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    Aftermarket full-flow oil cooler setup

    Many advantages for this type of oil cooler system. Increased oil pressure, especially at lower rpms. Increased oil pressure = more flow to the bearings, piston squirters (if equipped) and less chance of a rod knock. If your engine was not originally equipped with the stock bypass-type oil cooler, then this is a viable and excellent alternative to the stock setup. No need to change the oil pan or weld any fittings. Just bolt in place and GO!

    I'd recommend this setup for any redtop (smallport) or 20v conversion. The 20v especially, because they were not originally equipped with the bypass type oil coolers.

    Disadvantage? Cost and the amount of work involved.

    We just installed a full flow oil cooler, with real AN hoses and fittings, plus a Mocal thermo-sandwich plate. You can use either dash-8 or dash-10 hoses and fittings. We found that dash-8 was easier to route due to more compact fittings, etc. It's kinda tight near the p/s bracketry.

    Simplest (least expensive) quality setup with AN hoses for full flow cooler:
    mocal oil thermostat sandwich plate adapter SP1-T ($80 USD)
    dash-8 AN hose, about 6'
    2x 90 deg AN hose ends
    2x straight AN hose ends
    1x 90 deg 1/2" NPT to dash-8 adapter
    1x straight 1/2" NPT to dash-8 adapter

    plus an oil cooler with dash-8 fittings.
    (Mocal or Earls 13 or 19-row will work fine)

    With these fittings, it will fit in an ae86 with powersteering, but not with a/c. You will need to clearance the engine mount bracket a little bit to fit this whole setup in place. The ports on the sandwich plate basically point towards the rad, and the hoses come off and then make a 90 deg turn. 1 90 deg adapter on the sandwich plate, plus 1 90 deg hose end on the other hose.

    You'll need a 22mm wrench to assemble these fittings. Try not to scratch them


    Mocal thermostatic sandwich plate, model SP1-T. Above pic courtesy of www.racerpartswholesale.com


    The assembled hoses and componentry. Note the 90 degree fittings at the sandwich plate. These exact fittings will allow you to clear the p/s pump bracketry.

    photo credit: brian


    The fluid flow diagram.

    The inlet of the oil cooler must be the bottom hose. The ideal mounting position of the cooler is shown, with the fittings on the side of the cooler. It's okay to run fittings pointing upwards (as in, fittings on top of the cooler) but it's not okay to run the fittings in from the bottom. If you do so, you'll have an air pocket in the cooler, and reduce the efficiency of your cooler to the point that it's like not having one in the first place.

    Also, a few more notes:
    The factory oil cooler CANNOT be used for full flow, as it's not rated for the pressures that the engine can generate. The budget cooler is made by B&M or Tru-Cool. The Mocal/Setrab/Earls oil coolers are way nicer than the economy coolers. But you get what you pay for.
    Last edited by Brian; 06-08-2008 at 09:35 AM.
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    would an earls sandwich plate without the pressure relief valve work ok for this? or is the pressure release valve necessary?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pitobread
    would an earls sandwich plate without the pressure relief valve work ok for this? or is the pressure release valve necessary?
    It's not a pressure relief valve, it's a thermostatic bypass valve. IE, bypass open when engine oil is cold. Bypass closes when oil is warm.

    The Mocal sandwich plate is the nicest one I've seen (for a reasonable price). The other ones require a remote thermostat, which adds complexity, requires more fittings, which increase the price way more.

    If you have a racecar, you could delete the thermostat, but then you run the risk of overcooling your oil. Remember that oil doesn't flow/lubricate as well when it's below 170F. And you also run the risk of sludge/moisture buildup with oil that doesn't reach operating temps.

    Quote Originally Posted by the Narf
    how much?? narfy wants for his car...
    Narfy, to duplicate this setup with a 13 or 19-row oil cooler, you're looking at around $425 + mounting brackets for the oil cooler + installation. Not cheap. But works most excellently.
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    The fittings and hose alone on summitracing.com using all the cheapest stuff was 89 usd, not including shipping.
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    I priced it out at www.racerpartswholesale.com as they carry the Mocal stuff.
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    wow their prices are a bit better.

    Edit: only on certain connectors...
    Last edited by pitobread; 04-28-2006 at 02:36 PM.
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