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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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Upgrade Front Mount Intercooler Kit for Audi A4 1.8T Turbo B6 Quattro 02-06 BK
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Front Mount Intercooler Kit for Audi A4 1.8T Turbo B6 Quattro 2002-2006 Black
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Rudy's Performance Intercooler Kit For 1994-1997 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke OBS
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Top Mount Intercooler Kit for BMW 2015-19 M2 M3 F80 M4 F82 F83 3.0L S55
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Front Mount Intercooler Kit Fit For BMW E82 E88 135i E90 E92 335i E89
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FMIC Racing Intercooler Kit For 2007-2013 BMW E90 335i 335xi 135i N54 N55 Silver
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Bolt On Performance Intercooler Kit Black Fit For BMW 1/2/3/4 Series F20 F22 F32
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1320 PERFORMANCE B series T3 Top mount turbo manifold intercooler kit DP WG pipe
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Fit For BMW E82 E88 135i 1M E90 E92 335i E89 Z4 Front Mount Intercooler Kit
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95-99 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX GST Front Mount Intercooler Kit FMIC 4G63 DSM TSI
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REV9 FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER KIT FOR 13-18 FORD FOCUS ST 2.0T TURBO BLACK FMIC
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FMIC Intercooler Kit + BOV For 90-01 Mitsubishi 3000GT GTO Dodge Stealth TD04
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ZZPerformance Stage 2 Gen 3 M90 Supercharger Intercooler Kit 1997-03 3800 2 3.8L
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New Front Mount Intercooler Kit Fit For BMW BMW F01/06/07/10/11/12 #200001069
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GrimmSpeed Front Mount Intercooler Kit (Raw Core w/ Red Pipes) for 2015-2021 WRX
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