All of the info on this issue, from why some of us feel its warranted do why some of us feel it is not can be found here: https://www.titanxdforum.com/forum/4...-research.html
If you want to argue reasoning or debate the effectiveness, please do so in that thread. This thread is for my installation, and hopefully to help someone do theirs, and a place for me to report my findings and results.
Well, I got the thermostat installed last night. All in all including gathering parts it took me about 20 minutes. Results were instant and it's only getting better. I'll update on all of that later.
Tstat here (you'll need 3/8" hose barb fittings added): http://www.improvedracing.com/oil-th...tat-p-423.html
Hose pinch pliers - two sets will work, I own 4 pairs so I used all 4. All in all I lost about 1/3 of a cup of fluid I'd imagine.
Hose cutting tool - I used some cutting pliers, a razor knife will work
1" wrench for fittings on the thermostat
Whatever tools you need to use the clamps you decide to use
Rags of some sort
4x - hose clamps. Note in the pictures I tried 5/8" spring clamps...they were not large enough when slipped over the hose barb. 3/4 should work. I used stainless worm gear clamps I had on hand.
Zip Ties - I use large heavy gauge ones
In my IMGUR link, there's a diagram of which hose is which. It's fairly simple, if you follow the two lines from the trans, one of them goes into the radiator/cooler at the bottom pretty quickly, and one goes UP the radiator as a hard line and then snakes around. The one that goes into the bottom of the radiator is the FROM TRANS line to the cooler. The other line of course is return to the trans.
1. Clamp hoses
2. Cut hose - can cut out a couple of inches if you want or not, it will work with the slack and not kink.
3. Slip clamps on hose
4. Install hose on barbs - note it's very hard to get them on, but they will go. Hard steady pressure works well.
5. Slide clamp up onto hose and tighten
Repeat this process until all 4 hoses are connected to tstat.
Mounting is going to have a lot of options. The thermostat comes with some small mounting brackets that can be used a bunch of different ways. For right now I chose to zip tie it to the hard coolant pipe coming out of the bottom front of the block. One zip tie is also on the rubber hose. Ideally, adding some runs of hose to move the thermostat to a solid mounting location would be best, and I may do that in the future.
I installed last night and ran around the neighborhood to check for leaks and had none. This morning my 20 minute ride to work consisted of 5 minutes at 20MPH and 6 speed humps leaving my neighborhood, 5 minutes of stop and go traffic to the interstate 5 minutes at 70MPH on the intestate, then 5 minutes to the shop. In that time in 55* ambient temps, the trans got up to 142 degrees.
I left for lunch today at 11 and ambient temps were 78*. Truck got up to temp quickly, and stayed between 145 and 170* the entire trip, and it performed like it should. I had one small shift flair merging on the interstate going from 2-3 gear. I am absolutely impressed already, and will continue to report back.
By the way, trans temp and TC temp stayed within 5 degrees of each other the whole time I've been monitoring.
Please check out the pictures at the link below, and ask any questions you may have.