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Automotive Racing Intercoolers, Intercooler Kits


An intercooler is a device used on turbocharged and supercharged internal combustion engines to improve the volumetric efficiency and increase the amount of charge in the engine, thereby increasing power. The inter in the name refers to its location compared to the compressors; the coolers were typically installed between multiple stages of supercharging in aircraft engines. Modern automobile designs are technically aftercoolers because they appear most often at the very end of the chain, but this name is no longer used.

Turbochargers and superchargers compress incoming air, causing it to become heated. Since hot air is less dense than cooler air at the same pressure, the total charge delivered to the cylinders is higher than non-compressed air, but still less than it could be. By cooling the charge after compression, even more charge can be delivered, increasing power. Additionally, intercoolers help to increase the total amount of boost possible without causing engine knocking.

An intercooler is essentially a radiator tuned for high volume flow rates and the increasing density of the charge as it cools. Most designs use ambient air for cooling, flowing through the radiator core, and often collocated with other radiators for oil or cooling fluid. This approach is also known as Air To Air (ATA).

Greddy, HKS, Spearco Intercooler KitsAn alternate design, often referred to as a charge cooler, uses water or a water/antifreeze mix to cool the charge, then cools the water in a separate radiator. While heavier and more complex, charge coolers can often make arranging the rest of the engine much simpler. This approach is also known as Water To Air (WTA). A variation on this type of charge cooler substitutes a reservoir of coolant for the radiator, allowing the use of an icewater mixture that can bring outlet temperatures well below ambient air temperature even under very high boost pressure. Because of the limitations on the volume of icewater that can be stored and circulated, this approach to charge cooling is only practical for short durations, making it most common in drag racing and land speed record attempts.

  • Front Mount Intercoolers (FMIC)
    Mounted vertically near the front bumper, in line with the car's radiator
  • Side Mount Intercoolers (SMIC)
    Mounted in the front corner of a bumper, in front of one of the wheels. Side-mounted intercoolers are generally smaller and less efficient than front-mounted intercoolers.
  • Top Mount Intercoolers (TMIC)
    Mounted horizontally on top of the engine (due to a low hood line) and use a hood scoop to force air over the intercooler.

Intercooler Kits

  • Greddy Intercoolker Kits
  • HKS Intercooler Kits
  • Spearco Intercooler Kits

Intercooler Kits Available on eBay

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Universal 12pcs 2.5" Coupler + Chrome Piping + Intercooler Kit+T-Bolt Clamps

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CXRacing Turbo Header Manifold Intercooler Kit for 05-14 Ford Mustang 4.6L V8

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95-99 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX GST Front Mount Intercooler Kit FMIC 4G63 DSM TSI

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Intercooler Kit For 95-04 Toyota Tacoma Truck 2JZ-GTE Stock Turbo Black

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Aluminum Intercooler Kit Black Fit For 2013-2018 Ram 2500 3500 Pickup 6.7L

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Fit For 2006-10 BMW 135 135i 335 335i E90 N54 Twin Turbo Intercooler Kit + Hose

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2.5" Intercooler Kit Universal Aluminum Pipe Piping Mandrel Bent 2mm Thick

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Intercooler Kit For Audi A3/S3 / VW Golf GTI R MK7 EA888 1.8T 2.0T TSI Black

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CXRacing Turbo Intercooler Kit For 92-00 Civic D15 D16 D-Series SOHC Engine

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FMIC Racing Intercooler Kit For 2007-2013 BMW E90 335i 335xi 135i N54 N55 Silver

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CXRacing Turbo + Intercooler Kit For Mazda Miata MX-5 1.8L NA-T T3 Top Mount

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CXR FMIC Twin Turbo Intercooler Kit For 79-93 Fox Body Ford Mustang V8 5.0 GT35

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CXRacing Turbo + Intercooler kit For 89-93 Mazda Miata 1.6L Engine

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Intercooler kit SQV BOV Piping Kit For Honda Civic EG EK 92-00 Acura Integra BK

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Fit For Mini Cooper S R55 R56 Clubman Facelift Engine Intercooler Kit ( 2010 + )

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Turbo Intercooler kit For 99-07 Chevrolet Silverado GMT 800 Vortec V8 4.8 5.3

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