Gimme Shelter [from high oil temps] – Oil Cooler R&D, Part 2: Testing and Data Analysis

Interested in purchasing our 2016+ Camaro SS Oil Cooler in silver or black? The discounted Pre-Sale begins NOW!

Mishimoto’s 2016 Camaro SS Oil Cooler Pre-Sale

As I sit here, isolated from the blistering humidity of a mid-Atlantic summer within the walls of our New Castle, DE office, I can’t help but to appreciate the hell out of our A/C and the cooling – *ahem*, heat rejection (gotta keep the engineers happy) – that it provides. Just this past week, certain guests and goings-on have necessitated my spending quite a bit of time outside in the sweltering heat, and this drastic variance in climate really does have an effect on my ability to work well – just don’t tell my supervisor!

Anyway, such temperature deviations have a similar effect on the oil within the LT1 in your 2016+ Camaro SS. Oil that gets too hot will lose its viscosity, which is the very characteristic that makes it thick, slippery, and useful for lubrication inside an engine. As such, it is in your best interest to retain viscosity, which requires that your oil stays cooler than pop-up headlights in the nineties (difficult, but doable, we think). As I already made clear in my last post, we are here to help!

What’s Included?

For those of you that may be unaware, we have been hard at work in developing a direct-fit 2016 Camaro oil cooler, and are nearing the end of the process. This is all well and good, but I want to give you all more detail on what we will be providing.

At Mishimoto, when we say something is “direct-fit”, we take that very seriously. We have designed a set of brackets and hoses that will allow one of our devout 25-row oil-to-air heat exchangers to bolt up to the front clip of your sixth-gen SS flawlessly and with ease, but without inhibiting the functioning of any factory 2016 Camaro parts whatsoever. The kit will tap into the factory oil system utilizing an M22 sandwich plate between the oil filter and the engine block, and will be available in silver or black, and thermostatic or non-thermostatic options.

Wait, Thermo-what?

Thermostatic kits incorporate a thermostat into the sandwich plate that opens when the oil temperature reaches 185 degrees Fahrenheit (or ~82 degrees Celsius), allowing hot oil to flow to our 2016 Camaro oil cooler, which significantly lowers those temperatures and returns the oil to the sandwich plate. Once the overall temps drop back to optimal levels, the thermostat closes and keeps the oil isolated within the factory system, until it gets hot enough again to warrant another trip to the front bumper for some more chill time. The thermostatic 2016 Camaro parts are ideal for the ultimate daily driver, offering a great compromise between performance cooling and daily-driven practicality.

For those of you whose cars see primarily high-performance conditions, it might make sense to cut out the middle-man and keep that stuff flowing through the cooler at all times – for these conditions, the non-thermostatic 2016 Camaro oil cooler generally makes more sense.

Now that we know what we’re working with, let’s take a peek at some renderings of those brackets so you can see how the kit will bolt up to your other 2016 Camaro parts!


Rendering of the 2016 Camaro SS Oil Cooler in Silver
Rendering of the 2016 Camaro SS Oil Cooler in Silver
Rendering of the 2016 Camaro SS Oil Cooler in Black
Rendering of the 2016 Camaro SS Oil Cooler in Black

Testing Process

Now I’m a very skeptical person myself, and I really love solid data and information to back up seemingly wild claims (for this reason, I tend to avoid major news networks during election season). One of the things I love about working for Mishimoto is that we as a company share those values – data are the number one driver in our development process, and we will not settle for a product that does not perform to our high standards – 2016 Camaro parts are no exception.

In testing our 2016 Camaro oil cooler, consistency is key. We perform a variety of tests in numerous environments – this particular cooler has been dyno-tested at length, and also was put through its paces on the street to dial in the real-world conditions that heat exchanger will see. Additionally, we perform all of our testing using the non-thermostatic oil cooler kit. This ensures that we adequately capture the actual cooling effect of the heat exchanger itself, without clouding the results with the effects of the thermostat opening and closing.

The Data       

These data don’t lie! Check out the testing results of our 2016 Camaro oil cooler, below.

2016 Camaro Parts - Temperature
2016 Camaro Parts – Temperature

As you can see, the Mishimoto 2016 Camaro oil cooler has a significant impact on oil temperatures as compared to factory conditions. Check out the first oil cooler blog post for a refresher on the factory system. One concern that comes with lowered temps, however, is that they tend to come with lower pressure as well (PV=nRT, #amirite?). Well due to the clever internal routing of the oil within our system, our engineers have been able to keep that pressure well within acceptable limits, and very close to OEM spec.

2016 Camaro Parts – Pressure
2016 Camaro Parts – Pressure

And the best part is…

Now that we have released data, I am pleased to say that the time is finally here to launch a discounted pre-sale on this 2016 Camaro oil cooler. For those of you who are interested in making the purchase, we are offering exclusive discounts on these 2016 Camaro parts.

…the Pre-Sale Begins NOW!

Mishimoto’s 2016 Camaro SS Oil Cooler Pre-Sale

Coming Up…

The pre-sale may be on, but we are not finished showing this thing off! Next up, we will be publishing some killer photos of the final production oil cooler kit installed on our very own, beloved 2016 Camaro SS!

Until then, thanks for reading, and enjoy the beginning of what appears to be a wonderful summer!
– Gardiner

2 thoughts on “Gimme Shelter [from high oil temps] – Oil Cooler R&D, Part 2: Testing and Data Analysis”

  1. So oil needs to be at least 212° to boil off any water condensate in the oil, preferably closer to 220°. Furthermore, ideal temps for oil are around 230-260° while racing. Why would you want the oil to be around 165°, as your graph shows?

  2. Hey Kevin, thanks for your question!

    In testing our oil coolers, we do so with the non-thermostatic sandwich plate so that we can get an idea of the core’s raw cooling efficiency without the effects of the thermostat opening and closing. The above chart is a demonstration of that cooling ability.

    Every car is different with regards to oil temperatures. Driving style, ambient temperatures, other modifications, and a host of other variables play into how hot your oil will get, so there’s not necessarily a one-size-fits-all approach to oil cooler temps. Some people are more comfortable operating hotter and closer to the edge, whereas others would prefer to sacrifice a bit of efficiency for peace of mind in having a buffer zone between operating temps and oil degradation temps.

    For this reason, we sell a range of thermostats of varying temperatures so that you can use our thermostatic kit to swap in the one that’s best suited to your application and the temps you’re looking for.

    Hope that answers your question!


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