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Old 03-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Intercooler question

I recently bought an SVT and Im piecing together a turbo kit using a roush turbo manifold and gt2871r. Im looking at 250-300 hp as the goal.

I want a stealthy look with the intercooler, so I picked up a procharger intercooler that actually mounts horizontally between the radiator and transmission.

My question, is by doing this intercooler (guessing at around 12-15 psi to reach my goal) am I hurting performance much by havint his style intercooler verses an "in your face" Front mount? It does have a flap that hangs down to help direct airflow to it, plus i was thinking or maybe adding a type of funnel to it as well, but thats an afterthought.

What do you more experienced turbo/intercooler guys think?


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Dont do it they didnt cool well at all , do a front mount , 99% of the people wont even see it and it will cool a LOT better

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if your that worried about people seeing the intercooler, you can always paint it black
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And depending on the angle, behind the bumper there is a 31x18x3
IC. To those wondering yes I'm changing my bumpers to SVT's...

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Ok, then it moves on to:

Intercooler style.

I know most people have intercoolers that are long and piping exits/enters on opposite ends, like this one:




I, however, to make life easier on me, want it to enter and exit both on the same side, (drivers side) like this intercooler:



Now, fitment/space is not an issue, so please dont bring it up.

What I am curious to know, though, is...is one style more efficient then the other? I thought I recalled reading somewhere that the shorter distance across the fins, but spread out more, was more efficient then traveling long distance through a narrow core...

What do you guys think??

My third option, is a long narrow intercooler that has a 180* on the one end and doublts back to the drivers side underneath the intercooler.
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I was wondering the same thing today about the one sided intercooler
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Should be more efficient than the regular one, you will want the IC with the shortest pipe possible.
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From the testing I have done its a toss up ,

The Horizontal one has more cooling effect because its longer and air travels more distance which allows for longer time for cooling

The vertical ones cool as good because there are more bars the air goes through but less time there traveling

I wouldnt worry there both going to do a good job

I have said this many times before making the air go through the IC by boxing it in will get you more cooling even if you only do a 2 inch plate all the way around the cooler

Air is going to take the path of lease resistance and thats going around the cooler not through so help make it go through for the best cooling

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