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We've recently bought a 2003 JDM XT and I'm in the process of changing a few bits...roll bar, filter, exhaust etc. I was looking at the intercooler today thinking 'it seems a bit small'. There's plenty of room around it, so has anyone on here had the same thought and done something about it?

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A JDM XT eh? Think your the first on here with one of those (waits to be corrected) - piccies please?
 

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Have a look at similar year Impreza stuff

Maybe an Sti would fit

Heres one I fitted earlier (P1)
 

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Nich B said:
Have a look at similar year Impreza stuff

Maybe an Sti would fit

Heres one I fitted earlier (P1)
The current unit is in quite a bad condition with lots of flattened fins, looks like someone dropped something on it and then ran their 'finger' across the rest of the fins to give a uniform look. The'll not be a lot of airflow though it. When you fitted the Sti unit did you also change the rubber scoop cowel to match the air flow to the bigger surface area?

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This is common, you need tweezers or small screw driver and straighten them

Mine is a JDM Stb and the one I took off was almost exactly the same, the one I put on was in better condition and in silver, with a guard, and looks better

So the rubber whatsit fits

I have read somewhere about cutting the existing rubber to fit a bigger IC

You might also consider a tilt kit, and a splitter

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a toothpick is the instrument of choice for fin-straightening.

for a MY2003 a STi7/8 intercooler if you can find one is the one to go for. *BUT* you'll need the dumpvalve the intercooler brackets , the correct scoop undertray and a samco section or replacement Y pipe as well.

Failing that a WRX intercooler will go on with a bit less fettling - but don't bother with the MY06 version as it's the forester one :D ...

AFAIK you don't need the tilt kit as the new age wrx/SG have a tilted configuration anyway....
 

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Had a go with various 'fine' tools but about 80% of the fins had been flattened; and even after my efforts the airflow through is very low. So I think in my mind I'd realised it'd be better to replace it and this means I should consider all the options. WRX /Sti Impreza intercoolers are probably more readily available than SG Forester's and as the car will be re-mapped to 280bhp fairly soon I'd like to put the most effective on in the space without going over the top.

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newage WRX one will be more than adequate for that power level.

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I have the standard intercooler from my 2004 Forester Sti available if you are still looking.
 
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