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Old August 16th, 2013, 10:00 PM
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condensor/intercooler/radiator order?

If someone with a 200 TDi wanted to go to the full-size intercooler, but this particular (probably naive) person had AC, with a full-size condenser, why couldn't this person put the full-size condenser in front, with the full-size intercooler sandwiched between the condenser & radiator? He has the updated extended Puma nose on front.

Is that just too thick to push air through or something?
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Old August 16th, 2013, 10:26 PM
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thats the setup I have. I suppose if you get a condenser that is narrow enough for the IC pipes to go beside it you could run the IC in front of it but I don't think the fans would work all that great behind the IC.

I dont think there will be a significant loss in performance because of the condenser and fan in front of the IC.
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Old August 16th, 2013, 11:36 PM
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Good to know. Thanks!
And you're able to have adequate AC & adequate motor cooling, even in Miami?
Have you noticed a performance increase with the full-size intercooler, too?
Nice truck, btw.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 12:14 AM
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I never drove the truck with the smaller IC as it went to the shop before I picked it up from the previous owner. As far as eng temp, I'm in Alabama which feels worse than Miami and the truck never gets hot. It rarely indicates reaching operating temp unless I'm holding 70 on the highway.

I'll answer the adequate AC question after I finish my install in the coming weeks. here is a pic with the condenser and two fans (only pic I had).

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Old August 17th, 2013, 12:21 AM
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You have the stock radiator?

About never getting hot - I've had mechanic worry that it didn't have enough cooling ability. Yet it never gets in to the red on the gauge. I understand it's supposed to run at around 190 deg & so the fans rarely even come on unless I turn on the AC. I have the X-eng two-stage switch which only kicks on one fan, then the other. Two AC experts told me they should both come on. Seems to work fine, though.
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You have the stock radiator?

About never getting hot - I've had mechanic worry that it didn't have enough cooling ability. Yet it never gets in to the red on the gauge. I understand it's supposed to run at around 190 deg & so the fans rarely even come on unless I turn on the AC. I have the X-eng two-stage switch which only kicks on one fan, then the other. Two AC experts told me they should both come on. Seems to work fine, though.
It would definitely be ideal to have both fans come on when the a/c is on so that the a/c can work at optimum efficiency. If both fans were off your a/c system would over pressurize on the high side very quickly. The more air that flows over the condenser the better.
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