Why do I want / need an oil cooler?

SuperRanger

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 8, 2005
Posts
286
Reaction
100
Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Sorry for the dumb question. I am prepping a King of the Hammers rig for V2R. I plan on plenty of cooling and have good trans cooling. Do I need to complicate this thing with an oil cooler?

347 Ford motor, 3800# race ready.

Thanks
 

Race8100

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2004
Posts
547
Reaction
45
Location
Las Vegas
Sorry for the dumb question. I am prepping a King of the Hammers rig for V2R. I plan on plenty of cooling and have good trans cooling. Do I need to complicate this thing with an oil cooler?

347 Ford motor, 3800# race ready.

Thanks

I'd say yes. Keeps from doing damage to your motor.

I added an oil cooler and a gauge to my 351. The cooler has a thermostat to keep oil out of the cooler until it heats up. It's great to watch it work on the gauge. Also, the extra capacity can't hurt either.
 

Dezertpilot

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 26, 2005
Posts
5,700
Reaction
506
Location
Yuma, Az
Definitely run one, most motor oil cant live past 250* really.
 

Ranch Hand

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 18, 2006
Posts
195
Reaction
58
Location
Coronado, CA
Think about a lot of high rpm, low speed running (thus not a lot of air flow) like soft sand or silt. Also, oil temps, unlike water temps, do not decrease rapidly, once the oil gets hot, it tends to stay hot. The main thing, once the oil gets "burned" the reduction in lubrication is dramatic and bearings go away in a hurry. Oil coolers are a cheap insurance for any race car.
 

07FJRog

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 26, 2009
Posts
3,325
Reaction
372
Location
Tonopah, AZ
oil cooling can also help with lower water temps to a point.

get a quality cooler like a Setrab, with a fan on it.
 

Wild bill

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 23, 2008
Posts
713
Reaction
30
Location
ponca city, ok
Run a cooler. Fluidyne makes a 15"x15" that is shrouded and a fan mounted. Summit sells them for about $470. The money spent will save your motor.
 

Dezertpilot

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 26, 2005
Posts
5,700
Reaction
506
Location
Yuma, Az

Dezertpilot

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 26, 2005
Posts
5,700
Reaction
506
Location
Yuma, Az
oil cooling can also help with lower water temps to a point.

get a quality cooler like a Setrab, with a fan on it.

This is true, less heat in the oil means less heat in the engine.
 

Wendell #527

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2007
Posts
1,688
Reaction
969
Location
Oak View, CA
Website
www.riff-raffdesertracing.com
Run a cooler. Fluidyne makes a 15"x15" that is shrouded and a fan mounted. Summit sells them for about $470. The money spent will save your motor.

I switched to that Fluidyne 15" x 15" cooler and when I did my oil temp was reduced by over 20 degrees. It's a little noisy, but who cares---at least if I can hear it, I know the fan on it is going. I mounted it real close to my head, so that's my fault. I have to agree that Fluidyne worked really good for me.
 

nismogizmo

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 21, 2005
Posts
104
Reaction
3
Location
Glendale, Arizona
I was told that you want your oil to be around the same temp as your water, but now that i think about it wouldnt they be reletivily close anyway?
 
Top