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Aftermarket Intercoolers

Well I have my whole front end opened up doing an 08 conversion to my 2000 F550. I figure this is the best time to upgrade the intercooler. I used an 07 6.0 intercooler on my last 7.3 as an upgrade but really wanted to go Banks or Mishimoto this time. But ouch big $$$. I have been checking eBay and CL for a good used unit but no luck. Then I came across this: 1999 2003 Ford Powerstroke 7 3L Turbo Diesel Front Mount Intercooler | eBay
Looks like a really nice piece for the price. But quality??? Have any of you used one of these? What do you think? Worth a try?
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the stock IC is more then enough for the 7.3 except for the fact that it has plastic tanks..my early 99 came stock with the aluminum IC and my temps run just as good if not better then reported numbers with a 6.0.banks or a Mishimoto IC....IMO you would get better results by adding an aluminum radiator sitting next to the IC..

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Well I have my whole front end opened up doing an 08 conversion to my 2000 F550. I figure this is the best time to upgrade the intercooler. I used an 07 6.0 intercooler on my last 7.3 as an upgrade but really wanted to go Banks or Mishimoto this time. But ouch big $$$. I have been checking eBay and CL for a good used unit but no luck. Then I came across this: 1999 2003 Ford Powerstroke 7 3L Turbo Diesel Front Mount Intercooler | eBay
Looks like a really nice piece for the price. But quality??? Have any of you used one of these? What do you think? Worth a try?
Thanks for considering our intercooler for your F-550! Our 7.3L intercooler will be a drop-in replacement for your truck, although the 6.0L unit can be used with the help of larger boots and some slight tweaking. These two coolers are a bit different, and the differences should be considered based on your goals for the truck. Our 7.3L cooler features a cut-and-weld aluminum end tank, while the 6.0L unit is a cast-aluminum piece. Both are very durable, and will handle just about any pressure you can throw at them. The primary benefit of the cast tanks in this application would be in terms of flow. The smoother internal flow of the cast tanks will improve airflow and reduce turbulence in the tank. Now, this will come into play with higher powered trucks, so this will vary based on your setup.

The other difference is the core type. The 7.3L cooler we offer used a tube-and-fin style core while our 6.0L unit is bar-and-plate. The bar-and-plate will be more effective at transferring heat in higher powered applications, but will also provide more restriction in terms of airflow to the radiator. Here it will be a give-and-take. Both are likely to perform well, but you can use this information to make a decision that works best for you.

If you are not planning to significantly modify the truck, simply cleaning the stock cooler may be a better (and free) option for you. Stock intercoolers on relatively mild trucks tend to perform just fine. Clean out the external fins with a light hose-down to remove dirt/debris and clan the oil from the internal portion of the cooler with either soapy water or solvent. More details on this can be found on our guide for CAC systems linked below.

Boots, Blowouts, and Boost Tubes: How to Build a Reliable CAC Piping System | Mishimoto Engineering Blog

Hopefully this information was helpful. If you do intend to pick up one of our coolers, be sure to check with our vendors for the best available pricing.

Let me know if I can answer any questions!

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