How to: CXRacing Intercooler Install w/out Relocation (EASY WAY)

red1ty1

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Hey Guys,

So this is my first official post and im gonna try my best to convey my method of install.

This is the CXRacing "New Style" Intercooler Kit that can be found at http://www.driftmotion.com/NEW-7M-IC-Kit-p/dm2354.htm . It has same sided inlet and outlet ports along with a replica HKS SSQV and Chrome Piping. Its a full bolt on kit.

Now there are many people that install intercooler kits and have to relocate the Overflow Bottle, Oil Cooler, Cut the hood support brackets. move the horns, move the AC lines ETC ETC ETC..... This method that Ive used to install the Intercooler requires no more than just cutting some brackets to support the intercooler.

ALL THE BRACKETS YOU SEE UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE ACTUALLY CAME WITH THE INTERCOOLER. :icon_razz

NOTE: The Oil Cooler does have to be relocated. You have two choices with this, you can either keep the stock Oil Cooler and replace all the lines with 3/8 Oil Lines straight to the stock Oil Cooler / Filter. Or you can get a new Oil Cooler and replace the stock one with 3/8 lines ( thats what I have done). Then you can just run zip ties and washers through the radiator to mount the Oil Cooler. Simple!:naughty::icon_razz:icon_bigg

Here it is Installed

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As you can see the intercooler appears to be flat even though it is in fact mounted at an angle.



Here in this photo you will see that I indeed used the stock Intercooler Mount. I cut a small piece of metal and angled it 90 degrees and then used the brackets that came with the intercooler to mount the intercooler. Since the stock Intercooler bracket is angled the same orientation as the Intercooler, when adding a 90 degree bracket the tension that is put on the bracket is held up very well. By design this works very nicely.

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Absolutely No clearance issues at all. The Intercooler has minimal movement and I have tried banging on it hard and it will not touch the brackets.

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Overflow in the stock location (only 1 bolt is able to hold it in although). Horns in stock location. Intercooler in "stock" orientation.
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Now why should the intercooler be mounted vertically. We all know that flat will look very nice when using an aftermarket bumper. But this way the intercooler can actually receieve more airflow as it isnt being blocked by the large crash bar. So now this bumper / crash bar BARELY blocks the intercooler. Also the angle helps with the intercooler to be mounted lower in the car for better airflow when using the stock bumper but also takes up less space and as such the intercooler sits higher to the ground than mounting it flat.
 

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This intercooler was one of the, scratch that, THE WORST mod I EVER did to my old Supra. Dual pass intercoolers are a no no, and that's information that I didn't find until years after I fitted one of these piles of garbage. I remember when I dynoed the Supra... It made 280whp and 360 ft lbs of torque. How? Well, it spiked to wastegate pressure of ~18lbs and then dropped to ~12. Plenty of boost when its down low, nothing up top. After I read about dual pass intercoolers, I yanked that SOB out and replaced it with a single pass, and what do you know? It holds boost to redline.

Cliffnotes, get rid of it and replace it with a spearco.
 

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This intercooler was one of the, scratch that, THE WORST mod I EVER did to my old Supra. Dual pass intercoolers are a no no, and that's information that I didn't find until years after I fitted one of these piles of garbage. I remember when I dynoed the Supra... It made 280whp and 360 ft lbs of torque. How? Well, it spiked to wastegate pressure of ~18lbs and then dropped to ~12. Plenty of boost when its down low, nothing up top. After I read about dual pass intercoolers, I yanked that SOB out and replaced it with a single pass, and what do you know? It holds boost to redline.

Cliffnotes, get rid of it and replace it with a spearco.
Do you have any more info on the pressure drop for a dual pass? I was going to get one but you've scared me a bit LOL.
 

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This intercooler was one of the, scratch that, THE WORST mod I EVER did to my old Supra. Dual pass intercoolers are a no no, and that's information that I didn't find until years after I fitted one of these piles of garbage. I remember when I dynoed the Supra... It made 280whp and 360 ft lbs of torque. How? Well, it spiked to wastegate pressure of ~18lbs and then dropped to ~12. Plenty of boost when its down low, nothing up top. After I read about dual pass intercoolers, I yanked that SOB out and replaced it with a single pass, and what do you know? It holds boost to redline.

Cliffnotes, get rid of it and replace it with a spearco.
Yeah you've scared me too, I'm going to have to test this and get back to you. I see what you're saying but driftmotions a good website and I have a good feeling they wouldn't be selling these intercoolers if everyone saying they're complete garbage. They'd just sell only their other same priced intercooler kit
 

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sell is the key word...regardless of how "good" or "bad" it may be...
 

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For me, having the CXRacing intercooler is bound to be better than what I've got :)

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Here's my first attempt for a bracket, but when I got it up there, it was way too low hanging.

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I read enough of the instructions to see that it could be done, and I misjudged on my own. Tomorrow that will be rectified, or some new steel bent.

There's plenty of room with everything in place. I will probably still relocate things a bit, but the hood latch and horns stay :)
 
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I do not have any complaints either with the version of intercooler. Sure the top half is mostly air restricted by the bumper but at the convenience of both ends on the same side for us that keep the oem style intake manifolds it works fine for me.

I would suggest making two independent left and right top brackets for a easier install. The aluminum bar I bought from Home Depot worked great for this and the intercooler is very solid once the 4 bolts are bolted in.





If you do not have a a/c condenser then the stock oil cooler fits in that spot perfect using a factory bolt hole in the body.



This year I did go back to a/c so things up front are a tight fit now. I used the rest of that aluminum bar to make a small bracket so now the stock oil cooler is bolted in under the coolant reservoir tank.
 
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Here's how far off my original top bracket was:
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Here is the other side, almost the same distance off.
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My bracket was the correct length and the ends were bent properly, but there was no metal to screw to where it needed to be attached. A simple two inch flat strip and two holes and a couple of bolts, washers and nuts,... this was easy.

One side:
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And the other:
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Finally, the bottom brackets. Flat strip, drilled each end. Pre-existing holes on the cross-member already threaded. Source metric screws. My intercooler has five stand-offs for mounting but only came with four screws. I had some fancy ones, damn if I know what side there were.

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A quick site across the bottom of the car and this is NOT the leading edge. Have a new engine cover, but only 5 of the 9 installation bolts still exist with this front bumper. I've built a full-sized template of the remaining open area and will be making something permanent in either PVC or aluminum. I can't picture it exactly right now, so I can't describe it. I think this will be under my under-cover.

I surprise how much the bumper blocks the cooler.
Here it is installed, but it sure doesn't look nearly as functional as one without the bumper :)

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The rear bumper has grills and the plan was to do something similar on the front, but now I don't want to restrict airflow any more than I already have with the bumper. Don't know if the stock bumper is better or worse. I'm not liking this so much today, but it is installed and it is straight and I didn't do any damage to it.

On the cooler itself, it's okay, but it's not art. The welds are sort on inconsistent, but I'm being overly critical, knowing how much I wish my welds were a signature :) (they're not).
 

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Warning! I had to disconnect the top IC bracket to force the AC lines below it. With the lines where they'd like to be the passenger corner light had no place to go. It was a simple fix, but, it could have been avoided with forethought.

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