Evaluating intercooler options for a bicooler upgrade has produced two candidates to replace the eBay FMIC on my GTI, the Treadstone TR8L and Vibrant 12810. The task now is to piece together data to try and evaluate how these products compare in terms of cooling and airflow performance with the eBay Majesty v2 intecooler currently being used.
All three intercoolers have been previously tested for pressure drop. Results are shown on the chart:
Previously I’ve described the development of a test procedure to evaluate intercooler cores outside of the GTI. This procedure is used to test the eBay Majesty intercooler.
Results compared to the stock GTI intercooler are shown in the next chart:
For direct comparison of numeric values the temperature above ambient at two minutes into the test, when the fan is turned on, is recorded. This test is repeated three times to obtain an average value for the 2 minute temperature rise.
Next the Vibrant core is tested using the same procedure. This test is also repeated three times to calculate an average temperature rise.
Results compared with the stock GTI intercooler are shown in the chart:
Combining the bench test cooling results:
Cooling performance and pressure drop both factor in to determining how well an intercooler suits an application. Ideally the intercooler will cool well and have little pressure drop, to account for these two factors the results from these tests are placed together on the next chart:
The upper left corner of the chart is where an efficient cooling, higher airflow, intercooler would be located. The bottom right corner is where a product that has low airflow and poor cooling performance would be placed.
The stock GTI intercooler has better airflow than the Majesty and Vibrant FMICs, but does not cool as well.
Slightly better cooling performance from the Vibrant core during the “no cooling air” phase of the cooling efficiency test is the sole reason to consider switching away from the Majesty FMIC for my bicooler.
The Majesty core has a lower cost, available installation hardware for a bicooler arrangement, and less pressure drop. The Majesty intercooler will remain my top choice for now.
Next will be an evaluation of the TR8L core.