Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
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Ok Guys, this is where I am.
I've already had the ARP studs installed with new head gaskets. Already had the turbo ring failure and they have fixed it along with a MAF replacement (they said the motor puked coolant into it??? and ruined it. Hmm...). All that under warranty. Since then I have installed a coolant filter and done a Restore flush and now run Rotella EC-1 coolant. Bye Bye silicate deposits/gumming.
So since they did not replace the EGR cooler nor the oil cooler under warranty, I'm suspiscious that my temp deltas were right on the border, thus my desire to get into this thing. Otherwise, what would have caused the coolant puking? Anyway, from what I understand, if I am doing the EGR delete/replacement, might as well do the oil cooler too - all right there.....I think anyway - tell me if I am wrong?
Assuming I have studied this correctly, I think that is all I need to zero in on.
Let me make a determination on a gauge set that will show me those temps so I can see if I have an argument with the dealer on a new oil cooler. However, before I get ahead of myself, how many of you would just punt the OEM style oil cooler and go to an external? Honestly I can't see how 185* coolant can lower oil temps a well as (in the worst case) 100* ambient air via a more traditional air-to-oil cooler sitting in the grill? Let's say I have more than the OEM spec'd 15* delta and could get the dealer to do a new cooler install, would you guys do that or just delete the OEM oil cooler for a remote cooler?
If none of you would stay with the OEM style oil cooler, I would like to know that. If not, I would just start buying parts to get ready for this and maybe go with the Sinister product from MKM (assuming they do the remote cooler bit). Interestingly, they offer a kit using a brand new OEM sourced oil cooler in the EGR delete kit in contrast to the BPD kit which moves to the remote cooler. (P.S. - I heard somewhere they are having a problem with the oil being too cool so they now offer a thermostat for the remote oil cooler set up - anybody else heard about this??)
I think the EGR delete is a given - the remaining question is the oil cooler, so if you guys can counsel me on that, I can start saving and buying. All of you have given me the confidence that I can do this with the potential of having you to fall back on.