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Old 05-11-2013, 12:31 AM   #2867
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Originally Posted by V8 GTFO Lesbic WGN View Post
so why Subaru got rid of it 08+?
Because Americans are cheap and Subaru saw this as a way to save a few bucks for SOA. All ROW WRXs get the oil cooler and so does the STI. All ROW WRXs get LSD R180s too ;-) So not critical enough that Americans can haz, but critical enough every other WRX and STI does have it.

Originally Posted by vms150 View Post
The thing is, the style oil coolers that you would mount up in front of the radiator are very cheap and very easy to mount and plumb. If you're going to remove the stock one, why not just replace it with an aftermarket one.
True, you do lose the heating action so you run with cold oil longer over the stock cooler, and that period is extended a lot if you don't use a thermostat in an external oil cooler. I tried to find a cheap one when I looked at them, with a quality cooler core with low pressure drop, proper fittings and a good thermostatic sandwich plate.. its hard to do it right for less than $400. For free you can leave the stock cooler on it certainly does more good than harm.
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