Adding boost is popular in the performance world. However, heat happens when air is compressed by either a turbo or supercharger. And hot air is not good for making power. That’s why many turbo and blower systems have an intercooler to cool the compressed air before it enters the engine. If your intercooler is a water-to-air type with a reservoir tank, we’ll show you how to keep it even cooler for increased engine power.
Heatshield Products Sticky Heat Shield acts as a barrier to deflect ambient heat away from the tank. Its specially formulated Kool Core™ thermal-barrier material helps to insulate the intercooler temperature of the tank, keeping the ice and water inside the tank cooler for a longer period of time than an unprotected tank. HP Sticky Shield™ has a built-in adhesive backing, so installation to make a custom intercooler is super easy. Here’s how you do it.
This intercooler tank is being installed in Jeff Smith’s 2003 NMRA-competing Ford Mustang Cobra. The tank mounts in the spare-tire well of the Cobra. Aluminum is a great conductor of thermal energy, which means heat can transfer relatively easily from the exhaust under the car to the ice in the tank.
HP Sticky Shield™ is installed on the tank with the built-in adhesive backing. Shaping it to fit is no problem either because you can cut HP Sticky Shield™ to just about any shape with a pair of regular scissors, and it’s extremely flexible.
A razor knife is used to cut a hole for the top of the intercooler. Since HP Sticky Shield™ is only .125 inch thick, it won’t interfere when the tank is opened and closed for filling.
Now fully encased in HP Sticky Shield™, the tank is ready for installation. The more you can insulate the reservoir tank and keep the cold in, the longer the coldness will last.
Here’s how the tank looks installed with the lines hooked up and the HP Sticky Shield™ in place. Now the ice/water mixture will stay cooler longer, even on hot summer days at the track. Although it can’t be seen here, the feed and return lines are covered in Lava Tube thermal sleeving material so they will stay cooler while also being protected from exposure to the exhaust system and drivetrain.