Equilibrium Tuning’s recommendations about which intercooler to use are interesting to me to see how the advice is substantiated and to consider the source.
My firsthand experience testing Mk7 intercoolers now is up to fourteen different brands. I have my thoughts on this topic, boiling down to two things; the application will matter (drag strip, road course, daily driving, etc.) and limitations to testing as well as access to the products that can be compared (I’ve only tested fourteen of thirty-seven intercooler options I know of), make identifying a “best” intercooler challenging.
I came across this statement which got my attention:
Encountering a vendor stating which intercooler is best at cooling gets my attention since the business should have access to more data than I have, and Truth in Advertising laws (both Federal and California) prohibit businesses from making false or misleading statements. Logically, the statement about what is the best cooling intercooler should be accurate.
To see a statement from a vendor is exciting since they should have evidence to show the statement is truthful and not misleading. I posed a question to the representative from Equilibrium Tuning to learn if they are able to substantiate the claims.
While I wait for a response from Equilibrium Tuning I will engage in some speculation.
Equilibrium Tuning sells consumers two brands of an intercooler; do88 and AMS. – It might not be a coincidence that EQT sells the best cooling intercooler, logically the business might want to sell the best product available. On the other hand, making a pitch for these two products because they are the ones the company sells is also a possibility.
do88 offers the best cooling capacity – As mentioned above, my belief is that the conditions the ICs are subjected to will factor into how well they perform. Intercoolers are optimized for different conditions, which results in some performing better under some conditions than others. My experience with measuring the do88 intercooler shows that it cools well, but not best, under the test conditions I subject it to.
Tuners recommending products – I’m skeptical of product performance claims made by tuners or vendors. Tuners are in the business of modifying software. Exposure to a number of different products is a result of that service, but to properly record, organize, and analyze data requires a dedicated effort that is not easy. It also is of little value to a tuner who may have a backlog of anxious customers awaiting their next revision. Tuners are in the business of selling software tuning, not testing and evaluating parts’ performance.
Vendors recommending products – In general, my observation is that vendors will compare their products against the stock vehicle parts they are trying to replace. This gives them the opportunity to advertise maximum gains for a consumer. Comparing their product against an aftermarket peer is likely to show marginal performance differences, which may lead a consumer to consider other product attributes, where the vendor product might not have an advantage, such as price. My experience has been that it is exceedingly rare to find a vendor comparing their product with a comprehensive collection of competitor options.
Waiting for a reply from Equilibrium Tuning…
To be continued…