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Old February 23rd, 2008, 02:21 PM
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More Oil Cooler Thoughts/Questions..

Okay, we all know Defenders are burning down left and right due to ruptured oil cooler lines, and that they need to be replaced. But it gets me thinking about possibly upgrading to a better system in the process? Does anyone know how effective the stock, in radiator, Oil Cooler is?

I was thinking of replacing the whole oil cooler system. New Mocal sandwich adapter with thermostat, and using a new oil cooler, maybe something like a Fluidyne DB-30110 or something similar? Anyone gone this route, or have any thoughts on increased efficiency over the factory cooler?

I was even thinking of possibly using the stock transmission cooler from a '97, along with the perforated lower facia panel? I don't know if the passages are too restrictive for engine oil or not though, nor how efficient it is, and of course I wonder how much air flow it would get with the SG winch bumper and winch sitting in front of it?

Any thoughts anyone? Mike? Anyone?
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 02:57 PM
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Rob Dassler at Southwest Rovers removed mine entirely a couple of years ago. I haven't had any problems or worries since.

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I don't see the need for a cooler at all. However, I can tell you that the stock trans cooler is not restrictive at all if you want to go that route.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 03:05 PM
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Check this out...
I believe this is from a D-90 Source memeber...good write-up

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LOL was about to chime in that I'm halfway there already. I just haven't gotten around to the actual cooler itself, haven't figured out yet where I want to mount it.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 12:35 AM
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My 87 RR didn't come with an oil cooler and it seems to be doing fine with out it.
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My 87 RR didn't come with an oil cooler and it seems to be doing fine with out it.
Okay, not to discount anyone's opinions on the subject, and I am aware that many Land Rover's did not come with Oil coolers, and that most cars on the road do not come from the factory with oil coolers. That being said, I believe there is a benefit to having an oil cooler, and no drawback (when used with a thermostatically controlled system) to having one in place (assuming the integrity of the system is not breached).

So for those who may agree that it is beneficial, anyone else have any thoughts on improving the system, as opposed to keeping the stock system, or removing the oil cooling system all together? Thanks in advance..

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I don't see the need for a cooler at all. However, I can tell you that the stock trans cooler is not restrictive at all if you want to go that route.
Thanks for the information on the stock Trans cooler Ron. I had also thought about using it as a power steering fluid cooler at one point, figuring that the increased fluid in the system couldn't hurt, and that it might help improve the life of the system for those who play on the rocks, which seems to put added stress on the power steering (have seen other's systems boil over on difficult sections when I live out in California).
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FWIW I haven't heard of any MOD series rovers with oil coolers burning up because of the oil cooler. If no news is good news, maybe that sort of setup could be used.
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I had been eyeballing the Setrab coolers with built-in fans. But other problems with the truck just keep popping up.
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