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Plate vs fin oil coolers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 6.2puller, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. 6.2puller

    6.2puller 1/2 ton status

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    I see a lot of recomendations for Plate style coolers over fin coolers but why? What is the difference and hows it effect its performance?
     
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    k20 3/4 ton status

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    The stacked plate style, the fluid is pushed out into countless little passages, so it has more contact w/ air. With a tube & fin style, the fluid in the center of the tubes stays hot & only the fluid against the outside of the tubes is getting contact.
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    In addition, most quality stacked plate coolers have bypasses built into them that allow oil or ATF to avoid being cooled until it's necessary.
     
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    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    stacked plate is a minny version of the radiator in your rig. thay have run this style for years cause it works better.
     
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    skratch 1/2 ton status

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    Not to mention that most plate coolers can take a serious hit from debris or tree limbs without damage and a tube cooler will split and spew fluid.
     
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    ntsqd 1/2 ton status

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    The best are the stacked plate with fins btwn each stacked pair of plates. Setrab makes them. Bring your wallet.

    Tube & Fin type coolers have lots of fin surface area, but not a lot of tube to fin contact area. There are some really well built versions of this type that seem to do a good job, but most of them you'll see are cheap and of poor quality.
    Fluidyne makes both types. If you are determined to use a tube & fin type, they are the only only one to use.
     
  7. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    I ran the standard tube & fin cooler for my tranny. I switched to a stacked plate cooler and it works much better.
     
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    I have a stacked plate and fin cooler for my tranny and a tube and fin cooler for my Power Steering.

    Ira
     
  9. 6.2puller

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    Thanks guys. THe first two posts explained it well. I never planned on getting the tube and fin style just wanted to know why the plate was better thats all.
     

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