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    Power Steering Cooler

    I finally got around to upgrading the power steering cooler. I followed the instructions in the FAQs except I wanted a cooler that was little more "industrial strength." I went with a Fluidyne DB 30216. I took some pictures too.
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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    the comparison pic of the stock unit and the new Fluidyne cooler is great..

    the install looks great, very clean, the Fluidyne DB 30216 looks like something Naf would install. fuggin huge ! and pricey too

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    All that extra room in there makes me wanna try a 2nd heat exchanger for my intercooler.

    But, of course, I am too lazy.

    Nice work though, that looks like some quality equipment.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    Nice work!I also did the ps upgrade but w/ the faq cooler.What a difference no more power steering fluid boiling over.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by bdawg View Post
    Nice work!I also did the ps upgrade but w/ the faq cooler.What a difference no more power steering fluid boiling over.
    It should stop the boil over but I think some of the spillage is caused by insufficient baffling in the power steering reservoir so I am also looking at some aftermarket remote reservoirs.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    Nice install. Some beefy welds on that Fluidyne, naf would shave those guys down.

    How much fluid were you guys running with the stock cooler? I was checking fluids yesterday (GD instant black clutch fluid) and I pulled the PS lid. Wiped it clean and re-inserted then pulled it again. The car had been sitting for a bath for approx 1 hour and the fluid on the lil tab on the lid was under the Cold marker.

    I presume that the markers on that tab are to show when the fluid is hot or cold, but how full is it supposed to be and do I tell?

    What fluid you guys using?

    Sry for the threadjack.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by CadiBlk View Post
    Nice install. Some beefy welds on that Fluidyne, naf would shave those guys down.

    How much fluid were you guys running with the stock cooler? I was checking fluids yesterday (GD instant black clutch fluid) and I pulled the PS lid. Wiped it clean and re-inserted then pulled it again. The car had been sitting for a bath for approx 1 hour and the fluid on the lil tab on the lid was under the Cold marker.

    I presume that the markers on that tab are to show when the fluid is hot or cold, but how full is it supposed to be and do I tell?

    What fluid you guys using?

    Sry for the threadjack.

    The V has a 'self-leveling' PS fluid resevoir, (read as: it leaks out of the cap until it doesn't leak any more), so if you fill it between the marks it will lead out around corners until it hits the 'right' level.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by PISNUOFF View Post
    The V has a 'self-leveling' PS fluid resevoir, (read as: it leaks out of the cap until it doesn't leak any more), so if you fill it between the marks it will lead out around corners until it hits the 'right' level.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    When stone cold the fluid should on the mark over the word "cold." You really can't overfill it because it just spills out.

    The cooler adds about 1/2 quart of capacity. It took about two quarts to refill but I did not attempt to empty the system as I will flush later to get out any contaminates from the install.

    I just put OEM fluid in it for now so I can see if the cooler prevents the OEM fluid from overheating. Otherwise I would look for some higher temperature stuff.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    nice. thanks for the pictures. Out of curiousity, how did you secure your fancy stainless hoses to the stock rubber ones?

    Many ways to skin a cat, just curious how you did it.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    Very nice install!

    Can I pop by, say, Thursday, and you can do mine, too?
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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    In pic four, the shot of the front of the car on the ramps..... Aren't the wheels supposed to be on the ramp? I'm afraid of it when they aren't centered and just haging off a little bit.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    Very Nice Darkman! Have you seens some temp reductions since the install?

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    nmaier2201 - It looks like barbed fittings on one end for the rubber hose and -AN fittings on the other end for the braided SS hose.

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    Re: Power Steering Cooler

    Ahh ok. I couldn't see it from the picture well enough and thought you had something else in there.... thanks for letting me know.

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