It's been a while, but we're excited to share another update for this project. More updates should be coming a little quicker in the future, so keep an eye out for those and let us know what you think!
In Capable Hands — Transmission Cooler R&D, Part 2: Design
The key to great engineering is often making the most of what you’re given–using the resources available to you in the most efficient way possible. When we last talked about the 2011-2014 F-150 transmission cooler, we noted that Ford’s engineers left a lot on the table. Behind the grille of the F-150 lays a transmission cooler that’s only using about half of the resources given to it. But we’re not about to let that extra space go to waste. In this post, our engineer will leverage simplicity and creativity to make the most of what the 2011-2014 F-150 has to give.
Our design process for this transmission cooler followed the same path it does for most of our products. We started by analyzing the stock trans cooler, some of which you saw in the last post. Aside from noting the overall design of the stock cooler, our engineer also took specific measurements of the surrounding parts for a comprehensive view of where we could improve on the stock design. Many of our measurements focused on the bracket that holds the stock trans cooler in place.
Those measurements allowed us to create a 3D model of our transmission cooler and visualize the improvements. Instead of leaving half the height of the stock bracket unused, our cooler makes the most of every available inch behind the grille. The width of the cooler will remain the same so that we can use the stock bracket and lines. Another key to great engineering is simplicity; the more of the stock components we can use while creating a more efficient cooler, the more bang you get for your buck.