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csosnowski
11-04-2012, 07:58 PM
Does anyone know of an intercooler OEM or otherwise that will handle a turbo larger than stock but not cost more than $100 or? Does such a thing exist?

The reason I ask is I was thinking about some of the MKIV's ive worked on and IIRC their IC core seems thicker than the B5. I could be wrong though.

Attempting an extreme budget sleeper build. So secret even my wife wont know lol.

Seerlah
11-04-2012, 08:12 PM
You have to pay to play. As messed up as that sounds, it's the truth. I'll be selling mine in roughly 2 months, if you are interested. Def will be more than $100, though. And you know when you will be installing that clutch?

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee147/seerlah/DSC03353.jpg

http://s15.postimage.org/n16e6h2i3/DSC03751.jpg

Clutch I sent you is also in this pic [:p]
http://s15.postimage.org/tzf3q5q0b/DSC03698.jpg

shinamura
11-04-2012, 08:25 PM
isn't there that larger side mount intercooler, i forgot what the name of it was, i think you can find it from 034.

shinamura
11-04-2012, 08:26 PM
apikol?

Seerlah
11-04-2012, 08:31 PM
Apikol. There were originally 3 companies that made larger side mounts for our vehicle, that I know of. Apikol, Boost Factory, and Tyrol Sport. My unit is a Boost Factory unit (modified), and Apikol is the same dimensions as mine. Apikol I believe uses a Garrett core, while Boost Factory uses a Bell Intercooler core. When it comes to upgraded side mounts, Apikol has the best price (notice how they are $35 cheaper than 034, and 034 is a distributor?).

http://apikol.com/products-page/b5-a4-96-01/b5-a4-side-mount-intercooler-1997-2001/

coolgraymemo
11-04-2012, 09:48 PM
At what point would an upgraded SMIC (like the Apikol) become inefficient?

Eliminator?

Vierings
11-04-2012, 11:23 PM
At what point would an upgraded SMIC (like the Apikol) become inefficient?

Eliminator?

I'd be interested as well. I'd like to not hack up my from bumper.

Seerlah
11-05-2012, 02:21 AM
If you like to drive in boost a lot, it is not really efficient. But if you like to open her up every now and then, the SMIC is a good option. Otherwise the front mount is just a better option. My old setup ran really hot, so I would see IATs around 17x* in the summer. When I switched my setup, I would see around 15x* degree IATs (F). But this was with me contatntly driving in boost and only letting letting the intercooler cool down in area I could not boost (ie residnetial areas) or I was already up to speed. This was on a GT2871R ran at 19-21psi.

M-Hood
11-05-2012, 06:25 AM
Apikol. There were originally 3 companies that made larger side mounts for our vehicle, that I know of. Apikol, Boost Factory, and Tyrol Sport. My unit is a Boost Factory unit (modified), and Apikol is the same dimensions as mine. Apikol I believe uses a Garrett core, while Boost Factory uses a Bell Intercooler core. When it comes to upgraded side mounts, Apikol has the best price (notice how they are $35 cheaper than 034, and 034 is a distributor?).

http://apikol.com/products-page/b5-a4-96-01/b5-a4-side-mount-intercooler-1997-2001/


Well the Apikol list price is $550 for the kit, but it looks like they are now offering it for $535 without the MAP flange and $550 with the flange.

BTW $560 - $535 is not $35. You might want to bust out the calculator next time [;)]

Seerlah
11-05-2012, 03:21 PM
But I am a calculator [:p]. But really, was thinking of different numbers when I wrote that for some oddball reason.

jvega21
11-05-2012, 06:03 PM
i personally looked into running an IC from a 225TT. its not as big as the tyrol or apikol, but i also dont plan to go huge turbo. Something i read somewhere, cutting "gills" into the wheel behind the IC might help with circulation. Dont S4s come like that?

Seerlah
11-05-2012, 06:07 PM
Yes. I placed that onto my vehicle for that very reason.

Vierings
11-05-2012, 10:37 PM
i personally looked into running an IC from a 225TT. its not as big as the tyrol or apikol, but i also dont plan to go huge turbo. Something i read somewhere, cutting "gills" into the wheel behind the IC might help with circulation. Dont S4s come like that?
The po of my car either cut out that portion ofte fender liner for that purpose, or had it so low the tires shredded te plastic.
What are the 225 ics rates to? I'm running ft and don't boost a whole lot, so maybe this would be a good route.

M-Hood
11-06-2012, 06:25 AM
The p&p of my car either cut out that portion ofte fender liner for that purpose, or had it so low the tires shredded te plastic.
What are the 225 ics rates to? I'm running ft and don't boost a whole lot, so maybe this would be a good route.

stock TT core = 7” x 3.375” x 7.25” - 171.3 cubic inches. Our stock core is 166.25 so the TT SMIC isn't exactly much of an improvement. This is why the TT uses 2 cores just to handle it's stock turbo.


Apikol SMIC = 364.5 cubic inches, making it twice the size as those stock SMIC's.

mysman
11-06-2012, 06:50 AM
Does anyone know of an intercooler OEM or otherwise that will handle a turbo larger than stock but not cost more than $100 or? Does such a thing exist?

The reason I ask is I was thinking about some of the MKIV's ive worked on and IIRC their IC core seems thicker than the B5. I could be wrong though.

Attempting an extreme budget sleeper build. So secret even my wife wont know lol.

The only OE IC I can think of is the B8 (8K0-145-805-G), which can be had for around $100 used, but would require extra piping since it is front mount. It is rated for the B8's 211HP.