Alternative Cooling Plates?

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  1. echoparkpanda

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    I like the Password JDM Cooling Plate for our 10th Gens but I’m not a huge fan of carbon fiber if nothing else in the bay is.
    Are there alternatives to aftermarket cooling plates?

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    Looks a thousand times better than the red type r clone.
     
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    I like the idea, but only if it actually provides better cooling and/or better IATs to a stock airbox...

    So far it doesn't seem like much research has gone into such a thing because a lot of people ditch the stock intake box anyways, so IAT advantages would be out the window and aside from that there's not a whole lot of extra cooling you can get through the radiator when there's already a cooling panel of arguably-adequate effectiveness.

    :dunno:
     
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    The air intake path in front of the radiator is effectively pressurized at speed. This will do absolutely nothing for increased cooling efficiency. It doesn’t even touch the top of the radiator, so how could it seal anything?
     
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    What type r clone are you speaking of?
     
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    #6 PowerPerLiter, May 20, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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    You need to research the airflow path the factory utilizes. If sticking with a factory intake OR ANY short ram intake that keeps the filter near the stock location something like this would be a big benefit. The companies are sleeping on this modification. It can be improved a lot as its a project I have continued to look at and work on recently. the entire upper portion of the grill opening above the H badge is the "feed" for air above the radiator...well actually that entire opening pressurizes the under side of the cooling plate. The little slits on the driver side is the factory feed which is then "guttered" with the rubber piece that is attached to the hood which guides the air straight to the airbox inlet.

    That entire upper grill opening could be isolated for just intake air and would be an excellent benefit. And I strongly think it would be even better than true cold air intake arrangement if done correctly (with a more efficient intake path-less piping to navigate- loud induction noises)

    When I am done with my setup and am confident on a simple install I will be talking to my machinist cousin on making a batch to sell which may require modding the factory cooling plate or replace with a different one.

    The magic would be in a "undertray" below the cooling plate that leads straight to the grill....preventing any radiant radiator heat from rising into the air path...

    I think the OP is looking at the intake air benefits more than "cooling system"
     
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    I’ve done plenty of research, thanks. My focus is on radiator cooling, not the intake.

    The air flowing through the grille is going to take the path of least resistance, which is the huge gap between the top of the radiator and the radiator support brace. This aftermarket plate does nothing to prevent that.

    And I agree, Unless there is a sealed duct (aka your “magic undertray”) feeding air into that intake hole on the cooling plate, most of the air is just going to flow past it and create turbulence, in addition to a high pressure area under the hood which will result in increased drag.

    Thus, going back to my original point, which is: this piece is worthless for improving the cooling efficiency of the radiator. Or the intake for that matter.

    The link in my updated DIY thread explains my reasoning perfectly.
     
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    No insult meant. I reply a little too aggressive at times without meaning too. As well as I may have even misunderstood what end goal we were even talking about initially. Im just excited to see some thinkers about.....
     
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    No harm done! Nice to see some other DIY’ers on this forum.
     
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