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GEN 2 Intercooler or radiator first?

Discussion in 'Ford F-150 Raptor General Discussions [GEN 2]' started by hedonist222, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. hedonist222

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    Considering really hot climates, like here in the UAE. Imagine a few weeks of 126 Fahrenheit and a few months of 105 to 115.

    Which would you change out first:

    Intercooler or radiator?

    Or intercooler + thermostat & request folk over at mpt to turn on radiator fans at 176 f?
     
  2. nikhsub1

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    Intercooler 100%. And yes, a thermostat. Not sure you even need a new radiator - I'd do the 170 and then see. No need to have fans turn on that soon - I think it is 185ish with the MPT 170 tune.
     
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    To preserve power, I would think intercooler...stock unit small, can see real gains with upgrade. I would wait on the radiator to see how temps are in actual use. Remember, intercooler is just cooling air from turbos to give a better/more dense charge, radiator cooling coolant for engine.
     
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    thanks guys
     
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    Radiator is also cooling coolant for the turbos. The turbos on our trucks have both coolant and oil running through them.
     
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    Mine still runs hot around 220 with add rad 185 thermostat when cruising highway around 70 to 80 miles per hr.
     
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    Your geographical situation is absolutely one where I’d think VERY hard about sandwiching one of the bigger FMIC’s like COBB vs. a heavier duty stock location IC like CVF/whipple/mishimoto.

    reason I say that is I feel the big ass FMICs impede the cooling ability of the radiator on the engine block. I don’t see how they couldn’t/wouldn’t.

    I also agree that IC first & T-stat + tune to have fans come on earlier before worrying bout a radiator. Stock radiator probably fine it’s brand new- if it was a 10 year old truck living in a cold climate w/ road salt in winters OR a 10 year old truck living ocean side in warm or cold temps as the sea air and/or road salt will absolutely accelerate the oxidization/degradation in performance of the stock rad (as will General age & miles of use being pelted w/ road grime/water/bugs etc)
     
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    Thanks badger.
    For sake of discussion, wouldn't Ford have included a larger fmic if it were crucial?
     
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    Because for example, this morning on my 15 mile drive to work.
    The temperature outside was 62f.
    My radiator temp was between 212 f and 220f.
     
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    Hot compared to what though? If we’re talking my 1998 Pontiac yeah that’s hot, but today’s cars all seem to run quite hot.
     

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