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Old 01-31-2013, 02:10 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a prosport oil pressure gauge and the sandwich plate adapter and i am wondering since it has 4 ports on it if i could use stainless lines and run an oil cooler in a loop right there. the 1/8th NPT ports seem kinda small but im not sure how much pressure is necessary or needed to run an oil cooler setup from there.
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Sandwich plates for oil coolers are different. If you try to run it from a plain spacer, you won't flow any oil to the cooler. We usually like to use -8 (1/2" ID) or -10 (5/8" ID) lines to oil coolers.
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You will also want a spacer/adapter that is thermostaticly controlled. It will only let oil flow to the cooler when the oil is at a certain temp.
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You should really like that Prosport. Did you get the one with the programmable warning alarm? I love mine. It saved me a bunch of money already.
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Sandwich plates for oil coolers are different. If you try to run it from a plain spacer, you won't flow any oil to the cooler. We usually like to use -8 (1/2" ID) or -10 (5/8" ID) lines to oil coolers.
thank you for the advice could you point me towards a sandwhich plate that would suffice for the job?
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You will also want a spacer/adapter that is thermostaticly controlled. It will only let oil flow to the cooler when the oil is at a certain temp.
that is definitely something i will do.

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You should really like that Prosport. Did you get the one with the programmable warning alarm? I love mine. It saved me a bunch of money already.
yeah i have all premium peak warn prosport gauges in green/white. boost,oil pressure,fuel pressure, water temp.

thanks again guys for your sound advice
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thank you for the advice could you point me towards a sandwhich plate that would suffice for the job?
I use one like this because I don't need the thermostat in Florida for a car that is mostly a track car. I will remove the sandwich plate if doing a winter event in Georgia.



Universal Aluminum Sandwich Oil Adaptor Filter Cooler Plate Kit AN10 Silver VE4A | eBay

If you can see straight through the section around the middle hole of the adapter it will not flow oil to and back from a cooler. You want it like the one above and not like this:





I don't have time to search for a good thermostatic one right now, but our thread size and pitch for the filter is m20x1.5.
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Most use Mocal.

Also, whether you should use an oil cooler depends upon car use. If it's a street car, an oil cooler often results in the oil not coming up to proper temperature (i.e., you're doing more harm than good). If you're tracking in the heat, an oil cooler is mandatory.

If I were you, I would run what you have, add an oil temperature gauge and then determine whether you should add an oil cooler based upon oil temperature readings.
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If I were you, I would run what you have, add an oil temperature gauge and then determine whether you should add an oil cooler based upon oil temperature readings.
Good advice.

Don't spend time and money fixing a problem you don't have. I was having problems. I track my turbo car in the summer heat down here when asphalt surface temp is ~135*F so I was getting temperature creep in the longer sessions.
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For anyone interested in cheap oil cooler setups, the oil cooler on 90's intercooled volvos works very well. Has AN fittings on it from the car and they can be had at a junkyard for like 20 bucks. Pretty big cooler too
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The 2nd gen RX7 oil cooler has an internal thermostat.
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Someone should post links to the correct fittings and line to mate a mocal sandwich plate with an rx7 oil cooler. To help me and the OP. but mostly me.
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Someone should post links to the correct fittings and line to mate a mocal sandwich plate with an rx7 oil cooler. To help me and the OP. but mostly me.
I took both pieces to a local hydraulic shop and they made hoses to fit everything in the exact overall length I gave them. And they did it while I waited. I took a garden hose and laid it out along the path I wished the hose to follow to gain an accurate length measurement.
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thanks for all the advice guys i appreciate it
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