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How well do tranny coolers work?

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!ncubus

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I wanna know too

I wanna know too.

I was thinkin about getting one from the junkyard, but i found a chevette and took the heatercore. The heatercore came out of the vette easier than most other cars there. Anyway, the tranny coolers there, although bigger, wasn't anywhere near as thick, and it looked like the fins weren't as efficient. But if they are better, i could pick one up for 5 bucks while the good one is still there. It wasn't dented and still looked new.
 

Daemonfly

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I beleive the heatercores are more efficient, and can usually be fitted into a case easier - depending on case.
 

mfpmax

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tranny coolers work great...

For back in the day when people watercooled Socket 7 CPUs.

Evolution of Watercooling has progressed to where the heater core style radiator works better.

But yeah, it does fit better in a case...wish I would've discovered heater cores myself...I wouldn't have cut a giant hole in the side of my first case.
 

SkiFletch

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in truth, it depends on the tranny core. some are low quality snaking pipe type designs that dont cool all that well, but most high performance racing transmission coolers are actually through channel design like heatercores and can have more surface area to boot. most suck, but some rule
 

elBogg

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listen to skiflex . . . tranny coolers that you'll find in a junkyard don't have very many turns in them, so the water won't be cooling for long, and they're usually not as compact as heater cores are cuz they're not made to fit into a dash . . . they're affixed to the car radiator and a lot of the time they're close to half the size of a normal car radiator . . .
 

mfpmax

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tranny coolers aren't always half the size of a car radiator...

Especially since mine is 12x4 inches...

The Stacked Plated Oil coolers were found to be better, but then if you mix it with copper without taking precautions, you get the battery problem. The Stacked Plate ones are more compact though.
 

!ncubus

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thanks guys

thanks for the help guys, glad i got the heatercore. the trannycooler there was fairly big, but it wasn't anything fancy.

i was thinking a 'small' auxilary heater that they use in semi trucks would work good, they can be pretty thick, but sorta expensive and impossible to fit in my mid size case. the vette heatcore fits, but i had to mount the floppy/HDD rack in the cd-rom rack, with a ugly hole in the front, but i can fix that somehow :cool: