Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
I'm sure the Fluidyne is just as well made, but I opted for the Steeda radiator when I installed mine. I think Steeda was running a special at the time and I bought it for $379. It was mostly a convenience choice for me (living close to Steeda I just picked it up). I think either way, you'll be happy. Since you have a 98, you weren't faced with the cooling issues we were with the 96 model. I know my car ran considerably cooler after swapping the radiators.
The only other point I would like to make is that you may run into the same problem as I regarding the Vortech. Because the aftermarket radiator (about double the thickness) extends further out than the stock unit, I had a problem with the fan shroud (which mounts on the rear of the radiator) binding up against the tube which feeds into the blower. We removed the thick rubber mounting gaskets supporting the posts at the base of the radiator (to lower the unit a little). Then, with a little muscle and after cutting a small portion of one of the brackets, we managed to make everything fit. If you are interested, I'd be happy to snap a picture of the area I'm referring to (and email it to you).
1996 Mystic Cobra, Vortech SQ-V2, Stock Pulley, Diamond Pistons 11.5cc, Eagle Rods, Federal Mogul Bearings, ARP Studs, Total Seal Rings, FMS High Volume Oil Pump, Windage Tray, FMU 6:1, T-Rex, Walbro 255 Intank, Adj FPR, Autometer Boost, FP guages & Shift Light, FMS HD Pressure Plate, Centerforce Clutch, Custom DiabloSport Tune, BBK Long Tubes w/ o/r H, Flowmaster Two Chambers, Aluminum Radiator, Triax, FMS 4.10, Subframes, Sport Springs, Nitto DR
294 rwhp / 279 rwtq (SAE) N/A
409 rwhp / 363 rwtq (SAE) w/ 7 lbs.
2003 Lightning (Sonic Blue) - stock, JDM 2" shackles