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Old 02-22-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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i have a 2002 wrx. my intercooler has a dent in the fins right in the middle and my friend said he would give me his ebay tmic for dirt cheap like 30 bucks, my quesiton is, is it worth switching ? or is even an oem with bent fins equal if not better quality ? would i see any kind of benefits ?

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Last edited by bugeye105; 02-22-2013 at 02:16 PM. Reason: edit: these are strictly just the performance/engine mods on my car. keep negative comments to yourselves please.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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fins are not the most important thing on an intercooler.

you should be able to straighten the fins out (if you have steady hands and don't mind being cross-eyed for how long it takes.

I think there's even a tool to straighten out the fins (maybe a radiator repair thing)
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:15 PM   #3
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iv tried but it got hit really hard i think a rock got in my hoodscoop or something. its not jsut the fins either its the divider in between the fins as well thats dented
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:20 PM   #4
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Are there any leaks?
Do you care about the way it looks?
Are you making a bazillion whp?

If you answered no to these questions then leave it as is and save yourself some money/time. A few dents are not going to drastically affect the cooling performance of your IC.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:53 PM   #5
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Keep what you have. And why do you have 1 step colder plugs for stage 2?
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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Keep what you have. And why do you have 1 step colder plugs for stage 2?
God you're dumb... They're colder! By 1 Step!! That means better!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:02 PM   #7
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God you're dumb... They're colder! By 1 Step!! That means better!!
I don't think people understand that a rule of thumb is for every 100ish HP you gain, you drop a step colder plugs. Stage 2 is more then enough on the stock plug. 1 step colder is going to hurt performance.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:04 PM   #8
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I don't think people understand that a rule of thumb is for every 100ish HP you gain, you drop a step colder plugs. Stage 2 is more then enough on the stock plug. 1 step colder is going to hurt performance.
So by going up 200 hp, you drop 2 step colder plugs? doesn't that then mean you're only running on two cylinders?

Get your story straight!
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:18 PM   #9
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didnt hurt my performance, i made pretty high numbers for a stage 2 (262whp/263wtq). this thread is not for a convo about my spark plugs please leave if your not going to comment on my original post
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:41 PM   #10
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I think there's even a tool to straighten out the fins (maybe a radiator repair thing)
A fin comb. Saw a set yesterday at the appliance parts store.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:59 PM   #11
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didnt hurt my performance, i made pretty high numbers for a stage 2 (262whp/263wtq). this thread is not for a convo about my spark plugs please leave if your not going to comment on my original post
Not on an accurate reading dyno, and not without running e85. I find that hard to believe.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:33 PM   #12
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I made 400whp on stage 2 just from running 1 step colder plugs
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:38 PM   #13
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I made 400whp on stage 2 just from running 1 step colder plugs
Please show us the dyno on that one.

The only mods to your car are a turboback exhaust and 1 step colder plugs with a tune. And you made 400 awhp.

Not doubting you, just really want to see the dyno sheet.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:16 PM   #14
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We bring up things like the plugs to help you, no need to get upset.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:22 PM   #15
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Please show us the dyno on that one.

The only mods to your car are a turboback exhaust and 1 step colder plugs with a tune. And you made 400 awhp.

Not doubting you, just really want to see the dyno sheet.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:48 PM   #16
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I made 500 awhp on advance auto parts dyno...
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It's in the back
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #18
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Not on an accurate reading dyno, and not without running e85. I find that hard to believe.


i never said you guys werent trying to help with the spark plug comments, i said this thread isnt about my spark plugs, so again, unless you have a comment about the original posting please keep what ever you have to say to yourselves
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:11 PM   #19
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This subject has been beat like a dead horse. Researching instead of making a thread looking for an answer would have told you that. And specifically, without a company name on that intercooler, we can assume it's made from the FINEST Chinese recycled tin cans.

Here's a link, wrap your head around it. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=529972

And in case you want to educate yourself some more. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=518633

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Do I need a colder spark plugs? A rule of thumb is one heat range colder for every 75–100hp you increase. In identical spark plug types, the difference from one full heat range to the next is the ability to remove 70C to 100C from the combustion chamber. The heat range numbers used by spark plug manufacturers are not universal, so a 10 heat range in Champion is not the same as a 10 heat range in NGK or in Autolite. When making the decision to change the heat range of your plugs, it is a wise idea to make changes in 1 heat range increments, checking all your plugs for suitability during your test. Vehicle modifications during the test phase of your plugs is not recommended as this may skew your results.

So really...do I need colder spark plugs? Probably not as in the end it won't make enough difference to be felt. But if you want the bling of saying you have iridium one step colder plugs and you enjoy the work, knock yourself out.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:03 PM   #20
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I made 400whp on stage 2 just from running 1 step colder plugs
Did you use the ap dyno going down hill? ? Bc if so I got mine pushing 684whp on stage 2
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:09 PM   #21
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If you want to know if it's a good buy, set up a flow bench and test this eBay tmic and then test your tmic. Whichever one is better is....well....better. Short of that, if it's not a brand name and your tmic is not leaking, maybe buy it as a spare, but don't use it unless yours actually breaks. In general, anything labeled as "eBay" is total junk. Aluminum scrap is 30 cents a pound
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