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Old 11-02-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Rain probs

Ok my fellow boostedies...I have been having this issue for a while and tried several different things with no avail.. Im sure im not the only one that has this issue so i figure i would turn to my fellow peeps for some help..

So the prob.. every time it rains (in SC) for about 2 days afterwards i cant get into boost because of water in my ic piping. it has to dry out. and causes the car to buck really bad. i me REALLY BAD...

Things i have done. Started by driving easy and trying my hardest not to get into boost when its wet out side. ... nope didnt work

then got one of the aem hydro covers that suppose to repel water.. Nope no change.

then moved my filter from down in front of my tire to up behind my radiator so it was far as i could get off the ground with the hydro shield.. nope no luck there either.

then i moved some stuff and turned the filter up so it was at the top of my motor behind the radiator under the cover for for the radiator (again with the hydro shield) Again no luck.. Im out of ideas other than completely sealing off the filter by making a box but then it will restrict airflow for when its not raining..


HHHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!! please..


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Old 11-02-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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Top mount maybe
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Are you running a water cooled turbo?
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not willing to change my turbo mani.. spent WAY too much on mine.. and no its an oil cooled turbo.
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please post pics of your intake and filter location.
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where is your maf located? the maf getting wet is the problem. i had the same exact problem with mine. its been so many years that i dont remember what i did to fix it
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The problem is the amount of water in the atmosphere during the rain.
The air is saturated with water and when the intercooler drops the temp, even more efficiently because of the liquid water on the surface of the i-cooler, the water will collect out of the air into the intercooler.
It is the same as a cold pop can on a warm humid day. It gets water drops on it immediately. This is the same thing going on in your intercooler.

The problem is the amount of water that is produced is way more than the engine can injest without good atomization and distribution.
Just FYI, major manufactures have the exact same issue without a solution.
The best is to mount the intercooler high with the bottom of the intercooler higher than the throttle body and the piping is downhill...that is not really possible unless you mount the intercooler above the motor in some sort of hood bubble.
The other thing that you may be able to fabricate is small tubed drain (along the lines of 0.10" or less) on the bottom of your intercooler. Basically opening up the drain manually for a few seconds of boost after the rain to get the water out.

Water cooling turbe or filter location (unless you are actually sucking in water) has nothing to do with the physics of the condensation issue.
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The problem is the amount of water in the atmosphere during the rain.
The air is saturated with water and when the intercooler drops the temp, even more efficiently because of the liquid water on the surface of the i-cooler, the water will collect out of the air into the intercooler.
It is the same as a cold pop can on a warm humid day. It gets water drops on it immediately. This is the same thing going on in your intercooler.

The problem is the amount of water that is produced is way more than the engine can injest without good atomization and distribution.
Just FYI, major manufactures have the exact same issue without a solution.
The best is to mount the intercooler high with the bottom of the intercooler higher than the throttle body and the piping is downhill...that is not really possible unless you mount the intercooler above the motor in some sort of hood bubble.
The other thing that you may be able to fabricate is small tubed drain (along the lines of 0.10" or less) on the bottom of your intercooler. Basically opening up the drain manually for a few seconds of boost after the rain to get the water out.

Water cooling turbe or filter location (unless you are actually sucking in water) has nothing to do with the physics of the condensation issue.
that is what exactly going on
move to AZ you won't see any rain here :D :D :D
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