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**NOTE** Does NOT fit New Beetle!
Heavy duty all aluminum SMIC intercooler for TDIs, direct replacement for ALH TDI engines.
This can also be used for BEW engines but it will require a change most of the intercooler plumbing.
If you'd like to avoid drilling out the map sensor hole you should purchase a replacement map sensor. We stock
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Easy install with the bumper cover of my Mk4 Golf off. Fit to OEM connectors is very good, involving a very minimal amount of modification and fitting. I needed some thick rubber washers to go under the top pair of mounting flange holes, as the unit does not come with thick rubber grommets, like the OE unit. I bought some suitable washers at Home Depot. The unit functions perfectly and seems to prevent power loss when driving up my local mountain pass. This should become more apparent in the summer when the weather heats up.
This is my second upgraded SMIC. I installed the first one on my 03 Jetta and it makes a significant difference in flow especially with my VNY1756vk. This one will go into my 03 Golf this weekend! Great price, excellent fitment...you need to get this.
The Smic is a great option considering the minor amount of modification needed for install. I had to trim the stock duct a fair amount to get the bumper to fit properly but the install is pretty straight forward. Highly recommended vs buying s new stock intercooler because of the all aluminum product.
This SMIC really exceeded my expectations! The fitment isn't exceptional, but for the size of that thing it's pretty great. The DIY really helps to tackle the job. I was mostly impressed with how it performs, I have a scangauge with IAT (taken from the MAP) and the new SMIC managed to drop the temperatures under hard load from 60C to about 40C (not very scientific, but it's from the same daily route with similar conditions)