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Trans Cooler: Brackets?

I've read the write up on the B&M Trans Cooler install. I want to install mine this weekend. I have the cooler already. I want to ensure I have the correct material for brackets though, as once it's apart, I won't have a good way to go get more parts.

What *exactly* have you guys used for bracket-building material?

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Probably some 1/2" or 3/4" wide Flat bar, either 1/8 or 3/16"ish thick.

I do not like the mounting method of using the deals that push through the radiator and wear holes in the tubing over time, I really cannot believe they have this as a mounting method. The rubbing is bad enough by itself much less adding abrasives from the trails, sand, dirt and so on.

I'm all for the thicker and wider is better type mentality as I don't want it to vibrate and move.

It sure would be nice if a vendor had a complete kit utilizing all an fittings.

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I've read the write up on the B&M Trans Cooler install. I want to install mine this weekend. I have the cooler already. I want to ensure I have the correct material for brackets though, as once it's apart, I won't have a good way to go get more parts.

What *exactly* have you guys used for bracket-building material?

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My brackets came in the b & m kit...you didn't have any in there ?
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Just use the brackets that come in the kit. Cut them down to size if I remember correct.

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My brackets came in the b & m kit...you didn't have any in there ?
Well I guess I better open up the box!

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He didn't have one when I was up there to get my gears changed, but mentioned he was thinking about making some. I'll check the box tonight & call him tomorrow if there aren't brackets in there I can use.

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I just used the brackets that came with the b & m kit. Figured out where I needed to have the bends and used my vise and rubber mallet to make the bends. Then just spray painted them black.

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I used a Hayden cooler that didn't have brackets, but instead had those cheezy plastic deals you're supposed to run through the radiator fins. Not a good plan on a rock vehicle! I used some 1/2" galvanized strap steel and just bent & trimmed them to shape. I used the two little tabs at the top of the grille opening to attach the upper brackets and mounted the lower brackets to the lower cross member. That was actually the longest part of the job, the hose routing, etc. went much faster.
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The B&M kit does have metal brackets. Spray paint black.
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i jjust bent up the ones that came with the b&m cooler and painted it black

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I got the Hayden, no brackets. I used four hardware store angle (L) brackets I had laying around. Two short 1 x 1 and two long roughly 2 1/2 x 2 1/2. I bent the lower two (short ones) back slightly to match the angle of the condenser and keep the gap even. The top two I straightened in the vice and bent to get the spacing right from the upper attachment points. Added a light coat of flat black grill paint.



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And FWIW I didn't have time to do it all at once so I mounted the cooler the first day and left ends plugged and stock lines uncut. Then I finished up the second day. Just something to think about if you need to do it in stages because of time.

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Thanks Everybody - sho'nuff I found the bracket material in the box. I'm ready!

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Thanks for the recommendation! We are currently working on our website to sell these online. We also have a kit that has 2 coolers side by side. One for the trans, and one for a steering cooler. They will be for sale in a few weeks. Adam





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