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Old 02-05-2009, 03:36 AM   #1
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intercooler/aftercooler

Well after a extremely lucky night at the poker and blackjack tables, I have just acquired $4,000 and decided its time to put a vortech on my car. Im looking at a kit online that costs about $3,000 without a aftercooler and then theres one with a aftercooler for about $4,400. My first question is are aftercoolers and intercoolers basically the same thing? If so, does an aftercooler add more power than a intercooler? Is it worth the extra $1,000+ to buy the kit with the aftercooler or would I be better off buying the non-ac kit and just put a cheaper intercooler on there?
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Re: intercooler/aftercooler

Yes the aftercooler and intercooler are the same thing. Both do the same thing. I would just buy the kit, and call it done.
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Re: intercooler/aftercooler

after cooler cools the air differently than an intercooler, an aftercooler is generally water to air and sits between the blower and the intake of the vehicle.

You should use one or the other.
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Re: intercooler/aftercooler

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after cooler cools the air differently than an intercooler, an aftercooler is generally water to air and sits between the blower and the intake of the vehicle.

You should use one or the other.
Not really true..

Think of it this way... In both cases, the heat exchanger, whether liquid to air, or air to air, is AFTER the compressor, therefore it rests somewhere between the blower and intake of the vehicle..

From what I remember, vortech calls it an aftercooler as it's more a more 'accurate' term? but they are the same thing..

If I remember right from my diesel training, intercooling was a term used on biturbo setups (IE a smaller one feeding a larger one - ) where there is sometimes a heat exchanger placed between the two turbos, IE the term inter? But the name is 'inter'changeable, they accomplish the same thing (cooling the air AFTER the compressor)
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