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Old 11-11-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default 08 sti intercooler installed on an 02 wrx

Im a little slow I guess. Trying to install the 08 sti intercooler on an 02 wrx and the more threads im reading the more im getting confused. Can anyone tell me what I need to get to do this or an easy link to follow for this specific install? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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I have the 08 in my car currently. What exactly are you needing to find out?
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If I need to buy an install kit. To get it on? Or just fab up some ic piping/silicon couplers? Does the hood scoop fit right up?
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:28 AM   #4
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You have to fabricate your own.

Buy first the silicone coupler from stylin motors, the larger diameter one and 4 ply.

Then connect the intercooler (hopefully you got it with the y and the red elbow) and mock it up on top of your engine.

Then loosen the two screws of the driver's side bracket and move it around to best position

Then mark and drill the black bracket at a new location. Buy a drill and tap kit from home depot, because you'll tap it too.

Then find some kind of material, like aluminum flashing from home depot or a stick of steel that you have lying around.
Drill 2 holes in it, to match the passenger side bracket for the "normal" and "extended" positions.

Mock up the intercooler again, mark the position on the stick/bar, for the passenger side mounting ear.
Drill and tap the stick for the passenger side with the same drill and tap kit.

That should be it.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:41 AM   #5
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As far as the scoop:
This intercooler is deeper and wider than anything else.

You have to fabricate a new shroud.

Once you do that, the OEM scoop feeds air to all of the intercooler, with no spare room left.

There are two parts to fabricating the shroud:

1. Work on the metal skeleton of the shroud
2. Work on the rubber molding

You can do the metal work without adding any new material, but You'll need to post in the WTB section, to buy an additional intercooler molding/shroud.

I paid $20 for mine.

Be careful, they change look in years, an '04+ molding looks different.

You cut them and splice them as needed, with epoxy. You glue them to the metal skeleton with epoxy.

As far as the metal work, use a dremel and/or heavy duty shears, taylor it like you need it.
You'll have to decide if you're going for the JDM tall scoop or not, because the metal has to follow the contour of it.

When you're doing this work, you'll need to have the scoop removed, so you can mock up the metal skeleton with hood closed.

The only thing I don't have yet is a horizontal splitter in my setup, which is said to send more air to the back. Apparently all JDM have it.

My intercooler supports 325WHP, 345ftlb now.
In my WRX engine, it supported 300WHP.

For some reason, the WRX produced less heat under the hood than my Spec C engine, so there was little heatsoak, even at that level.
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Thanks vlad. This will get me started. I really appreciate it.
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