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1988 S13 CA18DET SMIC intercooler mounting

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I got a stock ca18det smic, but i have no clue how to mount it to the side, i believe im missing brackets, i dont know the orientations, if anyone has any photos of how its mounted that would be much appreciated!! 


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I have helped my friend last 2019 to install that. Hopefully this will give you an idea, at least a little bit. You can try this:

So here goes...
Pre-swap Mods

-These are things which could be done before you even get your CA and will help to get your chassis ready for the new turbo engine later on.
A. The Radiator: a radiator that comes into your vehicle is most likely over a decade old and was not actually designed for the heating requirements of a turbo motor. Often times a new single core radiator with a greater pressure cap and electrical fans are plenty enough. Should you install a new radiator, then flush out the system quite well before installing the new centre.

B.Oil Cooler: Oil coolers are often overlooked but should not be. The EDM CA's all had oil coolers stock (though crappy) and I think for good reason. This is another modification which may be put on the KA and swapped over to the CA with a the small issue in regards swap time.

C.Gauges: A boost gauge is crucial. Individuals will rag on me for this, but I would also say a narrow-band AFR gauge. NO! They are not accurate! But they are better than nothing and far less expensive than a wide-band. An oil pressure gauge is also quite good to have as the idiot light on the dashboard will normally tell you after it is already too late. And ultimately a gas pressure gauge, as you may need this to adjust your fuel pressure with the aftermarket FPR needed with the Walbro you may wish to install when you really get the CA.

D.Ground Wire Kit: This is optional but certainly useful. Once again this can typically be converted into the new motor in the future later on. This will lessen the stress and noise in the electric system. It might free up a small bit of HP since the alternator won't have to work too hard, but it will also offer the ECU more precise information from its various detectors and help smooth out the idle.

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