2016 Ram 2500 CCSB 4X4 Granite crystal everything stock for now
After a lot of shopping, I went with the Westing HDX bumper; it's on the way. Westin seems to be one of the few (of many) aftermarket bumper builders that seems to understand that the intercooler needs airflow. I appreciate you creativity, but your design will also significantly block airflow to the intercooler. For you, this may only be a problem in the summer months ... gets very cold in the winder where you live. I'm in Florida, so I need airflow!
Nice set up you have!
You mean you haven't had issues yet, and you may never have an issue related to the lack of airflow through the intercooler; this is about performance and turbocharger longevity (high egt). For years turbocharged engines didn't even have intercoolers. In later years intercoolers were included from the factory, and understanding the benefits of a colder, denser inlet air charge, there are a whole host of aftermarket suppliers that make larger and more efficient intercoolers. Those aftermarket intercoolers advertise reduced inlet air temperatures, reduced exhaust gas temperatures (colder in means colder out), and increased horsepower and torque.
Ram engineers designed the font bumper with 138 square inches of airflow inlet, the upper opening is 3 inches X 26 inches, for 78 square inches. The lower openings, in the valance, are 2.5 inches X 12 inches each, for 60 square inches. There's a reason they wanted that much airflow. From what I've seen the Flog, Fusion, Thunderstruck, and Westin bumpers actually address the airflow issue.
You won't see in increase in your IAT on your cooling system temperature gauge. You need an aftermarket gauge or programmer to see that temperature parameter. I will be pulling pre and post IAT readings (old bumper compared to new bumper). I'll post pictures and the data when I'm finished.