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Can you add a second oil cooler?

I'm looking to buy an Elise, and several I've considered do not have the dual oil cooler setup.

Is it possible to add the second oil cooler on a bone stock Elise?
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I'm looking to buy an Elise, and several I've considered do not have the dual oil cooler setup.

Is it possible to add the second oil cooler on a bone stock Elise?
Yes.

It's been discussed many times.

You need to buy a second oil cooler kit (dealer item). The plumbing is already there, there is just a short piece of "pipe" that has to be removed and replaced with the second oil cooler. According to the manual, you have to remove the front clam to install the shroud that needs to be installed along with the second oil cooler. I don't know if anyone has managed (or even tried) to install the second cooler without removing the clam.

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Do you really need it?
Not really, unless you are going to spend most of the car's time on the track, and you drive it like a professional. Most people (unless they have the sport pack) only have one oil cooler and get along just fine - even people that track their cars.

There have only been a couple of people that have added the second one after the fact. It's a "nice to have", but not really a necessity.

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There is a disadvantage of having too much cooling for street use. It is that the oil does not reach operating temperature in a similar time that the coolant does. You look at the engine (coolant) temperature gauge and it indicates an optimum temperature, so you think it is ok to open up the car, however the engine oil has not reached that optimum level.
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There is a disadvantage of having too much cooling for street use. It is that the oil does not reach operating temperature in a similar time that the coolant does. You look at the engine (coolant) temperature gauge and it indicates an optimum temperature, so you think it is ok to open up the car, however the engine oil has not reached that optimum level.
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I do the agree dance + you're opening a can a worms:

a) If done wrong, now you've got a mess.
b) Will it add to the value of the car, most likely not.
c) If you need that extra cooling for....? Track time?
, then I'd spend that money on something else (Just my .02 worth)

Are you having problems, what is the need/reason?

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John,

some early 2005 MY elise have 2 even if they aren't equipped with the sport pack. The one car I recently showed you is an example of such.

When I was at HRM we were asked to add oil coolers on various occasions and it was always very expensive and, as stated previously on this thread, messy.

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