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Old 04-25-2014, 08:22 PM   #1
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Adapting BP Oil Cooler...

Has anyone had success with adapting a BP oil cooler to an aftermarket bumper without major mods? I'm doing an EGR cooler update and decided to replace the oil cooler while I'm in there. I have a Trail Ready bumper and it doesn't look like the BP will work. Anyone have thoughts? Maybe a Sinister oil cooler instead??? Thanks, Barry

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Old 04-27-2014, 04:14 PM   #2
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Re: Adapting BP Oil Cooler...

Barry, When I did my bedplate fix I added the BP EGR cooler and asked about the BP oiler cooler. My mechanic was worried about the Aluminess bumper and if there would be enough room to properly install it and provide airflow. He didn't have many issues with the Ford oil cooler and had no problem not recommending a different brand so I replaced my oil cooler with another Ford oil cooler. Don't know anything about your bumper but you need to make sure you have enough airflow. I'd take your SMB in to your mechanic and see what he has to say.
I think PatO added a BP oil cooler with his after market bumper. I'm sure there was more to do to make it fit but not sure how things are going now that he has it installed.


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Old 04-27-2014, 04:29 PM   #3
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Re: Adapting BP Oil Cooler...

Something to think about with the BPD external oil cooler is if you do a lot of cold weather/climate driving. No direct knowledge but something I read on the diesel forums.

One thing of importance is whether you have installed a coolant filter. And if so, have you cut it open to see what gunk you are trapping. Seems like some 6.0s have trouble with excess casting sand and others don't. And are you still using the stock Ford coolant or have you switched to an ELC? Have you been monitoring your oil and coolant temperatures to know if you even have a problem with the stock oil cooler?

I looked into the BPD for my rig and it didn't seem like the most cost-effective choice. Maybe if I was towing a lot and lived in Phoenix.
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:50 PM   #4
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Re: Adapting BP Oil Cooler...

Have you seen PatO's writeup of a BPD oil cooler installation?


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Old 04-27-2014, 09:38 PM   #5
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Re: Adapting BP Oil Cooler...

I have the stock Ford bumper, I mentioned that I was interested in dropping by Aluminess here in San Diego to see if they thought it was doable but then a radiator hose leaked, the heater core sprung a leak and the alternator died all in a month and I just don't want to spend any more money on this thing for awhile. Oil and coolant temp with the BP oil cooler are great though!!! Generally 185 to 195, up to 215 when climbing grades around Borrego Springs on hot days. Never to worry about those temps again.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:41 AM   #6
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Re: Adapting BP Oil Cooler...

Thanks for the replies. I decided that since I'm here in Salt Lake City I might be better to go with the Sinister Diesel version of the oil cooler. Direct replacement and I won't have to worry with a modified mounting system and cold weather performance. I should have everything back together later in the week (I'm slow) and the Bulletproof project behind me. Barry

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