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I've finally purchased a trans cooler but need some inspiration on where to install it. I've posted in a couple of other forums but haven't seen anything I like yet. Any pics or install videos would be helpful! I've thought about upgrading to the braided lines but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I also purchased a thermal bypass so if you have any tips on that it would be much appreciated.

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First off, congrats on getting the best heat exchanger possible for your trans! The only place you can put it and still have your stock or aftermarket fans help to cool it while not moving is going to be in front of your condenser if you have ac, or right in front of radiator if you have ac delete.. Most important part of trans coolers that I see too many people get wrong is the orientation of the inlet/outlet side. Both inlet and outlet are on same side and MUST be pointing up (inlet/outlet on top side) so the entire cooler is filling with fluid. Installing these with the ports pointing down will barely allow the cooler to fill up with fluid at all... see it all the time and just shake my head. Vertical mounting/ports out either side is also a viable option as long as inlet hose is on bottom and outlet hose is on top.. But, this cooler is way too long to be mounted vertically in almost every application anyway.
Getting the thermal bypass is good too.. it can go inline anywhere along the 2 lines from trans to cooler.. the closer to trans is the quicker it will get up to operating temp... that part will really depend on your ability of creative bracketing/mounting to pick the best spot there.
Then there is the never-ending debate of going stand-alone trucool or using trucool in series with factory rad cooler. Most general consensus is that if you live in the far northern states that its best practice to use it in series with factory rad cooler, but otherwise its best to go stand-alone w/ thermal bypass. I wholeheartedly concur with this consensus but only as it would apply to AC delete vehicles.
For vehicles with AC and factory rad and fans, 160 degree thermostat is a must and I would install trucool in series because while vehicle isn't moving the factory fan has a rough time just keeping the radiator and ac condenser cool, let alone having another trans cooler in front of that. In this set-up you will need all the surface area of trucool and fac trans rad cooler to compensate for lack of adequate idle airflow. Now conversely if your AC equipped vehicles has an all-aluminum aftermarket rad with high-quality electric fans then going standalone trucool is your better option and still use a 160 stat.
 
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