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    This is why we should all be running a water strainer before the intercooler

    Here are some pictures of a leaky intercooler that had the end tanks cut off of it. The customer was complaining of a leaking intercooler that was only 6 months old.
    He flushed after every ride. He did not however have a water strainer on the water line feeding his intercooler.

    If you take a look at the attached pics you will see small white pieces of shell jammed into the coils, not to mention the sand that fell out. In one of the pics
    you can see a piece of shell stuck right where the leak is, its marked with black marker to show point of leak.

    I'm making this post as I hear about leaky intercoolers all the time and none of these guys are running water strainers.

    It only takes one small piece of a shell, rock, wood , sand, etc. to wear a hole into a fin of these intercoolers. Just imagine the amount of water pressure going
    through here and what a piece of shell will do rattling inside.

    Another thing to consider if you have an obstruction from a piece of shell, sand, wood, etc. and you flush your intercooler after every ride that one passage that is obstructed is not getting flushed, therefore salt water is going to corrode a hole rather quickly.

    I hope this helps you guys out and helps prevent leaking intercoolers in your future!
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    For those interested, I do sell a water strainer in the online store
    http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...oducts_id=1431

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    How much pressure can those handle? I've always been leery of using one because I'm afraid of it breaking and sinking the ski, especially now that I'm running a dedicated line to the IC.

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    I thought of it but most units I have seen that are 1/2" are designed as strainers in front of a pump. Seemed like a easy place for a leak to occur. Groco has a nice metal 1/2" unit for salt water use but its over $100 and rather large. Can not find any details on the pressure the plastic units are rated for.

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    A lot of us have been running the one Jerry has advertised for years with no issues. I installed brass barbs on mine. Lots of skies out there in high 80mph as well, lots of pressure hasnt been an issue.

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    If you get the pressure relief from R&D you make sure to always keep your pressure at 25 psi.
    Thats good for the strainer and for the IC it's self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leendert View Post
    If you get the pressure relief from R&D you make sure to always keep your pressure at 25 psi.
    Thats good for the strainer and for the IC it's self.
    Thats a good idea..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leendert View Post
    If you get the pressure relief from R&D you make sure to always keep your pressure at 25 psi.
    Thats good for the strainer and for the IC it's self.
    Something cool n new I was not aware of. Did you get one directly from R&D, or through the store?

    Time for me to add one & some new brass barbs.

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    Thanks for the link bud! Just when you think there is nothing left to buy

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