Bravo - Intercooler upgrade

chris_stoffa

4x4 Earth Contributer
Just did an intercooler upgrade on the 03 Bravo
Was at the wreckers hunting a headlight and spotted an 06 Ranger that still had its intercooler in place
3 minutes with a 10mm on the Dewalt and it was out. $100 it was mine.
( Important that the mounting plate is grabbed also ( 3x 10mm bolts ) and it came with a mesh guard aswell - Bonus !
Took it home and 45 minutes and a couple of trimmed rubber hoses and its in place.

Gotta be the easiest of upgrades besides a headlight globe upgrade :D

Does it make a difference - on a 30 minute drive I noticed that it seems to spin a little harder at the top end , seems to pull from a tad lower in the rev range but the main difference is that when the revs are kept around the 2-3000 range seems to be quite a bit more responsive. It does make a difference.

And the reason - the old unit was 14cm x 32cm ( total area 448sq cm ) the new unit is 21cm x 35cm ( total area 735cm ) - a 30% increase

Worth the $100 and the almost non strenuous effort to put it in :)

Cheers
 

phs

Well-Known Member
You should see a little better fuel economy as well

It would be interesting to see the ET's before and after
 

chris_stoffa

4x4 Earth Contributer
You should see a little better fuel economy as well

It would be interesting to see the ET's before and after
The way I drive :eek: , highly unlikely I'll see it :D I tend to make it spin and stay on the boil.

I don't have a ETG so I'll never never know , but would be interesting to see if it has an effect.

Cheers
 
Ive just bought a pk ranger intercooler too, after seeing this post and another person who's done the same. Ive also got a new 3" exaust on its way and a brand new standard size turbo but with billet wheels that provide 10% increase in air flow.
 

mauriceb

Well-Known Member
It would be interesting to see the ET's before and after[/QUOTE] Now you can increase boost and adjust fuel to match using a AFR meter or get it tuned . I'm running 20 psi in my ph 2.5 with low etg's well under 500 c and cruisers 200/210 c on flat ground . Thought about upgrading intercooler to PK model however already have my setup cruiser. These little 2.5 's a very nippy motors however I must say I'm not overly impressed with the torsion bar suspension find it very bumpy to ride in .
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Ive got no gauges as yet probably get some once i start installing everything next week or so. Yea there great car i love mine. Ive just replaced all my suspension as it was stuffed. I went with a full pedders kit. Trakryder foamcell struts front and rear, pedders leaf springs in rear and pedders torsion bars. Got my original height back plus some.
 

mauriceb

Well-Known Member
You mean shocks not struts. 03 couriers should be same as mine ,Torsion bar front suspension, very primitive.
 
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