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Old February 17th, 2009, 05:12 PM
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Best Place for the Oil Cooler line upgrade parts

Hi,

buying a 95' this weekend and i'm almost certian the oil line is stock so it will need to be upgraded to the aeroquip flame resistant style.

can someone point me to the best place to buy a kit - i noticed ECR had some on thier defender pages.

Any other must do upgrades (its getting a redline MTL refill this week hopefully with the service)
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Old February 17th, 2009, 05:31 PM
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You can buy the oil cooler lines from Eric at Trailhead 4x4 too. I just bought them and had them installed. They are very nice.

http://trailhead4x4.com/30464.html
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Old February 17th, 2009, 05:40 PM
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I have the trailhead ones in my 94 and I just ordered them for my 110. Eric is a great guy.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 05:44 PM
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I just deleted the oil cooler all together. haven't noticed any difference, and it was free..
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Old February 17th, 2009, 06:21 PM
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I am getting rid of my oil cooler as well.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 06:58 PM
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I might delete mine in my 97 as well. Mike(or anyone else), if you read this can you give any reasons why I would need it in 36k mile 90 that will never see the trails. If I do keep it how is the adapter going for the 97? Ever get that truck on the road for awhile? Keep in mind I live in the SF Bay Area and the temps are pretty much about 69 all year long.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 07:11 PM
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I might delete mine in my 97 as well. Mike(or anyone else), if you read this can you give any reasons why I would need it in 36k mile 90 that will never see the trails. If I do keep it how is the adapter going for the 97? Ever get that truck on the road for awhile? Keep in mind I live in the SF Bay Area and the temps are pretty much about 69 all year long.
I know a lot of folks have ditched them in 93-95s, never heard of anyone having any issues, but then again the cooler the oil the longer things last. I am not 100% sure of the oil flow set up in the GEMS timing cover and if that would cause an issue or not. I know the fittings are odd and you might have a hard time blocking them off. It isn't like the 95 where you just take the plate off. Not sure, never thought about doing it in a 97.
Image attached of our engine fittings for a 97 so you can see what you are up against.

To the original poster:

If you want to make some yourself (very easy) I can email you the parts list so you can DIY it, or you can buy a pre-made kit somewhere. We sell the oddball parts, the rest you can get from a local speed shop of JEGS or SUMMIT racing.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 08:12 PM
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Does the 97 have a safety FIRE issue with the oil lines . Mine are factory should I replace them ? if so from rover ?
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Old February 17th, 2009, 08:29 PM
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Does the 97 have a safety FIRE issue with the oil lines . Mine are factory should I replace them ? if so from rover ?
Yes, but not as common as the 1993-1995.

One issue with the 97s is they tend to rub through the AC lines as they are so close, so changing them with upgraded units give you 3 benefits (cooler oil, redcued risk of fire and no AC line issues), where replacing them with stock only gets you new lines.

The thread has inspired me to update the ECR oil line pages and I am doing that now. Should be done in a few hours.
http://www.eastcoastrover.com/110oillines.html

It will have the parts list for DIY lines and such.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 09:02 PM
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I have the trailhead set-up and am very happy with it. Eric is a great guy to deal with.
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Screw me I have a late 1995. Oh well, the cooler comes off this weekend when I do the Water Pump.

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The DIY parts lists and general info for making your own oil cooler lines is posted here:

http://www.eastcoastrover.com/option3.html

What does it matter if your have a 95? Still easily doable.
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The rad has the fittings like a 1997 and I am being a wuss about it.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 10:34 PM
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The rad has the fittings like a 1997 and I am being a wuss about it.
Email me your address and I'll send you the adapters. I owe you anyway.
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Ok, sweet.

evilfij at yahoo dot com I just sent you my physical address.

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Old February 18th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Thanks for the parts list ECR - i'll contact you about any of the parts. one thing i am unclear of is for the Mocal SP-1 is it the SP1
For spin-on 3/4UNF filter- tapped1/2BSP

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can one of the High Flow units be used if desired or is that not needed (seems to be not needed if many are removing the oil cooler altogether)

which seals go with that?

i've been working on mostly german cars for the past 20 years, so it will take me a little time to get up to speed on the D90.
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for those that have the 20 mm oilcooler adaptor plate pegasusautoracing.com has 20mm to 8AN adaptors. they do have to be cut down on the 20mm side to allow them to fully seat in the adaptor ring. they are more expensive than 18mm adaptors but you save overall by not buying a new adaptor ring. i did this about two months ago and no problems so far.

http://www.pegasusautoracing.com/pro...asp?RecID=5064
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