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Re: volvo radiator and intercooler for turbo 02 (archive)

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Posted by Ron Salzman on April 27, 2000 at 10:54:39:

In Reply to: volvo radiator and intercooler for turbo 02 posted by chris ward on April 27, 2000 at 07:50:46:

Can't speak for the volvo radiator part of it, but i have removed the two angled braces (that run from sheet metal below the radiator up to the metal shelf above and forward of the radiator). These are the main thing that gets in the way of mounting big things such as an intercooler (or in my case a larger A/C condenser) in front of the radiator. They are also the mounting point for the hood hinges.
I replaced them with homemade 3/4" angle-iron braces, spaced out perhaps 10" further apart than the stock braces. They bolt to same sheet metal at bottom, and through the front shelf and into an added 1/8" flat aluminum stiffener that runs the length of the shelf. For hood hinge mounting, i cut the bottom section of the hinges off just below the pivot pin, and welded on flat plates. These plates then bolt up to the shelf/stiffener.
Result is a lot of open space in the front nose section.
I've been driving the car for a few months like this, and have not noticed any signs of front end flexing (like cracking at front top part of fenderwells). However i should mention that the
a/c condensor (from a 320i) has its own metal frame that i've also bolted on at top & bottom, and that probably helps add a little more stiffness.
In any case, addition of a front stressbar should preclude any flexing problems brought on by removing the stock angle-braces.


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