We’re going to show you how to install an aftermarket intercooler on a MK7 Golf R. This tutorial is almost identical to the MK7 Golf GTI, and very similar for the Audi 8V S3 as it shares the same MQB platform, and EA888 engine.
Whilst this is one of our longest tutorials ever, the process actually not too difficult. There is simply a large number of steps to follow.
- Torx Set (T25, T30)
- Socket Set (16mm)
- Flathead Screwdrivers
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Begin by removing the front bumper as per our Front Bumper Removal guide.
We’ll now release the hood latch cable.
- Pull the cable outwards as pictured
- Swing the cover open
Place a solid box or similar under the entire radiator and intercooler assembly to support the unit
Scribe the location of the following six bolts, on both the left and right side of the vehicle.
First remove the inner bolts securing the core assembly on both sides. The radiator and intercooler will now be supported by the box.
Now remove the four large bolts securing the crash support beam. Do this on both sides and remove the beam.
Rest the condenser forward of the intercooler, being careful not to stress the flexible hoses which are keeping the condenser connected.
Pull the top of the core surround forward as shown by the green arrows. Once you’ve done this, lower the core surround/lift the radiator to seperate them as there’s two alignment legs keeping it together.
You can now remove the outer core from the vehicle.