Originally Posted by Ford_6L_E350
The van kit uses the van oil lines down to the driver's side, rear of the engine and mounts a filter there, then two more steel lines forward to the front of the radiator for the cooler. The oil cooler looks to mount where the Aluminess bumper blocks airflow to the radiator. It doesn't look like the Amsoil dual filter setup is going to work with it.
I'm looking at that conversion also, but haven't made up my mind. It may be possible to use a pickup kit and find a way to route the oil lines to the front and then use the dual filter parts, etc. You would need custom length hoses, but that is fairly easy to deal with - I had to make custom length hoses to install my dual filter setup.
i've got the 2WD 6.0 van, with the BPD oil cooler. i got one of the first units they put
out for the van, so it's been a year and a half.
the heat exchanger sits right behind the opening in the stock steel bumper,
so if you are running an aftermarket bumper without air intakes, what i'd do
is mount it behind the bumper, and fit a couple muffin fans on either side to
pull air and force it thru the cooler...
i've got a seatrab cooler on my trans am, and its buried behind the front fender with
no direct airflow, and the fan forcing air thru it dissipates the heat over the
surface of the fender and wheel well insert, and it works fine.
as mentioned, there are significant differences between F and E series BPD installs.
IMO trying to make the F fit won't be a good choice. it's a LOT different than the E.
on a positive note, i've had nothing but a good experience with the cooler. i weigh
in at 10,500#, and when i've been in real slow high heat hard pulls, what happens
is the trans starts getting hot and opens the t stat on the trans cooler at about 175.
the trans temp immediately goes to match the coolant temperature, and trans temp,
oil temp, and coolant temp all end up within a degree of each other.
the hottest all of it has ever been was a brief peak at 206 for about five minutes, once.
that was with a rolling weight of 15,000# climbing up two lane switchbacks to julian,
calif. behind a motor home at about 25 MPH.
my experience with what oil works best for me in this engine is rotella T6, with a filter
change and oil change every 5k miles. the filter BPD uses is a huge spin on that isn't
very expensive if you buy them off the net in boxes of six. i have never had stiction
with the turbo, or injector issues. take it for what it's worth.