Choosing oil cooler

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  1. oifovo

    oifovo Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys!
    Just trying to see if I could pick your brains with regards to choosing an oil cooler. I'm a bit worried about oil pressure drop since I'm still running the OEM heat exchanger and also a mechanical oil pressure gauge so adding yet another restriction could cause issues. I have weld in baffles in the sump and will be running AN10 lines which will be made as short as possible. From what I gather the more rows the cooler has and the narrower it is the smaller the pressure drop is going to be but I'd like to hear from people who have oil coolers fitted how important this actually is. The main reason I'm asking is cost - I can get a 16 row oil cooler from JJC for about 50 quid, but if I decide to go with the narrow/tall option I'd have to get something like Setrab which costs considerably more. I'd hate to solve one problem (engine oil getting too hot) and introduce another.
     

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    On my car I currently run the oem oil heater, and a Mocal thermostatic sandwich plate to a 25row cooler located behind the radiator.
    But will be changing mine a bit soon due to change in application.
    Is yours mainly used on the road or track? Because different set ups can be better depending on your application
     
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    A bit of both really. I haven't got the heater matrix inside the car and only run half rad but I've never had any issues with coolant temp it's just the oil. I'm not sure if me deleting the heater matrix affected how the OEM oil cooler works? I'll be using thermostatic sandwich plate as well and my oil temp sensor is at the oil filter so that I get the highest reading possible.
     
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    No that wouldn’t of affected it at all.
    I had the same problem when I didn’t have an aftermarket oil cooler/heater.
    If you’re using the car on the road as well as track don’t ditch the oem “oil cooler” as you’ll find you’ll struggle to keep/get the oil temperature up during normal road driving.

    That’s what I found anyway.
     

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