3rd gen 4Runner Radiator - 2wd vs 4wd

Discussion in 'Mechanical' started by tx_shooter, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    So I was getting ready to pull the trigger on a new radiator and I found where someone posted that there is a difference between 2wd and 4wd radiators. I did more digging and found that there are two different part numbers for the radiators. I put my VIN into one of the Toyota Parts websites and it brought up the $300 radiator as an auto/ 4x4 specific part. So my question is - why? What is the difference?

    The price is pretty steep. The 2wd is $120 vs the 4wd for $340. I am still trying to find some sort of documentation on rows or size.

    The 2wd radiator
    4runner 2wd radiator.JPG


    The 4wd radiator
    4runner 4wd radiator.JPG
     
  2. PSU Taco85

    PSU Taco85 Well-Known Member

  3. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, fuck off.

    I'd get the better one, as the last thing you need when 50 miles from anywhere (BBRSP for example) is a blown radiator.
     
  4. PSU Taco85

    PSU Taco85 Well-Known Member

    Buy two cheap ones and have a spare lol
     
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  5. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    Cheap Toyota is still not that cheap, lol Also neither of the parts in that link are the same part number. Think I went with the cheaper one 100,000 miles ago.

    That is exactly the scenario I am trying to avoid here.
     
  6. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, fuck off.

    Well if the last one got you 100k miles I say no reason not to buy it again. At the cost difference you would be close to 600k on your odometer by the time the more $$ one paid for itself.
     
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  7. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, fuck off.

    You know, now that we put this shit on the interwebs you will blow a radiator in November. <knock on wood>
     
  8. Taco Loco

    Taco Loco Tired and Lazy, married to a Laundry Fairy

    That's just wrong.

    lol, he is a Marine, is that the only thing he blows?
     
  9. Taco Loco

    Taco Loco Tired and Lazy, married to a Laundry Fairy

    If the same capacity, cheap one.
     
  10. PSU Taco85

    PSU Taco85 Well-Known Member

    If you are replacing radiator might as well divorce the trans cooler and get a larger aftermarket one to avoid the pink milkshake mod
     
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  11. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    I sent an email to Camelback Toyota to see if they would explain the difference. Will see what they respond.

    I replaced the radiator right after I bought the rig and setup an external cooler. They are in line right now; but I have been debating divorcing them lately. I am just hesitant to do that having seen conversations where the transmission takes an extra long time to get up to proper operating temperatures. As it is setup right now my transmission operates at 180ish the vast majority of the time.
     
  12. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing spare time Staff Member

    Well I guess Camelback Toyota solved this one after messaging them.

    there is no difference in between the 2wd and the 4wd the correct part number for the radiator you need is 16410-AZ011

    The cheaper radiator wins today.
     
  13. balakay

    balakay She ain't fat, bruh... She just a lil' thick.

    I did some looking last night. From what I saw, the $300 one is actually made in Japan. The other one is a Taiwanese (or something similar) knockoff.
     
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