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    Thread: Has anyone installed S3 Intercooler yet?

    1. 07-27-2012 01:12 PM #1
      Has anyone done the S3 Intercooler install yet? I asked on ECS they said I had to lengthen hoses, and that they don't list CC as a correct fitment because of this.

    2. 07-27-2012 06:00 PM #2
      Someone out there has to have installed this on a CC.

      With the intercooler being thicker, I have a hard time understanding why the hoses would be too short. I know you can cut part of the stock hose, but I also saw somewhere in the forums where the guy cuts off the metal part of the hose instead of just hacking the hose itself. Anyone know if not cutting the hose and just yanking off that metal piece would make the hose the correct length?

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      07-27-2012 07:42 PM #3
      There are a few on here who has that intercooler. Give them awhile to answer your questions, but in a nutshell Yes it will work.

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      07-27-2012 09:00 PM #4
      Subscribed. It is hot in Texas this summer and I am seriously considering this upgrade.

      What would you think the time for a pro mechanic to install would be? 2--3 hours?
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      07-28-2012 12:43 PM #5
      Hit up snobrdrdn he can answer these questions.

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      07-29-2012 01:33 PM #6
      I have it in my 2012 R-Line w/KO4 & meth. Perfect fit. We just used to stock hoses. I believe we might have trimmed the hoses a bit. Nothing drastic.

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      07-29-2012 01:35 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by dcbc View Post
      Subscribed. It is hot in Texas this summer and I am seriously considering this upgrade.

      What would you think the time for a pro mechanic to install would be? 2--3 hours?

      We did it in about an hour, hour in a half.

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      07-29-2012 02:07 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by ptfern View Post
      We did it in about an hour, hour in a half.
      So did you do the OEM S3 FMIC for $290 ish?
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      07-29-2012 02:34 PM #9
      If its $290 that's a dam good price

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      07-30-2012 01:06 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by R0bL0gic View Post
      So did you do the OEM S3 FMIC for $290 ish?

      Yeah, it cost about that for just the intercooler.

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      07-30-2012 01:50 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by ptfern View Post
      Yeah, it cost about that for just the intercooler.
      So what else is needed, and how much is it for everything needed for the swap?? TIA

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      07-30-2012 09:21 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by AZ_CC View Post
      So what else is needed, and how much is it for everything needed for the swap?? TIA

      $290 for the S3 intercooler. Used stock hoses. Labor depends on the shop you bring it to. I did also install the AWE "pancake pipe" and BSH throttle body pipe since we were already in the area so to speak, and going to instal the dual nozzle meth kit. But these are extras that you don't technically need.


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      07-30-2012 01:41 PM #13
      Would this ic do any good with just a apr stage 1 and 2 intake and a cat back exhaust?
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    14. 07-30-2012 02:39 PM #14
      I have heard two common comments. Both contradicting, surrounding the hose length.

      Do I need the AWE TOP to install the S3 intercooler?
      Can I just use stock hoses with no TOP to install the S3 intercooler?

      Anyone know why everyone keeps saying that you need to extend the hose on the TOP side?

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      07-31-2012 06:43 AM #15
      I emailed Chris this info, but I'll share it with everyone...

      Parts you need: (if not buying a kit)
      The intercooler
      (9) M6 x 1.0 x 16mm bolts.
      A couple 2.5" hose clamps (if you plan to cut your stock hoses)

      OPTIONS:
      1. If you're just buying ONLY the intercooler for ~$300 (whatever it costs)....

      On the S3 intercooler, it has metal inlets and doesn't use the factory (clip in) hose connections. Soooo....you have to cut the factory connection off the stock hoses and then slide it onto the S3 intercooler and clamp it down.
      That's the cheapest solution.

      Read here on how to cut the hoses:
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...956&viewfull=1

      How it will look:




      2. Buy the AWE Tuning kit with the S3 intercooler and the OEM hoses for $520:
      http://www.awe-tuning.com/products/v...t/s3-fmic.html

      3. Buy the intercooler for ~$300 & then the AWE tuning S3 hoses for $240:
      http://www.awe-tuning.com/products/v...c-hosekit.html

      4. Buy the intercooler for ~$300 with the Turbo Outlet Pipe & the hoses for $410:
      http://www.awe-tuning.com/products/v...c-hosekit.html
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    16. 07-31-2012 03:49 PM #16
      Thanks as always Dan.

      I will be ordering this ASAP. Since I don;t see much in terms of CC install I can post a DIY if anybody is interested. Probably won;t be doing this until at least next weekend though.

      Also I asked Dan, but is anyone aware of a guide on how to remove CC front bumper and other items required for the intercooler install.

      I found a few write ups about the hose and bolt on procedure, but not how to get the bumper and everything off to do that work.

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      07-31-2012 04:02 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by S WORD View Post
      Thanks as always Dan.

      I will be ordering this ASAP. Since I don;t see much in terms of CC install I can post a DIY if anybody is interested. Probably won;t be doing this until at least next weekend though.

      Also I asked Dan, but is anyone aware of a guide on how to remove CC front bumper and other items required for the intercooler install.

      I found a few write ups about the hose and bolt on procedure, but not how to get the bumper and everything off to do that work.
      I would be greatly interested in a write up including the removal of the front bumper. Then hopefully it could be adding to the DIY section of this forum

    18. 07-31-2012 04:04 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by VdubXXIV View Post
      I would be greatly interested in a write up including the removal of the front bumper. Then hopefully it could be adding to the DIY section of this forum
      I would be happy to do so. Plus I am sure I will have Dan helping me from 1,500 miles away as usual so things will go flawlessly as before.

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      08-04-2012 06:23 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by S WORD View Post
      I would be happy to do so. Plus I am sure I will have Dan helping me from 1,500 miles away as usual so things will go flawlessly as before.
      LOL

      Well I wish I knew how to take the bumper off, but I don't.

      I'm sure someone on here has to have done it though. And I'm 99% sure it's just clipped on anyways.
      Start by removing the grille (torx screws and pull off).
      Then remove the belly pan (torx screws)
      Undo the fender liner screws (torx screws)

      And then start pulling on the fender edge, I guess.....
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      08-04-2012 10:56 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by VdubXXIV View Post
      I would be greatly interested in a write up including the removal of the front bumper. Then hopefully it could be adding to the DIY section of this forum
      Pics!




      Clips for the painted piece (don't forget underpan that is held in place with torx):








      Remove the 4 silver bolts under the headlight to release the bumper, but make sure you have it all supported as illustrated in the last two pics:








      When the bumper comes off, so does the support for the radiator, IC and AC radiator.

      Sorry, I was going to do a full write-up, but I never did.
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      08-04-2012 01:51 PM #21
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    22. 08-06-2012 12:10 PM #22
      Thanks for the pictures. I am getting mine delivered this week. Can't wait to get it in. Also adding AWE TOP at same time. I can try to make a step by step if anyone is still interested, but it looks like based on this thread majority of the process is covered.

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      08-06-2012 03:01 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by S WORD View Post
      Thanks for the pictures. I am getting mine delivered this week. Can't wait to get it in. Also adding AWE TOP at same time. I can try to make a step by step if anyone is still interested, but it looks like based on this thread majority of the process is covered.
      No problem! Its a fun install
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      08-07-2012 05:19 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by jspirate View Post
      Remove the 4 silver bolts under the headlight to release the bumper
      &
      When the bumper comes off, so does the support for the radiator, IC and AC radiator.
      When you say bumper....I think you mean "core support"

      So no one gets confused.

      The bumper cover has to come off first, and then the core support, to get to the intercooler
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      08-07-2012 09:07 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by snobrdrdan View Post

      The bumper cover has to come off first, and then the core support, to get to the intercooler
      ^This.

      First you have to remove the painted plastic bumper cover, then you remove what I consider to be the bumper. Its one piece that protects and supports and it has a foam covering over metal (which does not get removed).

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