CVF Street Intercooler Driving Impressions

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    I've had the CVF Street Intercooler and drivers side charge pipe installed for a couple of weeks now. Here are my impressions so far.

    What I Expected:

    1. IAT temps are much lower with this intercooler upgrade. I've seen drops of as much as 40 degrees compared to the stock intercooler under similar conditions.
    2. Driving at any speed over 30 MPH, the IAT temp is usually only a few degrees above the ambient outside air temp.
    3. I drive 50 miles round trip to work in very heavy traffic. It's rare to get the car above 30 MPH and I'm often sitting or barley moving for 5 - 10 minutes at a time. The IAT temps will rise, but much slower than with the OEM intercooler. But, with the OEM Intercooler, once I started to pick up speed, it was extremely slow to recover and lower the IAT temp. With the CVF intercooler, once I start to move, the IAT temps lower at a really fast rate.
    4. Even though I am now driving my car more aggressively, more often, I haven't seen any change in my fuel economy.

    What I Didn't Expect:

    1. The engine now revs much better. It feels much more responsive and revs faster. I can only assume the OEM Intercooler was a choke point.
    2. With the OEM intercooler I would often get a sudden hesitation or engine hang when I punched it. It was like the car was struggling to accelerate. I haven't had this since installing the CVF intercooler. Now when I punch it I get instant response and no hesitation.

    Conclusions:

    As has been stated on this forum many times, I now also believe that the single best upgrade for these EB Mustangs is an intercooler. Combine that with the FPP tune and you've got a really nice package that just blows the stock configuration away in terms of performance and fun factor.
     
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    I want to do this hopefully this winter.has anyone install without changing the charge pipes? does it make a big difference?
     
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    The critical part of the upgrade is the intercooler - that's where the performance difference comes from. The charge pipes are a nice to have (and look badass in the bay), but you won't see significant performance gains from them until/unless you upgrade your turbo. :rockon:
     
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    Silver-colored "scratch and dent" units are available at a discount! Details available via PM. :)
     
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    Scratch and dent intercoolers? or piping?
     
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    Intercoolers - sorry for the confusion.
     
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    can you pm me a price on one of those?
     
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    My car is still learning the new setup but it feels smooth so far. Still have too much traffic to really try it out but it definitely feels like it has more torque. Not disappointed so far
     
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    I just ordered the CVF street intercooler for my 17, based on OP's review above and lots of other research. I have the CPO warranty, so at this point I am just doing mild mods to optimize performance in a stock state of tune. I am hoping that this intercooler will work well with my Airaid intake tube and high flow drop-in filter to give me a freer revving, more responsive engine and not have power drop off as quickly in the higher rev range. I use 93 octane exclusively. I'm not ruling out a mild tune in the future but the car only had 1300 miles on it when I got it and just over 3.5k now, so I want to try this setup for awhile. Hopefully I will see an improvement.....

    Unfortunately, my car is hibernating under a cover in my nice warm garage until spring arrives around here, so I won't know how it works for another 3 months.
     
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    Thank you for the confidence. Make sure you hit me up via PM if we can do anything for you while you wait to install!
     
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