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AT cooling: Here's what I've got, how would you do it?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ronnieoverby, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Jun 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM
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    ronnieoverby

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    I've got a 2000 Tacoma 4WD SR5 Auto w/ 2.7L 4cyl. I just bought a Rockwood 2516G popup camper. It's pretty large for a popup (2473lbs dry), so I want to help my truck as much as possible before we start travelling.

    I have some things. None of this stuff is installed yet, I'm looking for feedback. I have:

    - B&M 70264 Trans Cooler
    - Hayden 401 Trans Cooler
    - Equus 6232 Temp Gauge

    I have some questions:

    1. Should I bypass the cooler that's built into the radiator? I've read about "Straberry Milkshakes" in 4Runners. Is this a potential/likely problem that I should worry about for my 2000 Tacoma?
    2. Which combination of coolers would you use and in what order?
    3. Where would you mount these things? I've read that the best spot is right in front of the condenser. I don't see how that would be possible at all with the B&M 70264. It would help if I could take the grill off, but that's proving to be challenging.
    4. Where would you put the sending unit for the temp gauge?
    5. Where would you mount the temp gauge?

    A lot of questions, I know. But I'd like to hear what others would do/have done that have this same truck.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Jun 19, 2011 at 11:06 PM
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    First, welcome to TW.

    Don't really have any specific answers for you. However, this topic has come up a few times. Here is a link to one thread that I recall being very helpful.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/108470-hayden-transmission-oil-cooler-install.html

    I would also observe that another option you've not mentioned for temp monitoring is a device called a ScanGuage which plugs into the ODBII port. With my SC I am able to monitor tranny fluid temps as well as water temps. No need for additional analog gauges.
     
  3. Jun 20, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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    how did you get your tranny temps on the SC, is it a XGuage?
     
  4. Jun 20, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    Hey, I installed http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CIGE9G this cooler and basically went from the cooler in the bottom of then radiator to the B&M then to the transmission. I didn't want to totally bypass the radiator because it can get kind of cold here during the winters. Below is where I decided to mount mine. Tried keep keep as much of the cooler exposed through the grille as possible. Hope it helps and Good Luck.

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  5. Jun 20, 2011 at 8:53 PM
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  6. Jun 20, 2011 at 9:28 PM
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  7. Jun 21, 2011 at 7:13 AM
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    How cold does it get? How cold is cold enough not to bypass the radiator? I live in the Triad area of North Carolina and it gets down in the 20's regularly in the winter.
     
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