AVO avoS1X04M95B001T Front Mount Intercooler w/ Black Piping 05-09 Subaru
Heat is the enemy. Heat saps performance, reduces engine life, and in extreme cases, can kill your motor. The AVO Front Mount Intercooler is the solution. Whenever you turn up the boost to get more power out of your turbocharged vehicle, increased amounts of heat and pressure is generated. One of the biggest bottlenecks is tiny and cheaply made stock intercooler. And even upgraded top mount intercoolers can quickly reach their flow limits, and suffer from heat-soak, an unavoidable situation created by the TMIC sitting on top of a hot engine while the car is not moving. The best answer to both problems is a front mounted intercooler. Back pressure in the system is lowered because of the larger intercooler core design made possible by the space available in the front of the car. And heat soak is not a problem as the FMIC is not sitting on top of a hot engine!
It is a little more complicated than that, though. You cannot simply throw any front mount intercooler onto your car. As a FMIC was not part of the original car design, space is very tight. AVO spent countless hours in R&D engineering the correct cast aluminium end tanks and aluminium piping. This was all so that you could retain your original foglights on your Legacy with a minimum of trimming on the inside of the bumper. Piping to and from the turbo and throttle were kept to as short a length as possible as well.
Our high-flow bar and plate intercooler also ensures that enough air goes past the intercooler and into your radiator to keep engine temperatures normal even under prolonged heavy-duty usage.
We could have made the task easier on ourselves by simply going with a smaller, thinner core, but that would have compromised the ultimate performance of this FMIC. It would have reduced the amount of internal surface area vital to cooling the hot pressurized air flow. The AVO intercooler is not an appearance item only, it is also an essential performance part. Power junkies will be able to make all the power they need, when they need it. Our heavy duty design goes past racing, however, as even more regular drivers that simply have big loads to tow can enjoy the torque benefits this system will allow, and the increased cooling necessary for engines under heavy loads for long time periods.
At 595mm by 222mm by 90mm, the AVO intercooler core is huge! and suffers from very little pressure loss, even at 500hp! The cast aluminum endtanks were specifically designed and engineered for high airflow, as poorly designed endtanks would negate the performance advantages of the large core. Heavy-duty Kevlar-reinforced rubber piping and cast aluminum pipes ensure the air continues to flow fast and cool throughout the system. Smooth bends throughout minimize performance-robbing bottlenecks.
At 450hp, intake temperatures are around 150 degrees centigrade before the intercooler. By the time it has reached the other end, temperatures have dropped to 55 degrees centigrade! And there is only a 1.0psi drop in boost pressure, even at 500hp!
- 2005-2006 Subaru Legacy GT Sedan (2.5-Liter Turbocharged)
- 2005-2006 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon (2.5-Liter Turbocharged)
- 2005-2006 Subaru Legacy Spec B (2.5-Liter Turbocharged)
- 2005-2006 Subaru Legacy Outback (2.5-Liter Turbocharged)
Note: Vehicles with an air-pump system will need a slightly smaller battery to fit this kit.