birdman24
(Member)
07/09/18 05:42 PM
Intercooler core

Does anyone know how thick of an intercooler core we can install on our cars? Also will a JDM bumper make a significant difference in that measurement versus a stock bumper?

I know James Foster has a custom 4.5" on his car, has anyone done a 5 inch thick core?


slugsgomoo
(god hates stupid people)
07/09/18 06:41 PM
Re: Intercooler core

The US bumper gives a bit more room to be honest- for JDM front, I think you're looking at cutting/trimming once you're past 3.5" thick. I'd have to look at mine, but I'm pretty sure the slats/urethane actually touch the core, and mine is 3.5" thick (28x10.5x3.5)

If you go over 10.5" tall, the intercooler will hang below the bumper, and you'll get made fun of, ask me how I know


birdman24
(Member)
07/09/18 07:48 PM
Re: Intercooler core

Lol 10.5" height noted!

Thanks for the reply. The 4.5" on James car fits behind his JDM front. Maybe they trimmed the insides of the slats until it would fit.

I'm currently torn between purchasing a 4" or 5". Is the 5" necessary, maybe not but if it helps with intake temps and I'm not heat soaking it like I was my 24"x8"x3.5" then I'll be happy.


slugsgomoo
(god hates stupid people)
07/10/18 11:53 PM
Re: Intercooler core

What's your power goal, and what are you going to use the car for?

To me, the law of diminishing returns plus the cooling issues with the radiator make me hesitant to go big with the front mount.


birdman24
(Member)
07/20/18 02:41 PM
Re: Intercooler core

Power goal is north of 700 to the wheels. I'll be drag racing the car along with road racing, street duty as well from time to time.

I decided to go with an ETS 4" core. Trimming of the JDM front is necessary in two areas especially if it's an RS bumper.

I definitely understand you're cooling system concerns. I feel that the scirocco radiator and shrouded flex-lite fan setup I have will keep the temps under control. I'll find out in a few weeks



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