In preparation for a trip to Virginia to get my Goldwing I decided to add an auxiliary transmission cooler. When I pulled the motorcycle trailer back from Tennessee there were a couple times on long grades the temperature gauge would start to creep upward.
The next decision was where to put it. My first idea was up under the nose. There is plenty of space and airflow. I even made some brackets and did some test fitting but I wasn't feeling the love about this area.
Next I tried vertically behind the grille. Not bad, but..
...I was able to get it in horizontally and I like it better. It is more protected by the driving light and I've read that a bottom-fed horizontal cooler will fill better and displace a little more heat. It will also be easy to use simple "L" brackets to mount the cooler.
I was also happy to discover the grill cover could be removed with the brush guard in place.
I notched one of the posts to allow the cooler to fit flush against it.
An easily fabricated aluminum L-bracket.
One screw in the front and one at the rear in the bracket. The setup is rock solid.
I cut the return line.
This is the line to the new cooler. I double-clamped it since the hard line isn't flared.
The new cooler outlet is connected to the factory line. I used plenty of ziploom to protect the lines.
The finished product. I ran the Jeep for several minutes to flush everything and then changed the transmission fluid and filters.