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Jun 14, 2018

Nissan Skyline GT-R Intercoolers

No intercooler in this Nissan
The OEM intercoolers in the R32 and R33 GT-R are the same. The mounting, the size, all the same.  The R34 is a little different as the end tanks are crimped on vs welded on the R32 and R33.

R34 GT-R Race car with stock intercooler. ARC oil cooler under the intercooler. C-West front bumper

The stock intercooler on a Nissan Skyline isn't bad as far as factory parts go. They are 80 mm od inlet and outlet. The OEM core is 24 inches x 10 3/4 inches x 2 1/2 inches. They are mounted in a great spot. Try and make sure they have good ducting for air through the core. Through is the key. Air is lazy takes the path of least resistance. If air can pass over, around or under the core, it will. On the R34 race car, it ran an OEM intercooler up to and beyond 580 whp.

Nissan Skyline GT-R intercooler mounting rubber bushings

OEM R32/R33 intercooler with the paint stripped off.  We like them black. 

There is a sweet spot for intercooler size The larger it is, the more airflow required to fill it up before air goes into the engine. The larger it is, the more likely it blocks cooling airflow to the radiator/engine. Since the intercooler is a heat sink, it needs to have the capacity to cool the heated compressed air out of the turbocharger/turbochargers. Cooler air is better. Don't go overboard.

ARE Intercooler Information - tons of great information and pictures.
Before we start, remember that almost every motorized component is a compromise to some extent. Adding an intercooler to your super/turbocharged engine costs power & throttle response whilst in vacuum & very low boost! Fit an intercooIer to a naturally aspirated engine & see what it does to the power output curve.

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May be discontinued

Thi is a ARC twin entry intercooler. These are very cool pieces
If you ever get a chance to see an ARC intercooler up close, compare it to most of the rest of the intercoolers in the world. There are some very interesting features on them. The bars are wedge shape. Both increasing their surface area, and making them slightly aerodynamic.  Then on the backside, the fins extend through the core.  They are expensive, hard to find, I have three of them for my cars.

Have several sizes and styles of intercooler. They used to make one of the largest available for GT-R at 6 inches thick.

HKS have had many bolt on intercoolers available for the GT-R

From Australia. No real experience with them. A few customers with them.

Also from Australia

Cheaper is always better! Sorry, we just don't do them. They fit like crap, the welds are crap. If you don't know any better then it might be acceptable. Once you have played with properly built parts, you won't cheap out on them.

What other intercoolers are people running on their R32,R33, or R34 GT-R?

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