How To Install EUROCOMPULSION Intercooler Kit
To learn more about the intercooler, check out these two threads:
- Stock vs EC Intercooler: https://www.124spider.org/forum/10-engine-technical-discussion/20090-stock-vs-eurocompulsion-intercoolers.html
- More info on the EC Intercooler: https://www.124spider.org/forum/45-vendor-deals/20082-upgraded-intercooler-kit-eurocompulsion-official-thread.html
Depending on your level of preparation and whether or not you have an assistant, expect this to take you anywhere from 4 to 11 hours to complete. This tutorial is divided into 8 parts, split across page 1 of this thread.
- 7mm & 8mm 1/4 drive sockets or 1/4 drive bits
- Mini ratchet driver (Like this one on Amazon.com)
- 3/8" drive ratchet with 10mm socket
- 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, and 14mm offset wrenches
- Flathead screwdriver
- Long flathead screwdriver
- 21mm socket (for lugnuts)
- 5mm and 6mm hex bits (a multi-bit hex tool will also work)
- A jack, two jack stands, and a jack pad. (I got mine on Amazon.com)
- Soapy water
Note: The mini ratchet driver will make your life a lot easier. You'll be working in some tight spaces, so small and maneuverable tools will be good to have.
Note: If you don't have access to a lift, you'll be under the car on your back for a couple of hours. I recommend a helper to pass you tools so you don't have to keep crawling back out, and a stiff pillow (or blanket you can roll up) you don't mind getting dirty to make this more comfortable. This tutorial assumes you do not have access to a lift.
EUROCOMPULSION FIAT 124 Spider Intercooler Kit
Part 1: Stock System Overview:
Before you start, it will be helpful to familiarize yourself with the stock system. I put it mostly together in the image below:
Marked with red arrows are connections fitted with hose clamps. There are 5 hose clamps total. Some use 7mm and some use 10mm bits/sockets.
Marked with yellow arrows are joints between the flexible rubber hose and the plastic pieces. There are 5 of these joints in total.
To disconnect the hoses from the plastic pieces, I simply wedged a flathead screwdriver under the wire retainer and lifted it out of the locking slot. This is all you need to do to disconnect these; the hose will slide right out.
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