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acilec Sep 21, 10:57pm - #46884 
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intercoolers

what the difference between a front mount and a side mount intercooler. (please dont say "where its mounted" lol) just wondering if there was a big performance difference. does anyone have a pic of a side mount on a celi, thanks
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Steven Sep 21, 11:26pm - #46885 
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alot of OEM turboed vehicles come with side mounted intercoolers like the early-mid 1990 MR-2. It has the 3S-GTE with a SMIC.

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by side mount, do you mean top mounted?

Wherever the intercooler is located, it is getting the air it needs to keep cool.

if the intercooler is located on "top," then the car will have a Hood scoop, allowing air to travel into it and cool it...i.e. the impreza WRX...

or, you can have no Hood scoop and have the intercooler front mounted, where the front bumper's massive mouth allows air to hit it directly on...

either way, air is still blowing on it.

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ev3 Sep 22, 1:42am - #46887 

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i red somewhere that the disadvantage of front mounting is that it blocks the air flow to the radiator or something which isnt good...or something along those lines.
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Originally Posted by ev3
i red somewhere that the disadvantage of front mounting is that it blocks the air flow to the radiator or something which isnt good...or something along those lines.


true...it can..
since the radiator sits right here...
but wouldn't it depend on the general design of the intercooler?

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Steven Sep 22, 6:37am - #46889 
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not only the radiator but flow to the AC condensor. A friend of mine who has a a FMIC told me that it takes longer for his AC to cool now that his car is turboed.
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acilec Sep 22, 5:33pm - #46890 
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Cool thanks for the info Does anyone have a pic of a top mount intercooler installed on a celica. front mount would look much cooler but seems the top would be more efficent
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VSGTS14 Sep 22, 8:26pm - #46891 

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Originally Posted by acilec
Cool thanks for the info Does anyone have a pic of a top mount intercooler installed on a celica. front mount would look much cooler but seems the top would be more efficent


...i doubt a top mounted intercooler would even fit...
most top mount intercoolers are built already on the car and sold that way...Impreza WRX and STi...
that's why, people just use front mount...because it's the only other option.

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ev3 Sep 23, 2:18am - #46892 

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and its not necessarilt as efficient. rememebr that if its front mounted..air can reach it really easily whereas if its top mounted, it depednds on the air that manages to get into the hoodscoop only
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