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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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ZF6 tranny cooler?

I'm planning a ZF6 swap into my 1995 F350 pretty soon.

Truck is my daily driver and we have a 5000 lb travel trailer we tow.

My plan had been to run a filter on the frame, from the filter to the factory cooler in the rad, then back to the tranny.

The more I thought about it recently, the more I thought about running just a filter, no tranny cooler.

I know the GM zf6 didn't run a cooler, and with aprox .5L traveling through a filter, it would provide a bit of cooling.

Is there any reason that I would have to run a cooler??? May run a temp gauge for piece of mind too...

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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

For a 5k trailer, not really.. 20k, definitely...

But then there's the school of thought that will say 'why not, cooler is happier?' My thoughts are if it can leak, it will... So why make more potential trouble areas.
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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

The cooler is already in the radiator, why not use it?
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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

I was planning on using -6 and pushlock fittings to connect everything. I was kind of thinking the same thing, why risk a leak?

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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

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The cooler is already in the radiator, why not use it?
More to leak. The EBP solenoid is there, serves a purpose, yet we all delete it.

You could use that coil in the rad for something else too. A coffee percolator, perhaps..

The Z is aluminum cased anyway. Good enough extra cooling benefit for me.
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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

first time i read about the cooler for a manual tranny i thought it was a typo

I imagine they spent the coin for a reason but with a guage you will know for sure

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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

Ya, but it's funny the GM ZF6 does not have a cooler.. Given I don't tow 20 000 pounds or anything crazy like that, I'm not too worried

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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

Barely any pressure runs thru those lines to effectively move enough fluid to cool it. Another way to look at it is there's so little pressure, that any fluid running thru the cooler will have PLENTY of time to exchange out it's heat into the cooler fins.

I'm not at all disagreeing that the OP's idea to put a canister filter right there at the frame wasn't a good idea... But I wouldn't bother going any further. What I might do tho is get myself an 08+ diff cover and hose clamp it to the filter body. You know, for extra cooling and looks. And put a Fram sticker on my back window.
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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

Cooler is NOT in the rad. it sits alone. Never had a issue with mine leaking.

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Re: ZF6 tranny cooler?

How is the cooler "not" in the radiator?
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