Review & Install Video
This intercooler from Mishimoto is gonna be an option for the EcoBoost owner out there looking to bring down intake air temps, as well as those looking for more performance and more boost from a budget-friendly solution. The Mishimoto intercooler is currently the most budget-friendly option on the site. The install for this is easy, it's a one outta three wrenches in the difficulty meter, and you can expect to spend two hours getting this installed. The whole purpose of an intercooler is to increase performance, and it does this through lowering the temperature of the incoming air that's compressed by the turbo. It forces cool air into the cylinders, so basically you're looking at cooler intake air temps, thanks to the intercooler. This makes it a good mod for stock cars that are worried about heat soak, or even modified cars that need some more cooling capability. The factory intercooler can only cool so much air, it's limited by its size. So when you start fooling around with the EcoBoost, and you start running some more boost and bolting on some mods, then you're looking at maxing out your factory unit and needing to upgrade. That being said, I really wouldn't peg a front mount as the best first upgrade for performance, but it does work best when you already did some work, and you wanna make sure that your power potential isn't limited by your coolant setup. But like I just mentioned, depending on what area you're living in, and if your car's a daily, you could be having heat soak issues that are killing some of your performance. And so in that case, upgrading the intercooler is also a good idea.
Just how much better of a cooling job an intercooler is capable of comes down to its size. This intercooler here is larger than the factory one all the way around, and that's one of the factors that's gonna give you those cooler temps. This intercooler has a 58% larger core, with 25%more internal core volume, and a big 165% increase in external fin surface area. So if we compare this to the factory front mount, the Mishi core is taller, thicker, and longer. This is an all the way around bigger intercooler than the factory one. The core is larger than the factory core is, but it's still gonna work with the factory piping, which actually has two benefits, which I'll explain in a second, and it's still a drop-in replacement. These are two very nice qualities because it means you don't have to spend any money on upgrading your piping and you don't have to worry about having to modify anything to get this installed. And the larger core means you have a larger cooling surface, hence the greater cooling ability.
One thing to start thinking about when you start upgrading your setup around your turbo, is things like pressure drop and turbo lie. So sometimes bigger isn't always better, depending on your setup and what you've got going on. But with this intercooler, you aren't looking at a major pressure drop, which is good news for those of you that are concerned with your low-end power band. The ability of this front mount to do that probably has to do with the fact that you're still using your factory piping. So that's the second benefit of keeping your piping. And one other thing I wanted to hit on when it comes to the factory piping is to keep in mind that these are speed density cars, not math cars, so you don't have to worry about needing a larger math housing, or maxing out a housing since there's nothing to max out.
When it comes to some of the specifics, this of course is TIG-welded, and it's made from 6061 aluminum. The aluminum's gonna dissipate heat faster, which is why it's used for intercoolers. This guy's also got an in-tank diverter to divert and improve airflow so you'll be able to utilize the entire front mount. Now this one's powder coated silver, but Mishimoto does also offer this intercooler powder coated black, if you're interested in that look instead. The black will just give you a more stealthy appearance.
As far as price, this intercooler's gonna run you just over $500. This is currently the most budget-friendly option on the site, but Mishimoto isn't your only option. Injen also offers an intercooler as well, and so does COBB.
So I wouldn't call the install for an intercooler on an S550 particularly difficult. It's gonna take about two hours time and be a one outta three wrench on the difficulty meter. You are looking at needing a handful of tools to get this done, and a lift is gonna be your best friend in this case. Getting the car up high enough to work under the front end will make things go faster for you. You will be pulling the intercooler out from below the car, and you do have to pop off the front bumper cover, the grilles, and pull the bottom dust cover off. But this is all is easy stuff. Mishimoto does give you some hardware for the install, and like I said earlier, this is a direct drop-in upgrade, so it's gonna install the same way that the factory one came out.
Wrapping things up here, the Mishimoto intercooler is a drop-in front mount upgrade for the 2015 and newer EcoBoost Mustang. And I suggest you check it out more online right here at americanmuscle.com.
Reduce Heat For More Power.
Improve the performance of your turbocharged EcoBoost Mustang by replacing your factory intercooler with one from Mishimoto Performance. The Mishimoto intercooler is a direct fit replacement that is larger than stock with a 58% increase in core size, 25% increase in internal core volume and 165% increase in external fin surface area, all of which adds up to a 35°F reduction in Air Intake Temperatures (AIT). By lowering intake temperatures you eliminate the possibility of detonation to increase power and performance.Superior Construction.
Manufactured from 100% 6061 aluminum for it's ability to quickly dissipate unwanted heat ensuring lower intake temperatures, this Mishimoto Performance Intercooler features a bar and plate design with cast end tanks and an in-tank diverter to provide optimal flow.Silver Powder Coat Finish.
A Mishimoto Performance Intercooler not only improves your EcoBoost's performance, but it also improves your Mustang's under hood appearance with a silver baked on powder coat finish.Recommended Upgrade.
To further improve the air flow and cooling capacity of this Mishimoto Air-to-air intercooler AmericanMuscle recommends installing a matching Mishimoto Intercooler Pipe Kit at the same time. They are available in a black
This Mishimoto Performance Silver Intercooler is specially designed to fit the 2015-2018 EcoBoost Mustang's equipped with the turbocharged 2.3L Inline 4-cylinder engine. Works with both factory and Mishimoto Performance Intercooler Piping Kits.
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- What's in the Box
- (1) Intercooler
- (1) M6 x 1.0 x 20 mm Flange Bolt
- (1) M4 x 0.7 x 12 mm Button-Head Bolt
- (1) M4 Lock Washer
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18