Thread: Metal Intercooler Plumbing
01-14-2008, 10:40 AM #1
Metal Intercooler Plumbing
Need some help/advice on what to do for my intercooler plumbing. Currently I have the silicon plumbing that piranha supplies with their intercooler kit. I want to make my own aluminum/metal plumbing for two reasons: I don't want the silicon plumbing to expand under boost and I don't like the way it fits at all. The silicon pipes donít hold a round shape like the plumbing should IMO.. Also where the silicon slides onto the SC end is pretty sloppy and is a boost leak waiting to happen.. Iíd also like to include a BOV flange on the one pipe.
Who here has made their own intercooler plumbing, what size pipes, what type of material did you use, and what where is the best place to get mandrel bends & pipes??
I'll also need silicon adapters for the metal plumbing, where can these be bought?
Any help is much appreciated!
01-14-2008, 10:47 AM #2
I have been looking and you can get most of the stuff you need on EBAY. There is also HP to be gained from switching to aluminum pipe do to heat transfer.
01-14-2008, 10:48 AM #3
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Ebay has intercooler install kits for hondas etc.
Silicone intakes for adapters.
01-14-2008, 06:05 PM #4
01-14-2008, 06:57 PM #5
Great site, thanks! Now where does everyone buy the pipe & bends?
01-14-2008, 07:52 PM #6
I used a 4" and 7" aluminum pipe 2.75 dia. (same as Riva's setup). Off the S/C 2.75 coupler to 4" pipe to 45 deg. 2.75/3.0 bending reducer to x/s or ebay I/C. Off the S/C 2.75 45 deg. elbow to 7" pipe to 45 deg. 2.75/3.0 bending reducer to I/C. Looks good and is solid! No leaks...here are the sites if you have any questions hit me up. Rick
01-14-2008, 08:00 PM #7
Keep in mind that the bigger the pipes the more lag you will have, I know it is no big deal with the S/C. But the bigger the pipes the more volume you will have but you will have less volicty. I have a 300 HP 300zx that has 2.25 inch piping. With that in mind..... A stock Honda f12x wich is 165 HP has a 1 3/4 piping. I would use a 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pipe set up. As far as buying the pipe bends, go with a mandel bend, I got mine from a local auto parts suppiler, (Parts Depot, Bumper to Bumper). For some additional ideas check out this post.....
01-14-2008, 09:22 PM #8
food 4 thought you can use the silcone hose as a template for the aluminum ones
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