The intercooler/radiator swap is a big job. I broke some plastic along the way and had to wait for replacements to be shipped in. As a result my car was undriveable for 2 weeks. It's not particularly difficult, but there are a lot of parts. It's easiest to pull the headlights and entire front assembly.Winter Mods - Cooling Upgrades
Purchased some cooling upgrades during the Black Friday sales. IE Intercooler and a CSF radiator.The IC will keep IAT’s in check. I’m curious to see how the radiator impacts cooling. I had a long chat with the guys at GMP Performance at my last track day and they strongly recommend an upgraded radiator based on their DE rental GTi. APR were at VIR testing their tunes on a couple turbo Caymans and a FX M3. They also recommend upgrades to the the cooling system/capacity based on their Porsche testing.
I had been leaning towards a Unitronic tune for my car, but decided on going with the APR low torque stage 1. GMP is a APR Dealer and they are at most of the DE’s I attend at VIR. If I have any issues, I have support on hand at the track. They have also helped out checking and clearing the odd code I get at the track. ABS Sensor and Tire Pressure monitoring being the main culprits.
I unboxed this evening and fitted the two coolers together. They fit together reasonably well. There is a decent air gap between the two. I suspect that the radiator fans will be pushed inboard toward the motor by a 1/2” or so. Getting the driver side IC hose on may prove interesting. Not sure that I will be able to install the two coolers as a complete unit.....
They may be just a little to bulky, awkward and heavy to fit premounted. Some advice from folks who have installed an IC will be helpful.
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Your bottom fitment looks good, but does that top clip in well? My stock radiator didn't do well with my unitronic intercooler, so I pushed some expanding foam in to keep noise away.