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Old 04-04-2017, 08:28 PM
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3rd Gen Radiator options WITHOUT trans cooler

I bypassed my in-radiator transmission cooler about 6 years ago. The mileage is now such that I'm considering replacing the radiator due to it's age.
So this is a potential opportunity to get rid of the in-rad trans cooler PoS that is currently doing nothing and connected to itself with a piece of coolant hose.
I would also like a radiator that doesn't hang so far below the front cross member, as this is very vulnerable when I don't have my offroad skids installed.

Having done a quick search, it appears that the OEM 5VZ and 3RZ, whether manual or auto, replacement radiators are the same P/N (16410-YZZAJ e.g. http://parts.villagetoyota.com/produ...6410YZZAJ.html). Although interestingly, the P/Ns this new one supersedes were different for the manual (16400-75160) and auto (16400-75180) frame codes. Maybe they were once different?
The upshot is that it looks like the replacement for all models of 3rd gen 4Runner have the trans cooler in them, whether needed or not. Correct me if I'm wrong....

So another option might be to use the rad from the 3VZ motor (3.slow). I understand that people keep their 3VZ rads when swapping in a 5VZ into a 2nd gen runner and they work just fine. The upper hose should still fit but a custom lower hose is apparently required (http://www.offroadsolutions.com/prod...4l-conversion/). That makes me think that the 3VZ rad is not as tall.

Can anyone confirm if a 3VZ radiator
1) is available without a transmission cooler (manual trans model?)?
2) will fit the 3rd gen rad brackets?
3) is shorter than the 3rd gen radiator?
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I have a 3 row Copper brass Radiator in my 2000 Tacoma 3.4 and my 92 4Runner 3.4 and also in my 86 22rtec it fits in all of them and works fine

I just made some custom brackets for the Tacoma in bolted right in the 92

I just want shopping for the lower hose I wish I had a part number to give

I have had these for several years most all aftermarket radiators seem to be set up with the auto trans coolers

If you PM me your dimensions I would be glad to measure mine
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Thanks. When I get a spare moment, I'll measure up the rad and post it here.


Originally Posted by wyoming9 View Post
I have a 3 row Copper brass Radiator in my 2000 Tacoma 3.4 and my 92 4Runner 3.4 and also in my 86 22rtec it fits in all of them and works fine

I just made some custom brackets for the Tacoma in bolted right in the 92

I just want shopping for the lower hose I wish I had a part number to give

I have had these for several years most all aftermarket radiators seem to be set up with the auto trans coolers

If you PM me your dimensions I would be glad to measure mine
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5VZ-FE auto trans radiator height (top to bottom of side steel brackets) is 26in. Width is also 26in. Hangs about 2 1/2in below cross member. I've shown where the main hoses connect as well. Would be great to know the dimensions of the 3VZ rad (or any other slightly shorter rad that fits the other dimensions).



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