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    Default Oil cooler or no?

    I don't have an oil temp gauge (though I realize that's the way to know)...but based on others knowledge; do you guys think I need one?

    Engine is a 550 hp aluminum LS1.

    Cruise RPM is 3500-4500 rpm; max rpm is 6100 rpm. The boat is a jet boat with a stainless B impeller.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FormulaZR View Post

    Cruise RPM is 3500-4500 rpm; max rpm is 6100 rpm. The boat is a jet boat with a stainless B impeller.

    how far/long do you cruise?

    how big of an oil pan?

    At those engine speeds that is some hot oil after a few miles.

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    I move all the time, so cruise length varies depending on the size of the water....but typically in the 1-3 mile range; not short by any means...sometimes up to 10 miles.

    The oil system holds 8 quarts.


    Fuel is premium unleaded.


    I was looking at the thermostat controlled units so that I don't have to worry about oil being too hot/cold.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by FormulaZR View Post
    I move all the time, so cruise length varies depending on the size of the water....but typically in the 1-3 mile range; not short by any means...sometimes up to 10 miles.

    The oil system holds 8 quarts.




    I was looking at the thermostat controlled units so that I don't have to worry about oil being too hot/cold.....
    what oil do you use?

    A cooler wouldn't hurt you one bit, you'd be surprised as to how hot your oil gets. You should see about putting a temp gauge in at the oil filter just to check.

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    The mistake I made was I put the cooler on at the same time as I put the gauge on.
    Then I realized it takes a long run at high speed/load to get the oil up to even 220 without ANY water flowing through the cooler. Now it's all plumbed in and I wish I didn't have the heavy ass thing on there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeper CP View Post
    what oil do you use?

    A cooler wouldn't hurt you one bit, you'd be surprised as to how hot your oil gets. You should see about putting a temp gauge in at the oil filter just to check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unchained View Post
    The mistake I made was I put the cooler on at the same time as I put the gauge on.
    Then I realized it takes a long run at high speed/load to get the oil up to even 220 without ANY water flowing through the cooler. Now it's all plumbed in and I wish I didn't have the heavy ass thing on there.

    I will probably heed the advice and put a temp gauge on first. My theory (which could be wrong) is that using a thermostatically controlled oil cooler would help both scenarios...


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    Quote Originally Posted by FormulaZR View Post
    Mobil 1 10w40.


    I will probably heed the advice and put a temp gauge on first. My theory (which could be wrong) is that using a thermostatically controlled oil cooler would help both scenarios...
    Good oil... and yes a thermostat on the cooler is a good idea

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    The only thermostat controlled remote oil cooler I can find is the one sold by Hardin. Are there other/better ones out there? Maybe one that includes the oil filters as one piece like the one GN7 posted in another thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FormulaZR View Post
    The only thermostat controlled remote oil cooler I can find is the one sold by Hardin. Are there other/better ones out there? Maybe one that includes the oil filters as one piece like the one GN7 posted in another thread?
    $$$$ and they take up space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeper CP View Post

    $$$$
    and they take up space.

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    Here Jon, let allow me to fix that a tiny bit.

    They do take up space. But compared to a remote filter and remote cooler, not really. The only benefit to the seperate pieces is you can splkit them, but then you adding unecessary line length.

    I kind of giggle when I think what I paid for that cooler. The second one I bought was a little more, but still roughly the price of a used remote Olson.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gn7 View Post
    Here Jon, let allow me to fix that a tiny bit.

    They do take up space. But compared to a remote filter and remote cooler, not really. The only benefit to the seperate pieces is you can splkit them, but then you adding unecessary line length.

    I kind of giggle when I think what I paid for that cooler. The second one I bought was a little more, but still roughly the price of a used remote Olson.
    at the end of 10 laps what's your temp?

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    240-250
    Perfect. For a grouchy old bastard! Sorry, I've been painting (my shop) all day and in a mood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shan View Post
    Perfect. For a grouchy old bastard! Sorry, I've been painting (my shop) all day and in a mood.
    Thats using the water exiting the superchiller.
    We can get it 260-275 with the right straight 50 conventional. Higher on a course like Puddingstone.
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