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Old 01-11-2007, 11:26 AM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone has ever used a intecooler core just hooked to a bottle of co2. I think this would make a great cooler for the track(wouldn't make much sense any place else) I got to thinking about it after my friend put a cooler ring on his srt4s intecooler. Seems simple in theory but what would happen if the core ruptued and you ingest massive quantities of co2? Would the core freeze itself shut with condensation? I doubt it sitting under the blower. Just thought I'd throw it out to chew on I personally think that the temp drops would be far superior to air/liquid coolers.
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In principle it should work.
However, you need to be careful with where the CO2 exhaust goes.
I have seen tests of the spray bars like your friend has. The before and after dyno numbers showed a significant loss even though the IAT was lower. Why?
The CO2 was flooding the engine bay and being pulled into the intake. CO2 displaces O2, the engine was suffocating.

To make your idea work you would need to run the CO2 out from the IC to the back of the car.
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ive though about that before myself.... but im dont have the tools or the parts needed to do that so i gave up on it... ive seen ppl with the cooler rings on there intercoolers. they seem to work realy well although i have never seen any proof that they actuly do work... but if ya do it let us know how it goes!!!!
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Greyhare my friends kit came with tubing to run it out the back next to one of the exhaust pipes. He wanted to put it infront of the winshield so it would look like a purge valve on a NOS system. the guy who"helped" installed it said that posing to have nitrous was pretty sad. I'm glad one of em was level headed about its placement as for performance it did make a difference when he'd hit the switch i could hear and feel the turbo wind up even faster.

I would try this my self but to gain full benefit from the massive chill some serious tuning skill would be in order. I have niether the abillity or budget so more or less a free idea to somone with a core and a budget for it. Although I think this would be done as an option to water/meth injection due do similar weakneses i.e.bottles/tanks. The massive chill from releasing compessed gas isn't something to pass over so litely IMHO. one thing to keep in mind as the paintball guys cold tell you co2 valves can freeze shut so a 2 tank system with a freeze valve may be in order. unless some one could test it we will never know if its bennefits would outway the cons.
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