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Old 12-31-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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Question just a quick question.

would you get anything out of a intercooler without having a turbo?...i meen in theory the air going into the car would be colder thus giving you more horse power right?


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theoretically yes, but it would be so minimal it wouldn't be worth it, not to mention that you'd be slower w/ the added weight.
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yea i wouldn't think that i would give a big boost of power but it would be like having a CAI without having to worry about hydro locking. (if you had a SRI)
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the IC would pose as a restriction and
you will loose CFM and VE will decrease with the end result -> loss of power.
the IC typicaly drop a few psi.
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??????...pleas explain?
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You engine would have to work harder to suck the air through all of that piping...NOT worth it even with "colder" temps
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thanks guys that's all i wanted to know.
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IC's have internal drag to aid in the heat exchange, but this is not a problem with FI because say in an simplistic world an IC has a 2psi drop and you runnning ~8psi of boost your total boost is 6psi still well over 100% VE.
NOw with that same IC on a N/A setup the 2psi of loss will not benefit.instead of the air "flowing"in the cylinders it now has to be "sucked" in.

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this is a great start to understanding the complexities of turbos.


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thanks that did help!
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An air to air intercooler can only cool air to the temperature of the air passing over the core, and if that happens to be the same temp. as your intake air there would be no temp. drop at all.

Now a water to air or some other media that has a higher latent heat of evaporation will cool the intake air, but like stated it will pose a reduction in throttle response and possibly lower the total output of the engine.

Just have to remember that an air to air can never cool below the temp of the ambient air and you'll be fine.
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