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Who's using an aftermarket trans cooler ?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by 1fast432, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. 1fast432

    1fast432 Member
    Messages: 32

    I've got a 2000 f250 sd and thought about putting a larger trans cooler on it . Looks pretty simple on these trucks and can fit a rather large cooler in there. Has anyone done it and how much did it help the tranny. Or is this not a big problem on a ford. THANKS JOHN B
  2. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    I would do a Big pan before a cooler. I run ATS pans on all my trucks and can notice a difference in trans temps when towing heavy loads.
  3. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272

    a popular swap is to get a factory cooler off a 6.0 diesel. they are quite substaintial.

    a shift kit will also help greatly. firmer shifts equates to less slippage (wear) and cooler operating temps. i recommend kits made by transgo.
  4. 4wydnr

    4wydnr Senior Member
    from N. IL
    Messages: 151

    I'm running one because the stock external cooler had low flow and the cooler in the radiator had no flow. So I removed the external and all I run is the aftermarket cooler. It gets to about 180 in the summer pulling a trailer but usually stays under 150 normally.
  5. 7.3 Plower

    7.3 Plower Senior Member
    Messages: 221

    Another vote for the 6.0 trans cooler. Keep your eyes peeled and you can find good deals on them.

    I got a 31 row for $150 brand new on Ebay.

    The 6.0 trans coolers came in 26 and 31 row designs. Not a huge difference between the two that I'm aware of.
  6. 4wydnr

    4wydnr Senior Member
    from N. IL
    Messages: 151

    That's a good deal!
  7. 7.3 Plower

    7.3 Plower Senior Member
    Messages: 221

    Yup. Didn't even need to ship it. Clicked "Buy it now" or 150$ and told the guy I'd pick it up in person.

    Just gotta keep your eyes open for deals and you can have a nice truck for relatively low money.

    01SMOKINSD Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I installed an external cooler when I had the plow put on. If I remember right it was a 23000gvw cooler. Ran me about $70 I think. I also installed a set of A pillar gauges with a trans temp gauge. While plowing I have never had my trans tempgo above 150*. I dont know what it would have been at w/o the cooler but I considered it cheap insurance. My friend I plow with has a Chevy 2500 and his temp gauge reads 200*-220* when plowing w/o a cooler. So I guess it has to make some difference.
  9. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I ran a cooler made by Perma-Cool (I think, its been a while) on my 94 when I had it. It came with a nice heavy duty external fan ....and it sounded cool! More like a jet taking off.
  10. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Deep pans can actually increase trans fluid temp. They have little cooling benefit compared to the cooler. By adding 4-6 quarts more you now have a heat soak issue once hot. The extra fluid will take longger to heat up, But will also take longet to cool down once hot. The cooler can only circulate XX amount of fluid per min. The best thing for the 99-03 Ford is the 31 row cooler. Direct fit and only requires aome 1/2 hose and a reducer fitting. I have tried different combinations of pan and cooler and i stand behind the stock pan as the best.
  11. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    I just did the 6.0 cooler
  12. wildbroncobilly

    wildbroncobilly Member
    Messages: 45

    you should do the 6,0 cooler I did mine and it never goes above 150 even 4 wheeling
  13. 1fast432

    1fast432 Member
    Messages: 32

    When you are talking about the 6.0 cooler it sounds like your talking about the radiator and not just the trans cooler. Is this correct?I haven't crawled under the truck to see if they run the trans fluid to the radiator then the cooler or just to the cooler. I wanted to just change out the transcooler, looked like an easy upgrade. THANKS JB
  14. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

  15. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    aww man......what to do with the mag-tech now??.....damn....:cry: