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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2015, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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G8 to SS --> VCM OTR & Panels

Swapped my G8 VCM over to the SS, figured I’d post up what I found. On the G8, the intake rests atop the G8 radiator (which is flat with 2 posts). On the SS it mounts the same on the 2 posts, except on my ’15, the radiator has 2 mounts for the AC condenser built into the plastic radiator crossover.

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I opted to modify the intake vs. the radiator, though the radiator might actually be cheaper item to hack up So I clearanced 2 areas to allow the VCM to sit correctly. Not ideal, but air is still forced to a central location. Open to any aerodynamic backround people opinions here though..










I contacted Improved Racing for their VCM SS intake and rdadiator brackets, $20. Given the way everything fit up on mine, radiator brackets weren’t a far enough reach. The post holes really do a good job keeping the radiator planted, especially now with the mounts protruding through too. I will eventually make new brackets, but the IR ones weren’t going to hold it any better than the way it sits now. The front intake mount brackets are key and well made too.

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I wouldn’t buy theses panels to chop up, but since I had them I put them back to use. The side opening fender cover was a close fit, just took a slight notch at the rear of the headlight. The front right panel fits as/is, just needed a mount point at the tip. The left side needed a bit of cutting around the fuse box, and also needed an end mount. All in all, 30mins with cutoff or dremel and can put these back to use.









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thanks for sharing

personally i'm not a fan of the panels as it takes away from the nastiness of that intake

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very I really liked the fit/finish of my VCM. Hated to see it go when the lsa arrived.

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i'd sell my VCM before cutting into it. do the other VCM brackets prevent having to cut into the intake? I see VCM's on heartbeat supercharger setups and never see the intake cut up either.

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Great info Thankx just got an SS... I have the new series 2 VCM ..it already has indentations for the VF Radiator supports ... should be a straight bolt on with out cutting the shroud... but the side panels will need to modified..Nice write up.

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Solid work, thanks for sharing. The OTR's look so much better without the ridiculous red coupler that some have.

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Having had the older style VCM ... I now see the difference with the series 2 recall intake system with the indentations made for the SS set up .. took about all of 20 mins to install plus the fabrication to the panel on the fuse box side.
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