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Parts Bin: Mishimoto’s Universal Air-to-Water Intercoolers Let You Add an Intercooler Almost Anywhere

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An intercooler helps cool the air moving through a turbocharger or supercharger system to deliver a cold, dense charge into the combustion chamber.

But here’s the thing: Since an air-to-air intercooler needs to be put in a place where it will get good airflow, it can make retrofitting one really tricky. And alternatively, if you want to run an air-to-water intercooler, there aren’t a whole lot of universal options out there.

Not sure on the difference between the two? Read this: Forced Induction 101: What’s the Difference Between a Turbocharger & Supercharger

If that conundrum sounds familiar, you’ll be glad to know that Mishimoto’s got a line of universal single-pass air-to-water intercoolers that can help significantly drop the temperature of incoming air entering your engine. These intercoolers are relatively compact, yet offer efficient cooling to support 500, 1,000, or 1,500 horsepower, depending on application.

Here’s a diagram from Mishimoto that shows you how a basic intercooler system works. (Image/Mishimoto)

Better still, thanks to large mounting tabs, these intercoolers are easy to install. And since they don’t rely solely on airflow, you can stick them just about anywhere—perfect for tight engine bays and forced induction retrofits.

These Mishimoto air-to-water intercoolers use standard -16 ORB ports to plumb-in your coolant lines and come in a handful of sizes. You can select from intercoolers with either 2.75, 3.00, or 3.50 inch inlet/outlet tubing configurations. They all have a durable powdercoat finish for excellent corrosion resistance.

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