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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Found a way to remotely bypass lower heat exchanger

I located a 3 way 12 volt ball valve that can be remotely operated with a switch. Here's a few pic and a video of the valve operated. Its not completely installed yet so I don't have numbers yet, but Im confident that it will work great, and be the best of both worlds. When its cold out side you can use ambient low temp. and in the wormer days, bypass the heat exchanger and run solely on the killer chiller. Im not going into all the details about installing, but its straight forward and fairly simple, the bracket was the hard part. When I finish the install I'll take pic and post up.


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Here's the video of the valve operating





Here's a link to where I bought the valve


http://www.dultmeier.com/products/search/3493

Its fairly compact and light, its designed for harsh chemicals and decent temp. (I don't remember exactly the temp but its listed on the website I bought it from, as all of the flow details and valve cycle time)
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Just what I'm looking for!! No video tho




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For some reason it only shows up as a blue ?, but if you right click and open in a new page it show up, I don't know what happened there. I'll try again later
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Trust me, it took a long time to find the correct valve, I've been looking for a while.
Kind of a funny story how I found it, I was looking at the local farm and ranch and found close to what I wanted but not quite, so I looked on the net for that brand and located it. The bad part is, that company only sales to resellers or farms. Just so happens I own a const company wit a federal tax id#
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Ok thanks. I was thinking of getting 4 regular ball valves and making my own valve set up




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Being that it's a Three way control valve it shouldn't be hard to find retail. Just look for control valves. There's a company called Thermatrol that sells them.


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I just deleted my heat exchange and completely rely on the killer chiller. Been this way for months and all over the southeast region with no issues.

In the winter run panel/floor or defrost and the KC still works fine. Or days like we have had recently when its 20s in the am just only run heater and don't use kc bc the air is plenty cold enough

In the event of a compressor failure i have a gauge to watch iat2s to know when somethings wrong.
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Being that it's a Three way control valve it shouldn't be hard to find retail. Just look for control valves. There's a company called Thermatrol that sells them.
Post a link, I'm not finding it
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You find all kinds of solenoid valves (expensive), other types as well but not affordable and 12volt with a quick cycle time. Be my guest to find a better resolve in valve type, this was the best option that I could find given my requirements.
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So how is this thing working for you?

Could you post up a hose routing diagram?
I can't seem to visualize it in my head.

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Looks like a nice setup. What was the cost on this valve? and whats the overall dims?

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Anyone PM him yet?

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Sorry for the lack of updates:
the valve is $175, I went with the 1" valve to not impede coolant flow.
I havent quite finished the install yet, but its fairly simple, the 3-way ball valve simply is put in sequence to bypass the bumper mounted heat exchanger in one position and run through it in the other position. Its 12v volt motor operated valve, so with a simple flip of a switch it can be switched to change flow routing. Maybe that will help clarify or confuse even more lol. The idea is to have the best of both worlds, if its cold outside run the coolant through the heat exchanger, if its hot let the Killer Chiller do what its best at, keep the coolant below ambient temps. And it being cold is why I havent gotten off my lazy but and finished it, well that and Im in the process of building a CNC bridgeport Mill and havnt taken the time to finish it. The other thing is I wastn looking forward to laying on my back and antifreeze running down my armpits. I now have a lift installed in my shop so I can finish the installation quick and easy. (all that remains is routing, connecting the hoses and a small amount of electrical.
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Do you plan on hooking it up to the A/C compressor so when it kicks on, the valve turns to bypass the H/E, or a switch?

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So how is this thing working for you?

Could you post up a hose routing diagram?
I can't seem to visualize it in my head.
For the imaginatively challenged, here is the best way too hook it up with one 3-way valve. The absolute best way would be to have one 3-way valve at each junction, but the cost/benefit wouldn't be worth it at $180 a piece.

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I used to do a similar setup with a 3-way manual brass valve and an ice box in the bed of the truck. Works the exact same way, but is $150 less. Not as nifty, but perfect for at the track or those that don't have a KC.

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