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Old 01-22-2013, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im wantin to install an intercooler on my '89 7.3, it came from the factory without a turbo but I put on an aftermarket one, I imagine that it wouldn't be too difficult to rig up any powerstroke intercooler to fit my turbo and fabricate a mount but im not sure, does anyone have any input on this? thanks
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are a number of pics and how-to write-ups out there. It is pretty much like you said. I plan on setting mine up for a turbo and intercooler when I am doing my cab swap (bend firewall seam in, mount intercooler, and cut radiator support for piping). Don't have the turbo yet, still watching and bidding on ebay, but I do have intercooler and cab ready to go.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Banks makes one for our trucks
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Ha!!! rusty shackleford I love it. thanks man ill check that out
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That is the one I have. As I said not installed but it looks very well built. Its will need to have holes cut in rad support and some other mods.

I am holding off cab swap project until spring, still looking for turbo to do everything at same time and truck is a dump and used for plowing in winter. Bidding on a Banks kit now.
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Im wantin to install an intercooler on my '89 7.3, it came from the factory without a turbo but I put on an aftermarket one, I imagine that it wouldn't be too difficult to rig up any powerstroke intercooler to fit my turbo and fabricate a mount but im not sure, does anyone have any input on this? thanks
What kind of turbo did you put on? What are the specs of it as well?
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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hey guys theres a idi turbo kit for sale in the performance ads on here in the classifieds
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I'm running an intercooler from a 2001 7.3 it's an easy fit and are pretty cheap from wreckers. Try to get the pipes and couplers also. Search there are plenty of posts and pictures.
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Powerstroke intercoolers are common to put in our older trucks. I got mine off of ebay. Radiator core has been cut, but it's too friggin' cold outside.
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I put one from a 2000 PDS in that came from the junk yard with the stock pipes, couplers and mounts- got it for $150. You have to disassemble the front end and cut out the space on the radiator mount and radiator flange. We welded up some flat bar mounts on the frame to sit it on and then used the stock dampeners with some small brackets up top- dampening is very important because our trucks flex a lot.

Anyhow, I did it in two phases- first getting the IC in, then competing the piping. The second phase was a bit tricky. My brother in law fabed up an intake hat that was totally custom for my application- someone has to build one. Then I took the stock piping and some pipes and fittings I got from siliconeintakes.com and spent the day cutting and fitting and cleaning... it's all gotta be clean so no metal chips get in the old girl. When I got it all together and ran it....oh baby... I consistently see EGT about 200 degrees less and can get so much more pulling when loaded.

Total cost for my IC, about $425.

Was it a hassle- yes!! Would I do it again or recommend it- you bet!!
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