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Bar & Plate Pros: More sizes available, better charge air flow, lower boost-pressure loss.

Tube & Fin Pros: Lighter, better cooling air flow, more efficient (due to increased turbulance)

I think most of the custom intercoolers are bar & plate since plates can be stacked to build larger ones and they can be easily saw cut to make smaller ones.

You can increase the efficiency of the bar & plate by using a larger core than required to slow the charge air so it has more time to cool. Of course that makes an already heavy intercooler that much heavier.

Due to the location, I think tube & fin would work better. What do I have? Bar & plate.
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