I'll update with pics as I go for these. The passenger side air guide will not fit since the AN lines and oil cooler fill that whole space behind the crash bar, I may just cut it in half about half way up where it fits the crash bar to get some function out of it using 2 of the 3 clips. The driver side air guide still fits fine since nothing changed there. As far as the front bumper fitment, I'll get some pics but it seems maybe 2 rows are blocked by the bottom of the front grille as it sits pretty flush to the grille unless you bend back the mounting brackets a bit.Thanks for posting the photos. These are helpful. Did you have to remove the radiator air guide. The plastic trim pieces, to run the lines?
How was fitment with the front bumper skin? Is part of the cooler obscured?
Thanks for the measurements. I am using the 10mm isolators off Amazon and mounted them above the bracket to get the most clearance if you look back at my pics. So you're still at 9mm more than the 16 row, shouldn't be an issue but may need to trim some behind the bumper because mine is pretty tight without needing to trim.For reference the 19-row Setrab is 24mm taller than a 16-row.
The M22 ORB 90-degree elbow is 65mm tall from the top of the cooler
The M22 Banjo is 50mm. So that buys you 15mm of wiggle room
The rubber mount isolators are 20mm tall. You can get 10mm tall isolators on Amazon for 10mm more clearance
I dug out my Setrab mounts and they came with 6.5mm mounting pads.
Yea interesting, the 20mm isolators make sense in that spot to get the mounting bracket holes above the AN fittings while keeping the clearance tight on the bottom. There is plenty of room on the crash bar to mount those and can even stick out above the crash bar without issue.
First off Issam at iAbed is awesome. So I literally have iAbed's oil cooler kit next to me that I had bought first and in my opinion it is 100x easier to buy the Racingline oil cooler and add your own thermostat with a larger radiator. Installing the iAbed kit is some serious work and Racingline with their oil filter housing adapter makes it very simple. I added the Mocal sandwich thermostat/spacer/16 row to get the best oil cooler setup I could buy for the track, plenty run the stock Racingline oil cooler kit without issues although most report the actual cooling is pretty weak hence the larger radiator and better thermostat (their stock place is a pressure valve so kinda funky).Hopefully I thoroughly read through this thread, don't say that out loud too fast. I noticed some talk of the iABED oil pan, possibly in this thread and wondered if any of you have looked at their oil cooler kit. It uses a plate on the stock "cooler" location keeping the filter placement stock and then has an inline Mocal thermostat and a 19 row Setrab, feel like for anyone looking to get into a cooler this may be an easier option to what is being done with the VWR and sandwich plates etc.
Is there a downside to running the AN-8 line? In any event, I am years off needing any cooling solution but wanted to start getting ideas for my MK7 GSW 4mo, thanks for the info on the kit.First off Issam at iAbed is awesome. So I literally have iAbed's oil cooler kit next to me that I had bought first and in my opinion it is 100x easier to buy the Racingline oil cooler and add your own thermostat with a larger radiator. Installing the iAbed kit is some serious work.
I was planning to install the iAbed oil plate and kit while also doing a valve carbon cleaning since you have to take off the intake manifold but it also requires you to drain the coolant and remove the water pump (could replace for preventative maintenance) to reach the oil heat exchanger. Also space is really tight where that oil heat exchanger is so you'd need to run AN-8 line down the engine bay to wherever the thermostat would be mounted and then AN-10 to the radiator and my plan was to put the oil cooler in the passenger wheelwell (would require fog light removal, not worth the pain). I chose iAbed at first since I had an FMIC but stepped back and now running a stock mount intercooler with the front grille oil cooler and life is good.
I've got the iAbed baffled oil pan and it is great, his oil kit is the best out there in terms of removing the stock oil heat exchanger but the Racingline kit is pure convenience and will get you the same performance. Racingline's best part is their adapter plate that fits into top engine bay oil filter housing, no one else has that and I'm sure they patented it. That lets you run a standard thermostat sandwich plate and spacer that is used in plenty of race applications and can be fully installed in a few hours.
If you or anyone wants the Mk7 iAbed oil plate, plenty of AN-8 and -10 line with fittings, inline Mocal thermostat and my unused Racingline 10 row cooler I'll cut you a deal.
No it is purely a space issue in that part of the engine bay so you have to run smaller AN-8 while most oil cooler kits run on AN-10 like Racingline. I talked with Issam about that specifically over the phone, its actually better to run AN-8 for the main line from the oil exchanger to the thermostat and then AN-10 for the oil cooler to keep fluid pressures in check (don't quote me on this but there was a reason he didn't do AN-8 everywhere) and probably don't need the physical size of AN-10 for oil cooling anyway.Is there a downside to running the AN-8 line? In any event, I am years off needing any cooling solution but wanted to start getting ideas for my MK7 GSW 4mo, thanks for the info on the kit.
Uploaded pics above of the oil cooler bumper fitment in an edit. Overall it is great and would be better with banjo fittings or upsidedown to get a few more rows with direct exposure but didn't have either. Don't think it will affect cooling that much. Fits great in the bumper area and should be solid for the track. Let me know if you want to see anything specific.I holding off installing my oil cooler setup. I will be interested in your feedback after your VIR event with Chin.
My preference is for a thermostat vs the pressure control RL uses.
Read your edit on the cooler being partially blocked by the bumper skin.