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Front Mount Intercooler Upgrade for 18+ Mazda 6, CX-5, CX-9

 
Price: $499.99
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Mazda 6 2.5T Front Mount Intercooler

Performance Intercooler Upgrade for the 2018+ Mazda 6 2.5T, CX-5, and CX-9

The CorkSport Intercooler for the 2018+ Mazda 6 2.5T, CX-5, and CX-9 improves cooling efficiency through its large 27x6x3.5” core and optimized fin design. Keep your boost temperatures low and power high even during back to back pulls in hot weather. The CS FMIC kit is a complete, direct bolt on with no cutting or drilling for proper fitment and everything you need for install. This means brackets, hardware, clamps, custom silicone elbows, and adapters to work with the OEM intercooler piping. Plus, it makes power on its own and is ready for any future CS mods as it will support 400 HP!


Combine the Mazda 6 Intercooler Upgrade with the Upgraded Intercooler Piping Kit for the best performance cooling package available. If you combine now you will save $50 on the complete vs purchasing the piping at a later date.

 


The CorkSport Advantage
CorkSport vs. OEM Comparison

Performance Driven

Side by side you can see that the CorkSport Intercooler takes full advantage of the space available behind the grill of the Mazda 6.

The Mazda 6 Front Mount Intercooler is 3/8” taller and 1” thicker than the OEM intercooler, providing 50% more core volume. This improves peak flow for a reduce pressure drop across the core and increases cooling efficiency for lower boost air temperatures.


CorkSport FMIC end tank

Robust Construction

Unlike the stock Mazda intercooler design that uses plastic tanks that are clamped to the aluminum core, the CorkSport Intercooler utilizes CAD designed aluminum cast endtanks that are welded to the core.

Cast aluminum endtanks were used for their improved thermal efficiency, durability and ability to withstand high pressures, as well as the flexibility to use smooth and consistent bends unlike sheet metal endtanks.


Front Mount Intercooler Piping Kit

Modular Design

The CorkSport Intercooler Upgrade is designed to work seamlessly with the CorkSport Piping Upgrade. The piping upgrade can be used now or at a later date without issue, you decide.


Temperature Drop Test

Thermal Efficient Design

The entire purpose of an intercooler is to cool the boost/charge air exiting the turbocharger compressor outlet. The efficiency of intercoolers can vary drastically depending on the design and size. Let’s compare:

Four dyno runs were completed back-to-back for both the OE and CS intercoolers. The results of both showed good improvement in thermal efficiency for the CorkSport Design.

OEM:

  • 1. Starting IC Outlet Temperature = 60 degF
  • 2. Ending IC Outlet Temperature = 82 degF
  • 3. Delta Temperature Increase = 22 degF

CorkSport:

  • 1. Starting IC Outlet Temperature = 63.4 degF
  • 2. Ending IC Outlet Temperature = 79.4 degF
  • 3. Delta Temperature Increase = 16 degF

Pressure Drop Test

Balanced Pressure Drop

Unknown to most, the pressure drop across the intercooler core is the by-product of the cooling efficiency of the core; you cannot have one without the other. The goal with a high performance intercooler is to balance/reduce the pressure drop without compromising the cooling efficiency.

In the same four dyno pulls we also recorded the pressure drop across the intercooler core and found that we were able to minimize pressure drop while also increasing cooling efficiency. This is important because, the lower the pressure drop, the more efficiently your turbocharger can provide boost pressure to the engine.

OEM:

  • 1. Low RPM Pressure Drop = 0.7-1.7 psi
  • 2. High RPM Pressure Drop = 1.7-2.3 psi

CorkSport:

  • 1. Low RPM Pressure Drop = 0.5-1.4 psi
  • 2. High RPM Pressure Drop = 1.4-1.7 psi

4 ply silicone tubing

Performance Silicone Couplers

All connections between piping and the intercooler are replaced with new 4-ply reinforced silicone couplers. Silicone is ideal for boosted applications due to its high durability in high heat environments and added ply or reinforcement reduce swelling during high boost.


FMIC Kit Hardware

Top Quality Hardware

Included with the CorkSport Intercooler Upgrade is all the necessary hardware, brackets, silicone, and T-Bolt clamps required for installation.

Thick 0.125” stainless steel brackets and quality hardware keep the IC core mounted and secure.


Additional Features
  • Vehicle Fitment:2018+ Mazda 6, CX-5, and CX-9 with the 2.5L Turbocharged Engine
  • Developed in America: Designed, tested, and validated in Vancouver, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest.
  • CorkSport Service & Support:Receive a 2 year warranty, full color installation instructions, all of the needed installation hardware, and knowledgeable telephone installation support.
  • NOTICE: The boost tube does not work with the intercooler kit or Intercooler Piping Kit.





Check Out the OEM Intercooler Breakdown Blog!


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How To Install Your CorkSport 2.5T Intercooler Upgrade

It will take you four hours to install the CorkSport Mazda 6 Intercooler Upgrade with our easy-to-use instructions.


4 Hour Install Time

4 Hour Install Time

Difficulty: 3/5

3/5 Difficulty

2-Year Warranty

2-Year Warranty

No CEL

No CEL


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My Mazda 6 is the first car I have added serious aftermarket parts to, and this Intercooler definitely strikes me as a serious modification. I installed the Intercooler along with the Intercooler Piping Upgrade. I had also previously installed the Cat-Back Exhaust, and Short Ram Intake upgrades. The change I noticed the most after the Intercool and Piping upgrade was the additional horsepower in the higher RPM range. In my novice opinion, I really think the car needs a tune to take full advantage of the modifications I currently have made. The install is TIGHT. CorkSport Engineers definitely squeezed every bit of space they could to fit the Intercooler and Piping Upgrade into the frontend of the car. The installation was pretty straight forward using the step-by-step instructions, but be prepared to spend some time making minor adjustments to get everything to fit up just right. I am happy with the purchase and look forward to getting the car tuned as well installing future upgrades.
Seriously best mod, BATs are way down, car drives smoother. Don't wait just buy it and thank me later.
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