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Old 01-17-2018, 12:08 AM   #137
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I just commissioned having one of these built, but decided to go through with it outside of ebay. Gared, the builder, might be a member lurking around on here - but all USA hand made, i figured what the heck, give it a shot! like the stealth look anyway. Gared has been very responsive so far and is an AVID VW guy

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VW-MK7-GTI-...53.m1438.l2649
Care to share any specs man? Interested to compare this against the eBay intercooler that's the topic of this thread. Looked at his listing but don't think I saw any specs (may have overlooked them though).
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:05 AM   #138
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Seems decent, and I'd probably trust it more than one of the cheap knock-offs. But at $600 shipped, I'd rather just wait for a deal on the IE.

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Old 01-18-2018, 01:56 PM   #139
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I just commissioned having one of these built, but decided to go through with it outside of ebay. Gared, the builder, might be a member lurking around on here - but all USA hand made, i figured what the heck, give it a shot! like the stealth look anyway. Gared has been very responsive so far and is an AVID VW guy

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VW-MK7-GTI-...53.m1438.l2649
Is that a tube and fin design? If so, itll cool fine but youre gonna be seeing some pretty hefty pressure drop across the core.
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:07 AM   #140
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Received the other day and finished install. Overall I was quite impressed with build quality of the cast end pieces, welds of cooler and machining of interface pieces. Currently pricing is $279 on Aliexpress, I purchased for $253 with hoses and clamps (originally $215, but seller contacted me and requested an additional $38 as they incorrectly priced shipping). I did have to break out a file to knock down a weld for sufficient clearance for the radiator to lock into. As previously noted the end pieces that hold the clip to lock the assemblies into frame needed to be hit with file to get the clips on. I needed to go to the hardware store to get some 4mm and 5mm screws and washers to hold down the A/C cooler. The OE cooler has plastic clips holding.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:04 PM   #141
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Thanks George for taking the plunge. Yeah, it is a really nice IC for the $. Enjoy!
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:17 PM   #142
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Received the other day and finished install. Overall I was quite impressed with build quality of the cast end pieces, welds of cooler and machining of interface pieces. Currently pricing is $279 on Aliexpress, I purchased for $253 with hoses and clamps (originally $215, but seller contacted me and requested an additional $38 as they incorrectly priced shipping). I did have to break out a file to knock down a weld for sufficient clearance for the radiator to lock into. As previously noted the end pieces that hold the clip to lock the assemblies into frame needed to be hit with file to get the clips on. I needed to go to the hardware store to get some 4mm and 5mm screws and washers to hold down the A/C cooler. The OE cooler has plastic clips holding.
Can you post the examples of those screws and washers?

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Old 01-21-2018, 10:23 PM   #143
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Can you post the examples of those screws and washers?
Below are the OE fittings for the A/C cooler. The end piece casting has a slot and 5mm for lower and 4mm for upper to hold A/C cooler. Below is my hillbilly engineering. I could of done better, but Home Depot was about to close and I wanted to finish that evening, so go ahead and laugh at my hillbilly engineering, but it is functionally sound.
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:37 PM   #144
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hey man as long as it works thats great! Imma go look on ali express now for that one. Cheapest i found on ebay was 320, so savings is savings. How long did it take you? Imma have to do it on my own as well
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:13 AM   #145
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Received the other day and finished install. Overall I was quite impressed with build quality of the cast end pieces, welds of cooler and machining of interface pieces. Currently pricing is $279 on Aliexpress, I purchased for $253 with hoses and clamps (originally $215, but seller contacted me and requested an additional $38 as they incorrectly priced shipping). I did have to break out a file to knock down a weld for sufficient clearance for the radiator to lock into. As previously noted the end pieces that hold the clip to lock the assemblies into frame needed to be hit with file to get the clips on. I needed to go to the hardware store to get some 4mm and 5mm screws and washers to hold down the A/C cooler. The OE cooler has plastic clips holding.
You happy with it performance wise? Any logs to share perhaps?
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Old 01-28-2018, 04:03 AM   #146
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You happy with it performance wise? Any logs to share perhaps?
Since it has been 45° around here, although I am stage 2 I am likely not going to experience heat soak with the stock intercooler so I cannot speak to performance. I will likely find out in the summer. As of right now, it drives like it did before.

Let me know how to set up vagcom (what specific fields to log) to do a log and I would be happy to. I found inlet air temperature, but nothing about intercooler.
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:00 AM   #147
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Not exactly cheap, but looks like Leyo is releasing an intercooler for the MQB platform as well. https://www.leyo-motorsport.com/leyo-intercooler

Now if Burger Motorsports would just hurry up! I need to buy one this Spring before the temps go up.

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Old 01-28-2018, 05:48 AM   #148
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Not exactly cheap, but looks like Leyo is releasing an intercooler for the MQB platform as well. https://www.leyo-motorsport.com/leyo-intercooler

Now if Burger Motorsports would just hurry up! I need to buy one this Spring before the temps go up.

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Lol definitely not cheap!

I’m in the same boat. The only realistic option right now is this Magic / Majesty IC since the price isn’t insane and it still appears to deliver benefits


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Old 02-22-2018, 11:32 PM   #149
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We almost have 80 degree temps here in Florida and since I'm flashing to stage 2 tomorrow I'm dying to get an intercooler before I have to experience the heat soak first hand. How many of you have had to use extra screws and washers to hold everything in place? I don't mind using a file but I have to rent a lift to do any work on my car.
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We almost have 80 degree temps here in Florida and since I'm flashing to stage 2 tomorrow I'm dying to get an intercooler before I have to experience the heat soak first hand. How many of you have had to use extra screws and washers to hold everything in place? I don't mind using a file but I have to rent a lift to do any work on my car.
Seems to be just the extra 4-5mm screws/washers to replace the plastic clips n what not.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:54 AM   #151
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I'm fine with the fab of two brackets w/two holes for the A/C side upper and the correct length screws. Mine should arrive late March, so I'll post the correct hardware. I'm interested in the specific areas where filing is required for the radiator clips to fit correctly. Don't know if I'll have time for the install on this one, or hand it off to the local shop. In the latter case, I'd like to have things prepped properly.
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Old 02-23-2018, 12:12 PM   #152
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It is just the lower pegs where the condenser tabs slide in. Takes 5 minutes to hit both sides real quick. No biggie. I had some spare bolts with washers up top. Again, easy.
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Thanks for the input. The stock IATs are typically 30-50F over ambient in summer. With 20-40 days in the triple digits, it really takes the fun out driving. We'll see how it performs...
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