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Default $400 E60 intercooler - 04-29-2019, 09:54 AM

I picked up one of these.

Performance Tuning Intercooler Fits BMW 520d 525d 535d 635d E60 E61 E63 E64 843401145600 | eBay

Seems to be the unbranded version of the Wagner unit selling for twice the price.

Installed it this weekend. Build quality and fit and finish were good. I tested it to 40 psi and it didn't have any leaks. Some minor trimming of the shroud was all it needed and all the bolt and hose connections lined right up.

I don't log the car but it's clearly happier after repeated pulls and has a little more oomph at the top of second and third gear.

Figured I would let people know these are out there if they don't already.
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Default 04-29-2019, 05:43 PM

I installed the Wagner version on my 08 535i. It does line up nice with factory fittings. How did you manage the trans cooler?


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Default 04-30-2019, 04:35 AM

My car is a manual.

I did notice what looked like a hardline mount on both sides that I had to cut off but it was unoccupied.
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Default 04-30-2019, 05:40 AM

Do you have an oil cooler? If you do I thought stepped IC always interfered with it.


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Default 04-30-2019, 06:10 AM

Yes I believe all E60 N54's have an oil cooler. It's a MASSIVE unit mounted behind the radiator and in front of the fan. So no problem in the front with the stepped intercooler.
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Default 04-30-2019, 07:22 AM

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Yes I believe all E60 N54's have an oil cooler. It's a MASSIVE unit mounted behind the radiator and in front of the fan. So no problem in the front with the stepped intercooler.
Behind the radiator? How does that work? Do you have pictures of it installed?


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Default 04-30-2019, 07:34 AM

It's the factory set up.

Pelican parts does a better job than me taking pictures.

BMW E60 5-Series Oil Cooler Replacement (N54 Engine) - Pelican Parts Technical Article
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Default 05-07-2019, 05:46 PM

All VRSF IC race and below fit fine in the E6X and yes no lack of oil cooler in this series. VRSF new Comp Series is perfect addition to the group, larger then 5” stepped not as big as 7” race and because of stepped if u M5 bumper oem or Rep it fills in the gap very nice.

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Default 05-08-2019, 04:47 AM

Can you fill us in on where you can find a VSRF intercooler that bolts up to an E60 and also lets you use the factory inlets and outlet *****? To my knowledge that doesn't exist.
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Default 05-08-2019, 06:47 AM

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Can you fill us in on where you can find a VSRF intercooler that bolts up to an E60 and also lets you use the factory inlets and outlet *****? To my knowledge that doesn't exist.
I would never use the factory connections for the IC, just a bit to much of a restriction. I feel as though utilizing stock connections was back in 2010 when this platform was just getting started. I did not realize that was the main goal for people here, my bad. If that is the case seems as though the ebay rep would be perfect and for sure the easiest solution for people wanting quick install with little trimming.

In any case for bolting up the VRSF IC, simply just made two brackets as shown below. This is just the 5" stepped but same things for the Race and Comp.


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Default 08-12-2019, 01:53 PM

As an FYI these are now going for $360
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Default 08-14-2019, 11:14 AM

$330!
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Default 08-21-2019, 02:31 PM

I appreciate this post, I am about to order one from ebay. It will be installed in my 08 535xi touring 6sp.
Down to $314 right now!
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Default 08-21-2019, 03:25 PM

I feel like this post is a blast from the past seven years ago when people were still using intercoolers with stock connections with the same restrictions. Ditch the plastic stock restrictive connections. If u are only staying stock then maybe but if going through the trouble of replacing the IC anyway why not do yourself a favor and ditch them.

The pics I posted are of a stepped VRSF core on a E61. Itís not hard to fit along with the race IC also.
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Default 08-21-2019, 05:12 PM

It's all good, this car is a baby hauler not a racecar. I have stage 2 turbos going on and by choice will leaves tons of hp on the table.
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Default 08-21-2019, 05:15 PM

Stg2 turbos!!! Do yourself a favor and donít get a IC that uses stock connections lol.
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Default 08-21-2019, 05:29 PM

Oh well, too late. To be honest I'm not that worried about it. What's the worst that happens? My goal is near 450 wheel on pump gas.
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Default 08-27-2019, 04:37 AM

What's the hangup that the stock connections are restrictive?
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