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    Liquid/air intercooler ????

    So on the quest for more power... i have a 2019 x3 turbo base on the preliminary list of mods for more power obviously and intercooler is pretty close to the top of the list. Ive dabbled in high horsepower street cars and am no stranger to boost.

    Im toying with the idea of a liquid to air intercooler setup and was curious if anyone on here has attempted or successfully installed something of the sort. I know the air to air setup is the easiest route and im sure it does the job but a liquid setup would be much more efficient at preventing heat soak.

    Shot in the dark here any and all input is appreciated.

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    Packard performace seems to run them on all their high HP YXZ builds i noticed at UTV invasion. For the reasons you mentioned. I think Push turbo does also i was reading on their site

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    Unless you have a way of keeping the water cold for the intercooler it will soon heat up and be hotter than the ambient air temperature. Then there's the weight and extra parts to fail withe a liquid to air intercooler has to interface with the cars cooling system. I had good luck years ago with no intercooler so there are also other ways to cool the charge intake if you want to go that route also.

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    want cooler temps, run e85
    but, liquid cooled works sweet on pwc
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    Quote Originally Posted by warlock View Post
    Unless you have a way of keeping the water cold for the intercooler it will soon heat up and be hotter than the ambient air temperature. Then there's the weight and extra parts to fail withe a liquid to air intercooler has to interface with the cars cooling system. I had good luck years ago with no intercooler so there are also other ways to cool the charge intake if you want to go that route also.

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    A water to air cooler dose not use any part of the stock cooling system. It has it own radiator, reservoir and a electric pump. It is more efficient at cooling then air to air. Charge temps can stay cooler which allows you to run more boost and still be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilk3737 View Post
    A water to air cooler dose not use any part of the stock cooling system. It has it own radiator, reservoir and a electric pump. It is more efficient at cooling then air to air. Charge temps can stay cooler which allows you to run more boost and still be safe.
    Geez you didn't get what Warlock was saying. You couldn’t carry enough water and ice for a dune ride without it getting hotter than ambient temps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilk3737 View Post
    A water to air cooler dose not use any part of the stock cooling system. It has it own radiator, reservoir and a electric pump. It is more efficient at cooling then air to air. Charge temps can stay cooler which allows you to run more boost and still be safe.
    Well what happens or should I say how long does it take for the liquid to heat up past ambient air temperature. Then at that point it maintains a higher heat in the intercooler. These cars don't have any great speed to really help cool the intercooler water any better like a car.

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    I run and sell the C&R intercooler with 10" Spal and its hands down the best setup for keeping iat's cool on the X3. Like Warlock and Mega said, water is good if your building a short run drag car where you can use a ice tank on a air to water setup. But if your on long dune or desert or trail rides the water is going to heat up above ambient air temp and actually be worse for power. So depends on what your planning on doing with the machine.

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    For air to air, the C&R is the way to go.

    But if the water to air is a stand alone system, i dont see it getting that hot, and i would guess it would cool even better than air to air. An air to air radiator would not work.
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    When the turbo compreses the air it gets very hot way past ambient. A good water to air system can cool charged air down to 5-10 deg. above ambent temp which is lower then a air to air sytem can do I don't think there is room for a good water air system but it could work better still. He did state it has to interface with the car cooling system which it dose. not..

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