[200q20v] 2Bennett 3B oil cooler upgrade
jbeer at boosecasey.com
Sun Apr 22 19:04:17 EDT 2001
I recently installed the 2Bennett upgrade. Big Motul oil cooler about 3-4
times the size of the original. It goes closer to the front of the car,
facing up and down. Some of the factory ducting is removed.
Well, I tracked the car last week. South Florida, high 80's, medium high
humidity. The oil cooler was absolutely no help. Oil temps hit about 150C,
no better than the original cooler. Fenders are vented. I suspect the face
up/down configuration has something to do with it. No air is flowing over
the oil cooler. Water temps were about normal, a little to the right of
center, just before the second dot (second stage of the cooling fan).
I called 2Bennett and spoke to Ken and Andrew. They can't explain except to
say maybe my oil t-stat isn't opening. Unlikely, since I notice a slight oil
pressure drop just before the oil temp reaches the second (unmarked) line,
which I estimate to be about 85C. In normal street driving, the gauge sits
right on the second unmarked line.
I'll work with some local guys to re-orient the cooler so it gets some air.
However, I wouldn't recommend spending the $$$ for this upgrade, as it did
absolutely nothing for me. I would understand it being junk from T-P, but
surprised from 2Bennett. YMMV.
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