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air2air or water2air intercoolers...

Discussion in 'Forced Induction' started by B16AT, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. B16AT

    B16AT Junior Member

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    So yea...just what the title says. I like the water-to-air because 1) i haven't seen anyone with it around here at any show or meet, and 2) it's basically sleeping without seeing a big ass air-to-air intercooler in the front. The only way you'd know i was boosting is when you hear the blow-off valve.
     
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    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    air to water is more efficient, but requires more plumbing(for water), an heat exchanger, and water pump. personally i would use a a2w on a honda mainly for shorter intake plumbing.
     
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    [Freemantle] Senior Member

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    Why don't you run a one-shot intercooler? Few people run those on the street.

    Honsetly, if you don't want people to see your intercooler, design a bottom mount configuration and make a scoop.
     
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    what are your plans for the car? because for driving around town and as a daily driver in general, an air to water IC is going to be a pain in the balls and overall not worth the extra work- if you're going to make this a quarter mile only car, then by all means, use air to water- but for around town driving, nothing beats an air to air unit
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    sirkid (jody) has an air/water setup.

    air/water are more efficient than air/air, because they cool with no air flow (ie, not moving) as well.

    IMO, for a street car, the air/air is plenty.

    a lot of drag cars use air/water, because they can put ice in the exchager to cool the chrage even more than just the water can.

    if you're looking for a sleeper, hook up a geo. everyone thinks hondas are either uber fast or uber slow. there's just too many of them now
     
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    good idea...this is a weekend racer not so much a daily driver
     
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    NotUrAverage_Si Senior Member

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    I'd know just by the smell of your exhaust gases.
     
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    tru^ lol but what gives more power a/a or a/w ?and whats the differ in price
     
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    Slo86GT Super Moderator

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    I lub my a/w intercooler. :p
     
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