Diesel engines may be the most impressive internal combustion engines currently being produced. Though they’re fairly heavy compared to their gasoline counterparts, they can be built up easily by the average wrench slinger.
With a few modifications, modern diesels such as the Ford 6.0L Power Stroke can produce some jaw-dropping power numbers while still doubling as a reliable off-road tow rig engine. It’s no surprise that problems usually surface when the boost pressures are turned up to the point where the factory intercooler just can’t keep up with the demands of the boost-happy turbocharged diesel engine.
Luckily, aFe Power just released its new BladeRunner intercooler, which utilizes a 3.15-inch bar-and-plate design that is 44 percent larger than the stock unit—allowing it to outflow it by as much as 40 percent.
We stopped by Diesel Tech in San Jacinto, California, to watch aFe’s new BladeRunner intercooler get installed on a Ford 6.0L Power Stroke Super Duty. The intercooler went on in no time at all. The average enthusiast can accomplish this in just a few hours using simple hand tools and a torque wrench. The great thing about the BladeRunner intercooler is that unlike the factory units that eventually leak and lose pressure, the BladeRunner intercooler features fully TIG-Welded construction and is pressure-rated for 200 psi, which makes it perfect for high-boost applications.