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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 12pcs 2.5"BLK Coupler + Chrome Piping + Intercooler Kit+T-Bolt Clamps
$119.0


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Universal 12pcs 2.5"Blue Coupler + Black Piping + Intercooler Kit+T-Bolt Clamps
$113.99


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CXR TMIC Top mount Intercooler Kit For 02-07 SUBARU WRX/STI
$207.0


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REV9 08-13 WRX STI FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT TURBO BOLT ON EJ20/25 FMIC
$383.0


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98-05 VW Golf GTI Jetta Intercooler Kit MK3 MK4 1.8T Front Mount Bolt On+BOV
$237.45


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NEW REV9 02-07 WRX STI FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT FMIC EJ20 EJ25 GDA GDB 400HP
$246.49


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LR Front Mount Black Intercooler Kit for Audi A4 1.8T Turbo B6 Quattro 02-06
$240.1


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FMIC Racing Intercooler Kit For 2007-2013 BMW E90 335i 335xi 135i N54 N55 Silver
$184.5


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Mishimoto MMINTE9007 Intercooler Kit BMW N54 FMIC
$300.0


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Universal 8 Pcs 2.5" Blue Coupler Polish Piping + Intercooler Kit + T-Bolt Clamp
$132.99


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LR FMIC Intercooler Kit For VW GTI GOLF V MK5 2.0T FSI TSI AUDI A3 Jetta Turbo
$327.6


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Universal Delta Fin Aluminum Intercooler Kit 27" x 7" x 2.5" 2.5" Inlet Outlet
$54.99


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Subaru Impreza WRX STI 02-07 Front Mount Intercooler Kit
$448.0


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VW GTi 06-10 2.0T Front Mount Intercooler Kit
$498.0


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VW Golf / Jetta 98-01 02-05 1.8T Intercooler Kit
$398.0


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Mishimoto (Silver) FMIC Front Mount Intercooler Kit for 01-07 Subaru WRX / STI
$940.0


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