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      05-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #1
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What's the biggest intercooler in the market?

I was considering to buy hpf fmic, but now hpf vanished

can some one tell me what's the biggest fmic in the market ?
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in terms of size? "bigtom" or godspeed intercoolers are pretty huge.



guess which one it is.
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Plug and Play it's probably the ETS 7" (By volume).
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in terms of size? "bigtom" or godspeed intercoolers are pretty huge.



guess which one it is.
i know big tom fmic, it require a lot of work to fit

thanx
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Plug and Play it's probably the ETS 7" (By volume).
thanx, ill check
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Plug and Play it's probably the ETS 7" (By volume).
I think ours is a bit bigger, 7" is 20x5.75x7.125" & the 5" is 20x5.75x5"
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You shouldnt buy an intercooler because its big, theres more to it than overall size.
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Here's Helix next to AMS. (Helix is the taller one)

AMS has roughly the same frontal area as ETS 7, VRSF 7, Dinan. Helix is taller and has more frontal surface area, requires no cutting, and has been proven to cool the best with low pressure drop.

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Go with the Active Race. The cutting is minimal, people act like its a big deal but its actually nothing. The quality, welds, and detail is fantastic.



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Can u tell me the dimensions of Active Race
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You shouldnt buy an intercooler because its big, theres more to it than overall size.
Big is the most important thing specially when running high boost
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I rarely ever hear anything about ER FMIC. Are they not that good compared to the rest? I was told ER fmic is pretty awesome when I was in the market and ended up getting it. Now i never hear anyone say anything about them lol. I hope I made a good choice!
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I rarely ever hear anything about ER FMIC. Are they not that good compared to the rest? I was told ER fmic is pretty awesome when I was in the market and ended up getting it. Now i never hear anyone say anything about them lol. I hope I made a good choice!
I have one and runs neck and neck IAT with my buddies helix (Exaxt same set up as me -minus RB's. Both are great.
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Big is the most important thing specially when running high boost
Not always.....exspeacially with this platform where boost is 17-22psi (Oem/RB) if the core is to big you could get pressure drops ect..
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Big is the most important thing specially when running high boost
Big surface area in the front face of the intercooler is more important than the overall volume.
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Big is the most important thing specially when running high boost
Big surface area in the front face of the intercooler is more important than the overall volume.
Yes and no. The bigger the frontal area, the more you block the radiator and the jotter your engine runs. You have to find the right balance between the two.
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I rarely ever hear anything about ER FMIC. Are they not that good compared to the rest? I was told ER fmic is pretty awesome when I was in the market and ended up getting it. Now i never hear anyone say anything about them lol. I hope I made a good choice!
I have one and runs neck and neck IAT with my buddies helix (Exaxt same set up as me -minus RB's. Both are great.
Thanks for the feedback my man. I was getting a lil worried . Much appreciated!
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A large intercooler is only as good as the ambient air entering the face of the intercooler. If you have dead spots above the intercooler where air isn't traveling through, you're going to let poorly cooled air flow through the intercooler and mix with the cooled air, countering the effects.

Covering too much of the radiator can also prevent the radiator/ac condenser from cooling down effectively.
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Wont those big ass FMIC give you huge pressure by volume issues? Idk I have had ER FMIC for three years works great and Berk Tech uses it on there race car.
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Big is the most important thing specially when running high boost
There is such a thing as too big though...

There are more important details to an intercooler:

End Tank Design
Frontal Surface Area (useable)
Fin Pack Design
Charge Rows
Core Quality and Efficiency
Pressure Drop
Fitment
Price
Where it's made
Integrity
Weld Quality
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Bigger is not always better, you could buy a massive ic on ebay for cheap, doesnt mean its going to outperform a quality fmic thats slighty smaller.
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good thread on intercoolers

http://***********.com/showthread.ph...rcooler-Design

good thread on intercooler design.
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