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#27785 6-Nov-2008 17:21
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when u get an intercooler for your turbo, does it get installed behind the front bumper? and what happens to the car's radiator that is there?

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  #176397 6-Nov-2008 20:38
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Intercoolers generally sit in front of the radiator to get as much fresh air as possible - theres sometimes enough space for the intercooler to be fit without any major alterations. Otherwise the other option is to cut your bumper and sit he intercooler in the gap. Lot of people think this is illegal as you now have an intercooler instead of a bumper, but as long as the intercooler is sitting behind whats left of the bumper, its legal.

Do you currently have a turbo'ed car ? If so, then itll already have a intercooler, either at the front of the car or a top mount (Subarus have top mount from factory....damn annoying "interheaters")



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  #176401 6-Nov-2008 20:44
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It only gets installed behind the front bumper if you install it behind the front bumper.

If you dont install it behind the front bumper, then it wont be.

There are top-mount, and side-mount solutions.

I have even seen an intercooler in a boot (of a mid engined racecar here in NZ) with air scoops in the boot lid channeling air to it.

Put it wherever you want, but FMIC are generally going to see the most cold air, which is in most cases is what its all about.

There is room in my car to mount an FMIC on the front of the radiator without modifying anything, and if I put mesh behind the big 'mouth' on my factory front spoiler, no one would see the FMIC.

Still may go the supercharger route instead though.







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  #176652 7-Nov-2008 15:06
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I can't seem to find many places in nz that sell TMIC so could i just buy a FMIC and get it installed as a TMIC?




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  #176655 7-Nov-2008 15:15
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Many things need to be taken into consideration before "sticking" on a front mount intercooler, or aftermarket intercoolers for that fact.
What make/model car do you currently have, and what are you looking to gain by adding an aftermarket intercooler?

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  #176658 7-Nov-2008 15:47
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Little: Many things need to be taken into consideration before "sticking" on a front mount intercooler, or aftermarket intercoolers for that fact.
What make/model car do you currently have, and what are you looking to gain by adding an aftermarket intercooler?


Agreed - what sort of car are you planning on adding boost to ? Smile
Some wont like it much if you slap a turbo on and think it'll run happily, other dont mind it as much as long as you keep the boost relatively low...and then whats the point anyway ? Tongue out

Avoid TMIC if possible, youre usually limited on the size, and therefore limited air intake, hence why many Subaru owners go for FMIC when modding their car.

Your other choice is to move the radiator to the boot and use the space for the IC... such as the Supra here - but thats only for the truely dedicated car modder Tongue out (Gotta love those Top Secret boys and their toys)




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