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Old 10-16-2001, 10:13 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Samco Intercoolerhoses for WRX

I just finished installing my (bright red) Samco intercooler hoses. The installation process is very straightforward, and it's documented elsewhere so I won't bore you with it.

The most difficult part of the installatio was getting the old dump tube off the intake. It's in a tough spot under the intake manifold and is held on by one of those damn pinch clamps. Of course the latch was facing down away from me where it was all but inaccessible...but with some elbow grease and persuasion I got it off. Now's a good time to put one of the nice screw type hose clamps.

The other tricky part was getting all the new hoses to line up properly; the small hose near the throttle and the hose to the turbo all kinda need to go on at the same time. You end up pushing and wiggling and cursing and eventually it just pops on. Once that's in, tighten your clamps, bolt down the intercooler, hook up the hoses and let 'er rip.

I managed to do this one right the first time, no leaks or anything, so I quickly headed for a straight stretch of road and opened it up. There may possible be some more power there (I am bone stock, for now) and there is definitely some extra *whoooosh* there. Definitely a good mod for those of us who are planning on Stage 1 or 2 mods. Those of you with Unichips and full exhausts and big turbos will probably be impressed.

Time for a bowl of cereal.


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Old 10-18-2001, 09:45 PM   #2
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Sweet review!! Who did you get them from? So, it didn't feel different with the butt dyno?
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Old 10-22-2001, 10:02 PM   #3
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Default before you install....

My Samco's just came today (from Stratmosphere) and I noticed something anyone who installs these should note:

CHECK THE INSIDE OF THE HOSE FOR BURRS!!!

...refering to the turbo to I/C hose. Mine had a LOT of loose silicon at the joint making for a turbulent flow, and some of it was hanging on by so little it could EASILY get blown into the I/C and cause partial blockage or even make its way into the engine. I trimmed it with a hobbie knife and it is now smooth as butta.

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Old 10-26-2001, 09:58 PM   #4
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Did you guys replace clamps with a t-type clamp instead of a screw type?
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Old 11-04-2001, 11:16 PM   #5
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On the two ends that go onto the IC were they longer then stock?

Mine were and I just pressed them on further, I figured it doesn't harm anything as long as I have the clamps tight.
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Old 11-07-2001, 08:34 AM   #6
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My hoses also had some crap in them. I just broke out the exacto and went to work. No biggy.

Performance wise I haven`t noticed a difference.
Oh well they look cool.

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Old 03-22-2002, 01:28 AM   #7
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Default no preformance gains?

are there no gains from this mod? with what other mods would i see a gain in power from the samco ic hoses?
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Old 03-24-2002, 02:17 AM   #8
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I have also installed the red Samco intercooler set. During the install I had some extra time to do some light porting on the TB. Haven't seen any big changes since the install but I am sure there will be once other mod are installed such as MBC/Unichip, TXS stages and/or Vishnu Stages. Better flow through. Not one mod can make a difference but a bunch of mods put together can add up.
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Old 04-24-2002, 06:58 AM   #9
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Default Performance increase?

RallyPerformance.com claims that the Samco hose is "Worth 5 to 8 horsepower..." Does this seem realistic?
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Old 05-05-2002, 07:12 PM   #10
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The Samco IC hoses are worth every penny. Just look at your stock Y pipe and compare it to the Samco. It is obvious that it flows better because it is bigger and smoother. The results have been documented on a dyno by several people, including some very reliable tuners.
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Old 05-05-2002, 09:39 PM   #11
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The Samco IC hoses are worth every penny. Just look at your stock Y pipe and compare it to the Samco. It is obvious that it flows better because it is bigger and smoother. The results have been documented on a dyno by several people, including some very reliable tuners.
The only figure that I have seen is from RallyPerformance.com. Could you tell me who else documented the dyno gains and how large the gains were?

Thanks,
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Old 06-10-2002, 01:00 AM   #12
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Where can I get these at a good price?
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Old 06-10-2002, 12:54 PM   #13
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Last I checked, Forge Motorsports in the UK was selling these for about $125 USD shipped (part number is TCS168).

www.forgemotorsport.co.uk

There is also a vendor group buy going on now for these for $140 shipped.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=194669
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Old 06-15-2002, 04:02 PM   #14
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i think this is one of the best mods i've done on my car, and i have quite a few.
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Old 06-17-2002, 09:04 AM   #15
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what they don't tell you is that one month after the pipes arrive from the UK, UPS will send you an import duty fee of about $10.

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Last I checked, Forge Motorsports in the UK was selling these for about $125 USD shipped (part number is TCS168).

www.forgemotorsport.co.uk

There is also a vendor group buy going on now for these for $140 shipped.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=194669
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:53 AM   #16
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Does anyone know if anybody sells just the silicone y pipe? This is only the part that is worth the install for performance (not bling).
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:17 AM   #17
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Does anyone know if anybody sells just the silicone y pipe? This is only the part that is worth the install for performance (not bling).
Prodrive does the Y-Pipe only as well as a few others.
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:08 AM   #18
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CHECK THE INSIDE OF THE HOSE FOR BURRS!!!
+1 on this. I had to drummel the crap out my y-pipe to get the peeled up rubber off on the inside.
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Old 04-05-2008, 11:50 PM   #19
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is a tune required for this or the after-maf/turbo inlet hoses on an 07 WRX tr?
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is a tune required for this or the after-maf/turbo inlet hoses on an 07 WRX tr?
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Definitely not.
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I just spent about an hour or so with an exacto and a dremel porting out the y pipe. I didn't think to check the boards for any warnings with this product but i'm really glad I checked the insides out before the install. The flaps of trim inside were abundant, and worse of all, tilted against the flow.

I'm pretty sure that if i installed it the way it came it would have caused a loss of power, not to mention some whistling or other weird noises.

good luck.
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oops, double post, sorry.
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i installed these with some clampco T-bolt clamps, and my butt dyno is impressed. i notice primarily lower end power (which is what i was going for). i also ported the IC elbows with the dremel and some sand paper. i didnt notice any burrs in my hoses, but i did notice the "lip" that was mentioned, and think i might try to cut it out next time i have the IC off. i WOULD recommend this modification to anyone.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:16 PM   #24
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Purchased a set of samco intercooler hoses and the Y pipe is cracked/split on arrival. Appears to be ~1.5" long and ~1/8" (about halfway) deep. In all fairness, the other samco hoses I got, turbo inlet, after MAF and the remainder of the intercooler hoses are in excellent condition.

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http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/1052/samcocrack1.jpg
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Slightly off topic I just bought a taiwan tuner silicone inlet pipe($70 shipped) and it has the samco printed on it and it apears to be a real deal part! Wondering if maybe this is the same company that makes samco? Like I said it was a well made part.
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