Just thought I'd share some before and after pictures of the intercooler ghettoness that was on my WRX, and how I changed it up a bit.
I purchased the car with a carbon fiber hood, crush bent exhaust piping for the FMIC, and a horrible hack job done to get it all to fit behind the front bumper. It's been driving me nuts for the past month or so I've owned the car, so I finally got around to changing some of it.
The front straight on after putting the hood on it, note how the bumper sags down in the middle:
the really high quality fitment job:
more custom cuts!
unfortunately you can't even see some of the worst parts of it very well, including the entire cut out around the FMIC is just terrible.
On to the new.....
I put an ebay special intercooler piping kit on there, with a separate blow off valve tube ( cut out the ebay cheapness on that part), and put a Black Godspeed intercooler in there. the intercooler that replaced the old one, is about 3/4" narrower, the same length, and about 2 inches shorter top to bottom. I decided this was all perfectly fine seeing as how I'm still running the stock turbo, and this would probably reduce lag a tiny bit anyways, I spent about 2 hours just shaving the bumper down until the cuts were all straight and there were no jagged edges hanging around anymore. I then sprayed the fog light covers body color and started throwing everything back together.
here are some other pics from the other day:
I haven't snapped any closer up photos of it yet, but I'll try this weekend after I get my grill that I'm making finished up. I also sanded down all of the intercooler piping and it's all sprayed with a graphite wheel paint that looks really good.
I'll show a few pics from under the hood before to show how horrendous it was!
( look at the smashed pipe so it will fit under the throttle piece!)
the blow off valve flange ( this makes me want to throw up)
and one more....
I've still got all of the piping which weighs about 4X that of the new stuff, I'll have to take some more photos of the 'custom' job they did when I get the chance.
Thanks for listening/looking at my rant, I can't believe what some people will do to a car for no real purpose
also, I WISH I would have taken pictures of the exhaust downpipe and muffler!!