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Old 03-11-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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PWR Aluminum radiator review

I know that alot of people are wandering about the PWR aluminum radiator so I thought that I would be the guinea pig and post on my experience.

I bought the radiator on ebay for $435 (includes shipping) from extremeparts7979. Don't worry it was paid for by my insurance. The item was shipped in about 7 days. When I received the Item it was packaged great but when I opened it I noticed a huge scratch across the top of the radiator.

The radiator is supposed to be an OEM replacement but the fan took some persuasion to fit. When Installing the rad I noticed that it is made of a really soft alloy and bent VERY easily. I also found that the radiator is made to accept the factory side trim pieces but is too wide for them to even fit on.

After I installed the rad I was unimpressed with the way that it looks. PWR also claims that the rad lowers the engine temp by up to 25%. I noticed no difference.

Here is a link to a few of the pictures.
http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u88/neemeth/

To conclude, If you are looking for something that is different buy it. It does the function of a radiator. If I had to but a new rad again I would go with the factory rad. It is cheaper, stronger, better fit, and looks better.
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:19 PM   #2
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Re: PWR Aluminum radiator review

Wow! Sorry to hear about your troubles, but way to take one for the team!

I dumped my SV a few months ago and was seriously considering the PWR radiator over an OEM. I took a step back and looked at my bike and thought the same thing. "Thats not going to look very good..." So I photoshopped it in and it really didn't look very good... To much polished aluminum in my opinion. You need the black one to keep some kind of a color balance. I had never even worried about the fit-up to the bike and fan assembly nor its durability... I figured its gotta be just like OEM but better right? After all the box does say "Performance"...

Anyway, at least you didn't pay for it...
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:23 PM   #3
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Re: PWR Aluminum radiator review

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To conclude, If you are looking for something that is different buy it. It does the function of a radiator. If I had to but a new rad again I would go with the factory rad. It is cheaper, stronger, better fit, and looks better.
Thanks for the info.
Hmmm, I guess an example of higher $ doesn't necessarily = higher quality or better.
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:28 PM   #4
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After I installed the rad I was unimpressed with the way that it looks. PWR also claims that the rad lowers the engine temp by up to 25%. I noticed no difference.
Don't worry buddy, the thermostat is what controls the temp, so you won't notice the difference... They may just mean to get the temp from xxx to xxx, it'll do it 25% faster
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:16 PM   #5
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Re: PWR Aluminum radiator review

is it lighter than stock at least?

it does look funky, it's very wide, maybe some some stainless lines it would look trick.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:36 PM   #6
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Re: PWR Aluminum radiator review

You could paint the ends black, might look a little better and narrower? (BBQ paint or hightemp exhaust paint will work. )
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:05 AM   #7
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Wow! Sorry to hear about your troubles, but
Anyway, at least you didn't pay for it...
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Yeah but I could have used the money for an OEM.

Anyone wanna trade for an OEM with trim Pieces?
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:31 AM   #8
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Re: PWR Aluminum radiator review

Nothing shouts HEY I'M A HUGE AFTER-THOUGHT RADIATOR ON THE FRONT OF THIS BIKE like bright aluminum.
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:42 PM   #9
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You could paint the ends black, might look a little better and narrower? (BBQ paint or hightemp exhaust paint will work. )
This is a great idea! Do this!
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:48 PM   #10
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Re: PWR Aluminum radiator review

Thanks for the write up. I no longer want one.
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