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Old 07-01-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Any intercooler better than no intercooler?

This is not for a miata persay, at least for now, but was wondering if a small TMIC would be better than just pipe from the turbo to the IM? This is considering the pipe will be going over the engine.
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As long as the intercooler is getting some sort of airflow then yes, anyone is better then none. If it sees no airflow it'll just become heatsoaked and be useless.
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It is possible - at least on a very large engine with a very small intercooler - to get an IC so small its restriction outweighs its cooling benefits. Generally getting something that mismatched is a kind of badness you'd have to try to get there, like using a Saab sidemount intercooler on a twin turbo V8.
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Yes, any intercooler is better than a hot pipe.

My little BEGi Cartech piece looked like it wasn't going to do much, but I saw pretty low IATs, never more than 20* above ambient. It was a front mount, but you can work out some ducting for a top mount.
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