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I bought a HighLifter Triple Flow Radiator with the stock location mount. I also got my hands on a HighLifter Temperature gauge. As soon as I took the parts out of the boxes you can tell the quality of these parts. The radiator is much thicker and heavier than stock as you can see from the pictures.

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Also notice the difference in the size off the fins and how much wider the HighLifter Radiator are.

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I wanted to use the Highlifter Temperature gauge because it matches up perfect with their radiator. You install the temperature sensor in the drain hole so you don't have to cut into your radiator hoses, it worked real slick. I put red arrows to show where it is installed.

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To be honest, removing the plastic, and reinstalling it, took almost longer than installing the parts itself. The one thing I didn't like, is that I didn't realize I had to download a different set of instructions till after trying to follow the generic ones. This is just as much as my fault than anything else. The real problem I had with this installation, is that the mounting holes on the top could be cut out just a little more, so you can get the bolts in a little easier. It says in bold writing that you will have to install on an angle. I think that for the amount of money you spend on this equipment, this shouldn't be the case. In HighLifters defense, this is a universal radiator but I would think that the mount holes could be a tad different. It works the way it is, but could be tweaked. Also, most people that buy this, install it on the rack. You will need to go to a hardware store and pick up 2 rubber washers, because the stock ones are too thick and not designed to be used that way, as you see in the picture below. These also should come with the install kit.

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As you can see from the pictures of the radiators, there is a definite difference between the two. Not only is the HighLifter one thicker, it is also wider. The stock radiator is taller, but once installed you see that more air flow hits the HighLifter, especially if you have a winch. Also, notice how the fan setup covers the back, and forces more air this way, you can really feel it.

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I jumped the wires so the stock fan would kick on, and to be honest, it's really weak for moving air. Then, when the HighLifter Radiator was installed I jumped the wires and man the air it moved was incredible. So, just the difference in the fans is night and day. You have to cut the wires so that the sensor and switch will reach the new locations. It is real simple and well explained and all the parts you need are in the kit. These wires are hot for the fan so you should unhook your battery before starting, as I snipped the wires and got a spark and actually blew my fuse. The '08 and newer the fans don't come on without the key but '05-'07 will.I haven't had a chance to taken the bike out for a good ride yet. What I will tell you, is that when I started the quad to burp it to get the bubbles out, I didn't realize that I blew my fuse for the fan and the bike ran and ran. The ole girl was getting pretty warm, and no fan at first I thought boy this Engine Ice really works well. Then I looked and my temperature light was flashing. I hooked up my HighLifter temperature gauge real quick and it read over 240 degrees. Found my blown fuse changed and BOOM the fan kicks on and it feels like a furnace blowing air. Within 5 seconds it kicked off, I thought man I blew another fuse, no sir I look at my gauge it was down to 200 degrees. Started the quad back up, she gets warm around 210 degrees the fan kicks on, less then 5-10 seconds of the fan and it's down below 200 degrees. Ran it like this for a few minutes to make sure that this is how it works and it did the same every time. My stock fan would run at least twice as long, if not 4-5 times longer. Again, I can't tell you enough how much more air got moved with the HighLifter setup.

I got the HighLifter Temperature gauge and this piece is top notch. It comes with all the stuff to either install the sensor in the radiator hose, or indirectly into the HighLifter Radiator. The install is easy and simple. The kit comes with mount to put your gauge on top of your plastic; I decided to install it in my fender as seen in the pictures. The pictures of the top mount are from my P650. You can see how slick both work. This is a direct quote from Mike Smith from HighLifter "The value in our gauge is not just the gauge and instructions but the one piece machined billet adapter for the sensor. That's why our gauge kit is higher priced than discount store models which leave you trying to figure out where and how to mount the sensor." I find it worth every penny. You can also change the light color that the light glows by changing the plastic cover that comes with the gauge (you have either a red one or green, or don't run one at all). I liked the red as it matched the pod. I ran my hot lead to my key so my light is always on and run the ground and you're ready to go. You can run your hot to a headlight if you so choose, it is up to you.

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Overall, the quality and workmanship is top notch. There are a few "quirks" that can easily be fixed, or just use it without a problem. People will look at the price and say 'Wow that is pricey'. Well it is, but as anyone knows when riding on the trails with your buddies you hit some puddles then you overheat because you have an inferior radiator, it sucks. With setup your quad will run much cooler and more efficient. Honestly, most upgrades for your quads you spend allot of money, and this modification is worth it even just for piece of mind.

Here is a picture from the left side it is a touch fuzzy but you see how nice it fits.

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Visit HighLifters website for more information.

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Great write up! And....... don't worry, I will give it a good "break in" at SNIRT next weekend! If there are no overheating issues there, you will know that you are covered in just about any situation. :beerchug:
 

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Great review, I love not having to worry about overheating with the HL rad in mine as well. For the temp guage you can also use any temp. guage that is used for car or trucks. I bought a $25 guage from Princess Auto looks almost the same as highlifters but doesn't have the name on the face, it has 7 different color LED lit display and the plug hooks into the hole in the rad perfectly. It is the same style hook up that car temp guages use.
 

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Auto meter makes the HighLifter one. Its the extra brass pieces and such which makes the cost more plus you get the mount as well.I have had the HL gauge for about 4-5 years now and works just as good today as it did when I bought it.
 

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Nice write up!
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (ONROPE @ Apr 5 2009, 09:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
Nice write up!
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What the cost of the new one VT does it make it run cooler??
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (somersetbrute75005 @ Apr 6 2009, 10:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
What the cost of the new one VT does it make it run cooler??[/b]
It is 439 plus shipping. I haven't had a chance to give it a run on the trails yet. Adirondackman took it for the big SNIRT run this weekend and is going to give a report on how it handles it. From what I can tell you when sitting there and at idle when the fan kicks on now I can see the temp gauge actually move down and it runs for maybe 10 seconds and that's allot less then the stock one.
There is 2 hyperlinks at the bottom of the review that bring you directly to there web page were the products are listed.
 

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Mine runs at about 190-200 and stays steady in that range. I rode 3 weekends in a row with the whole machine including rad caked in mud just to see if it would overheat and the temp guage went to 210 once on the last weekend as I was buried in a deep hole, other than that stayed in the 190-200 range and lower at times when in water and such.
 

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Here's my opinion on the matter. If you ride serious mud at all get the radiator. When I got mine I wired it to a manual fan switch, when I first started it up after installation I let it get hot, real hot like 240* then hit the switch for the fan. I watched the temp go from 240 to 190 in less than a minute. In the nasty hot humid summers that I have here in Florida I have never had another issue with overheating. Mine is mounted on the front rack though, but that will soon be changing and going back to the stock location since I have hung up my waders and don't get crazy in the mud like I used too.
 

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It doesn't take much in a stock radiator for it to overheat personally I would rather have the peace of mind
 

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Excellent instructions. I am really happy with the way it went in. The only thing I dont like is trying to find all the little screws and such and trying to fit my plastic all back in.haha. Again thanks for info as it was really helpful.
 

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Great Job VT! This is one of the wish list mods I am rat holin for! I have earmarked this thread to use when I get it.
 

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Nice write up man.
you will enjoy it.
I did not see your radiator shroud. Did you forget to put it back in?
Mud is going to get all over the place with out it.
I had to modify my shroud to make it fit . but it will fit.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (adamjamk @ Apr 9 2009, 04:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
Nice write up man.
you will enjoy it.
I did not see your radiator shroud. Did you forget to put it back in?
Mud is going to get all over the place with out it.
I had to modify my shroud to make it fit . but it will fit.[/b]
No I didn't put it back on because it didn't fit without cutting it, may have to look into it to get it back on.
 

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Another thing as well I noticed that when I took my stock radiator out the top and bottom still had allot of crap in because it has stuff in the way so its hard to get a good cleaning. You will notice that the Hghlifter Radiator is shorter but longer, so it fits better in the window for you to spray it out to clean.
 

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there is 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom on there bracket you can see the bracket in the pics that are on the bottom
 
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