APR intercooler baby, half price again from the RRP! And for the eagle eyed amongst you, that's the V5 in the background not looking very much better than it did a few months ago. She's been neglected of late but I fully intend to carry on soon with the engine swap and various other bits. It's sort of my practise ground now for the Golf R as if I break it it's just a few hundred down the pan, unlike the Golf R:
Decided that I wanted to tackle it myself, not sure why I thought attacking a very highly priced car would be a good idea, but you live and learn! It took me far longer than it should of to get to just this stage:
After realising I could use a little more in the way of brute force, I got cracking:
God bless YouTube and the internet generally, spent hours the week before researching how to do this. I've never fitted an intercooler in my life, although I did swap the radiator on my old mk5 TDI before so I have a basic understanding of how to dismantle the front of a Golf. Oh, and the V5 was a good practise run too! But I did stupidly bend a few fins on the radiator when removing the OE intercooler so that warrants an upgrade at some stage. Here's a couple of comparison shots of the APR unit against the OE parts:
It really is a serious bit of kit, largest one on the market I believe. Pretty happy with how things turned out, the only bits that didn't go back on were some little rubber grommets that the bottom of the intercooler fit into, but they were just being a pain and not lining up so I'll address that issue another time. But no bolts left over, everything cleaned off during re-installation with high pressure air and a brush down to make sure the radiator and air-con radiator were clear from obstructions. about 6-7 hours of work to fit the APR intercooler which, is I may say so, is rather good for a first go! Had enough time left to fit my EVOMS intake:
Need to fit the heat shield and also some Audi R8 coil packs and NGK iridium sparks too, as well as sort the Forge items out. That's the next part of the plan before getting a Milltek exhaust and AmD Tuning remap.
And before anyone says it, yes I know R-Tech and BCS are the better options but for me it's far better to go with AmD. They did an amazing job on my GTI, are local to me and I get a great price on their re-maps when buying a Milltek exhaust system with them. When I upgrade the turbo in the future I may well switch to a BCS system with 3.5 inch downpipe and cat with their cat back to really chase the bigger numbers but right now I just want to get her stage 2+ and running 340bhp (or there about). Driving on a stock map is not fun after a remapped GTI.
Stay tuned, more to come soon...