10-14-2006, 07:35 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
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Rad tube moved, IC hot side=1pipe!!!
I dread the first cut on a stock part you intend to modify that you don't have a replacement for... ie, if I screw this up, I can't drive it! Well, I dove right in today on such a project after taking a look at the radiator tube that snakes around the AC/PS into the bottom of the radiator. I thought "That's a dumb way to do that now that I don't have AC or PS."
I was also having a slight fitment issue with the 2" IC piping I'd bought that I thought would go through the little loop in the RAD tube. It would go through there, but I'd have to bend the 90* coupler that's going on the IC to more like 110*, which I don't think they do. So, CHOP CHOP, reroute!!!
You can see the turbo on the Begi mani just sitting on top of the RB Header. Imagine that the compressor outlet is about two inches left and one inch down... but I've got lots of clocking space in there.
Pics 1/2 show the stock location of the radiator hose and the IC pipe bubble wrapped. You can see it's not a great fit. I can get the pipe to the right spot to mate it to the compressor with a 45* coupler, but the 90* coupler at the IC just won't make the angle to get the pipe through the loop.
Pics 3/4/5/6 in the following post show the modified location of the radiator hose, and the perfect 90* angle at the IC. The IC pipe in the pic is a 70* bend. I will use a 45* bend instead and the up angle will be less, perfect for the 45* coupler into the compressor.
I cut about 8" off total between the two pieces of radiator hose. I'd like to get one long piece of hose with a 90* bend and just attach the 90* end of the hose to the block fitting and run it straight down into the rad. That would eliminate all the stock pieces and that metal elbow. It's 1.25" hose... should't be that hard to come by. Next time I'm at the U-Pull-It, I'll go hose hunting. The perfect piece will be under some hood.
Did I mention that I'm DAMN GOOD! One pipe, two couplers. It doesn't get simpler than that!
Last edited by samnavy; 08-01-2007 at 09:40 PM.