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Old 02-03-2004, 07:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Will I need an intercooler with a DA supercharger?
If yes, how makes one for a 95'318, and are the difficult to install?
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intercooler for a supercharger?

o i thought they were onyl for turbos, btu if u get a supercharger please post up ur pics and stuff!!
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intercooler for a supercharger?

o i thought they were onyl for turbos, btu if u get a supercharger please post up ur pics and stuff!!
i have seen quite a few intercoolers on superchargers, but aftercoolers and oil coolers are installed on S/C in most cases.
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Not really. Something to cool the SC may be beeneficial, but the real prupose of an intercooler is to lower the temp of the exhaust gasses before being combusted. As an SC does use exhaust to create boost, this eliminates the need.
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Not really. Something to cool the SC may be beeneficial, but the real prupose of an intercooler is to lower the temp of the exhaust gasses before being combusted. As an SC does use exhaust to create boost, this eliminates the need.
Actually exhuast gas leaves motor, spins the iron turbine (creating boost)and goes out the downpipe and out to the muffler,the other side of the turbo (two parts) another turbine compress the air and pushes it into the intercooler then to the intake...it doesn't use exhuast gas to combust/but it does uses the exhaust gas to spin the turbine...the intercooler cools down the underhood temp air, cooler denser air, better combustion less prone to detonation etc....supercharger uses intercooler too as well as aftercooler etc. purpose is to cool the air,not exhaust gases...check out ActiveAutoWerks...SC. If not you can custom make one
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true, but there is more of a need for an intercooler on a turbo because of the heat it generates plus the heat it takes in from the exhuast. Generally, SCs dont have as great a heat signature.
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All gasses will heat up when you comrpess them.

NO, you will not need an intercooler for your DASC 318
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anytime that you compress air whether it be a supercharger or turbo, you do heat the air and can compromise power as well as increase your chances for detonation and lean conditions. Typically over 6-8 lbs of boost is about the point that you would want to start considering a cooler. Once you reach 12-14 lbs, it's almost a necessity unless you have the ability to fine tune your engine management software with a stand alone system. Granted, a turbo(s) will create a hotter discharge temp generally. I wouldn't worry about your setup unless you decide to start pushing the boost much higher. Most likely that supercharger kit will not generate more than 8 psi, probably more like 6.
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