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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:32 pm    Post subject: Coolant lines & lafge oil cooler Reply with quote

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BJ,
You're too kind. Thanks for the nice words. Re:

1. The oil cooler is an Earl's 21608AERL 16 Row Oil Cooler -8 AN Black
I bought off Amazon. It's much larger than is typically used on
912's because of my southwest location. (Lots 'o hot.) The mount was
custom, as was the cowl mod. I'm guessing Kitfox LLC can sell you a
cooler and mount, but the catalog's ambiguous as to whether a mount
is included. Give them a call. Later I made a Van's style shutter
over the front which seems to work OK to help raise oil temperatures
in the cold. I don't know if it blocks too much in the summer yet,
though.
2. The metal coolant lines were all custom, starting with a bunch of 1"
mandrel bent aluminum elbows, (see this
<http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002VK7596/ref=pe_385040_30332190_TE_3p_M3T1_ST1_dp_2>
and that
<http://www.summitracing.com/search/part-type/exhaust-pipes-individual-bends>,)
combined with some 1" straight that I had a local guy weld together
after I did all the cutting and matching. I then beaded them and had
them chromed locally. Unfortunately it was rather (shall we say
hideously) expensive, mostly because I didn't feel comfortable
welding aluminum. (OK with steel.) But I figured they'd last nearly
forever and I definitely preferred them to soft tubing.
Guy Buchanan
Ramona, CA
Kitfox IV-1200 / 912-S / Warp 3cs / 500 hrs. flying again.
Now a glider pilot, too.



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