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post #1 of 16 Old 05-27-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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how many of you guys run oil coolers?

I'm collecting parts for my turbo build and was wondering how many of you guys, especially with 500+ (I guess that's most turbo guys haha) run oil coolers. I'm thinking this is probably a good idea, but just thought I'd see what everybody does/uses. thanks

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im in the 800 hp range and i dont run one. my oil never goes over 200 degrees (thats on a 2 hour road trip) with a 8 quart system i have.

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I'm looking to install one now. 900hp and looking for 1000+. I never found a straight answer for how hot is to hot for oil. Mine usually runs about 200-210 but can go higher in warner weather or agressive driving.

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do you guys both have oil temp gauges?

the eventual plan is to get at or near 800rw (408 turbo) on 93, likely using a 7qt pan. I do want to be able to take it on long trips w/o worrying about overheating.

thanks for the input

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I run the 7qt canton pro drag pan. I run 2 gauges. One in the pan and one in the oil out to the turbo.

New build in progress: Twin Gen 2 PT6466 352

Old combo:352 single 76mm turbo, 16psi, AOD, 9.41 @ 149mph, E85, 255/50/16 MT DR, 3500lb STREET car driven everywhere.
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Could I use the radiator for the oil cooler? I've got a 6spd and the fittings on the radiator for the auto tranny are just capped off, could I just route the oil through that (obviously clean it out and such before) or would it really be better to have a stand-alone designated oil cooler?

appreciate the info stangjumper!
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Could I use the radiator for the oil cooler? I've got a 6spd and the fittings on the radiator for the auto tranny are just capped off, could I just route the oil through that (obviously clean it out and such before) or would it really be better to have a stand-alone designated oil cooler?

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No ut will not flow enough. You need to run -10 lines.

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I dont run one, honestly your oil is cooled mostly by the coolant system on a street driven car when just cruising with ocasional blasts. They only time I could see the actually need for one is for autox. I run a relocation kit and with the lines and a larger filter the capacity is 7 quarts. No issues 550-650rwhp.

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I never could see a reason for one. Just seemed like all it would be doing for me is adding another possible avenue for a leak. I suppose as someone else said that perhaps for AutoX it would be useful.


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if you go on long highway trips through the mountains and stuff like that it will help also. im running a large one on my car. as long as its installed correctly you wont have any issues and it can do nothing but help


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Do you have a t-stat on yours? After all oils are designed for certain operational temps and without a t-stat then a cooler even cools in environmental conditions it is not needed.

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thanks for the input guys, sounds like for normal driving it wouldn't be "necessary", but what if I was going to do something like the Texas Mile? I do want to take a crack at that eventually.

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if you go on long highway trips through the mountains and stuff like that it will help also. im running a large one on my car. as long as its installed correctly you wont have any issues and it can do nothing but help
when you say large, what size do you mean? could you post some pics of your setup?

I was thinking something like a cobra R cooler, 6" x 32" if I did one.
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I am moving my remote oil filter and installing a oil cooler today. Here is the cooler I am using.
Derale Cooling Products 15851 - Derale Performance Plate and Fin Engine Oil Coolers - Overview - SummitRacing.com


Disregard the zipties. I am checking to see if it clears the bumper cover.



The fog light opening in the Cobra bumper cover is empty and the cooler sits right agains the covers opening allowing a direct shot of air onto it.

I would like to put a temp gauge on it. Next week I am doing the last lef of the Hot Rod Power Tour; up to Oklahoma 280mi and back another 300mi.

For s&g's I installed a better power steering cooler. Fits nicely between the a/a and the core support.



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I have spent all of my mindshare on trying to keep engine and Trans cool.

I envy you guys with the newer car and more room. LX's are tough.

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I have spent all of my mindshare on trying to keep engine and Trans cool.

I envy you guys with the newer car and more room. LX's are tough.
Run E85 and the engine temps stay in check pretty easily

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Run E85 and the engine temps stay in check pretty easily
My engine temps are ok now that I got the trans cooler out from in front of the radiator. Stays 180-205 depending on wind direction and load.

E85 isn't easy to get in central NJ and my car is tuned to run on C16.

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