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Intercoolers

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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REV9 08-13 SUBARU WRX STI FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT TURBO BOLT ON EJ20/25 FMIC
$464.99


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CXRacing Aluminum FMIC Turbo Intercooler kit For 07-09 MazdaSpeed3 DISI Blue
$307.8


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MISHIMOTO Performance Top-Mount Intercooler Kit FOR Subaru WRX/STI SILVER/BLACK
$580.0


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REV9 08-11 WRX GH EJ25 Turbo Top Mount Intercooler Kit Direct Bolt on 400hp+
$360.96


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Intercooler kit For Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Dodge Stealth TT
$610.0


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02-07 wrx sti ej20 ej25 gdb gda Front Mount Intercooler Kit/Bracket/Overflow Rev
$380.07


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CXRacing Intercooler Kit Intake Radiator Piping For 98-05 Lexus GS300 2JZ-GTE
$583.0


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CXRacing Front Mount Intercooler Kit For 300ZX Z32 Twin Turbo 90-96 30x11x3 Inch
$309.6


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Intercooler Kit + Turbo Intake Kit For 91-00 Lexus SC300 2JZ-GTE Single Turbo
$482.0


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CXRacing 31x12x3 FMIC Intercooler kit For 89-91 Dodge Ram 1st Gen 5.9L Diesel
$519.3


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CX FMIC TURBO INTERCOOLER KIT For S13 S14 S15 RB20DET RB25DET R32 R33 R34
$251.99


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MISHIMOTO Performance Top-Mount Intercooler Kit FOR Subaru WRX/STI BLACK/BLACK
$580.0


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CXRacing Intercooler Kit + BOV For 95-99 2G DSM 4G63 Eclipse Talon
$284.0


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Process West Top Mount Intercooler Kit Silver fits STi 08-2015
$982.0


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NEW REV9 02-07 SUBARU WRX STI FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT FMIC EJ20 EJ25
$256.97


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CX Front Mount FMIC Intercooler Kit For 07-10 BMW 335i 335is E90 E91 E92 N54
$503.1


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