E153 Transmission Cooler

Wilhelm Raceworks transmission cooler kit for E153

Tracking a car generates a lot of heat, and one area where cooling is often neglected is the transmission.  MR2 endurance racers have found that keeping transmission temperatures under control is critical to transmission life, and I have personally seen transmission temperatures as high as 250°F (121°C) at a track day, prompting me to develop a small cooler solution for the e153 transmission.  A laser cut sheet metal bracket bolts to three existing locations on the transmission and holds a narrow 10 row Earl's Ultrapro oil cooler, to be fed air by the stock plastic under panel scoop in front of the transmission. 

With the cooler installed temps dropped to 227°F (108°C) under similar conditions to where I had previously seen 250°F. Note that I had also added a diffuser and transmission under panel which cut off most of the natural cooling to the transmission.

Wilhelm Raceworks transmission cooler bracket

Available as either a complete kit including the Earl's cooler and PTFE -6 AN hoses custom made by Technafit, or just the bracket and hardware kit for those who want to DIY.  This bracket could also be used to mount a small engine oil cooler for those who don't want to give up their stock side mount intercooler location.  The cooler included with the kit is Earls PN 210ERL.  For those looking to DIY the lines, the transmission requires an M14x1.5 adapter.

SKU E153 Transmission Cooler
$330
$199
Options:

I do not currently have a wholesale source for the Earls cooler PN# 210ERL normally included in this kit.  As such, I have discounted the kit price by the cost of the cooler at Summit Racing.  Simply order it from them with free shipping to complete your kit.
CX Racing also sells what appears to be a compatible cooler.  Please note I have NOT verified that it fits, but based on the dimensions it should.  I also have no idea how good the quality is.  However it is about half the price of the Earls core.

The cooler and lines increase the fluid capacity of the transmission by approximately 6oz.  A typical transmission drain / fill should still be less than 4 US quarts.  However, I do recommend spinning the back wheel a few times while filling to pump fluid into the cooler to ensure that the final fill level is correct.


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