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Old 07-17-2014, 09:55 PM
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Aftermarket Intercoolers

Lots of options out there, but not a lot of info. I'm having issues managing EGTs while towing through the mountains and foothills of BC and AB; an intercooler is part of the plan to get things right.

There really doesn't seem to be a side-by-side comparison of what does what best. even finding just the core dimensions can be difficult. I'm trying to narrow it down to an intercooler that will significantly lower EGTs without starving the radiator of cool air. Without knowing how well each intercooler cools and flows, as well as how much it disrupts & heats the airflow to the rad, it's made it difficult to shop.

I get no one here can do a side-side comparison, but who's running what, and what has it done for your EGTs, radiator effectiveness, power, etc. Cost is a factor I'll weigh later so I don't want to read how one or the other is the best bang for the buck... best cooling & flow vs. restricting the radiator is my biggest concern.

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I have the banks technicolor and like it. Fit is great but I cannot really say if it does anything for performance. Maybe lowers EGT by 100*.
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Did it affect your cooling system?
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I'm running a spearco intercooler and noticed very little when swapping to it. My cooling system was not affected. However, I would not recommend an IC right now if you're stock. You will see better gains in a billet wheel for your stock turbo. You could do a ported intake manifold too. Both of these options will give you lower EGTs than an intercooler will and costs less too.
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Lots of options out there, but not a lot of info. I'm having issues managing EGTs while towing through the mountains and foothills of BC and AB; an intercooler is part of the plan to get things right.
With you truck being stock, I am a little surprised you are having heat issues. What temps are you seeing and under what parameters? Obviously you can run into issues with load, grade, altitude and speed (driving style), but you should be able to keep it in 5th at 50-60 mph using tow/haul to keep the RPM up and temps down going up grades.
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With you truck being stock, I am a little surprised you are having heat issues. What temps are you seeing and under what parameters? Obviously you can run into issues with load, grade, altitude and speed (driving style), but you should be able to keep it in 5th at 50-60 mph using tow/haul to keep the RPM up and temps down going up grades.
Most recent adventure - 17k combination, 55-65 mph, tow haul, 6-8% grades, 3.73s, 35 inch tires, 90f temps. Most of the time the temps stayed in the 1100-1250 range, but I don't like sitting in that bracket for up to 5 minutes at a time. Occasionally the temps spiked as high as 1350 halfway up the 7 and 8 % grades and I was forced to reduce my speed significcantly. One hill in particular I had to do 45 mph in a 75mph zone in order to keep the heat acceptable.

Previous mountain tow was in april running only a 14k combination. Ambient temp was around 0. Temps hit 1300 up a 7% grade at 70mph.

I am running a BPD oil cooler and do suffer stiction issues. But I can't imagine the oil cooler hampering my intercooler that much unless my intercooler is full of the CCV crud again.

Windrunner - This will be one of several upgrades including turbo, exhaust, FICM&PCM programming, etc.
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changing your gear ratio will help a lot run 4:10-4:30's with your 35's
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do the 4:30's and skip the 4:10's, I did the 4:10's on it really wasn't worth the money in the end, If your gone a tow with it, do the 4:30 and that should help a lot with egts.
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What altitude are you running at? Here at 6000' plus I can get 1400* just getting on the highway.
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Calgary is about 3,600' and it only gets higher as you move into the mountains towards BC, so he will see varying terrain about as you would see in mid-southern Colorado & New Mexico. The foothills on the west side are considerably lower and the time at higher altitude is less than in Colorado.
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