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There are good arguments to designing an intercooler with more or less thermal mass, depending on intended application. High thermal mass ICs are great for the occasional street blast, wherein the IC just "heat-sinks" the induction, then has plenty of time to recover. Vs a good track IC that is subjected to cycle after cycle of boost and must sacrifice some heat sinking effectiveness in favor of being able to cool off as much as possible in braking zones.
Thicker core and end tank metal = better heat sink, and vice/versa.
The other things to consider if you're making your own IC is pressure loss and volume. Pressure loss is usually directly inverse to thermal efficiency, and a higher efficiency IC may be better for street (less lag) whereas a larger IC may be better for the track.
Sweeeeet project, I can't wait to be building my own IC!
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