Thread: Riva Intercooler or XS
05-21-2008, 06:40 PM #1
Riva Intercooler or XS
Which Intercooler is better? I know the RIVA IC's go bad every few years, but is that from salt water? If Iam in Ohio I shouldnt see that right. I have the RRFPR, X-SC, Riva Rear Exhaust, 15/20 Imp etc. Which one would be better
05-21-2008, 06:44 PM #2
Just go Riva if money and budget is not a big deal.
05-21-2008, 06:45 PM #3
I will go with which ever one shows the most gains. Also, I have the Riva Air Intake, there has to be a better one out there. Where can I get one?
05-21-2008, 06:54 PM #4
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go with a proven winner, not a cheap knock off.
not flushing IC and heavy salt water use seem to be the accurate demise of the Riva cores. I know the Riva (vortech) cores are tested to 70psi from the pump. in most cases you are not near that.
Riva or Piranha, your choice if monies allow......
05-21-2008, 07:00 PM #5
05-21-2008, 07:41 PM #6
Anyhow, PR is correct about the salt water. And he's also right in inferring the XS is the lower budget setup compared to the others. Some swear that the XS performs as good as Riva's cooler (SleeplessnMS and his crew come to mind first) and others believe the Riva has a slight advantage.
05-21-2008, 07:43 PM #7
I didnt buy the Riva solely because so many had problems with them leaking. In fresh and salr water. Plus they wont stand behind them if they do develop a leak. If I rode in salt water I would go for the Piranha setup.
05-21-2008, 07:43 PM #8
XS is definately the best bang for the buck!! I been running one for over 112 hours in salt water with a groco filter and it's been trouble free.
05-21-2008, 08:33 PM #9
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No neglect and abuse will ruin anything over time and salt water is VERY corrosive, but there have been RIVA IC's that leaked on fresh water riders. Vern comes to mind, and I don't think he is one to not take care of his stuff. Like jtskier11 said the amount of failures of the Riva and the price of the IC just steered me away. There have been a couple XS IC's leaking come up but I have only heard of 2 and they were in salt water conditions and I don't think the guys knew you had to flush them. If I were to have an IC leak and need to replace it's nice knowing that by having the XS IC Im not out $1500. I can get a new XS IC for just over $100.
In all honesty if I had to choose and $$$ was not an issue I'd get the Pirhana IC. The core is anodized and it comes with a very nice bracket and silicone pipes. Performance of it from what I've heard matches the Riva. If I can save up enough $$$ and get some other mods done first I will switch to the Piranha IC.
05-21-2008, 08:46 PM #10
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