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  1. #1
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    Oil cooler on an LS3 Yes / No

    Is anyone running an oil cooler on an LS3 crate motor. ??

    If yes, is it a kit, or make your own kit up from parts.

    Does it require a sandwich plate on the oil filter.

    Did anyone fit an oil temperature sensor and gauge

    Does it need the main oil filter removed and remote oil filter fitting.

    Who sells any kits for an LS3 in the UK

    Any photos to show how its plumbed in would help.

    How did you fit the cooler to the body work or chassis its on an AK gen 2 chassis.

    Thanks Mike

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    Done 26,000 miles now in Cobra with LS3. Only pressure gauge fitted but had no issues at all. Unless doing serious track days then I would forget fitting a cooler.
    I do have a fake oil cooler on mine but I have it plumbed into the rad system straight from the water pump take off that usually go to heater. Took out the heater as waste of time. Gives me that bit more volume of water and cooling area.
    Cheers
    Charlie
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKCharlie View Post
    Done 26,000 miles now in Cobra with LS3. Only pressure gauge fitted but had no issues at all. Unless doing serious track days then I would forget fitting a cooler.
    I do have a fake oil cooler on mine but I have it plumbed into the rad system straight from the water pump take off that usually go to heater. Took out the heater as waste of time. Gives me that bit more volume of water and cooling area.
    Cheers
    Charlie
    I don't have an LS3 engine and have done about 12k miles with no cooling issues with my RV8.
    In the past I have thought about an oil cooler but don't see the need unless serious track stuff
    was going to be considered, also only have just an oil pressure gauge.
    The reason I would fit a cooler is that they look good and your idea of just running the normal
    cooling system through it seems quite feasible to give a bit more cooling .
    Also think your correct about the heater being a waste of time and space, I also
    haven't got one .
    Chris.

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    Charlie summed it up really.
    Not necessary unless doing regular track days etc.
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    Even doing more serious track days havent need a oil cooler.
    Just a oil temp gauge to keep a eye on things.
    Chevy zz4 350
    Cheers Clive
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    I haven’t got a cooler.

    Think Automotive sell adhesive temp strips that indicate max temperature of what ever they’ve been stuck to. They’re only a couple of quid.

    if you worried about engine oil temp get a strip and stick it on the sump to check how hot the oil’s getting.

    Think Automotive will also have all you need to plumb a cooler in should you need/want to get one.
    Roger

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    on the road 20 years- nearly finished

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