Anyone ever tried a custom top-mount?

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Anyone ever tried a custom top-mount?

Postby SuperWhite92 » Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:00 am

As I sit, bending my Stock intercoolers fins back to straight, I wonder if anyone has tried the seemingly difficult. What I was wondering if anyone has ever tried putting a custom intercooler in place of the stock unit on a 185. Like getting a core that measured 9x11x2.5 and cutting it to be 9x9x2.5. Then getting custom entanks fabbed that would maintain stock mounting?

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Postby Gary » Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:06 am

ARC make a larger core top mount IC for us.
This one looks like it but I remember someone told me this is a custom made.
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:38 am

Are there any retailers for the ARC, or how do I obtain one? This is the other option. Cause i'm whiny.
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Postby Griffin » Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:27 am

Just FYI - the SPAL fan alone makes a huge difference. The bigger core will give better flow but may cool the same or less when compared to stock.
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:43 pm

But what about a core that had wider veins in it. Not necessarily bigger, just better design.
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Postby 935motorsports » Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:01 pm

There exists a spearco and HKS core that would work. The installation would be completely custom.

I priced it out and it would cost roughly $550-600 for a brand name high flow top mount IC after labor and parts.
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:19 pm

935motorsports wrote: The installation would be completely custom.

I priced it out and it would cost roughly $550-600 for a brand name high flow top mount IC after labor and parts.


What all would this include?
Does this have connections that would match up with the stock turbo and Throttle body positions?
Would you be able to do the work?

I really like the sound of this
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Postby alltracman78 » Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:08 pm

935motorsports wrote:There exists a spearco and HKS core that would work. The installation would be completely custom.

I priced it out and it would cost roughly $550-600 for a brand name high flow top mount IC after labor and parts.


I was looking at a spearco, but then I decide to go with a wtaic.
One of those would be a whole lot better than the stock one, plus look better.
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Wed Sep 15, 2004 1:00 am

I just don't want the clutter or hassle of a WTA. I realize that its better, but its not for me.
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Postby Colin T » Wed Sep 15, 2004 2:19 am

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Freak'n beautiful. Nice welds and all. Personally, I'd still prefer a FMIC, but we coudl go on and on about that. Nicely done TMIC though, I'm sure a lot of those TMIC enthusiasts would be all for that, could be done for about 300 bucks, don't you think?
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Wed Sep 15, 2004 3:30 am

Here's my thought and reasoning for anyone who cares:
-I like top mounts for no particular reason
-I like front mounts, but kits are way pricey
-I like WTA intercoolers, but I hate having to drain the coolant and get stuff all gooey everytime I wanna change the plugs
-I don't like how small the veins are on the stock intercooler
-I like shiny new stuff
-I like not having all the extra noise from a fan underneath my hood

While I'm sure I could overcome the last one, I think a custom Top-mount will go on my to do/to buy list. Right after some sort of susp. Setup

To do/To buy
-Finish Swap
-Get BOV
-Make more money
-Buy Exhaust
-Buy susp. setup
-Buy Custom Intercool from Rob.
-Try to scrape together remnants of a long forgotten life.
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Postby alltracman78 » Wed Sep 15, 2004 9:32 pm

SuperWhite92 wrote:-Try to scrape together remnants of a long forgotten life.


The hardest part :D

I like top mounts because it gives you MUCH better throttle response. Lot shorter path.
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Postby SuperWhite92 » Wed Sep 15, 2004 9:42 pm

Dammit. I knew I forgot a reason that I liked topmounts. Thats what it was. I love only having a foot of piping in my car.
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Postby Gary » Wed Sep 15, 2004 11:11 pm

alltracman78 wrote:I like top mounts because it gives you MUCH better throttle response. Lot shorter path.

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Postby alltracman78 » Thu Sep 16, 2004 2:06 am

Gary wrote: :shoots: heatsoak


yep

I guess when I get my wtaic, I will have to invest in some coatings.....
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