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Ford Fiesta Bar & Plate vs. Tube & Fin Intercoolers


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Check out rodmoe's intercooler thread for more FMIC discussions.

Tube and Fin Intercooler

  • Generally weighs about half as much as a bar and plate core of similar dimensions
  • Generally less expensive
  • Generally less flow restriction within the core than bar and plate designs
  • Allows better flow to the rear of the core and to a radiator
  • Offers less heat rejection than bar and plate
  • Generally have more fins which means they're more likely to be damaged by rocks/debris which cuts down on cooling efficiency
  • Charge air entry extends beyond core wall making it more difficult for air to enter the core cleanly

Who makes the Fiesta ST Tube and Fin Intercoolers?

Mountune Fiesta ST Intercooler
29.25" x 5.75" x 2.5"

PERON Fiesta ST Intercooler

Bar and Plate Intercooler

  • Generally has greater heat rejection than tube and fin design
  • Generally has more varying shapes and sizes
  • Less likely to be damaged by rocks and debris
  • Charge air entry sits flush with core allowing for cleaner entry
  • Weighs about twice as much as a similarly size tube and fin core
  • More expensive
  • Blocks more airflow to radiators, etc. which may be behind it
  • Those with turbulators have greater flow resistance to charge air

Who makes the Fiesta ST Bar and Plate Intercoolers?

Airtec Fiesta ST Intercooler
28" x 6" x 2.75"

ATP Fiesta ST Intercooler
24" x 6.5" x 3"

Cobb Tuning Fiesta ST Intercooler
27.5" x 6" x 3"

Forge Motorsport Fiesta ST Intercooler

Levels Performance Fiesta ST Intercooler
26" x 5" x 3"

Mishimoto J-Line Fiesta ST Intercooler
22" x 7.2" x 3.75"

R-Sport Stage 3 Garrett Fiesta ST Intercooler
24" x 6" x 3"

SPEC-R Garrett Fiesta ST Intercooler
24" x 6.4" x 3"