Ok so. I want to run my hot side intercooler piping in the common low mounted position to the front mount, and from the cold side piping through the over the radiator hole and into the throttle body. To me this routing makes the most sense besides 1 small problem, getting an intercooler with proper in/out placement.
The Evo X
has proper placement, but all the affordable and plentiful intercoolers are massive. Like 3.5" thick core, 2.75" in/out, 20x12 core. If I measured correctly this would just barely squeeze behind the bumper on an NA. Some of the stock ics are much smaller but don't seem to get sold all the time.
Alternatively there is this IC
. Slightly more reasonably sized, but one of the outlets needs to be turned 90*. I'm confident that I'm good enough at welding that I could flip the outlet on this, but it would be a bit hinky.
Or I could spend $700-900 and pay Bell or Full Race or someone like that to make me a custom intercooler. It would have a better core, and fit correctly. I could make one myself, but I'm still not that great at welding aluminum.
Or an I being stupid and should just run over the rad or around the bottom. I really dont want to run around the bottom because the tb side pipe seems really convoluted.