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Old 05-14-2010, 07:52 PM   #1
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we added some extra protection from the FL heat for my A6 tranny (pics inside)

this idea all started out from last week when I went on a 130 mile poker run with the Central FL BMW Assoc. (I use to drive a BMW so I've been grandfathered in - lol) the journey was fun but I had to drive my car pretty hard in order to keep up with some of the higher end BMWs. the day's high temp was like 96F and my A6 tranny was definitely feeling the heat. it was then that I knew I needed some extra cooling protection to keep my temps from going over 200F like they did that day.

so here's my setup. this is a pretty beefy tranny cooler which will more than do the job. I probably could have done this myself with a buddy of mine but I chose to have it professionally installed. so I went to my buddies at Next Level Performance http://www.nlperformance.com to have this taken care of. as usual, they did a very clean, and a very professional installation of the cooler.



nose taken off. ready for the cooler to be installed.



cooler installed. very nice and clean installation. the unit looks like it could have came on the car straight from GM.





AN fittings installed directly on to the tranny lines. this is about as clean as clean can get. I was very impressed with how nice everything turned out.



putting my Bumblebee's nose back on.



and here's the finished product. it's kind of hard to see which is obviously a good thing. today was a pretty hot day and I drove the car home pretty hard. I could not get the tranny temps to go over 175F during the 35 mile drive home. I hope this simple addition will give my A6 some extra protection for many miles to come.

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Old 05-14-2010, 07:57 PM   #2
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Considering the red zone is 320... I am thinking 200 is not a big deal... sounds like you wasted some bank here. Mine runs at 200 in the "not so hot" north all the time. I am going on a 200 mile trip tomorrow, I will watch it...

I still think this was unnecessary to keep it 25 degrees cooler but its your money... you obvioulsly have a lot of it. You plan on towing something?
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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I was told that the camaro has a good trans cooler and even with my s/c it was recommended by a top tier shop to " dont waste your money on it".
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:19 PM   #4
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Peace of mind is worth so much more than a few hundred dollars, nice purchase dude!
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:41 PM   #5
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Heat is the #1 cause of transmission failure - especially under racing conditions. The 6L80E will need it. Most people are unwilling to spend the dollars on preventative items such as coolers, radiators, axles, tranny upgrades, safety equipement, etc. until it is too late. Nice purchase and install.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:02 PM   #6
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I was told that the camaro has a good trans cooler and even with my s/c it was recommended by a top tier shop to " dont waste your money on it".
I've got two things going against me:

1) the hot central FL weather can be brutal. it takes it's toll on everything including high performance cars.

2) my supercharger is putting much more stress on the tranny than what it was obviously designed for.

-so hopefully the lowered fluid temps will help to push the odds in my favor with my tranny living longer. that's worth some piece of mind to me. I believe in overkill vs not having enough. the shop that did the install also believes in having too much cooling vs not having enough. they mainly specialize in Corvettes in which they put coolers on almost anything that has fluids in their cars.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:05 PM   #7
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Heat is the #1 cause of transmission failure - especially under racing conditions. The 6L80E will need it. Most people are unwilling to spend the dollars on preventative items such as coolers, radiators, axles, tranny upgrades, safety equipement, etc. until it is too late. Nice purchase and install.
yup. $370 (price of actual parts) is much cheaper than spending $3500 on a new tranny.
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nice idea.
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nice idea.
thanks but the idea for this setup didn't come from me. another forum member has his done and I basically went by his suggestion(s).
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:07 PM   #10
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nice set up,, looks almost like mine,,


cooler is better:
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:25 PM   #11
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nice set up,, looks almost like mine,,


cooler is better:
yup. thanks again for all your suggestions. although we did miss two items. we needed two male AN fittings because we only had female fittings and it wouldn't have worked w/o the two male fittings.

thankfully there was a shop locally that had them in stock. otherwise I would have been SOL for a few days.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:37 AM   #12
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I think its money well invested. The cooler the better.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:02 AM   #13
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Is it possible for you to post the parts list you used here? I am a believer, and living is South Florida have seen trans temps up to 220+ with spirited driving. I fitted a 'cheap' cooler to my old Mustang GT, its has 104,000 miles on it now.

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Old 05-19-2010, 11:45 AM   #14
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great idea and very clean execution.
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