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Yes, I trust that you are seated!! Under $1000 for a FMIC for the 2JZGTE Supra? Absolutely, and only at the Supra Store. This high quality Japanese designed and manufactured A'PEXi Skyline GTR Hybrid style intercooler is the perfect upgrade for the Supra and those that desire the cooling benefits and trick look. The FMIC comes with a lower hard pipe kit too. The lower hard pipe is routed as follows: from passenger side end-tank the hard pipe extends up through the fender well near the battery. The drivers side end tank comes up and stops two pieces short of the top. Amazing I know. Who is A'PEX-i? Well they are one of the top tier tuning and manufacturing companies in Japan specializing in high performance components for Japanese tuner cars. This is not just a intercooler core, but a complete core with end tanks and lower intake piping designed for the 2JZGTE Supra (not some universal fit piece of junk) !! The A'PEXi hybrid intercooler uses an exclusive cross-flow design with fin orientation and modeling for front mount cars only. The core uses two delta fin type faces. The fins at the base of the core are tightly packed while the fins at the top of the core are loosely packed. This design allows the channeled air at the base of the core to cool more, while the top prevents any wind turbulence. A very novel design approach.
Why a FMIC? Well, there was a decent article in Import Tuner a while back that explains it rather simply and effectively. Turbo car owners and especially MK4 Supra owners can turn up the boost rather easily in our cars. The stock intercooler does a decent job with even moderate boost increases. There are some trade offs and possible down sides with increasing the boost in any car. What sacrifices are made when turning up the boost? First, when boost pressure is raised the compressor (turbo) output charge temperature (temp. coming out of turbo) increases, this is a fact. These higher charge temperatures can lead to detonation and in a worst case scenario serious engine damage. Intercooling decreases the chance of detonation by lowering the air intake temperature. With a smaller chance of detonation, engine reliability is improved. From a power production stand point, the higher the charge air temperatures associated with higher boost levels have an adverse effect on air density. As a rule of thumb, every 11- degree (F) drop in charge temperature results in an air density increase that allows for a one-percent increase in gross power output. Likewise, an 11-degree (F) increase in charge temperature can reduce power output by about one percent. Thus, the importance of intercooling for maximizing reliability and power is obvious. If you run your car hard, especially on higher speed runs and live in a warmer climate I would recommend a FMIC. If you have a single turbo or race your vehicle in road racing or auto-x, once again this is a good choice.