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Old 07-17-2007, 09:53 AM   #1
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Universal Intercooler Piping?

I'm just wondering if anybody is using one of the ebay universal intercooler piping kits. Like item #120140780573.
How good are they? Other than the fact that it'd be 2.5" turbo to tb instead of 2" turbo to ic 2.5" ic to tb piping is just piping right? Or should I steer clear and have someone custom make it?
Also what effects will running straight 2.5" pipe turbo to tb have on the boost if any?

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if you get the universal you will still need some one to custom make it for you set up. cutting and welding that pipe to get it to fit.
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:58 AM   #3
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Well my father and I can cut and weld it as needed. He just doesn't have access to a pipe bender in his shop so we can't do it from scratch. I guess I'm more worried about the quality of the kits, I don't know if anyone has an experience with how good the materials they use are. And the effect the 2.5" would have, if any, on the boost.
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Can you weld aluminium as well ? Because it looks like it's made of it...
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i dont see it steering you wrong if you can weld it. I have contemplated a kit like that but i need 3 different sizes so it wouldnt work out economically.
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I should be able to get it welded with no problems, going to use a 3" section for the MAF housing and weld in an adapter for the BOV. Since you guys seem to think the quality will be fine. The only other thing I'm curious about is the effect of the size of the pipe on boost...I pretty sure Tom likes to do 2" from the turbo to the intercooler, then 2.5" from the intercooler to the throttle body. But why is this? Does it help the turbo build up boost faster having the 2" section? Then the 2.5" helps the cooled charge air flow less restricted into the engine? Kind've just shooting off the top of my head here with this answers so I hope I don't sound like a dope.
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it is suppose help with pressure drop through the piping.

i bought ebay piping for a few parts of my kit and they are great. but i didnt buy the whole universal kit. i just used the individual peaces you can buy.
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Thank you tls_bmx I couldn't remember the term, pressure drop. Just did a little searching on it...looks like I might be better off looking for someone to just make me up a 2"->2.5" kit.
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yeah if you had to build your own i think the cheapest way to go would be to do a lot of measuring and figure out what angles and how much straight you need and buy them one peace at a time. instead of buying the universal and not having enough of one kind and to much of another. then having to buy another kit just to get those and 2 kits for the different sizes, lol.
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also if your going to do it do it with stainless steel. It polishes better, last longer, and retains heat better than aluminum.
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