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inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby hairyuk » 08 Sep 2009, 00:01

hi i've got a van with a aaz engine in it and was wondering about intercooling. the way i understand it is that by cooling the air after its been through the turbo charger it condenses it therefore allowing more air to be forced into the engine. my question is, isnt that the same as turning up the boost on the turbo charger and just as likely to blow the head gasket.
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Re: inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby jamesc76 » 08 Sep 2009, 07:14

No popular mistake the intorcooler is to cool the air which has been heated up loads by the turbo, not to condense it as such but to cool it hense inter cooler
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Re: inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby Titus A Duxass » 08 Sep 2009, 07:38

The intercool does cool the air as James said and by cooling the air you are actually condensing it so you are both right.
I don't know about blowing the head gasket but the T3 design does not make the installation easy.

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Re: inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby silverbullet » 08 Sep 2009, 10:30

Have a word with Tim Shettle (vw nerd) as he had to remodel inside the rear end of his V6 Alpine turbo monster, but the i/c lives (roughly) in the n/s air box. The turbo does have a shroud and electric cooling fan to help it live, mind.
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Re: inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby toomanytoys » 08 Sep 2009, 19:45

Charge cooler is a more effective solution to intake cooling as it can be mounted easily in the pipework.. its more costly as it needs a rad at the front and a coolant circulation pump too... but having seen Harrymann's and PC52's charge cooler set ups.. they work a treat...
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Re: inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby andysimpson » 08 Sep 2009, 21:01

there is a proper 4 core charge cooler on flea bay at the moment, thats the best there is
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Re: inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby jimmypatch » 16 Sep 2009, 13:28

Like for like a chargecooler is said to be 4 times more efficient in cooling than a intercooler. which means you can have a much smaller chargecooler over an intercooler. Ive got a pace charge cooler from an RS turbo . .. Im trying to get it intergrated into my twin turbo scoobyvan.
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Re: inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby silverbullet » 17 Sep 2009, 08:40

Have to agree - there is a great book if you want to learn too much on the subject. I think it's called "Automotive Forced induction" by an Aussie fella with a surname like Armstrong or Alexander. It's considered to be the bible by those in the know. Money well spent. :ok
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Re: inter coolers/ charge coolers

Postby jebiga41 » 28 Oct 2009, 18:11

F*** your Syncro Westie I've a horse outside !
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