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1996-1998 Mustang Cobra Charge Cooler Upgrade, Polished


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  • Model: V8N301-048
  • Manufactured by: Vortech

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1996-1998 Mustang Cobra Charge Cooler Upgrade, Polished

Vortech's Maxflow® Power Cooler is an air-to-water charge cooling system that has been optimized for the Fox body 5.0.

Vortech uses an air-to-water charge cooler system to minimize pressure loss. Unlike the air/air systems for this application, that send charge air on a long trip through several bends plus a long cooler core, the charge air does not travel any further than the non-cooled version, so there is virtually no boost loss.

Each system features our exclusive dual-pass cooler unit and a front mounted heat exchanger ("radiator"), ideally placed in the cooling air. A water reservoir, formed of high-strength plastic polymers for durability and features an easy fill, wide mouth design that allows the addition of ice for an even cooler air charge. Also included are a heavy-duty water pump, mounting brackets, hoses and hardware.

Charge cooling means cooler, denser air that yields more power and reduces the detonation threshold while allowing higher boost options. Power gains up to 100 horsepower are possible depending on the engine modifications and boost level. This system provides cooler, denser air charges with temperature decrease as much as 100 degrees F, allowing more timing with less fuel required and more power.

Requires that the battery be relocated to the trunk area.
Why Air-to-Water?

Air-to-air charge cooling systems utilize tubing that runs from the supercharger to a heat exchanger mounted in the front of the car and then returning to the engine throttle body. The problem with this is the torturous path that the tubes must run causes excessive pressure loss because of the bends and long lengths. Also, the heat exchanger cannot properly receive cooling air and is less effective.

Air-to-water systems use two heat exchangers, both can be optimally sized and placed, one between the supercharger and throttle and the other in the cooling airflow. Hoses connect the two heat exchangers to each other with a pump and reservoir to complete the system. On a Maxflow® Power Cooler system, the boosted air charge travels only four inches through the cooler core. The air-to-air systems travel several power robbing feet.

Air-to-air charge cooling systems can and do work well in many installation and they are generally less complicated and cheaper. Other times, only an Air-to-water system can provide a satisfactory solution, this is the case for the Fox body Mustang.


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