Originally Posted by xsixxerx
my friend at the shop had told me that i should "drop an intercooler" in my cyclone because my engine wouldnt ever be hot.. now i thought that intercoolers were for turbos, prochargers, superchargers, etc. is my friend actually right can i intercool a naturally aspirated engine or is he just trying to sound cool?
-Nicky Sheena Sixxer
Just to add a little more clarity so you understand why "adding an intercooler" is not necessary to a naturally aspirated engine (no SC or Turbo). When you use forced induction, such as a supercharger or turbo, it is compressing the air to squeeze more air into the engine. The physics of this process cause the air to be heated above the standard ambient temperature. An intercooler is designed to take that hot air and lower the air temperature before it enters the engine.
So, if you don't have forced induction and you have some type of decent CAI (on our car, the stock airbox works fine) ...then an intercooler can't possibly cool the air more than it already is. On my Information Center gauges, my "intake air temp" is almost always the same as the "ambient air" temp displayed on my radio... unless I am sitting in traffic for a while.
If you were racing a lot, especially on a road course, I could see someone suggesting getting a larger radiator to help cool the engine... But that is cooling the engine, not the incoming air... and that is a radiator, not an intercooler. As someone else said, I would find different friends to get car advice from.