Dang that's not good. A lot of the Moog parts I've gotten are made in Japan, not that I have any idea if those would be less prone to rusting. My tie rods were made in USA and appear uncoated, and the ball joints I got are all from Indonesia. I will report on how they do, though it's pretty dry out here anyway.Enemigo said:Here is my thread with pictures where I was complaining about Moog stuff rusting on me very quickly.
https://www.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic. ... 2&t=146069
I had the radiator flushed and tested at a radiator shop, and I've been running premixed Zerex Asian vehicle coolant ever since, though certainly doesn't rule out a clog, especially with that weird temp rise that only happened one time. We pulled into a motel parking lot in Stovepipe Springs, and one of the employees came up to chat about the Trooper. He said he had been a certified Saab tech, and looked at my radiator and called it "dinky". Dinky! The nerve of that guy!hessmess said:Overall that was a successful trip! Can't remember if you did anything with the radiator, could be slightly plugged. Temp shouldn't go over half mark. I would definitely look into the aftermarket transmission cooler, where you will run in the hotter temps. If the timing is off that would make it run a bit hotter too.
Thanks Ed. The ATF looks good on the dipstick, but I'll drain a little bit out this weekend to get a better look. I never smelled burning fluid during the trip, just occasional whiffs of ATF smell.Ed Mc. said:I'll second the recommendation for an aftermarket trans cooler. It might also be a good idea post-flush to refill with synthetic transmission fluid. The 4-cyl Aisan auto trans is a lot more durable than the lousy 4L30E behind the V6 models. So hopefully it ain't hurt. How's the transmission fluid look now? If it smells burnt, definitely gotta get it flushed and do some upgrades.
On the engine cooling issue, partially-plugged radiator is a possibility. It might work ok on the "flats" but up in the hot hills it's not gonna cut it. A good radiator shop could recore it for you, maybe even add a 3rd core for better cooling. If you could find a high-capacity aluminum radiator, that might even be better for heat transfer.
Check your fan clutch to make sure the fan is blowing hard when the engine is hot. That could cause overheating trouble as well.
And make sure you have a 180F thermostat, it's a bit on the low side but that's what the factory put in there.
BTW you may benefit from one of the "watter wetter" products that reduce surface tension in the coolant, for better heat transfer. IDK which one is better but these guys claim to (or it might just be a pitch for Redline products):
https://romanceuniversity.org/water-wet ... -additive/
I just checked at Rockauto and they have the Liland Global 1130AA all-aluminum radiator back in stock:
https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.ph ... 40&jsn=404
https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/isu ... iator,2172
Very reasonably-priced at $135.79. They've been out-of-stock forever, good to see an alternative available.
Nice trip, though, the Trooper took to those trails with aplomb!
Yeah, that's an angle I didn't think about, the fact that you're removing a lot of heat from the existing radiator, if the auto trans cooling is handled separately. That could make all the difference in the world, and maybe not require another radiator, since now it'll be completely dedicated to cooling the engine.hessmess said:I like that aluminum radiator, I believe they dissipate heat faster but I have never needed one myself. I have a 3.4 V6 standard trans and it has a two core and works great. I traveled thru Wyoming last year at 75 MPH and 95 degrees and never had an issue. But that auto trans will create more heat anyway. I think I would go with an auxiliary trans cooler first and see how that does, certainly won't hurt. I did that on an old F150 I had years ago, what a difference.
Thanks! Sounds like road trip time!giusedtobe said:Wow sweet trip. This is exactly what I'd like to do with mine.......................but I am on the east side of the country.
Quite stiff at first on the washboard roads. I sure felt every bump until I aired down. Feels much better in the turns. The boat-about-to-tip feeling is gone.Enemigo said:Awesome! How did the suspension feel since it was all brand new?
What all did you do to your suspension? Just getting started on my 88's suspension.takemehome4LOroads said:Quite stiff at first on the washboard roads. I sure felt every bump until I aired down. Feels much better in the turns. The boat-about-to-tip feeling is gone.Enemigo said:Awesome! How did the suspension feel since it was all brand new?
The steering surprisingly feels a little sloppier, or at least I'm noticing it more now. It could just be in my head because the alignment guy said "your steering is really sloppy!" Well I got a steering box rebuild kit that will hopefully help that.