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post #1 of 25 Old 07-14-2009, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Other ways to run a cooler trans? 7.3L

what are other ways to run a cooler transmission besides upgrading to a 6.0 cooler?

I thought about upgrading to a premium trans fluid, but I'm really wondering if the Derale aftermarket pan coolers are a worthy upgrade???

I know the 6.0 trans upgrade would probably be a more worthy upgrade but just curious if the Derale pan would also be better than stock, and exactly how much better? They advertise from 20 degrees to 50 degrees cooler and that just seems to be a lot of spread to be accurate.

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i think an aftermarket pan and 6.0 cooler would be you best combo... bigger cooler plus more fluid volume should theoretically lower temperatures significantly. plus the cooler upgrade is a reatively cheap mod. you can usually pick one up at a wrecking yard for around a hundred bucks and install time is around 2-3 hours. thats my two cents.

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So, what all is involved in the swap? Is the 6.0 cooler a direct bolt up???
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the mounting brackets are exactly the same. to make things easy just take off the grill. however on the stock cooler the in and out tubes are on the same side, on the 6.0 cooler they are on separate sides. all this means is that you need to get a longer hose. i wouldn do any splicing though. just pull the old hose off and go to napa or any autoparts store and cut one to fit.

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Bigger pan is a waste of $$ and will not lower temps, if you don't want a 6.0 cooler just get the biggest cooler you can fit.
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I heard there is another company that makes a more efficient version of the 6.0 cooler

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Go to the dieselsite and get a new tru-cool max tranny cooler for about 128$. I put this cooler on my truck per the directions in addition to the OEM cooler about 2 months ago and it immediately dropped my temps 40 degrees at the max end. Meaning, I topped out at 207 one day and the next weekend doing the same tow in the same weather was at 167. I am very happy with it.

I would never put a used trans cooler on my truck. You can't clean them out and whatever junk was in the used cooler could ruin your nice expensive transmission that you are trying to keep happy.

A new 6.0 cooler is several hundred dollars and is superior to the other options but very expensive.

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Was it hard to install that tru cool sytem along the stock one?

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Go to the dieselsite and get a new tru-cool max tranny cooler for about 128$. I put this cooler on my truck per the directions in addition to the OEM cooler about 2 months ago and it immediately dropped my temps 40 degrees at the max end. Meaning, I topped out at 207 one day and the next weekend doing the same tow in the same weather was at 167. I am very happy with it.

I would never put a used trans cooler on my truck. You can't clean them out and whatever junk was in the used cooler could ruin your nice expensive transmission that you are trying to keep happy.

A new 6.0 cooler is several hundred dollars and is superior to the other options but very expensive.
The TruCool Max 4739 (which is the one Diesel Site sells) is the same thing as an OEM V10 cooler without the mounting tabs on it. Works great as an additional cooler to the stocker, but if you want a replacement cooler the 6.0 is the way to go. I picked one up used from a 45k truck that was rolled for $40.
If you want the ultimate in trans cooling, get the 6.0 cooler and plumb the TruCool Max in after it... I think you'd be hard pressed to overheat a trans with that setup.

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