As you saw in a previous post, I finally received my Derale 8000 Series Transmission Oil Cooler (#13503). I figured since snobrdrkid07 already did an actual write up (WJ Transmission Cooler and Line Routing
), I'd place mine in my build thread instead of making a new thread all together.
First off, this is what comes in the box, minus the torn jeans I'm wearing. You have to make your own.
A nice view through the cooler (Plate and Fin):
For those interested, adapter fitting guide (I didn't use any adapters):
OK, on to the good stuff...
First off, you need to remove the front grill:
Next, loosen the two nuts holding the hood latch bracket in place with a 1/2" socket (sorry for the blurry picture):
Now you can wedge the cooler into the front. I put mine in like this then pivoted it into place.
While it's still loose, you'll want to place the sticky pads on the back of the cooler's mounting surface. I'd also recommend installing your hoses to the cooler now. I did not and regretted it later. Once this is done, slip it behind the hood latch bracket.
The higher you mount the cooler, the tighter the fit. I kept mine a bit lower as to avoid too much pressure on the cooler.
When you're satisfied with the location, install the Mounting Rods through the cooler's tabs.
On the back side, slip on the Mounting Clips and snug them up. The Derale print faces out.
Snip off the excess (be careful not to damage the radiator like I did).
Lastly, tighten the hood latch bracket nuts. Ensure the hood latches properly.
Next up is running the lines. I installed mine as such:
Transmission --> Aux Cooler --> Factory Cooler --> Transmission
Per the Aux Cooler, I ran the supply line into the bottom inlet and the return out of the top.
Under the vehicle, the lower line that routes toward the top of the photo is the supply line from the transmission.
Remove that line from both connectors.
Next, you want to feed your hoses from the aux cooler down towards these connectors. From the top, you can see where I routed them down. I should note I needed an extra transmission fluid hose. Be sure when you buy one to get a high pressure hose.
From under the vehicle, you can see where I ran both hoses. Disregard the wires.
To complete the loop and flow the fluid in the direction I chose, the hose coming from the bottom of the aux cooler attaches to the supply fitting from the transmission. The hose from the top of the aux cooler attaches to the fitting connected to the factory cooler.
I'm not sure I'm crazy about the loop in the line. The fitting to the factory cooler angles in such a way I found I needed to backtrack the hose once it was routed under the vehicle. I left plenty of slack in the hose and zip-tied it to keep it out of the way. If you go this route, be sure not to crease the line. If I have some tinkering time in the future, I'll look for another possible solution to this though I don't foresee any issues the way it's currently looped.
Lastly, check your fluid level and add as necessary. I ended up adding about a quart. Check for any leaks, install the front grill, and you're ready to go!