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Completing the Package – Intercooler Piping R&D: Coming in Hot

Fresh off the assembly line comes our prototype intercooler pipes for the 2013+ Ford Focus ST. In the last update, I reviewed the stock piping, our 3D printed prototypes, and mildly teased what the final version of this kit will look like, so it’s time for a full reveal. Let’s go through some of the design features and performance numbers that have resulted from this project.
Hot side intercooler pipes
Hot-side intercooler pipes
The hot-side kit will have a solid aluminum center section with silicone couplers attached to the turbo and intercooler … Continue Reading ››

Mission In-Pipe-Sible – Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 3: The Hot Side

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: paying attention to details is a crucial part of life. Leading professionals are gurus at doing so in their respective fields. A good chef can wade through the already heavy seasoning in something like a gumbo and tell if there is too much or too little garlic by doing a simple taste test. A good fabricator can easily tell a MIG from a TIG weld by simply watching the arc on the metal (with the proper eyewear of course). And a good tuner can tell if something as elusive as timing … Continue Reading ››

Civilized Pipelines: Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 2: Fabrication Magic

Enlarging charge pipes for your turbocharged engine must be a detailed and accurate process. Think about it. It’s not like companies make a charge pipe kit that is well-designed, well-documented, direct-fit and requires no modification to, let’s say, a twin-turbocharged LS1 V8 engine fitting 1995-1998 Nissan 240SX’s. You are going to need a fabricator for that, a very good one. It will be a one-off kit specifically for the car brought into the shop, not able to be mass produced due to the unique setup. You can’t design good intercooler piping that fits a particular application for wide-scale production willy-nilly. Without … Continue Reading ››

Hot and Cold – Intercooler Pipes R&D, Part 3: A Numbers Game

When it comes to data testing, our engineering department avoids cutting corners. Each product we put on the market is vigorously tested so we can be confident our products can withstand the abuse you intend to throw at them. With the intercooler piping for the 2016 2.0T LTG engine, we have gone through the proper steps to get the data gearheads want to see. Our engineer put our dyno and flow bench to work to see how our design stacks up. We plan to offer these intercooler pipes individually as well as a kit, so both the cold and hot-side pipes … Continue Reading ››