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Old 04-25-2012, 09:45 PM
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BPD external oil cooler install Q.

After I rebuilt my engine with studs, gogo stage 1, agressive tune, NEW OIL COOLER, etc, I cannot keep my EOTs in check when towing 18k hard. I threw the wrench light twice on my first hard tow for high EOTs and deltas, in first 100 miles of engine mods, and brand new oil cooler. Done with the BS. When you tow hard and heavy, the stock oil cooler does not cut it. Already ordered BPDs external oil cooler kit. Lucky me, get to tear her down, 300 miles after she just had stud job. anyway.....

For those of you who have done the BPD ext oil cooler kit, newer version, condenser mount, do you really have to break the seal on the AC? I read the instructions, looks like you have to tap into the AC condenser from the backside, but is there enough room to do that without breaking the seal on the AC system and entirely removing the condenser, or is that a must? If so, how do you go about getting the AC system back after that, is it just a recharge at an AC shop? or more complicated? Thanks.

Anybody who has done the install of the 05-07 BPD ext oiler kit, condenser mount, please chime in with how the install went.
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I have all the AC tools to pull off the refrigerant and recharge the system when done so it wasn't a big deal for me but yes the condenser needs to come out. I don't see mounting the BPD cooler with the condenser still in unless maybe it could be done with the fan and radiator removed.
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I agree, You pretty much have to pull the condensor out. I just had my local mechanic drain the AC then recharge it after I was done. It really didn't cost much and only took a half hour.
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I think Dee004 did his with the condenser still in the truck, it's stickied in the General Discussion forum. If I remember correctly it involved removing A LOT more parts. I'd say that removing and recharging would be the easier way to go.
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You'll thank yourself for removing the condenser to mount the cooler . Your local auto shop should be able to recharge the system. It cost me like 150 bucks I think

Grannys hubby didn't remove her condenser either, so it can be done
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Yeah, we removed my condenser when we did mine. It's a simple recharge and it's usually just over $100 to have a shop do it.
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thanks for the advice guys. I have read through the instructions, and I am thinking I will build a custom mount and mount the cooler in FRONT of the condenser. With my 08 front end, there is nothing but room and fee space in front of the condenser, and that will allow for MAX cooling, and I can avoid breaking the seal on the AC. With the header panel in there before, there would not have been room to do this, but with all that removed, it will be an easy mount to fab. Any thoughts? Thanks guys.
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evil, we have talked many times about hot weather and heavy towing. You have mentioned you see high EOTs, was that before or after the BPD kit? How much actual drop in EOT did you see with the kit? I can't tow my trailer out of my cul-da-sac without the the EOT climbing above 250 now, so I am hoping this kit helps.
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Would highly recommend mounting the cooler where it was designed to be mounted. With the oil cooler in front of the condensor it could have a negative affect on ac performance. With the oil cooler between the condensor and intercooler the fan will always pull air across the oil cooler keeping all temp in check.
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thanks for the advice guys. I have read through the instructions, and I am thinking I will build a custom mount and mount the cooler in FRONT of the condenser. With my 08 front end, there is nothing but room and fee space in front of the condenser, and that will allow for MAX cooling, and I can avoid breaking the seal on the AC. With the header panel in there before, there would not have been room to do this, but with all that removed, it will be an easy mount to fab. Any thoughts? Thanks guys.
By putting the oil cooler in front of the AC condensor you could reduce a mount of air traveling through the condensor which would make your AC less effective. Idk what kind of room you have in front of it with the 08 front end, but I would try to move the oil cooler as far forward a spossible to have the least impact on your AC as possible. That's my thought
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