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Air To Water Ic

Discussion in 'Forced Induction' started by mattcalica, May 3, 2003.

  1. mattcalica

    mattcalica Senior Member

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    okay, i want to get an air to water intercooler, but i heard they are not good for daily drivers. i was thinking about getting the pwr barrel type. Now, overall, can air-water ic's work just as good as air to air? The only reason i want to go this way is because a lot of cars have been getting ripped off in my area and i wanted to leave my car as stock looking as possible...a big ass intercooler would just give thieves a reason to jack my car.
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    on a street car, you want air/air.

    the only advantage to an air/water is that at the track, you can pack it with ice. however, once ice melts, and water becomes as hot as your engine bay, its not as efficient anymore.

    i think you'll find 1/4 mile draggers running air/water, and street cars running air/air
     
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    Me => :slap: <= Brian

    If you run a front mounted cooler like an oil cooler inline, the Water/Air remains more efficient than an Air/Air all the time.

    I ran my car on a dyno for 2 hours and made 37 pulls. The water in my system ON THE DYNO, never got above luke warm, and on the street with more airflow, I can run it pretty much CONSTANTLY without any heat soak issues.

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    i wasn't aware they made a cooler for the coolers. thats a great idea.

    but then comes cost... an air/water is about the same price as an air/air give or take model/level, and then add another 150+ for the cooler and lines/fittings.... and more leaks to dial out :(
     
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    Only leak I've ever had on mine is because there is a corner that hits my bumper and it rubbed a little too much. Little JB weld fixed that right up.
     
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