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Old 03-06-2009, 02:17 AM   #1
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I am in a middle of figuring out a DIY intercooler set up. I got an interecooler for free. here is a picture of it Picasa Web Albums - Taras - Miata Project

I am planning on putting it right in front of the radiator. It looks like its going to fit perfectly with the hole where the AC canister is and i will make another one just like that on the other side and route the pipes from the top.
So i was wondering if people could post their set ups to see how they did it. I am mostly looking for the same set up i am looking into doing. I want to see how you route your pipes.

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there are at least 2 other threads where this has been beaten to DEATH!! ******* search man
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there are at least 2 other threads where this has been beaten to DEATH!! ******* search man
Gee lighten up
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gee, why dont you search and find the appropriate threads and quit being a typical Newb
I'm actually being nice to you.

You know why threads like this **** people off? When someone that is actually searching and not being a dumb newb and making new threads seaches for diy intercooler threads, they will have to dig through 100's of these kind of bullshit threads before they will find the good ones. If everyone does their part and searches, it will keep this place neat/organized and informative without having to spend hours weeding out the bad threads.
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I have been using a search button on here everyday for the past year. And found a lot of things. One problem with all the intercooler set ups is that pictures mostly look like this one

The plate over the intercooler is really not helping me to see how everything is mounted

And BTW, one thing i noticed after owning an 02 wrx for over a year that Subaru guys are very angry people for some reason.
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I'm on my 3rd wrx and have owned 4 rsx's. I'm just an angry person, and right now especially because I'm tired. anyways, click on the link in my sig: my intercooler build as well as the build thread shows very detailed (imo) pictures of the process (of how I did mine).

Joe Perez has a detailed thread about how he did his.
Zx Tex has a detailed thread about his.
Patsmx5 has a detailed thread on his.

All completely different and all very well documented.
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i did look at yours. It looks nice, but its not what i am looking in doing with mine. The pic i posted is for sure what i want to do but the cover thing on the top cover how the intercooler is mounted.
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check out zx tex's setup
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yeah i saw his set up. One problem is that he has an NB i have an NA so its a little different. I guess i should have made that clear in the OP.
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Try putting your location in your profile and mods in your sig. Not hard.
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I would actually be kind of interested in seeing some diy NA intercooler routing pictures. Im sure they are out there, just scattered. Ive been SO very tempted to do like a local guy and do a custom side by side setup with a Honda Civic radiator and a narrow (width) 4'' thick IC core with short pipes. Im sure it wouldnt turn out as nice as his since my welding skills arent up to par, but it would probably work nicely. Any reason more people dont do the side by side thing? He said he didnt notice any reduction in cooling, though I dont know if he tracks it or anything. Even though its a smaller rad, its not blocked at all by the IC. This way would make for very clean and short piping also.


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Surely one of the prettiest things Ive seen in a Miata engine bay. Was or maybe still is a local welding shops, shop car. I guess maybe I could go ask him to duplicate it for me. I think I actually talked to him about it before in the past... forget.
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Joe Perez has a detailed thread about how he did his.
Zx Tex has a detailed thread about his.
Patsmx5 has a detailed thread on his.

All completely different and all very well documented.
I just wanted to thank you for this post. Nothing pisses me off more than going to search for something and all I find is people being jackasses to the OP and telling him to go search. Then I end up searching through 200 different threads full of people saying "go search".

Thank you for taking the time to point the OP in the right direction. A year from now, when some noob comes on here trying to be as polite and respectful as possible and he goes to search for a custom intercooler setup, at least he'll get some direction and advise instead of just a bunch of ******** saying "go search".
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Yes thank you for pointing in a right direction.
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Go search is the right advice. How to search and what to search may be the problem. Look for people's build threads. Search for those. Find names and search for threads started by those people. If you find a person here with 1500+ post that's been a member a long time and has a signature with something that interest you (perhaps "...,DIY IC,..", then odds are they started a thread on here asking questions and posting pics of it.
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Surely one of the prettiest things Ive seen in a Miata engine bay. Was or maybe still is a local welding shops, shop car. I guess maybe I could go ask him to duplicate it for me. I think I actually talked to him about it before in the past... forget.

I'd like to see the data on that one first...


here's mine: Index of /new_miata/intercooler
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If I can't get my car to cool properly on the track, I'm taking it to BEGi and requesting a side-by-side.
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Under most circumstances the side by side yields the same amount of direct exposure that "sandwich" with a full rad behind does. IMO the best approach is to use a double pass rad so that you're getting that same unit of coolant into direct airflow once, and then again from post IC air.
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I'd like to see the data on that one first...


here's mine: Index of /new_miata/intercooler
Thanks for posting your set up. Did you see any improvement with a bigger intercooler?
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OK, i need some advice here now.

I got the above pictured intercooler for free so i thought i will get some use out of it. However now i realize that i will have to ditch the AC and its full with a mix of old stuff and new stuff so no one can suck it out for me. So now i am thinking i might just go with another smaller intercooler. Like this one right here
eBay Motors: CXRacing INTERCOOLER CIVIC INTEGRA PRELUDE 18x12x3 FMIC (item 390034052382 end time Mar-07-09 21:00:00 PST)
it looks like it will fit nicely in there. What do you guys think?
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you realize i still have a/c right?
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