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Old 06-15-2012, 01:22 AM   #1
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I found an arc slanty intercooler and was wondering if anyone knew if there was much benefit over an sti slanty. I tried searching but couldn't find much comparing the two. Would this just be a bling upgrade or would it actually be worth the money to upgrade?
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:38 AM   #2
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Hey guys,

I found an arc slanty intercooler and was wondering if anyone knew if there was much benefit over an sti slanty. I tried searching but couldn't find much comparing the two. Would this just be a bling upgrade or would it actually be worth the money to upgrade?
http://autospeed.com/cms/title_TopMo...8/article.html
i like ver2 ra cooler
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:19 PM   #3
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I couldn't find anything mentioning the ra cooler being different. I have a complete swap from an sti ra so i assume my cooler is ra but couldn't really tell it apart from the sti.

So assuming its the ra ic there would be no real advantage to changing to an after market tmic?
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:29 PM   #4
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there is 0 difference between the wrx, sti, or ra variant intercoolers.

except the piping to them. It was a common misconception that the v1/2 wrx tmics were steel, but I've disproved that.
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:50 PM   #5
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So the original question still stands. Is the arc worth buying? Is it an upgtade? I've only seen comparisons of the avo tmic which doesn't look like its worth upgrading to.

Thanks again for helping guys.
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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The flanges are different and incompatible depending on the feedpipe. I have seen two different versions of the stock slanty with one having an indent (less volume). The STi versions never had the indent. I would guess the later standard coolers were moved to the improved design.
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The arc intercooler sold already. Only took a day. Seemed like a good deal at $300 but didn't want to spend the money and swap it if it wasn't going to be a worthy upgrade.
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$300 is a diy fmic or enough money for e85 injectors.

better spent on something other than a slightly better tmic
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I'll second the fact that all slanty intercoolers use the same core. The only difference I noticed (outside of the piping) is that the silver STI intercooler entrance tank is not clearanced for a LHD clutch master cylinder reservior, while the black WRX one is.

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I've never seen that before, the few I've had are all the larger style. I only play with the v1 or 92-94 stuff though.
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I'll second the fact that all slanty intercoolers use the same core. The only difference I noticed (outside of the piping) is that the silver STI intercooler entrance tank is not clearanced for a LHD clutch master cylinder reservior, while the black WRX one is.
Yep, that is what I was referring to. However, there were standard black slantys that were the same shape as the silver ones.



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I'll second the fact that all slanty intercoolers use the same core. The only difference I noticed (outside of the piping) is that the silver STI intercooler entrance tank is not clearanced for a LHD clutch master cylinder reservior, while the black WRX one is.

you can use 02 and up wrx clutch master cylinder reservior
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