View Full Version : waht dimensions for intercooler?

12-19-2002, 12:20 AM
what is a rough estimate of dimensions for an FMIC on an s14? I plan to do custom piping and some front mount since it'll be cheaper than buying a kit. thx

12-19-2002, 01:35 AM
how much do you think everything will cost if you went "custom?"
a price break down for all components needed (down to the hose clamps) would be beneficial...


12-19-2002, 04:18 AM
custom piping i would imagine 200-250...an intercooler, a decent one for 300-350...so at the most...600...as opposed to an 800 dollar kit.

12-19-2002, 09:40 AM
Then you need to add in the cost of the clamps, which are not cheap if you buy the high quality ones. You're probably looking at another 100 there.

- Steve

12-19-2002, 10:46 AM
still saviing 100 right? heeh so what dimensions of ICs fit...and so you guys are basically recommending to get a kit(betterfitment?)?

12-19-2002, 01:29 PM
and there was my point... to save 100 (or perhaps less) you will end up with a fmic ic setup that will not fit as well as a pre-made kit, not work as well as a pre-made kit (MUCH greater chances of leaks and blown fittings), and will look nowhere near as good (i.e. slaggy welds, poor bend aesthetics, etc...)
unless you are a good fabricator and can save hundreds on welding your own ic end tanks and piping (and if you do, please make them look good for your own sake. nothing's worse than showing off your prize and joy engine bay and having people cringe), it would behoove you to spend the extra money to get something that will fit perfectly, work well, and look nice. even if that means spending up to 200-300 more for that peace of mind..


The Yak
12-19-2002, 07:01 PM
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nothing's worse than showing off your prize and joy engine bay and having people cringe


I don't have to pop my hood to make people cringe...


12-19-2002, 07:45 PM
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I don't have to pop my hood to make people cringe...


well your engine bay isn't your pride and joy either...


12-19-2002, 09:39 PM

12-19-2002, 11:23 PM
I actually think its funny when people giggle at my 32 servings pink lemonade radiator catch can....LOL....better than payin $80 bucks at the dealer. btw...anyone have one?

12-20-2002, 12:28 AM
$80? thats a deal... i was quoted over $100!!!

12-20-2002, 02:13 PM
You can pick up a used NPR intercooler off of Ebay for around $100, cut the inlets and have them rewelded for under $50. Troy did this with custom piping on his S14 and it looks nice and clean. I know Jeremiah (Macrocosm ?) was also doing it on his S13 (I think he did it without the cutting)... don't know how well his custom piping came out, but I hear they both pulled it off pretty cheap as far parts expenses go. I personally grabbed an NPR unit off of Ebay for $100, cut it and had it rewelded at a local shop for about $35. The aluminized mandrel bends from JCWitney were like $50, cutting them should be a breeze, and I have someone to do the welding for a fairly cheap price if not free. Like Steve mentioned, the clamps as well as the silicone couplers are the clincher. I figure $120 or less for couplers and around $60-$80 for some decent clamps. I feel I've saved enough to justify the extra work. Granted I won't have the prettiest, polished intercooler with GREDDY logos slathered all over, but hell, I'm not about the show as much as I am the go.