GReddy Intercooler Kit
NOTE: (July '04) GReddy now offers a KA specific intercooler kit, so this
setup may no longer be needed, but I'l leave this page up anyway...
For my custom KA-T, I didn't have many intercooler options...
I was inclined to buy a core w/ endtanks and fabricate my own pipes, but that would havce cost $400-600 with a new core capable of 300-400rwhp. Kits were $750-1000, but required MUCH less time to install and looked much nicer in the end...
The N-Sport, F-Max/Turbonetics, and XS Engineering turbo kits all had their own intercooler and piping designed for the KA, but b/c I had a top mounted turbo on a RevHard manifold, none of
the hot pipes would have matched my turbo outlet, so that had to be custom no matter. So instead of paying $1000 for the F-Max intercooler kit, I started to research how hard it would be to use an SR20DET kit on the KA.
What I found was that the S14 SR20DET kits would fit the chassis great, but the cold pipe (to the TB) was WAY off, b/c the SR intake manifold uses a 'high-port' design that would have placed the pipe by the top of the KA intake manifold. (See this pic for reference).
So it looked like the easiest solution was to get and S14 kit with an S13 cold pipe, but GReddy doesn't offer the pieces seperately,
so that was out of the question...until I called Enjuku Racing and found out that
they had an extra S13 cold pipe from a swap laying aroung and Ken agreed to sell it to me cheap.
I was in business...only thing I had to fabricate was the hot pipe.
And this thing is BIG - Don't get me wrong, there are bigger intercoolers, but I didn't expect it to be so large - It's impressive. Roughly 24"X10"x3"...it spans the headlights and then some.
For the cold side, I needed a longer coupler to connect the tube to the TB, but that's all. It fit right over the radiator hose and lined up well with the bend coming off the intercooler. The hole I cut in the battery trasy was not pretty, but that can be fixed.
Install is realatively straight-forward, but it is TIME CONSUMING. Took me close to 6 hours total, from start to test drive.
It's good. Kit is obviously high quality, and fit well considering it was for the wrong motor.
And with the extra S14 cold pipe I did the unthinkable - Hacked it up for a turbo intake pipe.
It had the BOV nipple on it, which I used the the re-circ tube, and the bend was *perfect* for what I needed.
You can see the BOV re-routed in the pic above as well - I used a piece of radiator hose that was 1.25" ID for the intake tube and 1" ID for the 1G DSM BOV outlet. Fit perfectly...
And the requisite intercooler install picture - Cooler installed, bumper off...
Every intercooler install I've ever seen has had a picture just like this- To show off the 'bling' !!!
Other pics:Front Shot #2
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