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    1. Senior Member Dan J Reed's Avatar
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      08-09-2005 08:24 PM #1



      This is the bar that holds up the radiator from the underside of the subframe. I had no idea this thing would rot out this bad. However, its easy to change, and requires about 1 hour. Mine is a 2.0 I think the VR6s are the same. Check this part NOW if you live in the NE. Note: no need to remove wheels, coolant, or anything else... its easy.
      The part costs $161 from the dealer (Central east coast USA, 8/05).
      Needed, good jack (not widowmaker), 2 jack stands, 8 and 10mm deep socket, 16mm 1/2 drive deep socket (6pt), two long zipties.
      Time < 1 hour.
      Here's how.
      Jack up car at front sub frame. The front motor mount is a good place to do this. Position some jack stands under the front sub frame on either side of the jack.
      Remove the upper fan shroud (3-8mm bolts), and use the plastic Zipties to hold the upper radiator hose to the upper support, and then do the same for the A/C condenser (metal) hose. This will hold up the radiator when we remove its support from the bottom.
      Next, reach down and remove the two 10mm bolts holding the radiator to the lower support. These bolts are on either side of the side tanks, and have large washers that will come out with the bolts.
      Next, Remove the 4 large 16mm bolts from the front of the sub frame. Take care not to lower or shift the vehicle at this point as there is a small chance you may knock off the alignment of the frame (and change toe adjustment and thrust angle).
      At this point, the old lower core support comes out. Kick that rusty Mexican crap into the trash and either make sure that your junkyard one has ZERO rust, or grind/sand blast it/prime it/paint it with a good quality spray paint (I used black Rustolium "hammer tone"). Even if this part were new, I'd still spray it. Water sits on this part every time it rains... plus its down in the "salt zone" for us winter driving morons..
      You may wish to think about a euro-rad support if you are going to do this, its not a big deal..


      Modified by Dan J Reed at 1:25 AM 8-10-2005

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      08-09-2005 08:45 PM #2
      that's some holey crap!
      nice write up. i'll have to check my 93
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      08-09-2005 08:49 PM #3
      i hear ya

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      09-28-2006 11:55 PM #4
      bump

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      09-28-2006 11:57 PM #5
      finally ill get a chance to replace this bastard
      mine is totally gone, radiator hangs down sideways, good thing my MK3 is off the road for the winter

    6. 09-29-2006 12:21 AM #6
      damn i miss the east coast
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      09-29-2006 12:23 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by vdubfiend &raquo;
      damn i miss the east coast
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    8. 09-29-2006 12:24 AM #8
      Did you just call bob a whore?

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      09-29-2006 12:39 AM #9
      I have a spare for sale pm me.

    10. 09-29-2006 01:01 AM #10
      A spare whore? sweet.

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      12-05-2007 05:49 PM #11
      GAP's got it for $62...

    12. 12-05-2007 05:51 PM #12
      hehe that sucks... i wish mine still better...

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      12-05-2007 05:52 PM #13
      i think mine is bent, is that bad?

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      12-05-2007 05:52 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by a3clusters &raquo;
      GAP's got it for $62...
      http://www.germanautoparts.com...9E112

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      12-05-2007 09:22 PM #16
      Wow blast from the past. I am glad GAP now carries this part... back when I did mine... they didn't.

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      12-05-2007 09:25 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by envi &raquo;


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      12-05-2007 09:30 PM #18
      ouch

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      12-06-2007 11:12 PM #19
      i got one at show and go last year but never got a chance to put it in.mine hangs bad.
      are they a universal part for vr and 2.0s? i got a vr

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      12-06-2007 11:27 PM #20
      holy old post batman.
      east.co.mo.fo.

    21. 12-06-2007 11:28 PM #21
      mine rotted off my car without me touching it.. vr6 for reference.

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      03-01-2008 12:22 PM #22
      Mine is 3/4 as bad as Dan J Reed's... but I didn't know what it was until now. Thanks!

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      01-22-2010 05:48 PM #23
      did this in a few secs while doing my euro rad support.
      thanks for the tech info [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]


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      01-22-2010 06:01 PM #24
      Wow this was an old one, so I'm guessing you searched for an answer and found this?
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      01-22-2010 06:04 PM #25
      Just did mine a few weeks ago.
      Mine was rotten
      Thanks for hanging in there rad

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