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Old 10-26-2008, 07:54 PM
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Oil cooler location

I live in Florida where its more difficult to keep motors cool in the summer and this is the first time I am installing an oil cooler. Generally speaking is it better to install an oil cooler infront or behind the radiator?

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Well it all depends on the size of the cooler (most are pretty small) and the available space you have to mount it. If you don't have an a/c condensor in front of the radiator then I would mount it there but down low.
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Mount it in front and make sure you get the plate type cooler abd not the tube and fin. The plate type is much more efficient. Oil coolers make a big difference, you have to be careful in cold weather to make sure you get heat in your oil, shouldn't be a problem in Florida.
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what/which car is it going into.....

you have several in your gallery

buy one with a built in bypass stat/valve = no flow thru the cooler till the oil is 190* solves the cold oil problem and helps the motor warm up much faster for less wear
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what/which car is it going into.....

It's going in the V12 Miata
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I didn't find a "Miata oem cooler" to maybe adapt on this gooogle link but it will probably be helpful.....

looks like behind the headlight due to no space available period is the popular spot....

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=miata+oil+cooler

look at the Derale mfg coolers (Derale.com)....
either a street rod style long "finned single or double tube cooler" or a cooler with a fan to mount under the car may be a better option????

"think outside the box abit"?
once did a car that the tranny cooler was just a single length of tubing that ran all the way around the perimeter of the car,,,tranny gpm is low so I had to shorten it for less cooling....

once did a car that the "grill" was the oil cooler, configured it to look like a "tube" grill but it did extend beyond the openings and use up all the dead space possible for max tubing surface area....
(was just a single length tight as possible 180* bends and "dummy" tubes added to make it look right in the opening)

and there is no rule that says you can't have more than one in series due to lack of space....
for a "no hardware showing" car build I was able to fit 2 small coolers suspended in the lower apron

for "our" traffic and summer heat likely you will need every cooling trick in the book for that combo!!!
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