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Old 10-03-2002, 06:37 PM   #1
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Question Question about getting an oil cooler

I'm thinking about installing one on my car. The JDM motor I have likes to run hot, and once it's at running temps, my oil pressure at idle is less than desired (about 15 psi). I'm wondering if an oil cooler would help keep the viscosity up, and wondering if it would damage anything, as someone suggested on another forum. As some other people on here probably know, JDM swaps can become very costly very quickly, and I'm concerned about doing every little thing I can to increase the longevity of the motor. So would installing one of these be a good or bad idea ? I don't do much racing right now, but plan to in the future.
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Old 10-03-2002, 09:39 PM   #2
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I'd definitely get one that allows the oil to properly warm up before it actually starts working. That way, you don't run the risk of running oil that is too cold. If you go to Summit Racing I'm sure you can find something in the Oil System section. I was just in there looking around, but I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for. Personally, I'd get one that regulates when the cooler actually works so you're not messing up the internals of your engine.

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Old 10-04-2002, 09:17 AM   #3
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Thanks midnx03, i'm thinking i'm probably gonna end up getting one, i just can't think of how i'd plumb it in, so that it's an alternate route when oil temp is up.
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How is the water temp?

Personally I would start with upgrading the radiator. Are you on the stock 240 radiator or do you use the Sylvia radiator?
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water temp doesn't seem to be bad, I monitor it at the radiator, put probe where drain plug used to be. At that point it stays just under 100 degrees. Maybe I should look into getting a lower temp thermostat ?
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most manufacturers of oil coolers offer sandwich adapters with thermostats, so oil isn't passed through the cooler when it is cold.

http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/mocal.htm

if you look at the page above, the second item down is what you need, or you can add the first item to a basic oil cooler kit.
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