't tell me exactly how the oil lines hooked up to the radiator so I never ordered one . Would love to see how it performs for the weekend warrior. For now I'll make due with my Koyo radiator and OEM oil cooler.
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It's great that companies are doing this, but it isn't theoretically any different than whats on the market currently. In fact, perrins oil cooler, has a temp gauge that allows it to enter only when it's reached optimum temp, thus allowing for you oil to heat quicker. You can get a koyo rad, perrin oil cooler, all fittings, 2 guages, a sandwich adapter, all new lines, for less than this radiator oil cooler combo.

Again, I like that there is developement, but the prices that some of these companies are charging is getting excessive.
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