What does a larger intercooler get me?
I just read the post by synolimit and think he is doing way more than I ever dreamed of doing to my car, but a question came up on Friday I wanted to ask about. Synolimit did do the larger intercooler, but also more than I'm doing so I want to find out about it as a stand alone part.
I have a '10 WRX and after much research am doing the following mods (1-4) were my primary. 5-6 just popped up last week and I want some advice. This will probably be it for my mods, I want some more performance and better handling from the car, but don't want to get too involved due to other commitments with life/work, etc... Typical 44 y/o male with family obligations type stuff, but I'm not through having fun yet.
1.) Whiteline sway bars w/Kartboy endlinks. Don't need engine mods of the handling isn't there, so this is the first mod I wanted, will have them in next week.
2.) Ixiz pitch stop. The first thing I did myself to a car in 25 years. Easy swap and it was an immediate improvement in the driveline.
3.) Accessport. I am at Stage 1 93 octane now. This is the gas I can get here in Texas, so it's what I use. See #'s 5 and 6 below for related questions. I wanted to stay at stage 1, but if stage 2 is not much more of a problem, why not. Please read on.
4.) Shifter bushings. I put the front in already, can't quite figure out how to get the rear in yet. A great quick mod and noticed immediate improvement over stock.
5.) Cobb downpipe. Next Friday. This leads to the next question, this is where I was going to stop with the mods, but don't want to stop short of noticable improvements with a little more effort.
I am going to have MZM in Austin do this one because I heard it's a little more complicated than I have time for. When they came out to look at my car, they noticed my '10 has a larger turbo than previous models and said that a larger intercooler would greatly help. WHY? and WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME? If this is an easy modification that will give me some solid gains, can't see a reason not to do it, even if it wasn't on my list above. Can someone help me out here? Worth it or not? Is the turbo on an '10 that much bigger than an 08 that it would matter with regards to this part?
6.) Upgrade to stage 2 with the downpipe on. This was also recommended, though it wasn't on my list. Something I should go for? I am not going to do anything other than the downpipe to the exhaust, but like #5 above, don't want to walk away from it if it's something easy that will get me a little more power.
Any information would greatly be appreciated. I have searched these topics online for a while, but they are always tied to greater modifications. Since this is where I want to stop, my questions are a little different.
Thanks again for the help,