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Tranny Cooler Which One

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by lodogg89, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. lodogg89

    lodogg89 Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    Im looking to buy a transmission cooler, just not sure which one to buy, any body haver any brand recomendations????
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    b&m unit. it is a stacked plate style. just like your radiator. thay offer the smallest physical size but same gvw capacity over a unit bigger in a tube style.

    make sure to plum it in line with the radiator. to help in warming up in the winter.

    make sure your truck dosnt have one already. most newer ones do. if so i would swap it to a bigger one if its not doing the job.

    get a trans temp gauge unit. if you dont have one. if you need one then install it in the tranny output line for the best temp reading possible.

    b&m and tci have some good info and a chart on there sites for life span of fluid at a given point.

    http://www.bmracing.com/index.php?id=products&sid=2&cat=20

    part# 80212 is the gauge kit with all parts to install.

    http://www.tciauto.com/cooling.htm for the chart of temps .

    http://www.tciauto.com/tech_info/cooler_fittings.htm for the cooler line specs of in and out.
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2006
  3. 75gmck25

    75gmck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 119

  4. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Get the unit w/ the highest GVW rating possible for plowing. Pretty hard to overcool a tranny. Jegs and Summit Racing have several models, including the B&M, a good unit. The other caveat is to ensure that the unit is plumbed so PRESSURE WILL NOT BLOW THE HOSES OFF! Several units are available w/ -An fittings or NPT fittings instead of just barbed fittings w/ hose clamps.
     
  5. crete5245

    crete5245 Member
    Messages: 61

    I agree with 75gmck25, the tru cool coolers offer the lowest pressure drop and are made of steel, so they don't get all bent up. I installed the biggest one on my turbo 400 and that is the only cooler I have on it. It has made it through the 100+ summer weather here in Kansas with no problems. I also installed a small electric fan on top of the cooler to help it out...