Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I know the topic has been discussed in helter-skelter fashion in many different threads, and I know I've seen pics on facebook, but I'm not sure it has ever been all put in one place.
In another thread there was discussion of the pluses and minuses to either intercooling or water/meth. Water/meth has an extra fluid level that you need to keep topped up because it obviously will use some. Intercooling, if properly put together, should be fuss-free. Water/meth needs some sort of failsafe against (1) running out of fluid, (2) pump stops working, (3) pump continues running when it shouldn't (potential for hydro-locking the engine). (actually with both methods one needs to bear in mind that if the system fails, the engine reverts back to stock i.e. non-intercooled, and the tuning has to be such that this does not cause a major failure). But water/meth can be taken much further than intercooling can, in terms of cooling down the internals of the engine.
My viewpoint: Daily-driver, has to be reliable? Roadrace/endurance application? Tuning leans towards mild rather than wild? Intercooler. Crazy drag bike or dyno queen or short-run top-speed tests? Water-meth.