The front fascia needs to be removed to
do this, but that's not as hard as I thought it would be. There are lots of
screws, so remember where they go. All the screws are either 7mm or 10mm.
There are also some push-in fasteners that will have to be pried out with
something. I used diagonal cutting pliers, but anything that can get behind
the head of these to pry them out will work.
The first thing is to get the IC pipes disconnected and out of the way. To do
this, remove the four 10mm screws that hold them in and loosen the lower hose
clamps on each side. The pipes can now be pulled free of the IC.
Next step is removing the Fascia and plastic under it. To do this unplug the
wiring harnesses to the lights, and take out nine 7mm screws and two 10mm
screws on the topside with the hood open.
At the front inner edge of each wheel well, there are four 7mm screws that
need to come out.
The marker lamps can't be unplugged until after the fascia is completely
Now you have to move to the underside of the car. There are four 10mm screws
and 8 push-in fasteners on the bottom to be removed.
The plastic under the intercooler gan now be pulled down from under the car.
Next gently pull the bumper fascia away enough on each side to disconnect the
marker lamps mentioned earlier. Now the whole front fascia can be pulled off
and set aside. The IC is now exposed. There are 2 brackets held on with one
10mm screw each that need to come out next.
There are two 10mm screws on each side of the intercooler to be removed. Be
careful, as when these 4 screws are out, the intercooler will want to drop
Here are the two intercoolers side by side. The new one is a few pounds
heavier, but the increased flow, and better cooling is supposed to reap more
the clips on the original IC need to be transferred to the new one.
Now bolt the new IC in place of the old one.
Re-install everything else in the reverse order of removal. Be sure to check
the alignment of the body lines before tightening the fascia screws.
when you're done you can't really even see any difference visually. RPI
claims 25hp consistently. They also said to use the stock airbox with a high flow
element. I had the Fujita intake tube on, but re-installed the stock box, and
it does indeed run better with the stock box.