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Old 12-28-2018, 03:45 PM
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As a point of reference, my Wagner Competition consistently stays right AT ambient during cruise, I would be the clones do as as well. During single gear pulls, like passing someone, it'll rise 4-6 f over ambient, racing up a nearby mountain which is about an hours drive, I'm in boost almost the entire way up it. During that trip, temps stayed within 8f and I was NOT being gentle to the car haha.

It's good the ebay's can stay within 10, very effective, and honestly, the 4-6 may be a sensor calibration error on my car, who knows. I had a Forge knock off originally and swapped to the Wag Comp after about a month. I noticed NO difference from the drivers seat. The swap was in anticipation of Autocross and mountain climbing, I just wanted to be sure the IATs would stay as close to ambient as possible while ravaging the car on track, more for my peace of mind than any hard data.
 
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Trying to bring back this thread. It has been one of the best I've read on this site. I am looking to upgrade my intercooler and thus very interested in the Ebay knockoffs. Wagner is $590, JCW is $420, Helix $600, ATM $650 (aren't they the same?), and the ridiculous Forge is $810. I would of course love to save hundreds of dollars if I can. I have a hard time trusting most things made in China and I hate that they steal our intellectual property and sell knockoffs. On the other hand, I'm a teacher and I don't get paid crap. And thus a $165 intercooler might be enough for me to sell my soul lol.

Most of the links to Ebay are dead because they are old. Not sure how you know which one to buy. Seems like so many are out there. Also, do all of these fit the R60? Thanks! Miss the group buys that used to be out there!
 
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:07 PM
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I have 50,000 manic tuned miles on this one. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Fron...AbTest=ae803_3 But if I ever need to replace it I would go with this one. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/new-...AbTest=ae803_3
 
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Originally Posted by bcriverjunky View Post
I have 50,000 manic tuned miles on this one. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Fron...AbTest=ae803_3 But if I ever need to replace it I would go with this one. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/new-...AbTest=ae803_3
I have 50k+ Manic tuned miles on the second one (Wagner knock-off), and its been great.

From my research, nothing wrong with the ebay units. But, the one complaint is quality of castings, welds, fins... Just make sure you inspect it when received.
 
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I have 15000 miles stage 2 manic and all bunch of other $&%%&;%t, will buy one anytime, and I drive HARD.
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Originally Posted by bcriverjunky View Post
I have 50,000 manic tuned miles on this one. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Fron...AbTest=ae803_3 But if I ever need to replace it I would go with this one. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/new-...AbTest=ae803_3
These say they're compatible with 2007-2012; is there any reason why they wouldn't work on a 2013?
 
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:44 PM
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2011 - 2013 are the updated "LCI" version of the car, so there are some differences from the 2007-2010. Mainly the lower "crash bar" below the front bumper, look at realoem.com for the details. I had to get out the angle grinder to put a notch in the lower bar so my intercooler would fit. But 2012 and 2013 should be the same.
 
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:27 PM
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And the R60 is the same? These will fit?
 
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I have zero experience with the R60 so maybe someone else can comment on that. Also do a search, there are plenty of threads on intercooler installs with pictures.

For example, https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...tion-pics.html
 

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