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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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Universal Blue 2.5'' Aluminum FMIC Intercooler Piping Kit + Bov Intercooler Kit
$199.99


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GODSPEED SKYLINE RB20 RB25 S13 S14 FMIC INTERCOOLER KIT
$355.0


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Bolt On Turbo FMIC Intercooler kit Hard Pipe w/BOV For 90-96 Nissan Z32 300ZX
$703.0


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2.5" Universal Turbo Front mount Intercooler kit+BOV
$589.99


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GODSPEED FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT ECLIPSE 2G GST GSX
$239.99


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GSP Aluminum FMIC Front Mount Intercooler Kit Golf GTi Jetta IV MK4 1.8T Turbo
$299.98


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12X 2.5" BLUE COUPLER+ BLACK PIPING + INTERCOOLER KIT MAZDA 3 6 MX5 RX7 RX8 FD
$160.44


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TURBO INTERCOOLER KIT COMBO 2.5" POLISHED PIPING + FMIC + COUPLERS RED+CLAMPS
$149.99


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BMW 135 135i 335 335i E90 E92 2006-2010 N54 TWIN TURBO INTERCOOLER KIT Blue
$236.0


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2010+ Chevrolet Cruze Ecotec 1.4T Turbo Front Mount Intercooler Kit
$395.1


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2.5" CHROME PIPING+Intercooler KIT+BLACK COUPLER CLAMP TURBOCHARGER SUPERCHARGER
$160.44


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CXRacing FMIC INTERCOOLER KIT 240SX S14 S15 SR20DET
$209.0


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GSP 02-05 AUDI A4 1.8T TURBO FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT DIRECT BOLT-ON RACING
$335.0


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Intercooler kit + BOV + Piping Dodge Neon SRT-4 SRT 4
$260.0


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Liquid Water to Air Drag Racing Intercooler Kit
$439.97


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Alloy Front Mount Intercooler Kit for 2002-2006 Audi A4 1.8T Turbo B6 Quattro BK
$255.0


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