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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-16-2012, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question anyone using an oil cooler?

I'm curious about oil coolers and foundthis adapter on ebay.

Seems like it should work okay with a small cooling element, but dunno. Not even sure that I need an oil cooler. Maybe it's one of those things that is a "nice" but not really an "essential" add-on.

So, I'd like to hear your thoughts, especially from anyone that is using this adapter or other kind of oil cooler on their bike.

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Had one on my Yamaha 700 Maxim. Was air cooled, and it did make a difference. On a liquid cooled bike, I can't see it helping nearly as much

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I would think that adding an oil cooler would only help the bike out. I imagine it would lower the operating temperature of the engine.

After looking at that particular adapter though, I also think it would place the oil filter too far forward preventing you from reattaching the regulator.

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I would think that adding an oil cooler would only help the bike out. I imagine it would lower the operating temperature of the engine.

After looking at that particular adapter though, I also think it would place the oil filter too far forward preventing you from reattaching the regulator.
I agree with you, on both counts. Obviously, the bike is designed to work without an oil cooler and the addition of a cooler would/should lower temps, but how much? Dunno. I'd have to measure the regulator clearance, but it wouldn't be a real big deal to relocate since a bracket would have to be made to affix the cooling fins.

Something to think about, I guess.

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Thermometer in place of oil cap. Sorry

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Seems like a waste of time to me on a liquid-cooled bike.

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Seems like a waste of time to me on a liquid-cooled bike.
not entirely true, If you use the bike for long hauls you may want an oil cooler nut that tends to be on bikes that are used for long hauls and don't have the engine block as exposed as the vn900 does, ie sport touring bikes.

It wouldn't hurt to at least put a temperature gauge in to see what's it's running on your longer trips and see just how hot the oil is getting and if some kind of oil cooler could be of benefit.

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Dunno if it's a waste of time or not. That's part of what I was hoping to find out by posting the question.

The engine isn't fully water cooled, only the top end is cooled. So, that means the lower end, including clutch, isn't cooled by anything other than air transfer.

What I know is that in the bad old days, most all of the motorheads that I knew, ran oil coolers for both engine and transmission in their cars. Most bikers I knew, were dirt racers and an oil cooler wouldn't work well in that application because it would add weight and be too easy to damage.

My thinking is that an ounce of prevention is worth pounds of cure. Cooler engines and trannys run better and last longer. But, if it's really not worth doing, then I'll save myself the time, effort and expense. I'd like to be as sure as I can, which is the right answer. I'm also thinking toward the future, as I have my eye on a V2k.

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Here's the way I look at it: if the engineers who designed the bike felt it needed one then it would have one on it. I had an oil cooler from the factory on my old '99 Nighthawk 750 but it was air cooled and needed all the help it could get.

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This is interesting..... So after your place the adapter on to where the oil filter screws in, you still need to purchase the oil cooler and mount it where? I've done one long 5000 mile trip with my 900, and did not even think to be concerned about the oil getting too hot on a 500 6o 600 mile per day ride. I do know the weather was so hot that I pulled into a gas station and hosed myself down just to cool down a little during the heat of the day....

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