Laminova Assembly Instructions

On this page we show you detailed Laminova Assembly Instructions. If you need to do any maintenance, rebuild after engine failure (don’t forget to check oil hoses for debris) or if you are building a Laminova from components you may find this page a useful resource. This is the ‘Laminova Assembly Instructions’ page that helps anyone to do it right first time. If you want to know how to install a Laminova oil cooler on your car read this article.

During the assembly process you may want to fit a plug or restrictor in the coolant flow of the core, do so before any assembly work has begun. The plugs are a tight fit or even have a lightly serrated edge. You only need to fit one plug into the core.

Push the plug in until it is fully home. You may tap the plug in to place whilst taking care not to damage the core or plug. Once done, it is the end of the core with the plug fitted that is installed so the coolant flow is against it. In a top hose it will be on the engine side and in the bottom hose it will be on the radiator side – this is important.

Read our Laminova performance graphs for flow and temperature drop information to help you decide if you need a plug.

Tools you will certainly need when following the Laminova assembly instructions:

  • T25 Torx driver
  • T30 Torx driver
  • Vice
  • Clean work area

In addition to the above list I would always use new composite gaskets for the water connections and replace all four O rings. Two O rings used on the coolant ports and two O rings used on the oil ports.

Laminova Assembly Instructions

1. Have a clean work area, ideally a bench with a vice to hold the Laminova.


2. Hold the Laminova Housing in the vice in a horizontal position. Apply some card or similar material to the vice jaws to ensure the Laminova isn’t marked by the vice jaws. It is important to ensure the anodised finish is not damaged.

laminova assembly instructions housing in vice


3. Laminova Assembly Instructions. Check the core is clean and free from debris, these cores should always be kept in a protective wrapping such as bubble wrap or plastic whilst in storage. I do not wrap the core in any cloth or fibrous material when storing to avoid the risk of particles from the cloth getting caught in the cooling fins and impeding the oil flow. Look at the core from the end and you will see two slots are wider than the others. The large slots are on opposite sides of the core.

slots in laminova core


4. When inserting the core into the housing be sure to line up the large slots with the oil chambers in the housing. The core is held in place by the large O rings fitted into the Water connectors, so do not worry that the core will be free to rotate once assembled. It is important to get this right.

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5.  Gently slide the core into the housing until it has the same small amount protruding from each end. The core is OK to rest in place, once the water connections have been fitted the core is held firmly in place.

laminova core in housing lined up 600


6. Carefully fit the composite gasket over the machined end of the core until it meets the fins. Be sure the core and gasket line up with the end of the housing.

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7. Water connection – check the machined O ring recess is clean and clear of any debris or foreign matter.

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8. Insert the large O ring into the machined recess in the water connection / port. Take care to ease it into the water connection and be sure it sits evenly all round.

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9. Carefully fit the water connection onto the end of the core, the O ring will be a tight fit. Lightly wiggle it on and do not use excess force as this may result in damaging the O ring. You could apply a light covering of Vaseline grease to the O ring. It is not unusual to have a couple of attempts because these are a tight fit.

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10. Slide the core with the water connection fitted to the end into the housing until the gasket is against the housing face. Line up the bolt holes.

laminova-water-port-against-housing


11. Apply a couple of drops of light oil to each bolt. Insert the four M6 Torx head bolts into the water connection and hand start them into the threads. Note, if this is a new unused housing there will not be any threads and you will need to tighten the bolts into the housing (preformed holes) and they will cut threads as they go. You will need a T30 Torx bit for these bolts. Tighten to 12Nm

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12. Repeat Laminova Assembly Instructions steps 5 to 7 for the other water connection.


13. Oil connection – check the machined O ring recess is clean and clear of any debris or foreign matter.

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14. Fit one of the smaller O rings into the recess grove on the face of the oil connector.

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15. Place the oil connector over the oil hole on the top of the housing and line up the two holes with the threads for the bolts to go into.

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16. Apply a couple of drops of light oil to each bolt. Insert the two M5 Torx bolts and hand start the threads and tighten both sides down equally. Note, if this is a new unused housing there will not be any threads and you will need to tighten the bolts into the housing (preformed holes) and they will cut threads as they go. You will need a T25 Torx bit for these bolts. Tighten to 6Nm.

laminova-oil-port-bolted-up


17. Repeat Laminova Assembly Instructions steps 9 to 11 for the other oil connection.


If you follow the Laminova Assembly Instructions as shown above your Laminova oil cooler should now be ready for installation to your vehicle.

Parts Diagram

This is an exploded line drawing of a Laminova oil cooler and may be a useful reference whilst following the Laminova Assembly Instructions steps shown above. The line drawing is supplied by Think Automotive and slightly reworked so we can display it here. Click on it for a full screen image that makes it a little easier to view.

laminova assembly instructions

I hope you find the Laminova Assembly Instructions page useful.

If you need any parts for your Laminova oil cooler you should contact Think Automotive.