nova 1.2 rad with bigger engine
I am putting a 1.6 16V XE in my nova will my 1.2 radiator be ok for the bigger engine or is it worth getting a gte/sgi rad? is there any difference?
As your only running the standard engine it will be fine
i beleive ste_nova runs stock 1.2 rad in his 2.0 xe nova, the 1.6 is about 2 inches deeper iirc, depending on which you have, if the rad sits on 'stilts' at the bottom its the small one, if not its the bigger one
The standard radiator "overcools" a 1.2 Nova, so it certainly has some reserve of cooling power.
Strictly, it doesn't overcool because the thermostat shuts off, but we left winter blanking in place for two years, by mistake, without any signs of overheating!
ok cheers guys. I'll stay with the 1.2 rad then.
My XEed nova runs a 1.2 rad too and have done trackdays etc in it and it never gets too hot.
The fan will just cut in and go off as normal
my xe corsa runs a 1.2 rad, sits nicely at 95 no bother and the fan kicks in when it hits 100. No problems there.
the 1.2 rad is the full depth rad, same as the 1600 rad, no need to upgrade, its the same, the 1300 one is smaller.
I have a 1.2 radiator in my 1.6 16v nova and i havent had any problems with overheating
i used to run a mk2 1.2i stilted rad with no probs
then i fitted a cheap full height pattern rad and it was ****.. used to over heat if held above 100mph for very long
now i run a valeo full height one and it's fine
the old full height pattern one has gone on my 1.4 and it's overcooled... you can see the stat opening and closing when cruising on the mway