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Old April 22nd, 2013, 05:36 PM
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Oil Cooler Fire question

Trying to figure out if I actually need oil cooler lines. My ROW 110 oil lines are nowhere near the exhaust manifold like the ones in NAS defenders. If my lines are in the ROW configuration and are about 8 inches from the exhaust, do I still need these lines? I have a Rover V8. Thanks guys!
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 06:15 PM
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Not necessarily how close they are to the exhaust but the condition of the hoses. When they burst they blow oil on the exhaust causing the fire. If you don't know how old they are it might not be a bad idea to replace them.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 06:22 PM
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Yes, you need the upgrade. Any oil cooler on a V8 rover needs the upgrade (or just take the adaptor off and skip the lines entirely).
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I really like the Trailhead 4x4 kit and have installed them on many a customer Rover. But, prior to their availability, I used to fit silicone fire sleeve over the hoses when we replaced them. My theory was that if the hose were to leak, the sleeve would route the oil away from the exhaust, even under pressure.
Unless you're planning to tow a 3500lb trailer, 5 people and their luggage across Death Valley at the height of summer, one might suggest the oil cooler isn't always necessary!
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One might also suggest checking to see what the supposed lackluster Land Rover oil cooler does before eliminating it. If you run an oil temp guage it will show much higher temps with the cooler bypassed and it does not require towing or death valley, a romp down the highway will do it. Oil temps will gradually rise.
As for braided SS lines. If you dont replace them every 5 yrs or so they will suffer from the same issue as the standard lines. I've seen them as installed by "one of those other shops" weeping at a pretty good rate, hose all stiff and heat hardened. Not that I dont use SS fabricated lines by request and as part of a performance package that will be monitored at a much higher level than regular driver junk. For the most part, I stick with the factory parts, sleeved. Mint.
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Early RRCs and 03-04 DII do not have oil coolers. Short of towing in the desert, I can't see the oil cooler being that important especially if you run synthetic as I do. Oil can run up to 240 degrees before you have a real issue.
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If you run the lines inside a heat protective sleeve the way the fuel lines are done in the NAS vehicles, it will help extend the life of the lines and if they do burst, it will prevent the oil from spraying all over and will just run down the inside of the sleeve.
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Early RRCs and 03-04 DII do not have oil coolers. Short of towing in the desert, I can't see the oil cooler being that important especially if you run synthetic as I do. Oil can run up to 240 degrees before you have a real issue.
The early v8 110's I've seen don't have them either I don't think.
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Bottom line...no matter what anyone says...You won't be sorry that you changed them but you will be sorry if you don't. The take away is CHANGE THE LINES...THEY ARE CRAP.
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Bottom line...no matter what anyone says...You won't be sorry that you changed them but you will be sorry if you don't. The take away is CHANGE THE LINES...THEY ARE CRAP.
Agreed x100.

Eric at Trailhead 4x4 is a great guy to deal with.

Call him up, get the kit and you'll sleep better at night.
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Agreed x100.

Eric at Trailhead 4x4 is a great guy to deal with.

Call him up, get the kit and you'll sleep better at night.
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I was close enough to Eric at Trailhead 4x4 that I drove up and had him install a set and do a once over on my rig. A really nice guy!
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I decided to remove my lines - I really think they are overkill. At some point - I may replace them, but I'm in no hurry to do so...
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Thanks to Eric at Trailhead 4x4 I have new Oil Cooler lines installed!! I personally like the black.

Now I can safely drive more than around the block!
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There shouldn't be any doubt in anyone's minds about replacing these lines on a preventative basis.

http://www.trailhead4x4.com/30464.html
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