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GT1R R35 Transmission Overflow Kit Nissan R35 GT-R 09-18

T1 Race Development does all of it’s own research and engine development in-house, on our own vehicles. Our goal is to ensure that our all of our customers have a tried and true experience with their Nissan GTR’s performance. The GT1R R35 Transmission Overflow Kit is designed to allow you to be able to over fill the transmission with fluid to

£132.22

GReddy V-Mounted Intercooler Radiator Only Kit Mazda RX-7 FD3S 93-02

Safeguard your turbocharged engine car when increasing its horsepower by adding Greddy intercooler kit. When intercooler reduces the engine’s inlet temperatures, a denser air charge will enter the engine, which can make more horsepower at the same boost level and even more power at higher boost levels. Even if there is a factory-installed intercooler,

£1533.46

Auto Craft Coolant Overflow Tank Mazda RX-7 FD3S 93-02

Vivid Racing is one of the exclusive distributors for Auto Craft. All Auto Craft parts are genuine items and ship directly to you from our distributors in Japan. This item can be ordered online, however shipping is not calculated. We will obtain a quote and give you the shipping options and costs for your

£309.83

Litchfield GT-R Gearbox Oil Cooler

The Litchfield gearbox oil cooler is one of the most compact installations available on the market, due to the fact the cooling core is mounted at the rear of the car just behind the nearside wheel, rather than the front like others already available. It has been proven over the past two years in many trips to the Nurburgring and Spa, plus domestic tracks

£1674.00

Litchfield GT-R Power Steering Cooler

The Litchfield R35 Power Steering cooler is a direct replacement for the stock cooler mounted in front of the radiator. We are seeing more and more of the original Nissan coolers leak with age and the rubber hoses can split. Normally this goes unnoticed as the undertrays on the car catch all of the leaked oil, and the first sign of an issue is a noisy power

£199.01

Litchfield GT-R Engine Oil Cooler

A simple but highly effective innovation for the Nissan GT-R is Litchfield’s competition-quality oil cooler upgrade, suitable for all age vehicles. The cooler upgrade solves the problem with many tuned GT-Rs; that the OEM cooler simply not having the capacity or efficiency to maintain the oil at a safe temperature. If engine oil gets too hot it can

£594.00

Mishimoto Banjo Fitting with Bolt M20 x -10AN, Black

This M20 x -10AN Banjjo Fitting with Bolt is made from 6061 Aluminium. It comes with two dowty oil seals and a lifetime warranty. Please note: Recommended torque specification for all straight fittings and banjo bolts: 15-25 ft/lbs (operating range). Do not exceed the maximum torque rating of 35

Susa ProLine Oil Cooler Mounting Brackets – 310mm matrix width (9-Series)

S?sa ProLine Mounting Bracket kits are made from lightweight rib-reinforced aluminium. Hardy bulkhead mounting orientation incorporates 70A durameter dampening pads to completely isolate the cooler from vibration. Mounting brackets are sold in pairs and include rubber damping, threaded backing plates, and bolts. Available to suit all: Setrab ProLine 115mm

Susa ProLine Oil Cooler Mounting Brackets – 115mm matrix width (1-Series)

S?sa ProLine Mounting Bracket kits are made from lightweight rib-reinforced aluminium. Hardy bulkhead mounting orientation incorporates 70A durameter dampening pads to completely isolate the cooler from vibration. Mounting brackets are sold in pairs and include rubber damping, threaded backing plates, and bolts. Available to suit all: Setrab ProLine 115mm

Susa ProLine Oil Cooler Mounting Brackets – 235mm matrix width (6-Series)

S?sa ProLine Mounting Bracket kits are made from lightweight rib-reinforced aluminium. Hardy bulkhead mounting orientation incorporates 70A durameter dampening pads to completely isolate the cooler from vibration. Mounting brackets are sold in pairs and include rubber damping, threaded backing plates, and bolts. Available to suit all: Setrab ProLine 115mm

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 592mm Matrix, 6 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£190.94

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 141mm Matrix, 14 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£167.47

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 141mm Matrix, 6 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£140.93

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 250mm Matrix, 10 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£167.47

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 250mm Matrix, 14 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£185.06

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 250mm Matrix, 6 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£152.64

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 420mm Matrix, 10 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£185.06

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 420mm Matrix, 14 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£205.46

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 420mm Matrix, 6 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£167.47

Setrab ProLine SLM Slimline Engine/Transmission Oil Coolers – 592mm Matrix, 10 Row

Widely regarded as the highest quality oil coolers available. Used throughout the world by leading professional teams and clubman alike. These ProLine SLM slimline versions are perfect for where space is of a premium. The inlet / outlet ports are on each end rather than on the top as on traditional oil coolers, this allows for easier plumbing in tight

£220.32

The Knowledge

THE KNOWLEDGE

Oil System

Oil System

You don’t need to be a professional mechanic to acknowledge the fact that a vehicle’s engine has numerous moving parts. When these parts come into contact with each other while in motion, friction occurs, which lowers their efficiency and increases their wear and tear rate. This is the purpose of the oil system in your vehicle, to act as a lubricant and reduce the damaging effect that friction has on your engine.

Components of the Oil System

While there might be slight differences between different manufacturers, the main components that are standard in all vehicles are:

- The Oil Pan/Sump

This is the reservoir that holds the engine oil. The oil that gets into the engine comes from the oil pan, and after it circulates through the engine it returns back to the oil pan ready to its next cycle.

- The Oil Pump

Since gravity is working against the oil circulation, an oil pump is necessary to provide the power that will push the oil and create the required pressure to move it throughout the engine.

- The Pressure Valve

Once the oil is pumped from the sump, it is restricted for a while so that it builds up enough pressure to propel it throughout the engine. Once this pressure is achieved, the pressure valve opens to allow the pressurized oil into the engine.

- The Oil Filter

Once the oil has gone through the engine, it picks up dust, grime and other particles that were hidden within the engine’s crooks and crannies. The oil filter removes these impurities before the oil is recycled back into the engine.

- The Pickup Tube

This is the piping that connects the oil pan/sump with the pressure valve. Once the engine is switched on, the oil pump pushes the oil through the pickup tube on its way towards the engine.

- Galleries

The galleries are a series of holes within the engine that allows the pumped oil to access all the engine components that require lubrication. Thanks to the pressure created by the oil pump, in conjunction with the pressure valve, the oil that enters the engine has sufficient pressure to pass through all the galleries and lubricate the engine’s moving parts.

What is the Purpose of Oil in the Engine?

Engine oil serves three main purposes:

- Lubrication

This is the main purpose of engine oil, to lubricate the moving parts within the engine. A well-lubricated engine does not have much friction which reduces the amount of energy that is required to function. This increases engine performance and improves the overall vehicle engine efficiency. Lubrication also reduces the wear and tear that comes naturally when moving engine parts come into contact. The main engine block which houses the pistons and the crankshaft are particularly prone to damage if they are not sufficiently lubricated, this is where a performance oil system come into play removing the unnecessary risk to valuable engine parts.

- Temperature Regulation

One of the ‘side-effects’ of friction within the engine is overheating. A well-lubricated oil system ensures that this friction generated heat is not produced which keeps the engine temperatures cooler. Oil is also an excellent conductor of heat. As the cool oil passes through the engine, it absorbs some of the heat generated in the engine further cooling it.

- Removing Dirt and Debris from the Engine

As the engine moves, it usually collects dust, dirt and other debris. These are usually washed away by the oil as it passes through the small holes and galleries within the engine. The oil filter ensures that this dirt is not returned back to the engine during the next oil cycle, thus keeping the engine clean. Debris buildup within the engine affects the overall efficiency and performance of your vehicle.

Aftermarket Improvements to the Oil System

The aftermarket parts that can improve the performance of your vehicle include:

- Oil Catch Tanks

During the combustion process, the combustion cylinder and piston need to be well-lubricated to function properly. Unfortunately, some of this oil ends up getting mixed with the fuel-air mixture being combusted, adding impurities to the exhaust fumes produced. Without an oil catch tank, this oil will be pushed into the exhaust system and will cause clogging over time. In high-performance vehicles, not only is the combustion rate increased, but any blockage in the exhaust will lead to reduced efficiency. The catch tank stores this oil before it enters into the exhaust system.

- Oil Drain Plugs

When you go for an engine change, the oil that is stored in your sump needs to be drained; this is done via the oil drain plug which is located below the sump. High-performance vehicles usually require a reinforced drain plug that will not cause leakage under heavy use.

- Dry Sump

Most stock cars use a wet sump which stores all the oil being used in the engine. A dry sump utilizes an additional oil reservoir which allows the sump to be much smaller. It is referred to as the ‘dry’ sump since it is completely drained when the oil is being pumped into the engine. Its smaller size allows the engine to sit lower and creates a lower center of gravity that improves handling and cornering at high speeds.

- Oil Coolers

In a high-performance engine, the oil tends to heat up much faster due to the increased power output. Engine coolers are usually installed to keep the oil from getting overheated, and losing its effectiveness. Engine coolers are usually installed to regulate the temperature of heating oil, although there are some that can regulate the transmission oil temperatures as well.