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Old 01-05-2011, 10:30 AM
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Need for an oil cooler

Ok i have a 496cid stroker with big aluminum heads (bigger valves, heavily ported), and solid roller cam with 712 lift, im going to be running a mechanical water pump, dual fans and an aluminum radiator.

heres my question is there any need to run an oil coooler?

motor is not running, or in the car so i dont know temps yet...

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Old 01-05-2011, 10:57 AM
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Hard to tell right now. I had concerns with my blower motor, with the filter being nestled between the block and headers really close. I installed dual remote filters, moving them away, into the upper wheel well.

I didn't have a temp gauge, but knew things were heating up.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:58 AM
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if you are going to be running a remote oil filter you might as well add a cooler
if not, who knows, how good of a rad do you have?
i think its always better to have coolers if you can
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Sure, an oil cooler is ideal, depending on your needs, and I'm not against them. In my case, moving the filter was all it needed. I was able to somewhat monitor the temp with my laser temp gun, and it cooled quite a bit. Of course, there's a lot more involved in installing a cooler, but that shouldn't deter you if it's needed.
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Sure, an oil cooler is ideal, depending on your needs, and I'm not against them. In my case, moving the filter was all it needed. I was able to somewhat monitor the temp with my laser temp gun, and it cooled quite a bit. Of course, there's a lot more involved in installing a cooler, but that shouldn't deter you if it's needed.
we were both typing/posting to the OP at the same time
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Yeah, a guy could get hurt in the collision.

I grew up in Burien, a house right on the sound, sure miss that lifestyle...
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It's my opinion that oil coolers are only needed in race applicataions and more for racing that holds the engine at high RPM's for extended periods. I doubt that you really "need" one. All the cooling should be done by the radiator and an oil cooling system could keep the oil too cool which would not be good wrt engine wear.

If you are running an auto - put in a tranny cooler before considering the oil cooler.

Sounds like a nice engine btw.

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It's my opinion that oil coolers are only needed in race applicataions and more for racing that holds the engine at high RPM's for extended periods. I doubt that you really "need" one. All the cooling should be done by the radiator and an oil cooling system could keep the oil too cool which would not be good wrt engine wear.

If you are running an auto - put in a tranny cooler before considering the oil cooler.

Sounds like a nice engine btw.

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I use a Derale thermostat inline with my oil cooler, letīs the oil get up to 170š
before it starts to go through the cooler, oil temp is better regulated.

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Old 01-05-2011, 12:51 PM
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thats cool, learn about somthing every day
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Thanks for all the info everyone! im leaning towards no oil cooler, due to engine bay room and my need for cleanliness under the hood, at least until its running properly and then i think i'll make a decision, its something that can always be added later.

BTW- its definetely gunna be a fun motor on the street, its a weekend warrior thats what there for!
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:17 AM
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"Iīm leaning towards no oil cooler, due to engine bay room"

My coolers, engine and trans are in front of the radiator not in the engine bay, hot environment.
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