Project Cappuccino: A Wee Bit O’ Power
Suzuki Sport Intake Bracket
The Suzuki Sport adapter includes a mounting bracket to secure the intake to the factory chassis brace just like the OEM airbox did. The old filter was such a poor fit this bracket ended up nowhere near the brace so we could not use it. The new filter and intake tube allow the intake to be secured correctly. This prevents the engine bay from being shredded by the mesh of the filter and also prevents the filter from being yanked off in hard cornering.
Suzuki Cappuccino Stock Intercooler Pipes
Suzuki installed a tiny little intercooler in the front of the Cappuccino. Knowing it would be tiny and need every little bit of help it could get, Suzuki even installed some plastic ducting to direct air to the intercooler. That air comes from the oval-shaped intake between the headlights. While this is pretty good for an early 90’s Japanese car, the intercooler hoses are crappy rubber radiator hoses. Not only do these expand under boost (robbing valuable horsepower and dulling throttle response), they age terribly, eventually breaking down and failing.
Suzuki Cappuccino Worn OEM Intercooler Hoses
Our hot side hose is very bloated and covered in hairline cracks from containing the heat and pressure of our Cappuccino’s turbocharger. If we don’t replace it soon, it is likely to fail.
Upgraded Intercooler Pipes
Replacing the dead hoses with stock hoses would be silly. Instead, we went with an aftermarket set of aluminum pipes. These will not expand under pressure as the old rubber hoses did. A number of aftermarket companies used to make intercooler pipe kits for the Cappuccino. Due to the age of the car, most of these kits are no longer in production. This kit looks to be a knockoff of a GReddy kit. We picked it up on the Japanese version of eBay so we aren’t sure of the exact brand.  When we purchased this kit the actual GReddy kit was very hard to find and the Monster Sport kit we wanted to get is out of production, so we had to make due. A few parts suppliers now stock the GReddy kit so you can skip the shadiness of Yahoo Auctions.


    1. Thank you! I’ve been enjoying learning all about this platform and I’m glad folks enjoy what I’ve put together.

  1. Awesome. 3 cyl motors sound a lot like straight 6’s the same way the inline 5s of RS3 and TTRS sound like their 10 cyl big brothers.

  2. Duralast? Yuck. I wouldn’t count on any longevity out of that coil. Parts store brand stuff is awful quality in my experience unless something has recently changed. Looks like NGK and Delphi still supply coils for a 98 Metro for under $50. I’d go with one of those.

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