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Tranny Cooler Relocation?

Im working on doing some stuff to my front end ( its a secret) and I need to relocate my tranny cooler. Has anyone done this before? Also I will need to buy new lines, what do I get to replace them?
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I was just going to start the same thread lol. I want to move mine because it looks like only 1/3 of it is getting air directly which is pretty stupid. I know someone on here moved theirs up with some brackets they made and added a fan to it too.

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You can get some steel lines from any parts store. I wouldn't run any more than about 6" of rubber line at any spot. I'm not sure how far you are planning to go however. Actually don't want to make things too cool either, too much airflow + a fan can actually cause issues in the cooler months. Not letting it get up to temp, converter wont lockup, etc.

Personally I would cut back the stock hard lines, flare some fittings to the new hardline, relocate it, bend up to it, and stick a little rubber on each end.

Korey89, what do your trans temps look like? If you don't know, get a gauge before you start monkeying with it. Most useful than just moving it and figuring things are fine. Just imo
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ooooh I know the secret!
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You can get some steel lines from any parts store. I wouldn't run any more than about 6" of rubber line at any spot. I'm not sure how far you are planning to go however. Actually don't want to make things too cool either, too much airflow + a fan can actually cause issues in the cooler months. Not letting it get up to temp, converter wont lockup, etc.

Personally I would cut back the stock hard lines, flare some fittings to the new hardline, relocate it, bend up to it, and stick a little rubber on each end.

Korey89, what do your trans temps look like? If you don't know, get a gauge before you start monkeying with it. Most useful than just moving it and figuring things are fine. Just imo
The perfect answer . . .



I bought a A-pillar dual pod just to have the tranny cooler temp. gauge.

If you're looking for ideas on where/how to mount the cooler, check out some of the V8 conversion threads with guys who used AODs or C4s, they tend to have it explained quite well from my searching. Also the bumper & header panel don't restrict as much as one may think, there is air being pulled in by the fan, moving air and vacuum from underneath the front bumper passing by. Unless you have an addition that drastically increaces transmission load (temp) the stock location and cooler MAY work. By the sounds of it though I'm guessing either a winch, intercooler or front 2" reciever/draw bar . . .

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You can get some steel lines from any parts store. I wouldn't run any more than about 6" of rubber line at any spot. I'm not sure how far you are planning to go however. Actually don't want to make things too cool either, too much airflow + a fan can actually cause issues in the cooler months. Not letting it get up to temp, converter wont lockup, etc.

Personally I would cut back the stock hard lines, flare some fittings to the new hardline, relocate it, bend up to it, and stick a little rubber on each end.

Korey89, what do your trans temps look like? If you don't know, get a gauge before you start monkeying with it. Most useful than just moving it and figuring things are fine. Just imo
Well I need to move it up about 3" and I need to extend the lines about 6" just to make sure everything clears, and if something unexpected happens (aka breaks) I want to make sure that everything is out of the way and wont get damaged.

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If it is necessary to lengthen the hoses, be sure to get the special hose made for A/T coolers, NOT common automotive fuel line. The A/T hose is formulated to carry A/T fluid and is rated for higher pressure and temperature.
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I moved mine and added another one of the same size. I just moved it up and mounted it more to the center.

Also the claim about it being too cold is crap, i dont even run mine through the radiator to heat it up anymore. Same with the length of hose. mine is almost all rubber from the trans forward.
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Korey89, what do your trans temps look like? If you don't know, get a gauge before you start monkeying with it. Most useful than just moving it and figuring things are fine. Just imo
High, in the 180's and low 190's according to my gauge. 3.73's and 33's is to blame.
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Also the claim about it being too cold is crap, i dont even run mine through the radiator to heat it up anymore. Same with the length of hose. mine is almost all rubber from the trans forward.

No it's not crap its plain and simple. Things don't get to operating temp. Some transmissions actually use a transmission thermostat...must be "crap" right? Design, manufacture, test and put something into a mass produced vehicle..."crap". And the rubber line is wonderful, but its too backyard mechanic for me...sorry. Hardlines are the way to go, use rubber for half-doing a job.

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I moved mine and added another one of the same size. I just moved it up and mounted it more to the center.

Also the claim about it being too cold is crap, i dont even run mine through the radiator to heat it up anymore. Same with the length of hose. mine is almost all rubber from the trans forward.
its not crap Zach ALOT of trans will not lock up till its up to temp... i know my auto wont at all till its warm...

i know i would rather have it cold then hot tho..
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No it's not crap its plain and simple. Things don't get to operating temp. Some transmissions actually use a transmission thermostat...must be "crap" right? Design, manufacture, test and put something into a mass produced vehicle..."crap". And the rubber line is wonderful, but its too backyard mechanic for me...sorry. Hardlines are the way to go, use rubber for half-doing a job.
might be but rubber looks fine to me.

also i prefer my trans to be COLD, it shifts so much better when its cold and it holds pressure better.

unless you live in a place that is FREEZING COLD 10 or below then I would second think it, otherwise its not going to hurt the trans or engine anymore than if it takes an extra mile for the converter to lock.
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i know i would rather have it cold then hot tho..

Not disagreeing with that one. That is for sure there. But there is a line somewhere between cold and too cold.
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