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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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GODSPEED 95-99 ECLIPSE DSM GSX GST FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT BOLT ON J PIPE V2
$344.5


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ALUMINUM TURBO 21.75"x12"x3" BAR & PLATE FMIC FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT BLACK
$108.99


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1994-1997 FORD F250 F350 Power Stroke Diesel 7.3L Intercooler kit
$855.0


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Chevrolet Camaro LS1 LT1 Single Turbo Front Mount Intercooler kit + BOV
$477.85


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FULL ALUMINUM TURBO 35"x11.75"x4" BAR&PLATE BLACK FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT
$148.98


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91-99 2nd Gen Toyota MR2 SW20 3S-GTE intercooler kit
$250.0


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GODSPEED 02-07 WRX OR STI GDB BOLT ON FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT DIRECT FIT
$265.95


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T04E 9PC T3 TWIN TURBO KIT+MANIFOLD+INTERCOOLER KIT 87-93 FORD MUSTANG 5.0L V8
$818.98


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CXRacing FMIC Intercooler Kit Bolt On w/BOV For 90-96 Nissan 300ZX Z32
$500.4


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3-PLY SILICONE TURBO INTERCOOLER KIT PIPING PIPE/HOSE FOR 90-96 300ZX Z32 RED
$53.98


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VOTION Type 1 Water to Air Intercooler Kit - Basic
$369.99


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CXRacing 89-94 FMIC INTERCOOLER KIT FOR S13/SR20DET 240SX
$216.0


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Gimmick Motorsports Front Mount Intercooler kit 02-07 Subaru WRX & STI / TurboXS
$460.0


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INTERCOOLER KIT for 240SX Skyline R33 R34 GTR GTS RB20DET
$244.0


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T04E 13PC T3 TWIN TURBO KIT+MANIFOLD+INTERCOOLER KIT 87-93 FORD MUSTANG 5.0L V8
$818.98


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Universal 12 pcs 2.5" BLACK COUPLER+ CHROME PIPING+INTERCOOLER KIT+T-Bolt CLAMPS
$155.37


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