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Mine was not a Koyo but it works
on October 3, 2013
I installed this radiator successfully. I feel like it will work just fine, but I only installed it yesterday. I had read that the TYC radiators were just rebranded Koyo radiators and came in a Koyo box. This was not my experience. The box said TYC, and it did not say Koyo anywhere.
I also had a slight issue with the bolt holes not lining up perfectly. It took a little work to get the bolts in. I found that it was doable if you back the radiator away from where it mounts by a half inch or so and then get the bolts started. Do this on all four holes and then tighten them down once you have all four started. At least, this worked for me. YMMV.
When the bolt holes didn't line up properly, I thought I could just take the radiator supports off of the stock radiator and use them with this replacement radiator to see if the old supports would line up better with the bolt holes. You cannot do this, however, because the supports on the sides of the TYC radiator connect different;y than the supports on the stock radiator which prevents you from swapping them out.
I also did not use the built in transmission cooler on the radiator and instead opted to install an external transmission cooler from B&M. That way, the two systems are completely segregated and I do not have to worry about the "pink milkshake".
Overall, I was pleased with the product. Once installed, everything seems to be working just fine. If you are just swapping the radiator, it's really not that hard to do. Tip: While it is not necessary, I did find that removing the passenger headlight on my '02 4runner made it a little easier to access the bottom passenger side mounting bolt for the radiator.