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How much to trim an LX bumper to fit intercooler

I have a 3 1/2" thick precision intercooler and need to find out how much I need to trim the bumper. If you have pictures that would be great.

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Depends if you run a/c or not. I've seen some pretty hacked up lower covers, some with the bottom part of the cooler hanging out...i didn't want any part of that! Since i don't run a/c, i mounted the intercooler as far back as possible, and high enough not to have to cut the lower bumper cover structural supports(thin pieces, about 4 or so total). Only trimming i did was the fiberglass headlight panel, and about an inch or so on the lower outer holes of the bumper cover...didn't really need to do this, but made a little more room for the piping inlet/outlet.

I run the cooler that comes with the B&G kit standard, ol' big and thick heavy bastard,lol.

*edit, i'm also running 302man's front tubular bumper.



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I run A/C and didn't trim too much at all. I did have to remove some of the small supports.
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scotng,

any pics of what you trimmed?
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had to trim a lot off the inside of the bumper core support too.
A/C condenser fits too.

Painted the tube black, you can hardly notice it.











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I have a 3 1/2" thick precision intercooler and need to find out how much I need to trim the bumper. If you have pictures that would be great.
Not sure whos turbo kit you have but i trimmed my front bumper support instead of the bumper cover, tilted my intercooler. I would hate to have to cut up the nice bumper cover.





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Very carefully. I had to trim mine about 20 times little by little. Use a drimmel tool of coarse. Mine wouldnt fit they way I wanted because of the condenser so i yanked the a/c out.


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Here's the link to my build. The intercooler pics should be on the first or second page.

http://www.theturboforums.com/smf/in...?topic=83067.0
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I am using a pony down hotside and DIY coldside.

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I actually have your car bookmarked and all you picutes saved on my computer, I was going to do complete DIY setup and actually bought used bbk headers. Your car is perfect for a DIY kit +1
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Scotng,

Were you able to keep you ac with your intercooler? Also did you get an airfilter on your turbo?

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Mine wouldnt fit they way I wanted because of the condenser so i yanked the a/c out.

It was keeping the a/c condensor that made me have to trim bumper (its hot down here)
Keeping a/c makes you have to push intercooler mounting point forward
about 2" This pushed it out enough to require the cutting.

Most LX's you see that have fit it in there do not have the condenser in place.
Personally you hardly notice my trimming cause its tucked up under the bumper
like it is.

I also painted the cold side pipe flat black, so it just kinda fades into looking like a shadow at the casual glance.

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Mine still has a/c and I hacked the hell out of it! I think I could have mounted it a little higher which would have helped. My car's no show car, so it didn't hurt TOOO badly.....

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Scotng,

Were you able to keep you ac with your intercooler? Also did you get an airfilter on your turbo?

Yes...I'm old, I kept my A/C. As for the intercooler, It's a K&N 29.00 or so. You can look it up on their site or I can find the part No. for you. Here's the car now. Thanks

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I just got my 31x12x3 intercooler mounted in yesterday, I'm fabing up an intercooler to a Kenne Bell on a fox body mustang here is a link to my project. Mine starts on page 4 post #123 https://forums.corral.net/forums/show...=648301&page=4

Here are some pics of my intercooler installed had to trim the front cover mouth ends only as I took out A/C.





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