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So I was trying to fall asleep last night, when I thought...I wonder if instead of relying on short bursts of nitrous, I could just intercool or perhaps build a fridge box to cover my air intake? I know I would need a vent to allow air in for the engine to breath, but I think the biggest problem would be finding the materials i need (old mini fridge, some duct work, and some fiberglass to surround it. I would just like to know if this has been done before and if there is any merit behind the idea. At most im thinking I would need to get a super duty alternator, but im not sure. Ideas welcome!
 

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The power to run the compressor (whether mechanical or electrical) is greater than the power improvement caused by lowering the temp of the air going into the engine. :thumbsup:

"Conservation of Energy" comes to mind. ;)
 

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yeah, the fridge would require all, or more power than you'd be making i think. good idea tho, i've never thought of that
 

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Well he may have something. The ac compressor turns itself off at WOT. At the strip it may be an advantage. Think about it. Your siting at the light and your intake temps are around 35 of 40 degrees. Well when you take off, even if only for a fiew seconds, you intake temps are cooler than it would be even with a CAI. The problem is how would you set it up?
 

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powering the compressor would be a prob i think. hey, maybe you could rig up and ice-maker that recycles it's own water (built-in to the airbox??) and the ice would cool the air. that'd take less power to run. just a thought, although very far-fetched
 

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dont forget about added wieght into the engine bay because you wanted to get a slightley cooler intake...and some people have something similar. ice wraps. packed onto the intercooler, or supercharger, and if your not boosting, the intake.

probably adds 10lbs, and drops the intake temp to a certain degree. think of it as a really good heat shield. but that air is still probably too fast to get cooled nough to justify a bunch of ice packs or a fridge.

i always wondered if youd see any good results from adding a small intercooler to the intake and having a filter on the inlet, and the intake tubing on the outlet. then ice the crap out of that, and the air will be cooler! but you might have crappy throttle response.
 

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merlon, haha sweet pipe on the civic!!! (your avatar)
 

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yeah...my sc actualy doesnt sound too much different from a ricer...i can no cats or resonator, and apparently a blown set of magnaflows...farty.
 

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mine too, not sc tho. 3.8 sounds like rice at 3k w/ dual 40series flows (no cats/resonator)
 

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yeah, i dunno, ill probably get really bored and build it one day. I also had an idea to affix a leaf blower to the intake (already been done, doesn't help much). I guess when you lay there until 4am trying to sleep these crazy ideas just creep in. Maybe one day a good one will end up here on the boards!
 

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put a switch on it! chill that baby then turn it off when you need to riiiiiip!
 

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yeah, i dunno, ill probably get really bored and build it one day. I also had an idea to affix a leaf blower to the intake (already been done, doesn't help much). I guess when you lay there until 4am trying to sleep these crazy ideas just creep in. Maybe one day a good one will end up here on the boards!
:uppoint: a leaf blower:uppoint: oh wait.............. :uppoint:
 

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btw an easier idea but still pointless for a low output na3.8 would be to...

1) buy an heater core
2) have the intake routed thru the heater cores fins probally before the maf after the maf it would cause a prob
3) then build or buy a water to air intercooler ice water box
4) get a shurflow water pump
5)run a line to the pump and to the core then back to the box
6)this will recirculate cold ice water thru the heater core which will extract heat from the air as it passes over the fins
7) most likely a waste of time but go ahead and try it anyways
 

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i always wondered about haveing an old people bottle of o2 in my car, and putting it into the intake. more o2 is like colder air
 

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The new lightning was supposed to have something like that, in which the AC air would be housed for a short time then when you pressed a button it would be released into the air intake but I doubt that it is going to make it into production.
 

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I don't know what the rest of you guys meant but take the evaporator and put it in the intake, not the air ducts. Putting the air ducts in would be pointless.
 

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Putting the evaporator in the intake would be a huge restriction, I think it would more than cancel out any air density it would add.
 

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Probably, but I would be willing to test the theory if I had the time and money. Oh and if I were home it would help too.
 
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