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build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby Cams » Sat May 30, 2015 9:01 am

I would like an oil cooler kit but dont know what parts a would need to piece it together. Not if sure if an sr20/ka24 would work either.

What do you recommend, preferably for less than 200?


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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby sjbsuperman1425 » Sat May 30, 2015 10:45 am

Look at the DIY page on NICO. Someone wrote it up how to build a kit and he did It on a CA18

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby Cams » Sat May 30, 2015 2:18 pm

What do you think about this one? It states it fits 240sx engines.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/14-ROWS-10AN-BL ... 1182288839

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby float_6969 » Sun May 31, 2015 7:59 am

It SHOULD work if it fits 240sx engines, but the fact that it doesn't list the thread diameter and pitch for the adapter makes me nervous. I would message them and see if they have that info.

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Postby sjbsuperman1425 » Sun May 31, 2015 8:13 am

I assembled my own oil cooler "kit" with a Greddy Oil Filter Adapter with a 180 degree thermostat it in for just under $300 i believe. its not that hard to do either. The only thing I didn't do was the oil filter relocation.

http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/how-to ... ooler.html

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Postby sjbsuperman1425 » Sun May 31, 2015 8:15 am

Also, quick note, if you do decide to assemble your own AN lines, when you go to cut the line, wrap with electrical tape and put a zip tie on the stainless steel line. Then use a cut off wheel to cut at the edge of the zip tie to keep the metal line from fraying. Works amazingly. Just for future reference or if anyone else stumbles upon this for info :)

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby Cams » Sun May 31, 2015 3:38 pm

I understand I'm looking for "3/4 In. - 16" thread specs, right?

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby sjbsuperman1425 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:03 am

Yes, for the oil filter adapter plate.

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby Cams » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:12 pm

Hi guys, reviving my own old thread.

Now that I'm frequently hitting the track, I really want to do an engine oil cooler, and if possible a baffled oversized oil pan.

My main mechanic has done some baffled sumps for 4g63 engines, so I guess the same principle applies for the ca18, as long as the main pickup point are remains unmolested, right?

What do you think of this ebay kit?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/16-Row-Oil-Coo ... 1954122409

I mean, my oil temp never reached 90°C at the track (I always forget to look at the water temp needle) and oil pressure never dropped while driving, but I'm looking for ways to increase my overall oil capacity too. I'm always willing to invest for improved reliability.

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby float_6969 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:37 am

Dude, you have no need for an oil cooler if your oil temps are only getting to 90­°C. I wouldn't even START to worry until they're over 100°C. Adding an oil cooler is only going to increase complexity, weight, and decrease reliability.

If you're dead set on it, that kit will be fine, but you can only use about half of it. The adapter that comes with that kit is for an SR20, so you'll have to get one that will work for the CA. Everything else on it should be fine.

Baffled oil pans are always a good idea. Principals are pretty universal, so your mechanic shouldn't have any issue building one for you.

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby Cams » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:31 pm

Thanks for the recommendations.

I might buy this: http://www.lewisengines.com.au/ca-18-de ... -bluebird/

Hope they to ship to the US at least.

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby RustyAE86 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:51 pm

Cams wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:31 pm
Thanks for the recommendations.

I might buy this: http://www.lewisengines.com.au/ca-18-de ... -bluebird/

Hope they to ship to the US at least.

Funny you say that, I have the Lewis Engines Oil Pan on my car. You do have to ship them your pan as a core to work off of, then they mail it back. Turn around was about a month or so. Not bad considering we're not even in the same hemisphere. But it came out great, response time via email was great, service was great. He added a -10AN bung for a crankcase return, by only regret is not getting 1 or 2 more added so I could run for the exhaust and intake seperately back from the heads.

From what I've read a local performance shop that's reputable could've done the same job, but it was extra peace of mind for me to have someone very familiar with CA and RB engines and they're crankcase issues. I'll try to figure out how to get a quick IMG code and post pics

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby RustyAE86 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:29 pm

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby macgiver » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:01 pm

mac , Geeez you have small animals similar to - Possum , Armadillo , Javelina they run in the road :eek: ?
:rotfl Lower edge of pan also good for "Dead animal Pickup " :whistle:

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby RustyAE86 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:21 am

macgiver wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:01 pm
Lower edge of pan also good for "Dead animal Pickup
Surprisingly clearance really isn't compromised, I'm going to my garage unit where I keep the car here shortly (need to fix the daily :poke: ) I'll take a picture or two of it installed

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby float_6969 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:42 am

Looks great! Can't wait to see installed pics!!!

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby RustyAE86 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:55 pm

I can get more later but these fit well with my stock AE86 subframe surprisingly even though IT IS made it for an S-Chassis, haven't made it to the garage

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Postby float_6969 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:04 am

Nice! That's some creative work on the turbo placement there! Will you be able to keep the PS?

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby RustyAE86 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:18 pm

float_6969 wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:04 am
Nice! That's some creative work on the turbo placement there! Will you be able to keep the PS?
I knew if anyone would notice the turbo relocation pipe it'd be you haha. It does clear the P/S Pump, surprisingly well! I plan on getting some PTFE stuff from work and going -6an on it all after I get it running.

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby float_6969 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:22 pm

Nice! That stuff is soooo much easier to work with than regular hydraulic hose.

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Re: build me an Oil cooler, please

Postby MeanGreenS13 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:11 am

I really don't think you have any need for an oil cooler either. That pan will do more than enough to help with oil cooling with higher capacity.


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