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Old 03-11-2015, 12:17 PM
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Default How Big an oil cooler on the baffles?

I am wondering what is the largest oil cooler folks have managed to mount on their baffles? My experience has always been good with the "standard" seven-row cooler, but we're working on another project where the cooling might be marginal (still a parallel valve 360 - but speeds are a lot lower), and Pacific Coolers is thinking we might want to start with their eleven-row model.

I'd rather keep things on the baffle (an we're using a Van's Baffle Kit) to keep things simple, but not sure if that will fit - any experience from the collective?

Pictures are good!
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:35 PM
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I can send you some pics of a 17 Row in my RV 8 , not on the baffle but on a mount off the firewall . Best of all it works great .
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:24 PM
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I'd rather keep things on the baffle (an we're using a Van's Baffle Kit)
And if that doesnt work-----------

Have you given any thought to using the RV 10 firewall mounted setup??

Designed to cool a 540................
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:38 PM
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Paul,
I have an 11 row hanging on with a nice substantial mount. Look here
http://flic.kr/p/k91cqF
Hard to get the full pic, I will email more to you when I find them.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:10 PM
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Paul,
I have an 11 row hanging on with a nice substantial mount. Look here
http://flic.kr/p/k91cqF
Hard to get the full pic, I will email more to you when I find them.
I would be interested in any pics as well, Gary, if you're willing to share. I'm thinking about trying to put a bit bigger cooler on my 0-320 that what came stock in the FWF kit, but want to be to keep it on the baffles as well.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:50 PM
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Found the pic I was looking for.
[IMG][/IMG]
I that bracket ever falls off, or cracks, I would be shocked.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:55 PM
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Another example of a reinforced baffle-mounted oil cooler.




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Old 03-11-2015, 08:46 PM
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Thaks for the pics guys. I am also a member of the "reinforce it until you can lift the airplane by the oil cooler" camp when it comes to baffle mounts. I got some drawings from Pacific and will have to make a block of foam and do some fit tests. Firewall mount is possible using the RV-10 setup, but my number 2 choice just to keep things simple.
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Found the pic I was looking for.
[IMG][/IMG]
I that bracket ever falls off, or cracks, I would be shocked.
Gary-
Is that just U-channel that you used to stand the cooler farther aft off the back of the cylinder? Did you do that to make the cooler fit better or just to allow more air down to the cylinder and/or cooler?
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:24 PM
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I actually had a 13 row Aero Classics cooler mounted on the rear cyl 4 baffle of an RV-8 {parallel valve ECI IO-360) for one trip to Oshkosh and back. Afterwards, we discovered it was rubbing on the engine mount frame tubes, and a little bit on the fiberglass upper cowl too, but *almost* cleared both obstacles. The physical mounting was just about the "lift the airplane by the oil cooler" variety when I was completed with it. We ended up replacing the cooler with an SW 10599R cooler which fit without rubbing and provides almost enough capacity to keep the fire breathing Titan IO-360 with piston oil squirters cool on a hot Texas summer day.
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