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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, AAIIIC's oil cooler thread in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Originally Posted by crankedupforit Check out the Plus Nut kit in the link for $25.00. wow that isnt bad at ...
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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by crankedupforit View Post
    Check out the Plus Nut kit in the link for $25.00.
    wow that isnt bad at all.

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Self-tapping screw (drills the hole then screws in) and a piece of flat bar steel. Can buy the screws and flat bar at Lowes. Then I put the bar in a vise and bent it to give it about 1in drop to line up with the bottom of the PS mount.

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by V-Therapy View Post
    Self-tapping screw (drills the hole then screws in) and a piece of flat bar steel. Can buy the screws and flat bar at Lowes. Then I put the bar in a vise and bent it to give it about 1in drop to line up with the bottom of the PS mount.
    That could work also. One thing to consider is how many turns of thread from the screws will be in the bumper brace though? That material is pretty thin. Will it hold the weight of the cooler without pulling out?

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Valid concern. I've put about 2K miles on it and 3 trackdays since the cooler install. Re-checked it during the Maggie install and it was tight.

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

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    Here's my mount. I attached to the PS bracket on one end and used this flat bar on the other. I pulled mine back off and painted it black (high temp paint) to conceal it.
    That's not gonna work - it doesn't even have any hoses attached to it! Duurrrrrrr!!!

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by V-Therapy View Post
    Here's my mount. I attached to the PS bracket on one end and used this flat bar on the other. I pulled mine back off and painted it black (high temp paint) to conceal it.
    That does look tidy though.

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Have you upgraded your PS cooler? If you are tracking you will need that plus the Redline PS Fluid.

    Any chance of pics of the hose routing and the connection to the oil filter etc?

    -mike

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Have you upgraded your PS cooler? If you are tracking you will need that plus the Redline PS Fluid.

    Any chance of pics of the hose routing and the connection to the oil filter etc?

    -mike

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    I agree with the Redline Fluid, but not 100% sure on the cooler. We have had lots of discussions in the past about this. Here are a few examples:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...uid-temps.html
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...-cooler-3.html

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    I have tracked my car a lot and the orientation and size of the stock cooler for tracks that have significant turns will not be sufficient. I didn't have problems at pocono where there is long spots for cooling. However on Thunderbolt and Monticello the cooler was needed. It certainly can't hurt considering they are very inexpensive.

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    After looking at how I can route the hose, I have a few concerns... should I have the hose go on the inside (between motor mount and block) or outside (between motor mount and exhaust manifold)? I found a line coming from the back of the alternator going right next to the engine block, on the inside of the motor mount, so I am thinking I might follow that routing....

    Any tips for routing?

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Inside of the motor mount (yellow UUC) is correct. Red striped hose is the cooler line.



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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    Also, I have a remote filter, but you can see the red striped cooler line coming forward over the sway bar bushing on the right hand side.


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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    wow, those pics really help with routing!! thanks!!!

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    Re: Putting together oil cooler kit... have some Q's / need some advice

    well i just finished the oil cooler install... started at 7pm and finished about half an hour ago. I still need to put the grille back together tomorrow and button everything up. Wasn't too bad, but I definitely dont feel like doing it again. It probably wouldnt have been so bad if I had a "kit" and didnt have to create everything from scratch.

    A few things that I noticed during the install....

    save yourself the bruised and bloody knuckles and get an AN wrench!! this will also help save your fittings from being chewed up by a normal adjustable / monkey wrench.

    when using the Katech oil cooler adapter, the lower (out) line can't be routed on the inside of the motor mount; it must be routed on the outside (exhaust) side of the motor mount. This is due to the angle of the OUT port and any fitting you use will contact a bolt coming down from the block (I'll post pics up later of this). I wrapped the lines in DEI cool-tape so I shouldnt have any issue as it is far away from the exhaust and almost hugging the outside of the motor mount. Plus, this Aeroquip StarLite racing hose is supposed to hold up to some SERIOUS temps, so I'm not worried at all. My OUT line goes on the outside of the motor mount and my IN line goes on the inside of the motor mount. The only thing I dont like about the IN line on the inside of the motor mount is how sharp the hose has to bend to go around the motor mount and then up into the fitting. It's not kinked, but I think I would have actually preferred to run it on the outside to keep the hose straighter.

    Honestly, the install went fairly smooth except for the fact I needed a bit that I could drill through steel with, and had to get a drill from Home Depot that I could fit in a tight space, behind the bumper area, to drill out the holes for the bracket. That just chewed up time.

    Also, the HARDEST part of the install was getting the oil filter off, lol, no joke... that bitch was welded on there and I fought with that thing for like a good straight hour...

    I am very happy how everything turned out; especially this bracket that I created... I'll post a ton of pics tomorrow. time for bed, 4 hours until i wake up for work, ugh....

    quick question; how do i monitor for any backpressure the oil cooler system could create? do I just keep an eye on oil pressure? It appears it is idling at 41 psi cold right now....

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