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I need a new radiator and wanted to do it myself. How hard of a DIY job is it? I know to remove the hoses and bolts holding the radiator in place but how do you remove the clutch fan? Does anyone know of a link with detailed pictures?

All I use the truck for is back and forth to work, will I be alright with a cheaper radiator ($120) or should I pay for the better one.

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prolly gonna at least have to remove the fan shroud (4 bolts) and i think you will have enough clearance to lift the radiator out...if not, removing the fan clutch takes like two minutes

dunno about what radiator to get...never been in the market
 

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On how to remove the radiator,see this link for free factory service manual downloads:

http://www.t4x4pickup.com/dgroup/messages/2902.html

In North America the 22R & 22R-E s are used in the following:

22R
1981-82 Toyota Corona
1981-83 Celica
1981-87 Toyota pickup (up to 1990 on 2wd)
1984-87 Toyota 4-Runner

22R-E (22REC=California emissions=extra charcoal canister)
1983-85 Celica
1985-95 Toyota pickup
1985-95 Toyota 4-Runner

22RTE (Turbo EFI)
1985-87 Toyota pickup
1985-87 Toyota 4-Runner

so any of the above service manuals will have the same radiator.I recommend keep your old original brass/copper radiator and call of your local radiator shops found in your Yellow Pages and take it to the cheapest one to have recored.Afterwards spray a couple of coats of rust paint to reduce effects of fin corrosion from road salt.

If you insist on buying a new one this Washington state radiator dealer sell OEM rads to many reputable Toyota dealerships,their rads look identical to OEM with the exception of the cactus tree symbol.

http://www.performanceradiator.com

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I used 1800RADIATOR for mine and was pleased. They even deliver it to your door. The Toyota radiators are supposedly better but I know I'm not willing to spend
4-5 times as much for it.

The shroud comes off as already mentioned. The fan can be removed pretty easily as well. It's just four small nuts on the back side of the fan. The hardest part is holding it still while your loosening them. It is a pretty straight forward job to do.

Good luck.
 

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It's pretty easy.

drain the radiator. (not on the ground please)

disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses, after you loosen the clamps the hoses will be stuck to their respective fittings. grab them real tight and twist them and they should come loose if not you will need something like a bent ice pick to work in between the hose and fitting to un-stick it.

If it is an automatic transimission model you'll have to disconnect the cooler lines, much the same way as the radiator hoses they are just a lot smaller.

take the shroud loose and hang it on the fan,

unbolt the radiator and lift it out. while doing so note where the little "hooks" hang the radiator to the support.

reassemble in reverse order.
 

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drain the radiator. (not on the ground please)
Actually I just left mine on the ground. It leaked out...to bad I guess. We have to many fucking cats anyway. Maybe "some" of the birds would come back...here kitty kitty kitty:Bruce: :lol::lol::lol::lol:
 

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Actually it is a really simple job.

The only problem I had with mine was that the shroud didn't fit the new rad properly, so I had to drill new holes. Not bad for a $20 barely used rad!!!!

You won't have to remove the fan unit, and make sure you take your skid plate off for easy access down below.

Remember to let your engine warm right up, so your fluid circulates once the thermostat opens up. Check and top the fluid level after it has cooled down.

Have fun, and don't swear too much.
 
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