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Transmission coolers-these few good or no?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by InfamousTonyTaco7714, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. Oct 28, 2017 at 2:50 AM
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    InfamousTonyTaco7714

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    My taco didn't come with a factory towing package, so I added a curt receiver hitch and it works great. But it seems that over the years, I've started needing to pull heavier loads. Thought I would start looking for an aftermarket trans cooler, one at the stealership is 325 bucks and some change. I found a few here but I really don't know what I'm looking at/for. I'm gonna post links to the few i found and see what you guys who are more knowledgeable of these can tell me yes, no, or this is a good one. Any suggestions you guys can give me I would really appreciate!

    https://www.etrailer.com/Transmission-Coolers/Toyota/Tacoma/2009/D12906.html?vehicleid=2009759829

    https://www.etrailer.com/Transmission-Coolers/Toyota/Tacoma/2009/D12901.html?vehicleid=2009759821

    https://www.etrailer.com/Transmission-Coolers/Toyota/Tacoma/2009/FLX4110.html?vehicleid=20094201609

    https://www.etrailer.com/Transmission-Coolers/Toyota/Tacoma/2009/D12902.html?vehicleid=2009759825

    https://www.etrailer.com/Transmission-Coolers/Toyota/Tacoma/2009/D13311.html?vehicleid=20094206096
     
  2. Oct 28, 2017 at 7:21 AM
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    Is it pretty easy to swap out your stock trans cooler with one of these?
     
  4. Oct 28, 2017 at 8:40 AM
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    Yes, you would need to replace the hoses with longer ones and make brackets from the ones included in the kit. So just buy the cooler and hoses and it'll take you a couple hours to do it right. And it isn't recommended to piggyback off the stock one, you should completely replace it.
     
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    Sweet thanks! :thumbsup:
     
  6. Oct 28, 2017 at 11:20 AM
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  9. Oct 28, 2017 at 11:22 AM
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    I’m about to get my 678. Is the hose really only 2’ ??? Or is it 4’ ??
     
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    I believe it was 4'. I bought 10' of hose anyways since my FJ didn't come with a cooler to begin with so i had to route it from the radiator and back.
     
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    I installed the 679 and noticed a significant drop in trans temps. I mounted mine right on the brace in front of the condenser. Perfect fit.
     
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    Pics? I’m planning on mounting mine the same but it looks like the hood latch cross member might interfere
     
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    I’ve posted other pics of it, but I just took these:

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    C2279FB3-3854-440B-9AF3-B9D44C8B2694.jpg
     
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    U got a winch mounted behind the bumper?
     
  15. Oct 28, 2017 at 6:32 PM
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    Not my truck haha
     
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    Well whoever it is I'd love to see that setup, not that I will Offroad or get a winch but if I did I'd like the hidden mount.
     
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    That’s not a hidden mount it’s a plate Bumper. They are two diff trucks
     
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    Got mine mounted today 35127BCF-B2C2-4DFE-ACCE-B8BAB31007C3.jpg
     
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    I have a small cooler write up . Let me see is I can find it ???



    Here you go !
    Lets have a peek at what transmission coolers do
    TRANSMISSION COOLERS
    If you do not have a transmission cooler on your truck and you plan to tow or haul heavy loads or you are in heavy stop and go traffic and use 4X4 low a lot , consider purchasing a cooler . The cooler thats built into your rad is designed to cool the transmission with the weight of just the truck by itself .When you are in 4x4 low , your torque converter is usually in the stall stage and creates a tonne of additional heat .You dont have much air flow going through your rad when you are in low range 4x4 .
    160 - 200 are considered normal temps providing your engine radiator is functioning properly . If your engine overheats , your transmission will also overheat
    Normal fluid temperature in transmission to be 175 deg. F.

    Rate of oxidation to double for each temperature increase of 20 deg F above normal (175 deg F). As oxidation rate doubles, useful life of fluid is cut in half.

    At 175 deg F life is 100,000 miles
    At 195 deg F (20 deg above 175) life is 50k miles
    At 215 life is 25k miles
    At 235 life is 12k
    At 255 life is 6,250
    At 275 life is 3,000
    At 295 life is 1500
    At 315 life is 750

    At temperatures much above 300 deg F the metals in the transmission will tend to warp, twist etc. high temperatures causes the formation of varnish deposits which impair or pre vent transmission operation.

    At a fluid temperature of 415 deg F fluid life is 30 minutes!

    Source: Empire Lubricants Inc.
    Consider a scan guage [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]http://www.amazon.com/ScanGauge-Comp.../dp/B000AAMY86
    Here is the best information for the scan guage http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-pressure.html

    Ultraguage is now offering transmission temps http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/318340-ultragauge-transmission-temp.html

    You could also use the Torque app with an Android phone as a cheap alternative to watch your temps http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/per...d2-reader.html


    A picture heavy write up showing a manual gauge install
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/trans-temp-sensor.456998/#post-13594000

    https://www.amazon.ca/80212-Transmission-Temperature-Gauge-Kit/dp/B0002A596I
    [​IMG]

    This is how Low Pressure Drop technology works::
    When Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) is cold it is viscous. The unique Tru-Cool design allows the colder, thicker ATF to flow more efficiently through two open bypass channels positioned at the top of the cooler. As operating temperatures increase, the ATF becomes hotter and thinner, It's then directed through the core where it is cooled. Tru-Cool's highly efficient cooling technology combines improved protection against lube failure with optimal heat transfer.
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]http://www.amazon.com/Long-Tru-Cool-.../dp/B005XZXB1M
    Long Tru-Cool Oil Coolers offer advanced cooling protection for many towing applications. The advanced technology out performs TUBE & FIN Designs, Delivers up to 15 times less flow restrictions, 30% more cooling delivers maximum heat transfer, Self-Regulating for maximum lube flow protection through start-up, varied temperatures and driving conditions, heavy loads and towing.
    Here is Toyotas fluid flow guide ...Look at page 8 on this PDF http://www.toyotatundraforum.com/pdf/A750E.pdf

    Installing a new radiator or you need to make sure your cooler is clean ?
    Use this product [​IMG]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DKNH8I?aaxitk=MYxoLs5I4LwRQxZC0Y9EDw

    And here is a guy who recently installed a cooler correctly http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...agram-pic.html

    cooler and fan install http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...n-install.html

    HERE is the Tacoma World Towing Bible https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-tacoma-towing-bible.4031/

    CAN YOU OVER COOL ? Yes . Transmissions are designed to operate at 170ish . There are demulsifiers in the fluid to assist with internal condensation but you still need the steady heat to bake that water off . If installing a cooler , ask yourself what plans you have for the cooler during the winter months .

    When you first start your truck in the morning , the transmission uses the heat provided by the engine to warm the transmission .
    This results in better fuel economy as well as improved transmission shifting .
    With this said , I will always recommend using the factory in line radiator and then place the cooler after the original rad .
    There are exceptions to this rule mind you . The strawberry Milkshake effect , a former transmission failure causing the internal rad cooler to plug up or you simply live in an extremely warm area
     
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