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    Default Another intercooler question

    I've seen how durable the Cooper nickel intercooler radiators are, but occasionally one does start to leak. I have one.
    What are my options to getting it back in service?

    I have a Race Aero intercooler and one of the radiators has a leak. The leak is coming from the central part of the core and not from the end tank or the flange end.
    I have not talked to a radiator shop, but I am assuming this may not be an area that can be repaired.

    My thoughts are that I have several options. One option is to try and locate someone who can make a custom radiator, but from the research I have done
    it appears thats relativity expensive.
    Another option would be to locate a used one. So. does anyone have a cooper nickel radiator for a race aero intercooler for sale?
    I assume the intercooler cores are built specifically for each intercooler and it would need to be for a Race Aero intercooler.
    Another option is to find someone that has an entire Race Aero intercooler they are no longer using with good radiators?

    Perhaps someone has been thinking about switching to a blow thru turbo and just needs to make the switch. This could be an opportunity which they are waiting.

    Other option suggestions are welcome. Thanks

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    Jim, the Race Arrow, Banks and PFM large intercoolers all used the same Harrison cores. If the leak is not at one of the ends, it cannot be fixed unless you can have that one passage blocked of completely. You could build a fixture and circulate hot water with Stop Leak in it and see if that works. I have a complete Race Arrow system and a complete Banks/PFM system build sold the extra radiator that I had several months ago. Get ahold of Carson Brummett and see if he has a core. Check with Mike at Prime Marine also.
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    I need to make a correction to my original post on locating a used radiator.
    It appears that the cores were originally provided with either cupronickel or a brass radiator from what I am being told.
    I would prefer the cupronickel, but I would also consider buying the brass one too.

    I will be using it in fresh water and either one will suit my needs.

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    Carson has new ones for the race aero setup but he will only sell the cores in pairs. They are roughly $1800ea from what I remember. I thought I had a leak in mine so I brought it to him to pressure check it, and he said if it leaked I needed to buy a pair, and he would not sell a single core.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFV2RVR View Post
    Carson has new ones for the race aero setup but he will only sell the cores in pairs. They are roughly $1800ea from what I remember. I thought I had a leak in mine so I brought it to him to pressure check it, and he said if it leaked I needed to buy a pair, and he would not sell a single core.
    Ouch!

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