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Old 05-06-2010, 08:48 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I am wondering where people are sourcing their intercooler cores from? Is there anyone with a good variety of options out there besides Bell Intercoolers? I have discovered Treadstone cores and they look decent but I am not as hot on their logo on everything. Obviously I know Garrett, but I will likely need a vertical flow core and there seem to be less options.

Any ideas?

Thanks for the help!

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Old 05-06-2010, 11:34 AM   #2
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http://vibrantperformance.com/catalo...Path=1022_1036

Vibrant.

They're kinda limited, but I'll post it anyway.
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:06 PM   #3
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Precision Turbo has really nice cores
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:19 PM   #4
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:59 PM   #5
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Thanks guys!

It looks like precision could be the ticket, although I'm fairly certain they are Garrett? Either way I like that they list it all right there. Although I think if I want to do a longer vertical core I'd have to put two cores together like I did before.

Feel free to share any other manufacturers if anyone else has some other ideas.

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Old 05-06-2010, 11:08 PM   #6
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spearco?
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:08 PM   #7
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I believe HKS also sell cores..
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:22 PM   #8
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Nothing but the best Bell
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:38 AM   #9
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We can get the Bell, Vibrant, and precision stuff Ben. Let me know if you need something.
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:17 PM   #10
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:18 PM   #11
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Really what it comes down to is getting one in a size that works for you, we know all the players that make them.
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Old 05-08-2010, 12:24 AM   #12
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bikerboy, thanks I will let you know. It will be a bit until I'm ready to even get the car but I will def let you know! I think Bell may be the ideal choice with complete custom sizing options. I don't think I can use any of the traditional off the shelf sizes for what I'm thinking but I'll have to wait until I can measure in person.

I just hope Bell sells below their MSRP like most do haha.

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Old 05-08-2010, 04:24 PM   #13
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+2 if you looking for the best intercooler cores get a garrett .
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:44 PM   #14
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+2 if you looking for the best intercooler cores get a garrett .
While I am all about enthusiasm, can this be quantified? I know it is bar and plate and they use decent aluminum but I'm fairly certain others on the list do as well. I appreciate the feedback.

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Old 02-18-2011, 12:25 AM   #15
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I have been researching on having a custom fmic fabricated by Kenny AKA gmrsti here in Socal. I purchased a Garrett high density ic core 12 x 24 x 4.5. When I received it I was actually disappointed with the finish of the core. I didn't like the bars design as they were inset instead of flush and smooth to the fins. The one I received was scored on face like a pic or awl scraped across several bars. So I ended up returning it.

I realized also that with the 4.5"thickness and high density of fins on the Garrett core may impede air to the radiator at lower speeds. After doing some research, I found a company called ETS out of Washington that have cores made for them that meet my criteria. They also custom make end tanks to your specification but may have Kenny do that part of it. ETS apparently did their own research on the different fin design/densities and bar designs to find the happy medium regarding efficiency under boost.

link:ETS Intercooler Tech

I'd like to go with a 10.5" x 28" x 4.5" core that with the end tanks will extend past the bumper support framing on my 04 sti so I can have end tanks made with exits pointing to the rear or firewall.

Like this but with an end tanks made with inlet and outlets made towards bottom.



They can also anodize the core instead of painting which can clog the fins and has a nicer finish.









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Old 02-18-2011, 12:52 AM   #16
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There are 2 types of cores. Tube and fin...Bar and plate. They are very different cores and looks different also. Make sure to get the right type for your application. Most cheap and common used are tube and fin.

I am using PWR cores

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Old 02-18-2011, 08:56 AM   #17
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I have been researching on having a custom fmic fabricated by Kenny AKA gmrsti here in Socal. I purchased a Garrett high density ic core 12 x 24 x 4.5. When I received it I was actually disappointed with the finish of the core. I didn't like the bars design as they were inset instead of flush and smooth to the fins. The one I received was scored on face like a pic or awl scraped across several bars. So I ended up returning it.

I realized also that with the 4.5"thickness and high density of fins on the Garrett core may impede air to the radiator at lower speeds. After doing some research, I found a company called ETS out of Washington that have cores made for them that meet my criteria. They also custom make end tanks to your specification but may have Kenny do that part of it. ETS apparently did their own research on the different fin design/densities and bar designs to find the happy medium regarding efficiency under boost.

link:ETS Intercooler Tech

I'd like to go with a 10.5" x 28" x 4.5" core that with the end tanks will extend past the bumper support framing on my 04 sti so I can have end tanks made with exits pointing to the rear or firewall.

Like this but with an end tanks made with inlet and outlets made towards bottom.



They can also anodize the core instead of painting which can clog the fins and has a nicer finish.










I run an ETS on my Talon and wouldn't run anything else. I have the 7" street kit with a 3.5" core and run 25 psi with an 18G daily and it keeps temps well under control. After repeated WOT runs when I'm datalogging I can get out of the car and touch the passenger side end tank and it's just slightly warm to the touch whereas the drivers side will probably take some skin off if you leave it on too long.

Also, I don't have any of the usual cooling issues that others have when running a core that fills the entire opening. Definitely a high quality core in my opinion.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:18 PM   #18
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Damn thats a beasty core. The craft looks spot on!!!
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I vote cheap ebay cores!!! haha, Garrett and Spearco for the win. Its not cheap to be cool!!
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:31 PM   #20
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If anyone's interested I have a near-new precision 600hp intercooler for sale. $300 shipped.
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We have a great selection of cores! We manufacture complete intercoolers for some top name brand turbo kit companies
also, some of our cores do not have our logo on them.
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