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REDGTSFURY
05-09-2010, 09:48 PM
So I recently discovered that my 7th gen. celica GTS factory radiator sprung a small leak on the plastic area. The leak is somewhere on the lower driverside portion of the radiator beneath the rubber hose, not leaking from the hose either. Im thinking about getting an all-aluminum radiator and I found this one by Godspeed racing, and it even includes 2 x 12" electric slim fan with mounting hardware ( 1250cfm each). Here is the link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170481116154&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT

Before I buy, I would like some input, I have seen few ratings but whatever was there was primarily not to tighten the drain plug too tight, any advice? Thanks everyone.

celicaturbo700
05-09-2010, 11:44 PM
personally ive never used godspeed. but ive heard good reviews about them. all aluminum is a great upgrade.

REDGTSFURY
05-10-2010, 08:31 PM
Cool, I seen just a few good reviews about them too, but from other sites like nissan, mazda, and a few other car club forums. I guess if it has good reviews it should be good then. Just a little bit more research and I might go buy it then. Im just not sure if it is a 1 or 2 row radiator. I think it might be 1 row, but then I see things like 2 or 3 row radiators. What is the difference? More cooling capability or more coolant capacity, ive seen good/bad things about them...

Halfrack09
05-11-2010, 03:23 PM
the bigger it is the more fuild it will hold and it will cool better but then you dont want to go to big and not be able to open the t-stat and it run cold all the time.

Grot
05-11-2010, 03:31 PM
I have a friend who uses alot of godspeed stuff for his 350z.

He loves them.

REDGTSFURY
05-11-2010, 10:28 PM
Cool, I ordered mine already, and I feel at ease knowing people have good reviews about it. Hopefully this weekend I would like to have it installed(if it arrives within this week). I will share my experience about this item, cant wait to get it :-D

celicaturbo700
05-13-2010, 03:28 PM
great find

REDGTSFURY
05-20-2010, 10:55 PM
So I got my radiator in and I must say it is much LARGER compared to the stock radiator, almost 2 1/2" thick! GOnna start working on the fans when I get home, its not 100% "BOLT-ON" as the listing says, I have to figure out how to install the newer fans, looks like the stock fans will bolt on, im sure I can muster something up, more soon...

klapa
05-20-2010, 11:54 PM
I need a radiator and checked those out - nothing for 5th gens tho.

REDGTSFURY
05-23-2010, 08:43 PM
I need a radiator and checked those out - nothing for 5th gens tho.

I tried looking that up for you, and I didnt find anything for your vehicle, sorry, but I did find this if you need a radiator, hope it helps:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1990-1991-1992-1993-Toyota-Celica-KOYO-Radiator-A1173-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem588761f342QQitemZ38022 8465474QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccesso ries

klapa
05-23-2010, 09:29 PM
Actually that was very helpful and I do appreciate it.

That is an aluminum radiator for just a little more ($30) than the plastic ones I was looking at - and while I did searches I had never found one.

I bought it - thanks again.

REDGTSFURY
05-23-2010, 09:46 PM
So I finally got the radiator installed, It would have been sooo much easier had the phone reception not gone in and out while talking to the godspeed racing guys from ebay. If anyone were to buy a Godspeed radiator, the kit (the one I purchased anyway) comes with 2 12" fans, radiator, and some fan mounting hardware (which included 8 zip straps, 8 end clips, and 8 squares of 3m adhesive foam backings, 4 per fan) little did I know that I was supposed to use PLASTIC zip straps to secure the fans on the radiator, I didnt exactly feel comfortable using them, BUT IT WORKS!!! I guess I underestimated them, but will keep an eye on it to be safe. Here are some photos:

This is the Godspeed Radiator with the 12" fans
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/before_the_big_project.jpg

Here you can see the size difference between the factory radiator, and of course, the Godspeed one! lol
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/img00083-20100521-1535.jpg

As you can see, though larger, it fits right into place.
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/sexy_fans_n_radiator.jpg

Here was my main fitment issue, the A/C condensor does come into contact with this portion of the radiator on the driverside...
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/look_here.jpg

...so I osed some velcro, the soft side, to provide some cushion against the rubbing.
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/check_my_grill_out.jpg

Here is the radiator installed, the 8 black circular spots are the ends of the zip straps that came included for the mounting of the fans.
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/look_at_me.jpg

Here is the driverside fan...
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/im_too_sexy_for_my_fan.jpg

...and here is the passengerside fan, as you can see, the size difference is very noticeable from the factory fans(for those of you who have seen the size of the oem fan units.
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/check_my_fan_out.jpg

Here is the completed assembly, looks great, sounds cool as hell too!!! :-D
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/6/2/6/9/img00091-20100521-2113.jpg

So, my rating so far is that I LIKEE VERY MUCH!!! The only fear I had is the amount of time it took for the fans to kick in, but I get no vibration, and it fits alot more secure than the oem radiator, so, If you decide to upgrade to an all aluminum radiator, I give my recommendation for this one 2 thumbs up.

Okctrd
05-23-2010, 09:55 PM
i replaced mine with an all aluminum one couple years ago..
and this one looks good..

+1 aluminum rads FTW!!!

Grot
05-23-2010, 11:24 PM
Holy huge pictures batman.

Looks like a good deal.

REDGTSFURY
05-24-2010, 08:14 PM
I apologize for the super holy batman abnormally huge photos everyone! lol, my cameraphone didnt adjust to the lower resolution like I had programmed it too, but you can see the details better though, lol.