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Old 04-09-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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I changed my routing and now it goes under and next to the sway bar not through the swaybar bracket. I still not 100% happy with it but I put tape on it and nothing seems to rub. its really the only way I can see doing it unless i mount it behind the radiator. i am interested to see how you did it.
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1.6 without a oil/water cooler spacer, so I'm limited with my routing options. I believe that sandwich plate orientation is the only one possible. Only issue with this setup is if you rely on a upper panel as your ducting.

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^^ are you going to have to notch the bumper where the oil lines go back into the bay? i would think it would make more sense to go around the rad on the pass side?
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Nope, bumper fits perfectly. I'd also like to flip it and route them around the radiator, to keep it sealed above the radiator, but that's more work than I wanna put into right now. My ducting seals the mouth directly below the oil cooler, so it stays cool without sealing the top of the radiator right now.
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I mounted my Setrab STD Narrow 25-row Oil Cooler behind the starboard foglight (2004 MSM) and fabricated an aluminium shroud to ensure that all air got funnelled through the oil cooler - this was the only space big enough to accommodate an oil cooler AND get clean air.






Installation starts and continues from here: http://mx5cartalk.com/forum/viewtopi...1091&start=161
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oh that is nice, that was my first idea but the bracket seemed like a pain in the ***. nice work
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Very nice! I like this method. I'm still deciding the best place to put mine. It's in front of the rad just now (where the plastic bumper support originally sat) but I don't like the routing of the lines.
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i tried routing like this but I was concerned sway bar articulation could hit the line. can you confirm everything clears ok on the track? I might go this route next time I take things apart.


that textured aluminum shroud, what is it? were you able to bend it like that by hand with a brace in a vice or do you have a break?
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i tried routing like this but I was concerned sway bar articulation could hit the line. can you confirm everything clears ok on the track? I might go this route next time I take things apart.
You can't really tell from the angle of the photos, but there is quite a gap between the lower oil line and the sway bar.
The sway bar would need a LOT of movement/contortion to contact the oil line. Mine is the large Racing Beat hollow sway bar so I doubt it would ever twist enough. I made sure that the bottom oil line was angled as much as possible to keep it away from the sway bar.

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that textured aluminum shroud, what is it? were you able to bend it like that by hand with a brace in a vice or do you have a break?
The shroud was made from a textured sheet of 3mm thick aluminium. I needed something light that would hold its shape without additional bracing so it was perfect. I used a jigsaw and files to cut/shape it, then bent it accordingly in a vice between two thick L-shaped aluminium lengths to get perfect bends and not mangle the shroud in the vice's knurled grips.
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Oh what the hell...



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interesting bracket design, ducting look good. not sure what is going on in the last pic
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Are you putting any mesh or somthing to deflect road debris?
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I dont think road junk will hit it unless you are driving in reverse
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I dont think road junk will hit it unless you are driving in reverse
If its ducted from the turn signal hole, things can definitely fly down the opening. Other cars on track fling up debris all the time.
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If its ducted from the turn signal hole, things can definitely fly down the opening. Other cars on track fling up debris all the time.
I was thinking in the wheel well. protection anywhere is a good thing but I've seen plenty of cars run with exposed coolers in the wheel well.
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If you want protection from road debris there, you'll need it for your intercooler and radiator as well, they're just as vulnerable. And most of us don't. Plus, fine mesh screens act as a solid wall at speed. More or less.
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nope, nope and nope... it's been flogged this way for 2.5 years now with no issues, knock on wood. I must admit that I have 1/4" mesh I bought eons ago for screening off the openings - but just didn't - probably too lazy knowing I'll have to yank the bumper cover off again to do a clean job. At this point, will hold off until I decide what aero will be done to the front clip this summer.
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mesh restricts air flow more than many think. just depends on the application but I've see some well developed cars need to remove mesh to cure temp issues so yeah, that can be a factor
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