A radiator is a heat exchanger. It’s there that the heat absorbed by the coolant in your engine is transferred to the air, enabling the engine to operate within its optimal temperature range. But if you modify the engine, with high compression, forced induction or other means, it will make more horsepower but also create much more heat in the process, more heat than the factory cooling system was engineered to handle. To keep your engine cool, make sure a performance radiator is included in your mods.
Performance radiators are an upgrade over factory units in several ways. They’re constructed from lightweight aluminum, and although aluminum is used for the majority of today’s OE radiators, they often have plastic tanks, which can leak. Our aluminum radiators have aluminum tanks brazed or welded to the core. And while copper has better thermal conductivity, it’s not as strong as aluminum, so copper radiators have to be made thicker and heavier, which negates the material’s heat conducting capabilities.
In addition to superior materials our performance radiators incorporate advanced design gained from knowledge of thermal and fluid dynamics. While specific features will vary according to radiator application, in general performance radiators have larger and/or more tubes than factory radiators to increase coolant flow, along with greater fin density to increase the surface area to which coolant and air are exposed, which results in better heat transfer and a cooler running engine. We offer both crossflow and downflow radiators in direct fit versions that will bolt on in place of your OE radiator, as well as universal radiators for custom applications.