i was waiting for him to drill into the radiator.
I'd say that the $50 cost of the cooler doesn't have any significance at all compared to a aux cooler system failure that results in loss of transmission fluid and burning up a $4,500 transmission.Ok guys - fabricating a custom mounting bracket isn't in the cards for me, I don't have any metal fab tools past an angle grinder.
Surely there's thousands of folks out there with trans coolers mounted without custom brackets that get the job done and stay put while offroading.
Maybe I'll have to bight the bullet and pay a metal shop to make something for me but I would prefer this didn't turn into a big expense just to get a $50 part installed. I know it has to be done right but hoping there's some middle ground that someone can chime in on.
Again, thanks for all the responses/advice.
Great advice, thanks again.I'd say that the $50 cost of the cooler doesn't have any significance at all compared to a aux cooler system failure that results in loss of transmission fluid and burning up a $4,500 transmission.
If it's not possible to complete a transmission cooler install that's as reliable (or actually MORE reliable, to maintain overall system reliability) than the OEM Toyota setup, then it might be better to just not install an aux cooler.
Adding an aux cooler introduces multiple additional potential failure points (additional hoses, additional clamped hose connections, the potential for one of the many feet of brazed joints in the cooler failing, etc.) that can degrade overall system reliability.
That's why every part of the cooler install should be MORE reliable than the original setup, because you are adding additional failure points.
Like I said, the Wholesale Automatic Transmissions (Australia) mounting bracket is the best off-the-shelf unit I've found, IF it clears your front bumper mounts.
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The WA aux cooler kit is available in the US from Cruiser Brothers in Stockton, Ca. but they are currently out of stock, and don't see anything coming in for ~8 weeks.
The WA kit isn't cheap at over $500 US, but it includes everything: mounting bracket, cooler, hose, hose clamps, etc.
I do have a complete WA kit available, I bought it to measure the dimensions of the bracket, but the kit is complete and new-in-the-box.
I also bought a Kaon bracket kit, and decided not to use it for several reasons.
I think somebody else on this forum did that some time ago.i was waiting for him to drill into the radiator.
Should I be concerned about cold start up temperatures? I'm garaged in northern NM but perhaps 1 or 2 times a year I find myself starting up in in sub zero temperatures(F).the cooler should be installed downstream of the integral cooler in the radiator. Transmission > radiator > auxiliary cooler.
Installation of the Wholesale Automatic cooler is very straightforward and simple, should take you an hour at most, probably closer to 45 minutes. If you can change your oil you can install the cooler.I ordered the Wholesale Automatic Transmissions kit from Cruiser Brothers and it was drop-shipped by DHL in two weeks.
I have a Demello front bumper.
I am now looking for a local transmission shop to install.
Will the installer need additional fluid? I just replaced the ATF 20,000 mile ago so I won't do a full refresh.
Any other consideration besides this?
Should I be concerned about cold start up temperatures? I'm garaged in northern NM but perhaps 1 or 2 times a year I find myself starting up in in sub zero temperatures(F).