The intercooler pipe suffers from a bit of a paradox: it transfers hot air from the turbocharger to the intercooler to prevent it from damaging the former, but this hot air also damages the pipe. So it's no surprise that the intercooler pipes are the most prone to breakage in the turbocharger/intercooler systems in trucks. Thankfully, the popularity of turbochargers has made replacement intercooler pipes easy to find nowadays, and one manufacturer that offers such parts is BD Diesel. A specialist in diesel engine components, BD Diesel offers replacement steel pipes for diesel engine turbo intercoolers. In this review, we put the BD Diesel intercooler pipe to the test.
- Replaces the factory intercooler intake pipe
- Eliminates the risk of cracking at high boost levels
- Corrosion resistant steel
- Available in powder coated and polished finishes
- One-year warranty
- Includes reducer/adaptor, clamps, and Allen wrench
Things we liked
- Unlike the plastic pipe that comes with most intercoolers nowadays, this pipe is made from steel. Though not as light as plastic, its steel construction makes it more resistant to cracking. The pipe is also treated against corrosion, so rusting is basically non-existent. What's more, you'll also have a choice of getting a smooth, polished finish or a black powder-coating.
- The kit comes with all the necessary hardware such as clamps, a pipe reducer/adaptor, and an Allen wrench. We found the wrench to be somewhat flimsy though, so we recommend using a professional hex key set.
- Fits just like its factory counterpart. The pipe complies with OEM standards, making it virtually identical to factory pipes except for its steel construction. So fitting the pipe onto the intercooler and the turbocharger was relatively easy.
- High price. BD Diesel intercooler pipes go for $150 to $200 online, which is quite expensive compared to replacement OEM pipes that sell for just $25 to $50 a pop.
The bottom line
When it comes to toughness and longevity, the BD Diesel intercooler pipe is definitely superior to the pipes that came with your truck's intercooler. It's only major caveat is that it has comparatively steep price tag, which might turn off truck owners looking for replacement pipes on a tight budget. But still, if you can look past the cost, this pipe does make for a more than adequate replacement for rider's intercooler pipes.