A2A Charge Cooling solutions
To start some more traffic on the site I want to start a conversation about A2A charge cooling on our cars.
As some of you know I am/have been planning on turboing my car using a partial TopSecret turbo kit. I don't want crazy power, just similar to what a 2zz would make, except having the torque curve of a turbo 1zz. I'm expecting to run between 5-7PSI of boost, so it's not much on the T5170 turbo which was produced by Greddy/Trust.
I've been contemplating various methods of charge cooling and am expecting to A2W cool it in the future, but for "Educational/proof of concept" purposes I wanted to try various methods of charge cooling to see how the effects are and if it's even plausible. I like the thought of a reliable A2A cooling solution.
I obviously know A2W would be the best option, but, I like to "Play" with things and find the experimentation to be fun. Also, not being a high boost/horsepower setup, there isn't nearly as much at risk, so I'm going with the "What the hell, Why not?"
I have two thoughts, first being a side mount and the second being a top mount intercooler. The side mount is what I would ideally like to do so it's not sitting over top of a hot exhaust. In a top mount setup I would have a fan in a pulling setup sucking air down from the vent on the Trunk slits. I don't really like this, but it was an option I thought of.
For the sidemount, I've been looking at other vehicles with small sidemount options already available so that I'm not reinventing the wheel(even though I am by doing the unknown with this).. Taking a sidemount from an SW20 and re-purposing it and installing it on the Driver side, or a VW Golf sidemount, etc.
Some caveats, I will have C-One side vents installed, so when moving the airflow will be slightly more tan normal, and I will also have some sort of fan system.
Thoughts, Feelings, Opinions, Emotions...
Post by LT
I went A2W. There is a little more involved with it, but it's more compact in the engine compartment and will actually cool the charge better. The biggest expense is the barrel charge cooler. ... Come to thing of it, I might have an extra PWR barrel cooler that I may be willing to sell. But I need to do a real inventory of all the crap in my garage first.
... Anyway, if you are definitely only doing A2A, then the most common one I've seen is towards the bottom rear of the car with a little scoop thing directing air into it. I don't know if that's a good design, but it is fairly popular. I don't think you'll get that much air in a side mount unless you enhance the scoops.
Top mount might work, but would look really nasty. and be exposed to sunlight which will cook it.
I thought about a bottom mount, but unfortunately, I am the owner of one of rcntypes rear diffuser/under panel, so no airflow there... I guess I want to try and keep the system simple with less electronics, wiring, etc. And feel like the low boost levels that I desire make that achievable in sorts. but, I know that a2w has much more head room, better temps, etc.. maybe I'm just trying to be cheep since I have so much else to buy still? Come to think about it, that's really my only reasoning.... I'm to damn cheep..
A2W is definitely the way to go, and if you piece it together it's really not THAT expensive for vastly superior results. There just aren't many optimal locations for an A2A cooler on our cars
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