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Old 02-22-2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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Finally got my IC.. Evo 8 stocker. I didn't have much time to work on the Miata last night, I just kinda eyeballed the IC and temporarily put it on the car. I can probobly get it alot higher if I have it as far back as possible (Maby an inch from the radiator), my car is low enough that that is a major concern, but I see everyone else putting them as far FORWARD as possible.. Will far forward/far back really have much of an impact on efficiency? I'll have to do some cutting if I decide to mount it more forward..
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the only ones i see mounting them more forward are the NBs. Putting it right up near the radiator will be fine.
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I'm gonna sandwich my ic to my rad, I think its just as good if not better than stocking it way out there. Think of it this way,

I think this area between the i/c and the rad the airflow would get wonky and mis directed compared to a sandwiched set-up.
Just my opinion though, in reality you don't see high horsepower supras ect with sandwiched set-ups so who knows...
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So far, everyone who had it mounted far forward has told me they only did it because it was easier to run the piping for them.
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i'd just try to make sure it wasn't contacting the radiator to help prevent heaksoak from it.
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maybe you could sandwich it and use some weatherstripping around the edge so that it does not make contact with the radiator
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Mine is sandwiched and I don't seem to have a problem. The close proximity to the rad probably get's things a little warm when sitting at idle, but once moving I doubt there is much of an issue.
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i dint have to do no cutting to mount mine. i don't see the advantage of this sandwiching business, only disadvantages.
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With out A/C mounting it right against the rad was the easiest way to do it for me. This was on a Starion I/C, with jamesB pipes. I did it out of convience, I'm lazy and took the quickest route possible. I had to build new brackets since my I/C didn't come with them.

I still don't think it sucks
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i dint have to do no cutting to mount mine. i don't see the advantage of this sandwiching business, only disadvantages.
How far forward did you mount it? Do you have any other pics online other than the vGarage pics? Looks good!
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I just hung it off the stock a/c mounting brackets, which are about an inch or two forward of the rad, i believe. used some 3 or 4 inch metal pieces with holes drilled to make up for the slight difference in width between the stock evo mount tabs and the miata a/c mounts. bent the top hanger thing way down, strung a zip tie through it and tied it to the chassis directly above it. not structural, just keeps it from flopping back and forth.
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https://www.miataturbo.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3241
there are a few pics and there that show piping and the ziptie, might help. also you can see the endtanks refelecting the flash a little, gives you an idea of where it is.
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i dint have to do no cutting to mount mine. i don't see the advantage of this sandwiching business, only disadvantages.
Well mounting further back creates a quite the low pressure area in your bumper which lets more air flow thru.

By sandwiched I don't mean bolted to eachother, I simply mean very close as to the norm of mounting it way up front.

I will have custom ducting and some sort of heat resistant material as a buffer between the rad and i/c, hopefully it works good, if not I'll just hang that bitch out the front and call her a day.
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