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what size intercooler?

Postby M20_fever » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:46 pm

going to be getting an intercooler kit for xmas, any suggestions on which one to get? It will most likely be one of the ebay kits if anyone has experience with those?

It will be used on my SC build, running between 14-17psi if that matters.
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Re: what size intercooler?

Postby Yoshi » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:58 pm

I would just get one of them big ass ebay ones. It's one of the few times where cheap is OK.

The down side to a large intercooler is that it takes longer to fill. But smaller ones won't cool well enough. So you'll get some "lag" from a larger one but I've never seen hard evidence that it amounts to anything.
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Re: what size intercooler?

Postby M20_fever » Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:07 pm

what do you consider big ass? what size are you running? I want whatever I get to fit between the frame rails without having to cut the car up. I would also like to keep the front looking as stock as possible. I was going to open up the oil cooler vent area to one big opening, and relocate the oil cooler.
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Re: what size intercooler?

Postby ss45466 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:56 pm

Alot of the guys on the tech use a 24x12x3 ebay intercooler

I'm using an ebay water to air 9x12x4.5 with a 12x24x1 radiator with a bosch aux waterpump from a mercedes and 3/4 hose run between them.
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Re: what size intercooler?

Postby Yoshi » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:58 pm

yea I think mine is the 24x12x3 one. It'll fit... just takes some love.
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Re: what size intercooler?

Postby M20_fever » Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:49 pm

cool, I can provide a little love. Im not looking to go water/air right now, I think it just adds un needed complexity given the boost pressures Im going to see.

Yoshi, are you using a bar & plate, or tube design?
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Re: what size intercooler?

Postby Yoshi » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:32 pm

a what now? Sorry I'm a bit brain dead at work today.
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Re: what size intercooler?

Postby M20_fever » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:50 pm

the type of intercooler construction, bar & plate or tube. From my reading the bar & plate is more efficient.
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Re: what size intercooler?

Postby Yoshi » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:42 pm

bar and plate iirc.
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