Category Archives: Honda Civic Intercooler Pipes, 2016+

Bring a Jacket: Mishimoto’s Honda Civic 1.5L Turbo Performance Intercooler R&D Part 4 – Dyno Results

There are two things that are guaranteed to get just about everyone at Mishi HQ away from their desk for at least a few minutes. The first is as soon as something new or unique rolls into one of the bays. It doesn’t matter if it’s a massive diesel truck, C6 Corvette, or one of the 10th Gen Civic Hatchback Sports. Nearly everyone wants to get a close look at what we’ve brought in for R&D. The second thing that gets people shuffling through the shop is when that new car makes its way to our Dynapack system. Our … Continue Reading ››

Civilized Pipelines: Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 3: The Fruit of our Labors

This is truly the age of forced induction. A clear indication of the trend came with the release of Honda’s 10th generation Civic. After decades of abstaining from giving the intake manifold any extra assistance, we’ve been delivered a lifetime of naturally aspirated 4 and 6-cylinder engines, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The turbo-less times lead to some truly remarkable engines from the Japanese giant, but enthusiasts craving the extra boost and whine from a turbo or supercharger were left to their own devices. While this might not be a 10th Gen, … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Civilized Pipelines: Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 2: Fabrication Magic

Enlarging charge pipes for your turbocharged engine must be a detailed and accurate process. Think about it. It’s not like companies make a charge pipe kit that is well-designed, well-documented, direct-fit and requires no modification to, let’s say, a twin-turbocharged LS1 V8 engine fitting 1995-1998 Nissan 240SX’s. You are going to need a fabricator for that, a very good one. It will be a one-off kit specifically for the car brought into the shop, not able to be mass produced due to the unique setup. You can’t design good intercooler piping that fits a particular application for wide-scale production willy-nilly. Without … Continue Reading ››

Civilized Pipelines: Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 1: Design Plans

Turbocharger compressors like denser air, which is why us car enthusiasts joke about how, although the winter is the motorsports off-season, it’s peak “boost” season. Cars with forced induction love the colder, denser climates because by driving in colder weather, the turbocharger or supercharger gets fed a bit more air than in warmer weather. That’s why you might feel a harder punch from the gas pedal in the middle of a freezing Chicago December compared to a Daytona Beach July. Since we don’t all boost happily in the Siberian Tundra, the way to replicate this effect is by finding a way … Continue Reading ››