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Intercooler comparison, side by side
Hello, members and 6.0 powerstroke owners.
Members know me from building turbos but this thread is not going to be a sell pitch for them but to help all turbo make power efficiently. I did started turbo building a while back and have been busy so I have not been able to do the things I like to do the most, which is testing, side by side comparison, to help out other 6.0 powerstroke owners, and give them some information to help them make a decision on products for their trucks.
Now that I finally have gotten my test truck back, I can start to do the testing I wanted to.
I will be comparing as many air intercooler as I can, how do I plan to do it? here is the plan, I will be doing real testing, I will be welding some buns to my intercooler pipes to fit air temp probes in them. One probe will be installed just before intercooler and the other right after intercooler. I will be using stock intercooler first and collect the data on temp. differences. Later I will be switching to other intercoolers, Banks first since I have that one now, then Spearco, and so on. The intercooler pipes will remain the same as with the turbo,and intake as to keep this as even as possible.
I believe aftermarket intercoolers do make difference, but don't know for sure. It would be nice to know if the intercooler makes a difference or even worth it before spending money on one. Other then the stock intercooler made with plastic end caps, does it do the same job as a aftermarket one? I know that the cooler the air charge going into the engine, which is also giving you dense air, which means it has more oxygen it will produce more power. But what I don't know is how much better do after market intercoolers work and which one is better. I also know that this is going to be on my truck so some results may be different depending on combination of parts on other trucks, but will give some sort of in site of efficiency of the intercooler.
There are other reasons for the testing I will be doing but I will not go into that yet. This is a first of many threads I plan on starting with some really crazy things I have plan. I enjoy doing this sort of stuff for my own knowledge and to help others. I will not be doing dyno testing with the intercoolers since I don't have a dyno that is available to me, but as stated before the cooler charge will equal more power.