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Old 10-18-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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Question Thinking narrower rad for air intake path ?

Sorry guys I did some searching but I'm confused ...

Current pipe curves out of the turbo to the front driver's side corner to a cone filter.

If I get a narrower radiator I should be able to extend the pipe somewhat forward behind the mouth.

I know people are using smaller radiators for other reasons.

What radiator can I use ?

Can the stock fans still be used ?

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Old 10-18-2013, 11:55 PM   #2
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Interesting idea. Is the AC gone? I would go to the junk yard with a tape measure and a notebook/camera to record dimensions. If you find a rad that works then it will have a fan on it, or just find one you like and use it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:11 AM   #3
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AC is still there but it needs some loving.
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Run a over the rad setup? You'll have enough room to put your 1st born in there too.
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I'd tell you to yank the AC but I see you are in FL. I see really narrow Civic radiators on other cars, so maybe look for a thicker aftermarket version so you can regain some lost area with added depth. Just make sure it's ducted well.
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I was just looking at things...

Even if I get a half rad the AC will be in the way :(
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I was just looking at things...

Even if I get a half rad the AC will be in the way :(
Exactly... over the rad setup will bypass that issue.



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There is only one question you wanna ask yourself when running a narrow (honda civic like) radiator:

DO YOU WANT YOUR CAR TO OVERHEAT?
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Exactly... over the rad setup will bypass that issue.




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Nobody uses a smaller radiator on a miata for any reason. The stock one is barely good enough for stock power.
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I suggest stop thinking.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:22 AM   #12
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Cai on a turbo car hardly does anything.

At all.

Please dont engineer your way into a problem for no reason.

Add 1psi of boost if you want a little more power.
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Yeah, I think he's asking for the filter only, he hasn't mentioned intercooler piping at all.

If you think its a good idea to do all this work and sacrifice cooling capacity for a CAI, yeah, not worth it.
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Ok, I'm bailing...

The above reasons are compelling.

I would like to reroute the piping to the turbo but not reroute the IC, move or angle the radiator etc.

Thank you all for your advice. It looked like a good project at the time.
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