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I am tooling with the ideal of an oil cooler for my Fatboy when it arrives in two weeks (the Softail Deluxe Cooler) and am interested because it only allows oil to the cooler once it has reached 180 degrees.

I have heard 212 is the ideal temperature for the 88 engines. Any ideals?

Worried about riding this Fall/Winter with the engine oil only hitting 180 degrees, oil turning to sledge by not burning off the water after many years, etc. type of stuff.
 

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We have it pretty hot up here in Maryland as well, but I am worried if the engine might run too cold in the Fall or Winter.

If the engine runs at 180 degrees, is that warm enough?
 

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BTW, I have searched the other threads on this forum before posting this, still need info :)

Didn't want you all to think we were re-hasing an old subject :D
 

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Still can't get over that cool Dead Design!

BTW, I need to know if 180 degrees is too cold for the oil and the engine :(
 

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logical said:
just because the thermosta opens at 180 doesn't mean it will keep the oil at 180....it won't. At 180 it will open up and instead of the oil going up to 230-260, it might keep it at 210-240 or something.

Why buy all this stuff before you have ridden it and don't know if you need it?
Two reasons.

First is that when I purchased my SuperGlide, there were certain things I wish I had done upon purchase that would have been covered under warranty, things such as new exhaust, stage 1, ecm upgrades, passing lights, tacho/speedo, different covers (they love to leak) and an oil cooler for starters... Everything is being installed at once, it needs to work as one or the Dealer will have to fine tune everthing (Dyno) under warranty.

I noticed my SuperGlide would get really hot, and I want to keep this Fatboy forever (although I will be purchasing at least one more bike, probably a Road King in the next five years) I am concerned about the heat on the life of the engine.

So, the final part on my order list today has been the inclussion of the Harely Davidson Softail Oil Cooler and the Chrome cover for the cooler.
 

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I want to thank everyone for the replies! After reading these replies, and some posts out on the web (Saw Hippo on another board, was it our Hippo?) I decided...

Why the hell doesn't Harley make the oil cooler standard ala Victory, and then I remembered, they might pi$$ off the purists, and of course they make more money if they offer it as an add-on.

Loved my SuperGlide, and can't wait for the Fatboy, (three weeks dudes and dudettes) :)

So, it’s an oil cooler with me, the key being the Harley Oil Cooler for the Softails has an thermostat, and it appears after all of my reading, if you have a thermostat, then your engine will warm up enough to burn off any water, etc. that might get into the oil.

Thanks again! :D
 

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After riding the bike a few days, I'm going to let her sit while the rains run through Maryland on Sunday. BUT, the good news is no leaks:D
 

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No leaks from the oil cooler that is;)
 

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Just gave us five stars since this thread has had almost 500 reads! Oh Yes:D
 

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steve67 said:
I have a HD oil cooler on my 02 Fatboy. It leaked from the get go. I bought this bike slightly used from a friend which lives 900 miles away. He had the cooler installed at the dealer. Being a do it yourselfer I decided to fix it myself. As suspected the main adaptor housing needed to be tightened. No big deal providing you have the right socket (1 1/8" I think it was). I also tweeked the hoses a bit tighter.

Been a few months, dry as a bone. I have the inexpensive guage/dipstick and see temps of 175 to 225 deg.F
Luckliy not a single leak anywhere on my Bike! :)
 
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