Intercooler with No Boost? How does an intercooler effect NA power

  • Published on Mar 24, 2019
  • This beautiful Rsx rolled in the door for a tune and after working hard to figure out why it can barely breath we find the intercooler is connected with no turbo or supercharger we find out what it does to the power it can make.
    This RsX has every bolt on including
    Rbc intake manifold skunk2 70mm throttle body full intake and yonaka exhaust and header with a pair of skunk2 drop in cams. For fuel system it has Acura RDX injectors a 340 fuel pump and a Hondata kpro ecu. The results are awesome! Thanks for watching guys make sure to check out our sponsors .
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Comments • 725

  • Mark Spohrleder
    Mark Spohrleder 3 days ago

    Who else remembers back in the late 90's, fake intercoolers? Not hooked up to anything. I once saw one at a car show that was a picture of an intercooler on a piece of cardboard!

  • Darin Baizan
    Darin Baizan 6 days ago

    Nice! Should of taken my old ohv Chevy cavy to the Dyno... Meh! Awesome video! 🤠💜💯

  • tiny 1
    tiny 1 7 days ago

    Wow never thought it would fuck it up so bad on my 22r toy motor when we messed around with this same shit it made more power with it on than it did off but then again it was a 900 hp motor before we twin turbo it then of course it was 2250 hp and that was way back like 2003 I think is when I graded lol and loved my car it was a 73 Toyota Celica cops hated me but guess what I got married and bang ice car goses by by one day I will have one again lol

  • Marcus Chew
    Marcus Chew 9 days ago

    Useless intercooler 🤣

    RJF SCOOTER 15 days ago

    Love your channel and videos! Very instructional and entertaining! I didn’t know anything about import motors, and after watching about 60-70 videos. I think I might be able to build an engine. Referring to videos as I go of course! I used to hate little cars that were loud, I thought they just had loud exhaust, now I know they might have 1000 horsepower motor to match the sound of the exhaust. You changed my opinion about imports! I have a 67 VW but I think I will keep it stock. Can I do anything with a Mercedes 300/CE? It is a 6 cylinder naturally aspirated engine.

  • Jim McCabe
    Jim McCabe 18 days ago

    I want one of the can crushers.

  • James Metcalf
    James Metcalf 20 days ago

    So is the intercooler actually plumbed to the intake? I've always wondered why it wouldn't be beneficial, a cooler intake charge is simply that and should cause a power gain in theory.

  • John Hasty
    John Hasty 23 days ago

    Brent’s laugh is wild. He has one of those contagious laughs that send you into an irresistible silly moment. Lol

  • Man Stuff Channel
    Man Stuff Channel Month ago

    Its funny.. I ran an intercooler on my partial turbo build when it was na and the car took a major performance hit..
    Since turbod I definitely notice a hit in the low end.. I'm going to install a y pipe with a check valve after the intercooler. (Ordered part an hour ago).
    This will allow the engine to get air on the low end at part throttle and hopefully restore some throttle response...
    Thanks for the video.

  • Brian Dearborn
    Brian Dearborn Month ago

    More like an INTERSTOOLER because without boost it's just crap

  • Rbob masters
    Rbob masters 2 months ago

    without watching the video I can tell you this, It will only cut down on power, throttle response will be reduced as well. Since air is heated when compressed and there is no compessor(turbo) its extra baggage like my ex-wife

  • dudder86 dudder
    dudder86 dudder 2 months ago

    All that gor that hp my type s was a k20a type r with a built motor mo boost made 289whp

    • PFI Speed
      PFI Speed  2 months ago

      Remember we are at 6000 feet . Here with a good tune they’re around 205

  • Tristan Brown
    Tristan Brown 2 months ago

    Those Mishimoto slim fans kicked on at 10:40

  • J. Hunter Phillips
    J. Hunter Phillips 2 months ago

    Man Brent is one cool dude

  • Kenneth Hansen
    Kenneth Hansen 2 months ago

    pls make a before an after! to see how many hp i got this prove nothing

  • Papo Portillo
    Papo Portillo 2 months ago

    Is doing all these full throttle pulls bad for the motor?? I feel like each pull puts the engine that much closer to failure . Am I wrong ??

    • Papo Portillo
      Papo Portillo 2 months ago

      PFI Speed ah ok makes sense . Thanks can’t wait til I’m at the dyno tune stage

    • PFI Speed
      PFI Speed  2 months ago

      The pulls are made to make it not fail. Getting things right so when it’s raced or driven hard it is safe to do so. 😉🤙🏼 appreciate the question

  • Zach’s Mom
    Zach’s Mom 2 months ago

    Dude wants people to think it’s supercharged

  • BR Whoshotya?
    BR Whoshotya? 2 months ago

    I wonder how that altitude really changes things cause my old RSX made 250 to the wheels without cams and fbo 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Shawn Barnish
    Shawn Barnish 3 months ago

    Seems like it would make a nice restriction in airflow. lol

  • Mtesahole
    Mtesahole 3 months ago

    Why would you even try to do that so restrictive some people

  • DailyDriven 23
    DailyDriven 23 3 months ago

    Sounds so nice at high revs

  • Prelude Dude Si
    Prelude Dude Si 3 months ago

    That can crusher is bad ass, that type R came to life, sounds killer too

  • hertzer2000
    hertzer2000 3 months ago

    Reminds me of tuning on Gran Turismo on a little cheap car. Spend thousands for 100hp. :(

  • Herp Derp
    Herp Derp 3 months ago

    Intake temp is intake temp. Having an intercooler has nothing to do with NA or boost. Its just needed by boosted applications to keep the intake temp down because the turbo system naturally runs hot..... because it uses exhaust. So an intercooler would benifit ANY engine.

  • Ppv Murica
    Ppv Murica 3 months ago

    20 min video of shit talkin

  • Kade Lubensky
    Kade Lubensky 3 months ago

    What if you had a intercooler sprayer filled with alcohol

  • Dirk Diggler
    Dirk Diggler 3 months ago

    Why choke a N/A car with a Intercooler??Need that airflow boys

  • david opitz
    david opitz 3 months ago

    affect power not effect

    • PFI Speed
      PFI Speed  3 months ago

      Too funny, I had it affect and I swapped it never thought to just confirm it . Had another comment just like this so I changed it 😂🤙🏼 just have to smile.

  • BriceGarrett86
    BriceGarrett86 3 months ago

    So this would also prove that intercoolers play a huge part in forced induction.. don't cheap out on your intercooler.

  • Uncertain Tunafish
    Uncertain Tunafish 3 months ago

    I am comment 666

  • Matt Hoffman
    Matt Hoffman 3 months ago


  • Kodi Kash
    Kodi Kash 3 months ago +1

    Brent you are the coolest dude. Your smile is infectious and the passion you have for cars inspires me. Thanks buddy!

  • Bailey Nguyen
    Bailey Nguyen 3 months ago

    Fake Type R badges 😴😴

  • James Armold
    James Armold 3 months ago

    when yal gonna build jamie a car, im a jamie so im thinking about my boy jamie, plus i like jamie a lot hes cool as hell

  • Michael Beals
    Michael Beals 3 months ago

    I was thinking about this the other day tbh😂😂

  • FishRSA
    FishRSA 3 months ago

    i had a diesel mazda with an intercooler that made 211kw with a turbo but only made 89kw without the turbo and with a slightly more restrictive exhaust manifold

  • UnitedKingdomRC
    UnitedKingdomRC 3 months ago

    That car does not deserve a type r badge, it's looks trashy.

  • James Lee
    James Lee 3 months ago

    Should of used it as a cold air intake cooler :)

  • Victor dARKO
    Victor dARKO 3 months ago +1

    Still don’t understand why people put the Type R badge and the Red Honda Type R badge.
    It’s not a type r, never will be, its an Acura RSX. I’m cool with switching the Acura badge to a regular Honda badge but not a type R. Like it’s a nice car as is. Why you want it to look like a poser?
    Ps I have a RSX Type s. So not hate on the car itself

  • JM Camacho
    JM Camacho 3 months ago

    That “Rad” movie poster is awesome. 👍🏽

  • Mike B.
    Mike B. 3 months ago

    That's like using a garbage bag for an air filter

  • Mango wishes
    Mango wishes 3 months ago

    But on need for speed it adds 50hp :(

  • BeamRider100
    BeamRider100 3 months ago

    Was a regular 2 inch inlet and 3 inch outlet bar and plate intercooler ? or a little thingy ?

  • zach daquila
    zach daquila 3 months ago


  • DKP Productions
    DKP Productions 3 months ago

    that rear view mirror tho

  • JoeyBeanz
    JoeyBeanz 3 months ago +2

    the honda integra type r badges on an rsx is so cringey

    • Elder God
      Elder God 3 months ago +1

      I mean i get why some people do it because it is an integra but its stupid leave the rsx badges on the car anyone who actually cares about cars knows that rsx's are integra's i wouldnt swap badges on my rsx

    • Victor dARKO
      Victor dARKO 3 months ago

      JoeyBeanz haha I just commented about that. Hate that people do that. Makes the car look like a straight poser ricer. Leave it as it is, it’s an Acura RSX, which is a good car.

  • Aneronix -
    Aneronix - 3 months ago


    • PFI Speed
      PFI Speed  3 months ago

      Officer it seemed important 😉

    • Aneronix -
      Aneronix - 3 months ago +1

      PFI Speed aren’t you guys busy tearing up Cletus and cars. How do you have time to respond to my grammar police?

    • PFI Speed
      PFI Speed  3 months ago +1

      My man

  • Jack Pepal
    Jack Pepal 3 months ago +2

    I haven't watched the whole video yet but wouldn't it lose power cause it's more restricted. Turbos push air through it but the engine would have to work harder to suck it in

  • Rich Eager
    Rich Eager 3 months ago

    CX Racing intercoolers are very restrictive. Cheap made in China. Buy a Precision or a Spearco.

  • Chevy sucks
    Chevy sucks 3 months ago +1

    What a dum ass rice. Who puts a intercooler on before the turbo. Lol it was rice for sure

  • Rust Belt Auto
    Rust Belt Auto 3 months ago

    Next up... Piping your cold air intake to your air conditioner. Seriously, I watched the first 6 seconds, and read the first 10 comments. DONE!

  • NineEleven1
    NineEleven1 3 months ago

    Is that whp? 230 whp seems a bit much right

    • PFI Speed
      PFI Speed  3 months ago

      That’s wheel hp, they def have a lot of potential

  • Jeremy Rocks
    Jeremy Rocks 3 months ago +1

    My engine can’t breathe!! 🤣🤣🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️

  • E B
    E B 3 months ago


    KENNY NOLIN 3 months ago +2

    Skunk2 one of the most over rated products

  • James Demonson
    James Demonson 3 months ago

    With the intercooler he still squeezed a good amount of power that alone was impressive but the face he made when the first run hit he was like "no way" great video

  • Rich Heller
    Rich Heller 3 months ago

    Would an ice cooled intake box make power

  • Wayne Au
    Wayne Au 3 months ago

    from malaysia ! wish to learn tuning from you email me if you like to help me out please🤣 thanks you

  • christian reyes
    christian reyes 3 months ago

    I miss my type s engine sounds hella good , good ol vtec

  • mitsumike 6g72
    mitsumike 6g72 3 months ago

    I really don't see how anyone else is not completely outraged that these people that work in the automotive industry didn't see that as a red flag instantly you have a non-turbo car but and intercooler what good does that do you just put the world's longest most restrictive air intake on your car especially in a dino situation where there's no air meeting your fucking car you're literally sucking in all the air that was already in the piping

  • kwasg3
    kwasg3 3 months ago

    So somewhere here on Ytubeland there is a video where Gale Banks did an intercooler for a NA corvette that was a land speed car. He found it helped above like 130 because he had some help from a positive pressure airbox that made up for pumping losses created by the intercooler, and the setup did bleed some temp out of the closed hood intake temps. But otherwise for the street, ya its a big restricter. Would be interested to know WOT MAP KPa near redline with and without intercooler, that would tell the story. On the flipside, this is the perfect way to test which intercooler setup (tank shape and piping included) flows more and therefor is a better choice for boost. Pumping losses are pumping losses. Also, it would be interesting to log intake chamber air temp while cruising down the highway, where partially closed throttle dominates the pumping losses, I bet it gets significantly better (10%?) gas mileage from cooler air charge to cylinders. Ya I know probably not important here..

  • Anthony Jones
    Anthony Jones 3 months ago

    I thought this was an april fools post.🤣

  • Carlos Rivera
    Carlos Rivera 3 months ago +4

    Would love to see Brent and Nads from Hoonigans have a Honda Afternoon, would learn so much

  • Chevy LS3
    Chevy LS3 3 months ago

    C'mon. that's a fart can 🥫

  • Kenith McIntosh
    Kenith McIntosh 3 months ago

    He clearly states the intercooler is for later but the people in the comment section are toxic...

    • Bryce Ocain
      Bryce Ocain 3 months ago

      Kenith McIntosh why would you put on an intercooler for later? Technically you can run a supercharger without one so wouldn’t you put that on first.. seems stupid to pay to put something useless and detrimental on your car. Maybe he should learn how an engine works before throwing money at it for no reason.

  • Lucas McCoy
    Lucas McCoy 3 months ago

    Yay 220.... I'm pretty sure that's stock

    • Allex Ward
      Allex Ward 3 months ago

      Stock averages around 170-180 on the dyno.

  • Daniel Siebert
    Daniel Siebert 3 months ago

    intercooler + no airflow over it... an nice intake heat sink.

  • Andy Here
    Andy Here 3 months ago +5

    Damn i thought the intercooler would act as a cold air intake not a cat 😂

  • Hammzception
    Hammzception 3 months ago +2

    I wanna see this guy tune a NA Frankenstein K20 head on a k24 block

  • CleanMotorSport RacingAssociation

    Isn’t this intercooler just to trick me into believing it’s fast cause it could be but what is the point of having an intercooler and no turbo like am I chilling the exhaust has just for colder air temps 😂

  • CleanMotorSport RacingAssociation

    Hehehehehe it’s just dense air it really isn’t doing all that much for power gains cause it really isn’t pumping itself to anything cause I really have yet to get how this whole system works but hehe I can imagine all that air is just getting sucked back into the engine with no force😂😂

  • adrian blanco
    adrian blanco 3 months ago

    Do you offer e tuning?

  • Michael Grandmaison
    Michael Grandmaison 3 months ago


  • MannyFresh1x
    MannyFresh1x 3 months ago +2

    Who tf hooks up an intercooler anyway while N/A... you should know its restrictive af

    • James Haulenbeek
      James Haulenbeek 3 months ago

      Same kinda guy that came on a forum one day asking how he could hook up a BOV on his son's car for the "turbo sound" without having a turbo...

    • Soyboy
      Soyboy 3 months ago


  • Brad Urban
    Brad Urban 3 months ago

    All bolt ons but has cams 🤔

    • Brad Urban
      Brad Urban 3 months ago

      @uDunDunnit yeah so is pistons and rods lmao

    • uDunDunnit
      uDunDunnit 3 months ago

      cams are technically 'bolt-ons'...

  • evan cooper
    evan cooper 3 months ago

    Still a Honda lol

  • Andre Ballentine
    Andre Ballentine 3 months ago

    VTech don't need intercooler, just better air intake. Keep em stock and off the Roids 🏋️

    • Keem Clan
      Keem Clan 3 months ago

      I mean or just upgrade what matters. Not pointless parts that arent doing anything.

  • YourMomsApartment 710
    YourMomsApartment 710 3 months ago +2

    Did dude really just say he was going to put a supercharger on it?

    • ipwnuallfully
      ipwnuallfully 3 months ago

      Super chargers on K engines are pretty common

  • TheNormalOutdoorsman
    TheNormalOutdoorsman 3 months ago +1

    Before I watched the video results... Just the mods and build they wete explaining I said to myself it should be roughly 220whp with all of the mods. That first run at 168 and I was like wtf? Something is terribly wrong.

  • Memmz Ald
    Memmz Ald 3 months ago

    I need you to tune my DC5! You guys planning to come Australia?

  • Derek Wong
    Derek Wong 3 months ago +1

    they were called the " Inter-fooler " back in teh days

  • Princess Solace
    Princess Solace 3 months ago +1

    Why don't you delete the SRS air bags and replace them with EJECTOR DYNAMIC'S SAFETY SEATS EJECTORS!!

  • An Trinh
    An Trinh 3 months ago +24

    he can put an intercooler there for the future mod but hooking it up to run it as an intake??? non turbo intercooler+ fake type r badge = ultra ricer.

  • Chris A
    Chris A 3 months ago

    Yonaka be happy wit dat.

  • The Send it Boys
    The Send it Boys 3 months ago

    Yeah i was thinking the intercooler would just be choking it out

  • mrksts1
    mrksts1 3 months ago +1

    This was just goofy.

  • kseries27
    kseries27 3 months ago +3

    I definitely would of checked the set up before tuning. I originally thought that it was fitted but not connected. Poor car was put thru alot. Car still lil to lean at wot un my opinion. Low 12s would of been good.....daily Fully built k20/k24 making 275/205 on a dynopack

    • kseries27
      kseries27 3 months ago

      @PFI Speed that's definitely true

    • PFI Speed
      PFI Speed  3 months ago +1

      They always tell you what they want , its a great fun project, remember we are at 6000ft . Great numbers on your build congrats! That’s definitely a blast to drive.

  • Big Mossin
    Big Mossin 3 months ago

    Base rsx 160hp stock

  • Amelia Lopez
    Amelia Lopez 3 months ago +1

    Lesson learned lol don't put a intercooler on your car if it doesn't have turbo. My b18c1 use to have more power then that k series lol

  • Rex Gui
    Rex Gui 3 months ago +31

    how to make your k20 become b16 without swaping the engine: install interfooler

  • Flyingdutchy33
    Flyingdutchy33 3 months ago

    I could barely understand a word of what was being said with all the noise

  • YzFDyL
    YzFDyL 3 months ago

    More like a interferer than a intercooler 😂😂

  • EugVR6
    EugVR6 3 months ago

    He looks like Mark Ruffalo with a mullet

  • 613 Car Guy
    613 Car Guy 3 months ago

    Doesn't sound good at all haha

    EGGINFOOLS 3 months ago

    Brent seems like a really cool guy.

  • 4banger mafia
    4banger mafia 3 months ago +5

    Lol dude lying. Why would you hook it up to your intake if you plan on getting a supercharger. Why waste money tuning it as NA? Lol 😆

    • uDunDunnit
      uDunDunnit 3 months ago

      Because some parts vendor, who knows shit about performance, probably told him to.

  • JD
    JD 3 months ago

    Would be really interesting to test the difference between an intake with a bell mouth and a straight pipe.

  • Jon Hayes
    Jon Hayes 3 months ago

    much slow

  • Chris Guerrero
    Chris Guerrero 3 months ago

    I've literally always wondered this lol

  • stu_tv
    stu_tv 3 months ago

    Should I get my car tuned?