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Old 07-30-2006, 04:49 PM   #1
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Is this possible to slap in a intercooler with all the trimmings? Im curious about putting on in my car because of the extreme temperatures this summer and for better performance. On ZZ'* site they said that it would add anywhere from 30-40 WHP. I found that to be quite interesting. Also my temperature has been running over the 200'* today and i was wondering what the best radiator cap is best for our car? I think we may have jacked it up last weekend when we put in the new coolant. Anyways, any posts would be great,

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An intercooler is made for a vehicle with a power adder such as a turbo or supercharger.
It is dead weight for a non-boosted application.
The closest thing to an intercooler for a N/A car is Nitrous oxide.
I'd suggest a slightly cheaper/safer mod that get'* the intake temps down -a Fender Well Intake or a good Cold Air Intake with heat shielding.
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Wow im a newb. should have known better but is there anything else that cold get my TEMPS lower then a 200? I have added a CIA w/out heatshield and a 180 stat. What else is ideal for this?
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Here'* why an intercooler won't work on NA engine.

There are 2 typical types of intercoolers:
air to air: after the intake air is compressed (which creates heat) it is routed through a radiator core that has ambiant temp air rushing through the vanes, taking heat from the intake air with it. In a perfect air to air intercooler, your intake air will be ambiant temp when it exits, but obviously it'* not perfect.

air to water: after the intake air is compressed it is routed through a radiator core that has coolant or some other fluid rushing through the vanes, taking heat from the intake air with it. The fluid then goes through another radiator core where it dumps heat into ambaint temp air... a lot like air to air, but there is a middle man.



In an NA engine, your intake air is already ambiant temp. Now, you can increase an intercooler'* efficiancy by spraying the core with cold water or something along those lines, which would be necessary for an NA engine to cool the intake air more than it already is.
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Well upon reviewing your post. Did you keep the antifreeze/water ratio at 50/50? If you added more water than antifreeze, it'll make the car run warmer.

You said that you installed a CAI but has no heatshield, it is essentially a HAI (Hot Air Intake) For maximum efficency of the CAI, it has to have a heatshield blocking the hot air from the engine bay. I don't think it'* possible for you to get the air temps very low, it'll still be heated but cooler than before the mods. Now how to make a heatshield, just use the search function and type in "heatshield". That'll help keep the air temps a bit lower than before and if you have a ricer pipe, it may be a good idea to wrap the pipe with heat reflecting material. Again, just look in the search for how to make a heatshield.

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I think your best bet would be make a heat sheild for for current cold air intake or buy a Fender Well Intake like one Intense-racing.com offers for our cars.

A intercooler would just be a restriction to the air flow.


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