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

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

Postby Rick89GTS » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:06 am

Yeah, the price has come waaay down since we first put this project together. C'est l'avi :)
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby CMS-GT4 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:14 pm

I finally have a temp gauge on mine. I have heard 205s run hotter, but I am not sure what the data is for either the 185 or the 205. Mine seems to run around 188 degrees.
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Postby aus jd 2703 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:34 am

Reckon one of these rads would be up to track use?
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby underscore » Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:15 am

I would say so. Just be careful with the caps, 1 of my 2 was bad (the eBay one, for the record)
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby Joe Rasmussen » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:30 pm

Where can i pick one of these ASI radiators at ?
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby dragstang86 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:34 pm

Joe Rasmussen wrote:Where can i pick one of these ASI radiators at ?


I would like to know as well. They don't have them listed on the website and I emailed them but they didn't respond.
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby CMS-GT4 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:34 pm

Ctech had a group buy for them. I thought there was a thread about it here to.
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Postby athousandleaves » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:46 pm

CMS-GT4 wrote:Ctech had a group buy for them. I thought there was a thread about it here to.


:bangshead: :bangshead: :bangshead:

Argh I wish I knew about that!
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Postby klue » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:53 pm

I can get the mishimoto ones, but the price is much higher than the ASI. Quality is better
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby underscore » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:39 am

You can eBay it, they're effectively the same but the fins aren't quite as nice (they don't go fully top to bottom). Also I don't know if it was fluke or not, but the rad cap that came with my eBay one went bunk after a couple months.
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby temperacerguy » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:18 am

Here is the review of the ASI autopwr radiator I received as part of the group buy

Alright...

I will start off with my overall impression... I am EXTREMELY IMPRESSED with this as a $150 radiator. Hell, I would be impressed if this was a $225 radiator. It is however NOT a $400 radiator, but would take very very very little to be of the quality of a $400 radiator...

Now Here's where I am going to be critical.

1: There is a slight twist to my radiator. I would guess 1-2mm from corner to corner. I am guessing this is due to being welded out of a jig, and the welding slightly warped it. This will NOT affect performance, and when fitting one may have to slightly lever it into place... but I will doubt this will cause ANY problems whatsoever
2: There is slight contamination on some of the welds. This is always at the last puddle, so I am assuming that the welder didn't post purge. Again, this light surface contamination will not cause any leaks or performance problem... and can be cleaned up with a scotch brite pad
3: ultra small bends in some of the fins... now here's where I am being a picky asshole. They are not even visible when looking at them from the side... only visible when viewed from top down.
4: Hand cut brackets... the aluminum brackets were obviously cut on Shear, then a band saw, they are not laser or waterjet cut. On one of mine, Chang must have started the cut, then went "Oh shit" and moved a bit and started over.
5: This was aluminum MIG welded by hand. Now, let me say, Chang did a very good job on this, but it's not a robotic, or professional TIG "stack of dimes" look

OK, now, I am not saying that any of the above will cause any performance drop at all. I am just mentioning them as a reason this is not a $400 radiator. I am very impressed with this radiator and very happy with my purchase. It's 100% aluminum, and will last the life of the car. It also has small mounting holes on the side that I can tie a shroud into, it also came with a 1.1 BAR radiator cap, so I am happy with that.

Now, there are a few things I will do, and suggest you do too before installation.

There are rubber O-rings on the drain plug, and the additional little port on the bottom. Mine are pretty dry, so I would recommend putting a light lubricant on it... silicone or white lithium. Also, (and this is because I am a paranoid asshole... I would put some thread sealant on the little plug at the bottom of the radiator (BTW, mine came only hand tight, so make sure to tighten that down.)

Also, Tape a piece of cardboard over both sides of the fins... This will protect the fins during installation. Put the radiator in the bottom mounts... lean it back, and pull off the front cardboard... them mount the top mounts. Hook up the radiator hoses, then remove the back cardboard.

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The engine side:
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The front side:
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Chang's bandsaw cut "oops"
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Drain plug, and additional "port" for temp switch
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Light weld contamination:
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1.1 BAR radiator cap:
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Now, again, I am being ultra critical I am VERY impressed with this radiator group purchase...

Thanks!


Now here's the contact information for ASI autopwr... The final price on the group buy radiators was $150 shipped. I am sure if you call/E-mail them, they will be able to (if not offer you the group buy price) at least offer you a deal.

Customer Service Email: autospeedca@hotmail.com
Customer Service Phone: 403-400-0896

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

Postby dragstang86 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:26 am

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-Celica-S ... 3f07ae7181

I wonder if this is the same radiator? It is polished up all pretty too. :D
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby temperacerguy » Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:14 am

Probably the same Chinese factory. but $80 shipping, jebus!
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Re: ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby underscore » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:35 am

temperacerguy wrote:
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Man I wish mine came with that kind of drain plug, both of mine have the metal "reversed" style one.
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ASI Radiators: Pics P.16; Info P.17 & 18

Postby celigts » Fri May 04, 2012 9:10 pm

Got some pics of the last group buy for these rads.

Had no fitment issues what so ever. The only thing I had to deal with was when I mounted the fans I essentially wanted them to both push into the bay but an issue with the stock dp.

We went with the 56mm I believe and the fan just did not wanna fit there. It is a possibility if you had a different dp but can't confirm that.

Here are pics of it with the fans how I wanted it and how it fit.
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