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Started my MR2 IC Install+ Hood Scoop done now!
Posted 18 December 2004 - 01:17 PM
Small test drive=Actual noticeable difference, turbo did take longer to spool but it actually did feel like it had more power when it kicked in. Maybe that's just me, I don't even have a hood scoop yet. Although it was not happy shifting gears with no bov or recirc valve installed. Here is a pic of how it stands now..will look much different soon I hope.
Posted 18 December 2004 - 01:46 PM
Posted 18 December 2004 - 02:01 PM
Any thoughts about chopping off the piping coming out of the IC and forming your own. The thing I found with excess hose is that it stretches under boost and heat so you don't get full boost potential. Nice size IC, those takeoffs cut short would leave you with a lot more mounting options, you didn't throw away the modded intake piece did you?
Have thought about it, but I'm not a welder so fabbing most of this without one. After I'm done today there should be 3 feet less hose so not worried about too much about it. No didn't throw away the modded intake plenum but I did chop off the tube I had welded on in a stupid attempt make a hose seal on a square surface, was too big for a hose to fit around anyways.
Posted 18 December 2004 - 08:19 PM
Just waiting till the porshce bypass valve gets here, and locate a hood scoop now. Plus replace any hoses with silicone hose once I gather some more cash. Overall I'm now satisfied at least, for never had installing one before I think it worked out okay. Thanks guys for all the info I got from all your posts on your intercoolers and installs it really helped.
Sneaking in a pic of the new lights too:
Posted 19 December 2004 - 01:02 PM
Just a thought, What if you chopped the takeoff on the right, clocked it towards the turbo and routed the hose under the one going to the TB, it'd be really direct. I did away with welding, i own one and can do air tight welds, but compared to a bit of sanding and JB weld I chose the JB. If you do the inside and out with a bit of prep it'll never pose any probs. On my TMIC the joints have held up over many rough 4x4 trips where the motor/trannie flex has put serious strains on the pipe and cooler which is connected to the body/frame. I run high boost and flog my car like it's stolen. The more direct you go the faster the turbo response and the less work your BOV or recirc has to do, and you will notice 1 foot of hose being dropped.
Posted 19 December 2004 - 01:19 PM
Question for you guys: Does the recirc valve matter where it's put? In other words can I put it in a pipe between the turbo and IC since I'm going to need to repipe that anyways? Or does it need to be between the IC and tb? And then of course other side of it piped back to the air intake. My brain says it doesn't it matter just anywhere so it can relieve pressure in the system, am I right? (if that made any sense)
Posted 19 December 2004 - 05:30 PM
Posted 19 December 2004 - 09:10 PM
What do you think now? Thanks, Vanislru your last idea worked out perfect as you can see below.
Hood brace cut
Posted 19 December 2004 - 09:34 PM
OK... nice pik! I'l bet that reduced spool time, nice size IC with minimal plumbing , that cars going to scream when you turn up the boost.
Posted 19 December 2004 - 10:32 PM
Posted 20 December 2004 - 10:23 AM
Posted 20 December 2004 - 08:27 PM
Yep that's actually the exact one I just bought, how much of a pain in the butt was it to put on? Did you have to do any modification or sealing around it? Any heads up so I have what I need when mine comes is much appreciated.
Posted 21 December 2004 - 12:11 AM
I couldn't get to my angle grinder/cutoff wheel thing.. it was in a box somewhere, so I went to home depot and bought a metal cutting blade for my skil-saw.. $3.99
I had a hood to experiment on and I did a pretty rough job of it..lol
After the experiment, doing my hood only took about 10-15 minutes.. I still need to go back and enlarge the hole about 1 inch in each direction.. When I did my measurements and cutting, I was a little on the conservative side.. just in case.
In the pic you can see the outline for the scoop..
The scoop itself has some double sided tape on it. I was a little wary of that, but so far it has been ok. It hasn't come off on the freeway even with the ungodly winds we get here.
Only thing I have noticed that I am not real fond of has been vibration. When it comes out of the box, there is a wire mesh over the inlet. One good gnarly hail storm took care of that though. After that, the top of the scoop rattles a bit at high speeds. the wagon has been off the road for a while now, and in the process, I painted the scoop.. 3 coats of white and 2 coats of clear.. Its is a lot stiffer now and I am thinking that should take care of some of the flutter
Posted 21 December 2004 - 07:33 PM
Did you do anything to your hood where you cut it to prevent rust? Maybe just a quick primer coat?
The one I bought is of course black, I was just going to leave it that way till the car gets repainted (but who knows when that will actually be). But I like your idea of painting with several coats to help make it stiffer, and maybe get it to match my white RX. Did you rattle can it or paint it with a spray gun?
Posted 21 December 2004 - 11:55 PM
As far as the painting goes, I have a friend that was working at a body shop at the time, so it was painted with a gun.. It came out well, but I didn't stress on it too much, as the whole car will be painted soon enough.
Posted 26 December 2004 - 09:39 PM
Posted 27 December 2004 - 03:39 AM
lots better than my home made fiberglass scoop.
Posted 28 December 2004 - 06:48 PM
Think I can now say I'm done with the intercooler/hood scoop/recirc valve till I come up with the cash to replace all the hoses with silicone, and get the car repainted.
Posted 29 December 2004 - 11:02 AM
Theres what 5-6 of us with that scoop now?
Posted 29 December 2004 - 11:10 AM
do you get any cool sounds from the recirc valve?
If you listen closely, you do get a whoooosh, well more like a psssssht during shifts etc..but since it's all plumbed it's pretty quiet, and the turbo seems to keep spooling a tad which drowns it out also..If you have the IC Fan on you can't hear it, but I doubt I will run the IC Fan except while sitting in traffic and on hot days.
Posted 29 December 2004 - 01:37 PM
Posted 29 December 2004 - 08:17 PM
On a funny side note, I went into work today (yeah supposed to be on christmas/new years vacation this week, but hey my company is moving on the 7th and of course everything is behind and that means double time pay $$)...anyways back on track..they were testing the fire alarm system in the new building with those cans of smoke. So I buddied up to one of the guys, while he was testing the one in my new server room and asked if I could borrow him and that can for a minute. Took him out to my car and turned the IC fan on and told him to blow the smoke in the area of the scoop. The fan sucked ALL of the smoke right down through the scoop/IC and out the bottom of engine bay...wish I would've had a video camera. The fire system guy thought I was a little strange after I got all excited and did a little woot dance. Was a good way to actually see the flow of air into the scoop then into the IC.
So can of smoke+hood scoop+IC fan=Good Entertainment I highly suggest it.
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