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1999 ford 7.3l auto suggestions cooler/ upgrades please

Hello, I just got a 1999 2wd 7.3L short box, extra cab. It is auto and I assume the 4r100. I wanted some suggestions, upgrades to prevent transmission failure. I was told this tranny is the weak link in the drivetrain due to cooling issues.

I was thinking
1. The tru cool extra heavy duty mounted with the stock tranny with no bypass (I live in AZ) I figure about $150 new

2. The 6.0 transmission cooler: cost is $294 at the ford dealership for a 26 row. plus fittings$$

also a larger transmission pan? and maybe a pusher fan mounted on the front of the tranny cooler if I mount the tru cool in front of the radiator?

Please give me some suggestions on this? Is the 6.0 tranny cooler really worth double the cost plus fittings??

thanks everyone, I want to do this the same time I change my transmission filter and fluid. ( Mobil 1 full syn transmission fluid or amsoil?)
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updated info on coolers..

Ok so the parts guy at ford told me 294 for a brand new 31 row transmission cooler from a 6.0 diesel shipped from their ca dealership to me.
Someone told me LKQ may carry the 6.0 cooler used and he picked one up last year for $70. I have yet to confirm that? Anyone on here buy one from there? I will try and call them tomorrow and update. I guess a used one for 70 would be great? Or you guys think a cooler should be brand new?

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Go with a used one. I found mine used from car part.com for about 65 bux plus shipping. You won't need a pusher fan. Just mount the 6.0 cooler with the lines coming in from the bottom. The 7.3 cooler has the lines coming in form the top. The 6.0 cooler mounts upside down compared to the stocker. A larger finned pan will help too, but those are pretty expensive, and i don't know of hard numbers that can tell you what the gain is in going with them.

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thanks HVAC!

I could not find transmission cooler so I requested a qoute from them for a 6.0 transmission cooler, hopefully someone will get back to me?
As for the pan I was thinking the derale deep transmission pan item 14208 for $150 new. It adds 8 more quarts of capacity. I assume that would prevent less breakdown of the fluid during long hauls up hills here in AZ to Nevada and California, plus the 120 plus heat here.....
Its not aluminum, but I figure the capacity would help??
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I have a 03 7.3 psd, and with the stock trans cooler i was seeing 140 to 170 trans temps then switch to a newer 6.0 cooler and now 140 to 150 (pulling) plus the 6.0 cooler is alot larger.
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bump any more info on the OPs question.

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With the trucool in series with my factory cooler, I have only briefly touched 180 when I was at 28,000lbs on a long grade.

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With the trucool in series with my factory cooler, I have only briefly touched 180 when I was at 28,000lbs on a long grade.

During my research last night the Tru-cool kept popping up inthreads. never mind found it.

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I'm running the trucool 40k cooler. Here in Florida I run about 172 when the temps are 90 ambient. I wish I would have spent the extra cash for the 6.0 cooler. I spoke with Brian from BTS this week, and he said that ford would giggle if I told them my temps I'm running.

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