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Old 18-02-2019, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone used a mini radiator in their swap?

I have a D16z6 Turbo swapped standard length round nose and im trying to free up space and clean up the engine compartment.It does have a flip front but really want things as simple as possible.

Currently i run a Honda radiator with a 50mm/2" core with a very powerful but small 8" fan.No shroud, just mounted direct to the radiator so it only covers like 1/4 of the radiator.It cools effortlessly on hot days and the fan cycles to keep in proper temp range.

Im thinking an aluminum Mini radiator with the ports relocated and changed to 1.25" along with a shroud covering the entire core and the same fan would cool the same,or possibly better? Ill be losing a little coolant capacity but the fan will be cooling a larger area this time around?
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Old 18-02-2019, 06:19 PM   #2
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They also offer the mini radiator with a thicker core (70mm/2.75") but im a bit afraid the thicker radiator with the same fan may not cool as good as ive had this issue with another vehicle.
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Old 18-02-2019, 09:54 PM   #3
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I and a few other rover guys use the standard mini rad with 10" fans and they have been alright in cooling even on track days and the drag strip.

IMG_3730 by Keith Thornburn, on Flickr

I can only find a photo of the front.
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Old 18-02-2019, 11:01 PM   #4
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Thanks! Is that the 40mm/1.5" thick core radiator?
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Old 18-02-2019, 11:13 PM   #5
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theres a few , istant custard springs to mind
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Old 19-02-2019, 08:44 AM   #6
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The Rover K series engine runs a small cooling system but with B and D series people generally keep the Honda rad or go custom. I think there have been a few people on here over the years that have tried uprated Mini rads but I think they all eventually went Honda or custom.
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Old 25-02-2019, 06:12 AM   #7
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Well,i was bored and browsed the whole forum basically.Searched through hundres of pages looking for radiator info haha...

Seems most use the MPi radiators..which is odd to me because they technically are thinner and have less core space then the thicker ones offered as sidemount.Also,it seems a lot of people just have fans flat mounted to them,and some cheap basic fans also..

Hoping the 2" thick sidemount i have,with a shroud made to cover the WHOLE core,as well as a SPAL 10" fan which moves quite a bit more air then the 9" one will do the job for me (my style driving) .Which is 0 % track since ive never done it or had interest in it (no offense,i do respect it and it looks fun but just not something im interested in)

For street driving/drag racing or a few quick pulls/races while cruising i think itll work fine.My honda radiator cooled great with a tiny 8" fan flat mounted to it,no shround.It barely covered any of the radiator lol
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Old 26-02-2019, 03:55 AM   #8
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Need to relocate the ports and make a shroud for it and then mount it up.
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Old 26-02-2019, 06:26 AM   #9
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Thanks! Is that the 40mm/1.5" thick core radiator?
Yeah it's 40mm thick, ebay special £50 ish
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Old 26-02-2019, 08:51 PM   #10
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I am using the standard side mount Mini radiator, in standard position, with a 10" electric fan in the shroud. It was just not keeping up at fast highway speed on hot days, so I mounted a large auto transmission cooler ( 1/2" pipes ) flat to the underside of the boot floor,and plumbed it so the flow is controlled by the thermostat. Works perfect and still looks standard / period.
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Old 27-02-2019, 11:05 PM   #11
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What radiator exactly do you have?
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:29 PM   #12
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It is the stock rad that came with the car ( 1969 998 cc Riley Elf ) and I had it re cored, and put the fill cap at the back and the bottom hose at the front so it would clear my transmission. You can see it in my build diary
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Old 04-03-2019, 04:55 PM   #13
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Iím using mini rad too, Chinese alloy and front mounted, no problems
Donít think the fan do anything over 30mph anyway
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I always have trouble posting pics here �� whyyyyy dont they show!?
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I always have trouble posting pics here �� whyyyyy dont they show!?
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