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Wondering if I should put an oil cooler on. Do alot of 2up riding in the city, as well as take alot of trips. (passenger and cargo) Also do alot of solo riding as well.
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it depends on how hot it gets. If you live in the desert, Vegas, Death Valley or where its hot then yes. Since you live in Cleveland then probably not. Get a oil dip stick with a Thermo on it.
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Danny, invest in one of those oil temp dip sticks. They're reasonably cheap and will tell the tale. Chances are, you won't need an oil cooler.
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Hi..Geese 82nd, I guess you never ben to Cleveland in the summer, it get hot.

Ok, since you are doing alot of heave load riding, A oil cooler sure would not hurt, unless you forget to use a oil thermostat.
It goes between the cooler and the engine and keeps the oil at temp, if it's too cooled, it by-passes the cooler. Oil needs to be at temp to work right, if you don't use the termostat, you will keep the oil too cooled, and it can do m ore harm then good.
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Do they make an oil temp dip stick for 04's and up? Didn't see one in the HD catalog.
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Wondering if I should put an oil cooler on. Do alot of 2up riding in the city, as well as take alot of trips. (passenger and cargo) Also do alot of solo riding as well.
Where we live? I should think not.
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At what oil temperature should a person be thinking about getting an oil cooler?
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Danny-

If you decide to go with one, they are relatively easy to install. Just helped install one of my riding buddy's 2003 Dyna, and it was a breeze.

It DOES attach to a front motor mount and requires the use of a lift under the motor to realign the motor in order to put the bolt back in, but that was minor.

Only problem we encountered was that the mounting hex head screws were huge (11mm) and we could NOT find an Allen wrench that large. SO.... we found a cold chisel at Sears that was hex-shaped and - yup - 11mm in diameter. Cut the chisel end off, inserted it into an 11mm socket and made our own "hex."

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