ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

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Postby ChrisD » Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:59 pm

engine side, somehow there's a tad more space in the front of the engine bay :)
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Postby timmey » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:11 pm

Got my 56mm st185 rad in!

I used stock hoses, a new OEM replacement thermostat, a 12" fan from siliconeintakes (great deal, was easy to install and blows a decent amount of air, less than OEM I feel though, but much thinner), those good hoseclamps with the smooth inside ring and the bolt instead of a screw, Prestone green, and my ASI non-logo 56mm rad.

I don't have an aftermarket water temp gauge, so I can only comment on what the OEM one displays. Before my car would run about 45% to "H", so just under middle, now at about 50km/h city driving I'd say it was about 39-43%, so just a tad lower. It seemed to take a little longer to get to that temperature as well, but my old coolant was old and this is new, and I hadn't driven the car in about a month..so my judgment might be a bit off.

The single 12" fan seems to keep the temp at about the 40% range when sitting for about the 5 or so minutes I tested that, so thats good..it does move less air though, that is noticeable. On the highway at about 80-100km/h with a little boosting I got about 35-40% to the "H", so a little colder when moving fast.

One thing I did notice is I feel there is more radiant heat in the engine bay vs the OEM rad. This shiny rad seems to feel much hotter, and the engine bay around it seems much hotter just putting my hand near it. Anyone else notice this?

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Postby LooSeNutZ » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:12 pm

Anyone notice that these are available on Ebay for $200 shipped! I'm ordering one soon.
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Postby timmey » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:23 pm

Yeah,

I e-mailed David Wang direct and bargained him down quite a bit. Mine was 220 US shipped for a ST185 56mm, no logo and only the end tanks are polished, not the welds though. Who give a shit though? :)

Especially the logos, it's not like "LOOK GUYS!! I BOUGHT A CHEAP CHINESE RAD!!!"...It's just ASI, who needs the logo?

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Postby ___Scott___ » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:04 am

timmey wrote:who needs the logo?

The logo would be hidden behind the ac condenser anyway.
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Postby 88st165 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:18 am

Ive seen some where the logo was right on the top endtank.
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Postby ___Scott___ » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:40 am

I was thinking the stencil/spray version like this:
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Postby ChrisD » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:47 am

i've got the embossed logo and the spray'd logo that isnt visible

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Postby timmey » Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:33 am

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Postby 88st165 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:53 am

Looks awsome Timmy^


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More observations:

Today I did some drag racing at a test and tune. The ride there which was about 90min my coolant temps were right at 188*. At the track doing back to back runs and leaving the car on while waiting to be staged (which was like 5min) my coolant temps didnt rise above 188*. I truely believe that this rad is a solid performer, and like I said before, I dont have to worry about popping a plastic endtank like the stock one. Being shiny and nice looking is just a plus lol.
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Postby xCH121Sx » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:11 am

got a question. i have 2nd gen in a st165

does the st185 rad fit in the st165?

st165 have the nipple for turbo coolant line.

i dont need that nipple since i have 2nd gen.

can i fit the 185 radiator?

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Postby Rick89GTS » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:31 am

Chris D has similar set-up with a 185 motor, I'd just follow his lead.
The 185 rad is not a drop in fit for the 165.
The top and bottom mounts do not line up, so you will have to mod the brackets. You can just plug the 165 nipple if you don't need it.
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Postby ChrisD » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:07 pm

No you can't fit the 185 rad.

Just cap off the 165 rad with a little hose and bolt, with a clamp to keep it sealed.
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Postby aubeone » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:28 pm

^^^ Not true. I have fitted a 185 56mm ASI Rad in my 165. It took some work, but it'll go once you've made some room.
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Postby ChrisD » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:39 pm

Impressive! More determined than I was I suppose!

(at least we can agree it is not a drop-in affair then)
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