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Intercooling Pipework Sizing....??

Discussion in '(Archived) Engine Discussion and Tuning' started by grahams81, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. grahams81

    grahams81 Active Member

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    I'm gonna need to start ordering pipework for making my intercooler pipework soon.

    I've bought a second hand Forge LCR Big Race Intercooler, it came with the crash bar and the silicone pipework.
    So i unpacked it the other day and noticed the pipework isn't forge stuff... it is a mixture of Samco / Unnamed stuff. They seem to slightly different sizes too.

    So due to the position of my turbo i won't be using the pipework...

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    I am also using a SEM Inlet manifold so the throttle body will be on the passenger side.

    I'm thinking of running the turbo to intercooler pipe across the front of the engine and down into the cooler the other side will be similar to the normal Forge intercooler to throttle body.

    The Turbo compressor outlet is 2.5" so i'm guessing this is the size to use for the pipework but i may be wrong.

    Does anyone know what size is optimum for a Big Turbo / any guidelines for intercooler pipework sizing ???

    Many Thanks,

    Graham.
     
  2. tufftybloke

    tufftybloke Badger 5 Edition

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    I know Bill uses 63mm for all the BT conversions he does and on his own Badgerwagon... 70mm maybe an option though but obviously there is a degree of lag induced by going larger which I know you have been working towards sorting out on the exhaust mani you are building...

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  3. underpressure

    underpressure Active Member

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    What size has your TB? I think for top end you would need a larger pipe but the 2.5" help for spooling.

    I would go from turbo -> IC in 2.5" and from IC -> SEM the same dimension as your TB. So you have no bottleneck.
     
  4. westallc

    westallc Active Member

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    im in the same boat was thinking 2.5 from outlet to intercooler ( 76 inlet on cooler) then from (76mm oulet cooler) to throttle body in 76mm

    what do you think of that or would i be best running 2.5 all the way ??
     
  5. ibizacupra

    ibizacupra Jack-RIP my little Friend

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    2.5" is going to flow pretty high hp...
    70mm maybe on your graham perhaps.. (same boat I am in myself.. currently 63mm but thinking maybe 70mm is more appropriate for the power possibilities)

    my TB being 80mm on SEM
     
  6. James.Judd.1

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    I would of thought the opposite.. A larger bore pipe from turbo to cooler and a slight smaller bore from cooler to throttle body.

    The air will be denser post IC..

    Just my 2p
     
  7. grahams81

    grahams81 Active Member

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    Sorry guys forgot about this thread, i think it's cos i have just been doing boring bodywork....

    Thanks to everyone for all the information etc it's give me plenty to think about.

    So i've decided to ditch the Forge Big Race FMIC, don't think its gonna be unto the job and don't want to have to redo all my pipework etc later on / waste money on mapping sessions etc...

    So thinking now about either going with a ProAlloy (lots of recommendations of users on here) or a Precision / Garrett FMIC.
    the only other option i am partly considering is a Charge cooler. Precision also do water to air intercoolers that seem to have a great reputation... i know the whole charge cooler idea is more complex / can be more costly and normally weighs more but i have been researching them.
    The positives on the other hand are the pipework can be kept really short - thus helping response etc.
    Also the Pressure drop on AWIC's is very minimal due to the fact the cores don't restrict the airflow as much as the water is more efficient at transferring heat from the charge air the core doesn't have to slow the air as much to help.

    Gonna look into this a bit more.
     
  8. ibizacupra

    ibizacupra Jack-RIP my little Friend

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    I mapped a race LCR with forge big race on it... it cooled ok.
    I would'nt have used 60mm ends myself on it but it cooled ok
     
  9. ryan_s3

    ryan_s3 Full Member

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    65mm is more than adaquate for 700-800bhp. 75mm needed for 800+.
     
  10. grahams81

    grahams81 Active Member

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    So do you reckon it'll be upto the job then bill ?? If i remember reading right that race lcr you had in was running a gt35 wasn't it ?

    Coolio thanks for the info.
     
  11. styling

    styling Active Member

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    Wagner tuning? Is a great low temperature air

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