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Mi Diablo
05-15-2004, 12:37 AM
Hey everyone, I'm a newbie here.... I got a question for you folks.... I've got an '03 Cobra, and I swear my worst enemy is heat soak! I can drive the car hard through a few gears, and bam - it feels like you turned the heat on.... You can feel the heat radiating from the Engine Bay, through the firewall.... Then you pop the hood, and upon checking my "Intercooler Fluid" reservoir - it's about a bazillion degrees.... The car does not run in 'hot' on the clusters Temp Gauge at all.... But it runs rather heated.... I've gone ahead and performed the "Hood Mod" to allow for some colder air to dicipate through the underhood area, but it still is not enough.

So I've done some reading, and was wondering if anyone has tried or knows anything about this product:

http://www.redlineoil.com/products_coolant.asp?productID=53

This looks like it may be something of interest for me to put inthe I/C Reservoir, in hopes of reducing engine temperatures....

I'd also like a few other pointers, if you've got them, as to moving that ambient air around and out of the underhood area! I'm looking at possibly hard-wiring a toggle switch to my Cooling Fans (OEM for now).... And considered looking into a Thermostat maybe.... But I'm not a cooling "guru" by any means, so all help is greatly appreciated! :D

redsnake99
05-15-2004, 09:35 AM
I use Water Wetter in my radiator and in my cooler reservoir. I have the Vortech charger, so the water reservoir is much larger than that of the 03/04 Cobras. I have never had an overheating problem, even after a spirited 30 minute run on the open track.

:thumbsup:

03 cobra toy
05-15-2004, 10:23 AM
Hey everyone, I'm a newbie here.... I got a question for you folks.... I've got an '03 Cobra, and I swear my worst enemy is heat soak! I can drive the car hard through a few gears, and bam - it feels like you turned the heat on.... You can feel the heat radiating from the Engine Bay, through the firewall.... Then you pop the hood, and upon checking my "Intercooler Fluid" reservoir - it's about a bazillion degrees.... The car does not run in 'hot' on the clusters Temp Gauge at all.... But it runs rather heated.... I've gone ahead and performed the "Hood Mod" to allow for some colder air to dicipate through the underhood area, but it still is not enough.

So I've done some reading, and was wondering if anyone has tried or knows anything about this product:

http://www.redlineoil.com/products_coolant.asp?productID=53





This looks like it may be something of interest for me to put inthe I/C Reservoir, in hopes of reducing engine temperatures....

I'd also like a few other pointers, if you've got them, as to moving that ambient air around and out of the underhood area! I'm looking at possibly hard-wiring a toggle switch to my Cooling Fans (OEM for now).... And considered looking into a Thermostat maybe.... But I'm not a cooling "guru" by any means, so all help is greatly appreciated! :D


The 03/04 engine has big problems with heat!!!
I would replace your SC heat exchanger(the one in front of your radiator) with a bigger one with cooling fans.
If you plan on getting a performance engine chip they can program you engine fans to come on at a lower temp.
The factory thermostat is 180 deg you could go with a lower temp that may help a little.
Also don't trust the factory temp gauge it only has two temps.... cold and overheating
I'm working on some up grades to make the 03/04 cooling system better...

kevin
05-16-2004, 04:05 PM
i use water wetter in my race car and have never had a problem with heat. sounds to me (based on the above post) this may not solve your problem if the s/c set up is bad.

Mi Diablo
05-19-2004, 06:01 PM
Well I went ahead and performed some "cooling" mods this weekend.

First things first, I dumped the entire reservoir from the factory airbox. I then ditched the terrible paper filter that was in there. Purchased a K&N 8.8" Conical Filter. Slapper her down in there, bolted it all back up.... Cooler air is running up the fender well now, into the opening on the bottom/back of the factory airbox. This turned out to be a lil bit of a power adder, nothing too nutty for the butt dyno to feel like it was 'faster' by any means. But it did add a nice lil bit of an extra blower whine to the throttle! :thumbsup: And, definitely it's improved the throttle response for me......

Secondly I went ahead and removed about 10 oz of fluid from my Intercooler, as well as the Radiator. In doing so, I replaced it with 12 oz of Red Line Oil Water Wetter!! I got the bottles for $6.49/each at freaking Discount Auto! :D I had found it on the internet, but damn, it was like $9.99/each.... Hmmm.... Anyways, so I've added the RLO WW, and prior to having added this to the system(s), my car (at normal operating temperature) would regularly remain 1/8 of an inch towards the "H" on the OEM Temp Gauge. Now, she doesn't even reach dead center! It's probably about a 1/16 of an inch closer to "C" now. So about a 3/16 of an inch difference in Temp on the OEM Gauge. Of course I'm unsure as to the accuracy of the OEM Gauge, and I also do not know Degree Increments. So, it's maybe a mute point until I add the Auto Meter Temp Gauge down the road.

Lastly, I went ahead and completed (almost) the "Hood Mod" to the ole Snake! Dropped the blanket, cut it out, cut the back side(s) of the vent(s) out, popped the vents back in... Call it 'custom' :rotf: !!!!! I still would like to add the weatherstripping material around the 'unfinished, cut edges' of the blanket - so it's not "done" just yet.

Nonetheless, overall - a good set of mods.... She's running a bit cooler now... Seems like she's got a lil more pep (a la K&N! and cooler temps!), and a lil more blower whine!! Good stuff, I'm stoked!!

Oh, and I tried to pickup a 160 degree t/stat this weekend - but everyone was sold out on them... Looks like I'll be having to order that off the internet!! Next will be to hard wire the OEM Fans, and maybe replace them with FAL Units (money prevailing). Then maybe add a Mezeire (sp?) Water Pump & Fluidyne Heat Exchanger for the next couple a "cooling" mods!!

JP

Viperone
05-28-2004, 12:53 PM
This "hood mod" you are working on, is it your own fabrication or have you read about it elswhere? If so, where please. I too note the high levels of heat in the engine bay and anything we can do to get the heat out has gotta help :) .

John Himsel
05-31-2004, 01:16 PM
Check out the Gords Ford Heat Exhanger....I also changed out my intercooler resouvior.....add about 8 oz more capacity....not a big deal...but the polished tank looks alot better than the Plastic Ford Junk.

Mi Diablo
06-24-2004, 02:44 AM
Viperone: Check www.svtperformance.com (http://www.svtperformance.com) and do a search by "username" for "Postban" and for the search, use "Hood Mod." This will lead you to a very in depth, detailed list of instructions/pictures on how to perform the FREE Hood Mod...

John Himsel: Can you email or pm or even post pictures of your reservoir swap? Also, I'm interested in replacing my OEM H/E w/something like a Gords Unit... Who sells these at a good cost, and what is their website? Also, what reservoir did you go to? How did you mount it? Where did you get it? What did it cost you? Sorry so many questions, just very interested in doing the same! :D

Thanks,

Josh