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Old 10-20-2007, 06:48 PM   #1
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Okay i cant get it out... I've taken so many nuts bolts off it's unbelieveable. Where are the hidden nuts. I've taken 1 under each headlight off, is there another? It seems to pull free in the middle and the bottoms sides, but the top corners wont budge
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i've had mine off 3 times in the last 2 mos and trying to remember.

8 14mm bolts hold it on to the bumper support.
6 10mm bolts that hold the metal frame to the "Radiator support" section
2 10mm nuts(1 on each side) that are way out to the ends of the bumper under the headlights in a horizontal front/back orientation
4 10mm nuts (2 per side) inside fenders that attach to front bumper. remove wheel well liners to get to them
2 10mm bolts (1 per side) holding those bars that attach the lower bumper to the frame so it doesn't flex

that should be it
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:05 PM   #3
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You got the two nuts on each side that are accessible only after you remove the fender liners? Sounds like those are the ones. First time I forgot them and had the same problem as you.
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yeah my liner is still in, i only took off the one covering the washer fluid. so i'll try that
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Hahah I just finished going through this a few days ago installing a new driverside fender. Oh man taking off those little nuts that hold the bumper inbetween the headlight and frame is ridiculous. I just left them off, but assembled everything else back on.
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there's only one of those on each side right?
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there's only one of those on each side right?
Behind the liners? No, there is 2 on each side.

It is not hard. I had it off in 30min with no instructions, doing it the first time.

Its not like they are "stealth" fasteners or some ****, you look what is holding it in, and you unbolt them.
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okay it's off... enough bolts just snapped heh. so i'll address that later.

Now that it's off which cross member does the intercooler normally mount to?

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Which is in these pictures?
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Now that it's off which cross member does the intercooler normally mount to?
Everyone does it differently. I made a bracket for mine that mounts to where the A/C condenser would normally go: https://www.miataturbo.net/forums/sh...ht=intercooler. The best pictures are at the bottom of the thread in post # 36.

FM's website and instructions illustrate a different method, worth checking out.
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Mine had a bracket welded to the top of the IC which I bolted to the hood latch bracket. I also built 2 brackets for the bottom which riveted to the IC and bolted to the radiator.

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Dunno if that helps with your setup or not.
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and the easiest way(or the drifters way) to put it on is say 4 of those 10mm bolts on the top. and 1 med. sized zip tie on the corners where it meets the fender. Easiest/quickest way for speedy removal/installation
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well i test fit it in and no luck, so im gunna go to the dark side... WI
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Giving up pretty easy. What makes it not fit. Just way to large or do it just bump into the A/C dryer?
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