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2012 Kia Optima 2012 SX
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That's awesome guys, thanks for participating as I know there was a lot of interest and its an expensive part, made less expensive by you all's participation! Hope everyone that PM'd me got the answers they were seeking as well. Good luck with the installs.

Just completed my install!

I didn't manage to get pictures unfortunately, but your guide was almost perfect for my install.

I had some issues situating the Wagner into its spot though. To get around this, I needed more vertical clearance.

To do this:

- Remove bolts securing the top of the radiator/HVAC into the crossmember

- Remove the bolts holding the bracket/cross-bar that the radiator/HVAC mounts to.

- To loosen this bracket, I had to remove the drivers side headlight, which was super easy and came out in one giant piece.

- This let me raise that cross-member an inch and squeeze the intercooler into place.

- Frickin' bottom hose clamp. So annoying to get access to.

- Everything else went smoothly!

Went for a little spin and I noticed a bit more eager spool-up, but I haven't had a good chance to drive it yet.

Install was easy enough overall!

Only used a 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm sockets, a phillips screwdriver, some pliers and a lot of patience.
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