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Old 12-16-2006, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default cut bellypan for diy intercooler, right?

So I took off my bumper cover to start looking at how to route my intercooler pipes. I'm planning on doing the typical around-the-radiator setup, but am curious how you guys cut the bellypan and front tray thing? I searched and looked at some pictures, but would love some cofirmation.

Just put it all in, and then deal with how the pans fit afterwards?

I have AC and PS, and will be using 2" pipes. Thanks
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I actually don't have a bellypan anymore. Then a 3*6" rectangle was cut out of each wheel liner to allow the pipe to route inside the bumpercover area. The cutout was on the inside edge at the very bottom.
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Old 12-17-2006, 03:22 AM   #3
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Bellypan? What bellypan?
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Bellypan? What bellypan?

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I have actually heard that it makes the car more stable at higher speeds. I myself never put it back on as I was always tweaking things and it hasn't really bothered me.
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welp, let us know how it goes when you speeding along at high speeds and an object comes flyin up through your engine bay and breaks something pretty.

J/P brother. I had mine off for the longest time until a friend of mine had that happen to him.
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Old 12-17-2006, 10:01 AM   #7
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yeah, mine is gone also.... I would reccomend removal, and then adding your own ducting to seal the front end so that air is still directed through the radiator.....
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It would seem to me that the ducting should continue past the radiator, like the stock unit, to keep flow turbulence down and make sure a high-pressure zone didn't occur right after the radiator. That wouldn't be good for cooling!
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Old 12-17-2006, 10:18 AM   #9
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My bellypan has been history since I installed the turbo. The only addition in that area was the aluminum cover that 2zooms made above the radiator to make the area in front of the radiator like a tunnel. No overheating problems and nothing has flown in to cut a belt yet

I did re-install the gasket along the rear of the hood because every time I would drop some oil around the turbo or engine, the fumes would get in the cabin when it burned off.
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My bellypan was removed the day the car came off the lot in '93. It probably does affect stability slightly at higher speeds (above 100 perhaps)... but who cares. Even then, it's still on rails.

I took off the big black air funneler thing in the nose completely... some guys just cut holes in the side of it though. I forget, what kind of IC did you buy.... how wide is it? Does it come to the edge of the rad or are you going to have to actually route pipes back in front of the rad? How about a pic of the rad test mounted now that you've got the nose off.

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Well, there are a few other jobs I have to do behind the nose cone, so I'l be doing those today. Once I mount the intercooler, I'll probably throw up some pictures, but that may be a while.

This Miata build is my stress relief/play time out in the garage. No rush on it.
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It's so nice out, I'd go for a drive first. And show off that red interior.
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I hear ya; I've been doing that all fall. I guess I gave up on there ever being a "last" nice day of the year to be the final drive before the build. Oh well. It's nice to be in the garage on nice days too
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My bellypan has been long gone as well, but it is supposed to help with cooling at low speeds by getting air to flow thru the rad instead of just around it, and it is supposed to help with high speed stability by decreasing lift.
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Just yesterday I put a piece of aluminum sheeting from the nose to where the belly pan connected by the oil pan. I hope to fill in a little of the open gaps around the nose and protect the motor from stuff at the same time. I live on the oregon coast so there is a lot of stuff in the road.
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I cut mine when i had a turbo
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substain 100mph for about 10-15secs and you'll wish you had the bellypan when your water temps skyrocket.
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Brain, you just cut the sides of your bellypan where your intercooler pipes were, yes?
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your miatas will go over 100?????

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i had no problem at 130 mph why would 100 be any different absolutly no bellypan here it actualy seemed to suck down even harder without it, maybe its the hartop though
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