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jjanko
02-12-2006, 05:02 PM
First if you are going to ***** and whine that this is ssautochrome don't waste my time or anyone elses. That being said the install was pretty straight forward as this is an exact copy of the hybrid intercooler, I actually used those instructions since SS decided not to include any. But as expected I had to fab the front mount brackets becuase the ones they sent wouldn't line up.

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I mounted the lower mounts on the inner bolts of the brace. I had to drill the bolts holes out on the mount to 1/2inch. Most people don't have a drill with a half inch chuck (found that out after getting home from ACE) so I just used the dremel.

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Cut here. I used a dremel again.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e218/rumpnet/IMG_1248.jpg

These were little notches that stuck out so I trimmed them off.

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Here are the fabbed brackets. I made them out of some roofing material. You can find them at ACE, Lowes etc.

Overall I am pretty pleased. For $250 shipped you can't go wrong. All the piping lines up correctly. Ensure that you check the insides of the piping for loose metal. It looks like I'll have to trim 2.75in off the front bumper. Since this is a very thick intercooler (4in) I am planning on having the bumper reinforced after its cut. I'll add more once I run all the piping and do the bumper. Any questions feel free to ask.

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SSauctochrome XSpower S14 FMIC intercooler install

cosmoworks
02-13-2006, 02:13 PM
Most people don't have a drill with a half inch chuck (found that out after getting home from ACE) so I just used the dremel.



They sell 1/2" drill bits with 3/8" shanks. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

-Cosmo

gunluvS14
02-13-2006, 02:55 PM
good job, good demonstration http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

so what you did with your front "5mph" bumper?

jjanko
02-13-2006, 06:19 PM
Unfortunately, the car is getting moth balled for 2 mos while I am away (in the Navy) so I don't think I will be dealing with the bumper until I get back. However, I was planning on doing pretty much the same thing as Cosmoworks did with his. Overall I would say that SS is a suck POS company but I did get a good price and even with all the extra work I'd say its worth it. Since I've done all the leg work already anyone looking for a cheap intercooler can install pretty easily.

BTW, they don't send the right clamps. I had to buy 5x 2.75in clamps for the piping.

Silverbullet86
02-17-2006, 12:19 AM
hrmm wierd, my FMIC had a tab welded on the center of the top of the FMIC and no bracks for the bottom...

killjoy
02-17-2006, 09:29 AM
Unfortunately, the car is getting moth balled for 2 mos while I am away (in the Navy)



Anchors aweigh, my boys, anchors aweigh......

4 years baby. CTR3 here.

z-driver
08-04-2006, 01:23 PM
Any update on this? Pictures from top with the piping and did you cut the front bumper?
Sorry for the question I am very new on do it your self stuff.

HyperTek
08-05-2006, 07:31 PM
SSA for the loose.. thats crapy if you got to cut the car like that.. it should be minimal effort besides making the hole for the IC piping. So with that modification, does the front bumper support fit over it or something?? THats the only thing I cna think of as to why they would bring it soo close like that.

but i guess for $250 you cant complain

imported__Id_
08-10-2006, 11:16 PM
SSA for the loose.. thats crapy if you got to cut the car like that.. it should be minimal effort besides making the hole for the IC piping. So with that modification, does the front bumper support fit over it or something?? THats the only thing I cna think of as to why they would bring it soo close like that.

but i guess for $250 you cant complain

Its a 4" thick intercooler. Its kind of expected that something will have to be trimmed.

I also had to custom fab brackets on my S13 with the same kit. My upper brackets worked fine, but in order to make the intercooler tilt at a steep enough angle to clear the bumper cover, I had to custom fab some lower brackets.

The piping I had didnt line up with the motor on the cold side; I had to cut it in half and extend it about an inch using a 3" coupler. But I'm also running a KA24DE and I didnt expect it to reach anyways.

I've had no issues with mine at all. SSA doesnt make this product btw... they just retail it; along with everything else they have. For the price; there's nothing out there that can touch it. The IC core and piping is bigger than a RSPL. Its around the same size as the Greddy 4-row for Supras that I've seen before (1000hp cars use it). Got mine for $220 shipped, I consider it the best deal I got in my entire buildup.

MATT_BACK_VASS
08-11-2006, 02:19 AM
<- is and always will be loyal greddy RSPL user.

good cliffs notes though.