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      02-20-2012, 02:54 AM   #1
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Whats the best intercooler out there???

I have seen a few but this one seems to have the largest volume..

http://alekshop.com/products/ets_bmw_1m_intercooler_kit

anyone else recommend anything better??
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      02-20-2012, 03:15 AM   #2
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I used to have an ETS on my Evo... Hands down the best intercooler I've ever used. I plan on picking up their 135i intercooler for the new ride.

Excellent customer service and product. You can't go wrong with ETS.
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      02-20-2012, 04:27 AM   #3
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I have an ETS FMIC on order for the 1M ...
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      02-20-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
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ETS, Helix, HPF... Lot's of good ones, all of which are a significant improvement over the stock unit.

FWIW, I'm running Helix and couldn't be happier.

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      02-20-2012, 11:21 AM   #5
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i had a helix on my MINI and loved it. when its time, helix will be my choice again.
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      02-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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      02-20-2012, 12:31 PM   #7
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      02-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #8
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HPF its great mostly all these intercoolers will yield the same gains
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      02-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #9
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      02-20-2012, 03:57 PM   #10
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I can vouch for ETS and their quality, I currently have their FMIC on my EVO and its an amazing unit.
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      02-20-2012, 03:59 PM   #11
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Anything is better than the stock junk unit. I went with Helix and I am extremely happy with it.
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      02-20-2012, 04:07 PM   #12
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Running a Forge cooler with good affect.....
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      03-04-2012, 04:48 PM   #13
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I had an ETS in my 335i and I loved it. Particularly liked the fact that it came with new plumbing which seemed much better than stock plastic bits. I'm planning on purchasing another for my 1M.
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I have an ETS FMIC on order for the 1M ...
How did you go with ETS FMIC? Does it add turbo lag?
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      05-07-2012, 09:07 PM   #15
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what about cp-e intercooler?
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      05-07-2012, 09:16 PM   #16
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I have a helix on order - you just missed the group buy! If helix is good enough for vishnu single turbo, it's good enough for me.
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Had a Helix before, loved it. Debating between that or the AMS one
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      05-07-2012, 10:58 PM   #18
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      05-09-2012, 12:17 AM   #19
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How did you go with ETS FMIC? Does it add turbo lag?
I have not installed it yet. Im waiting for other parts to come in so I install them all at once ..
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      05-11-2012, 10:26 AM   #20
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I just finished a 3000 mile road trip where I looked at IATs in various conditions with the Helix intercooler. Temperatures were very stable. At steady-state, off-boost highway driving, the temperatures averaged 12 degrees over ambient. When I did a series of on-boost pulls, the temperature dropped 3 degrees and stayed consistent until I went back to steady-state driving. The temp would then temporarily raise 5-6 degrees for 30 to 60 seconds, and then stabilize at about 12 over ambient. After hard, on-boost driving, if I came to a stoplight and waited for 60 seconds or more, the temperature would raise to 22-26 degrees over ambent. By the time I was through the intersection, temps drop 5 degrees. In light-to-light driving with heavy traffic, the temps varied from 15 to 18 over ambient, dropping by 5-8 degrees during a on-boost pull.

Even with abusive, on-boost city driving, I could never get sustained temps more than 20 degrees over ambient.
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