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Old 10-26-2009, 01:21 PM
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How good is aftermarket transmission pan?

Some of these aftermarket trany pans are supposed to help cooling fluid. How good are they in this endeavor? is it possible to go this route instead of an added on trany cooler to keep fluid under 200 degrees?

It seems to me that the extra few quarts of fluid these pans hold will only allow a tad longer time for fluid to heat up. Once it gets to 200 degrees it will take longer to cool down due to bigger volume.....that is unless those fins on the bottom really can dissipate heat quick enough.
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I added a tru cool trans cooler from diesel site. Its a bit colder now but in when it was about 80 deg outside my trans would run about 150 in my daily tune. With the cooler now it has been about 50 or 60 outside I have yet to see over about 105 or so. I drove an hour at 70 mph on the interstate it was about 50 outside and it never passed 105 then. So far I say it works splendidly.
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:08 PM
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Hi Kyle,
I am sure the Tru Cool Trans cooler like yours would do the job.

My question is about the replacement trans pan, not the radiator cooler type. I am wondering if the pan would do it, if it does it would be much easier to install an aftermarket pan than a radiator cooler like yours.
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There is a trans pan on ebay I have seen that has tubes that run through t that allows out side air to circulate through the pan. They claim it works very well.
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I saw that one also. It seems to offer more surface area for cooling but probably still not as much as radiator type. Do you know anyone having first hand experience with one?
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Not sure about the pans but my cooler was 140 shipped and can be installed in about 15-20 min
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Not sure about the pans but my cooler was 140 shipped and can be installed in about 15-20 min
Kyle,
I am a newbie with two left hands.....

am trying to see if there is another easier way to get it done, it seems like replacing the pan is quite straight forward....

I get nervous reading about cutting fluid line with the radiator type cooler installation.

Do you really do it in 20 minutes? or are you just yanking my chain.... It looks to me I have to remove the front brush guard, the grill and what not to access the area in front of the radiator. That probably will take me at least half a day already.
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Have a Mag-tec finned aluminum pan on a 02 350 w/4r100 tranny. Holds close to a gallon extra fluid and does help drop the temps quicker than the oem pan. Runs a few degrees cooler but not much. Does pretty good under heavy load on the interstate but in the city stop/go with hills will still heat up. Added a heavy duty powered cooler under rear of cab w/thermostat plus manual switch and that keeps temps in good shape. Installed cooler that is used for cooling oil in differentials of race cars. Cost around $200 and doesn't restrict radiator air flow
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:46 AM
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There is a guy over on TDS that used to be a Ford transmission engineer.
Mark Kovalsky? Anyway, he's stated repeatedly that larger pans do not do
much, if anything, to help cool the transmission fluid. Best way is to put in
a larger 26 or 31 6.0 transmission cooler, or add a TruCool Max.
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i did both upgrade to a 6.0L larger cooler and the pan.. but.. if i could do it again i would of just added the larger cooler.. you are correct... it will keep it cool a lil longer but will also take longer for your stock cooler to cool it down.... better off just investing in a 6.0L trans cooler and leave the stock pan

-Raul
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