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Old 01-17-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Perrin EL header fitment on 06 WRX- Help from those that made it fit...

Have a 2006 WRX. Have a Perrin EL header. Won't fit....

The oil cooler is angled due to the presence of a metal, wedged sandwich adapter between the block and oil cooler, tilting the filter about 15 degrees and causing it to contact the header. Apparently, this is ONLY present on SOME 2006 and 2007 WRX models, NOT STi. And, to make things worse, only SOME of the 2006 and 2007 WRXs have this - WTF, Subaru?

Anyway, you can't rotate the sandwich plate due to its asymmetry. You can't remove the sandwich adapter and directly bolt the oil cooler to the block because the block is not threaded (the threads for the 23mm center bolt are in the sandwich adapter which is held to the block by 6 10mm screws).

I was advised that an older model WRX or any STi oil cooler will work. I bought one, but it won't bolt directly to the block because there are no threads in the block (again, the threads for the 23mm center bolt are in the sandwich plate).

Will someone PLEASE tell me how they got their's to work? Is there some crucial part I'm missing here, like some type of adapter plate???
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:47 PM   #2
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Hey low! This is funny, I was just talking to Chris where you bought the part trying to walk him through it.

PM me for my cell phone and I can walk you through it no problem! Also in the future, feel free to call us at 503-693-1702 if you have any questions!

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Old 01-17-2008, 05:25 PM   #3
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Hey click HERE! then on compatibility. Has a diagram!

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Old 01-17-2008, 05:50 PM   #4
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remove the sandwich plate and just bend the metal lines coming off of it a little to clear the block and timing covers
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:58 PM   #5
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:24 PM   #6
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it took me more than a few moments on how to figure it out. if you remove and reuse the correct parts it will work. but primarily I think you remove the parts Perrin said but you do not have to buy anything else. I didn't anyways. it was a combination of removing and reusing that I got it to work. still going strong. lemme take a picture maybe it can help. picture coming up in a few minutes
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:19 PM   #7
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here are some pictures (thumbnails click for larger images) I took from the floor with my camera jammed under the bottom of the car I do remember now getting some bulk heater hose to replace the hose that came from the factory as it was too short with the modified set up and position of the parts.








here is what I removed from the factory set up



hope this helps some people.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:24 AM   #8
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Nice pics! Thank you for posting them!

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Old 11-20-2010, 02:48 AM   #9
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gotta bring this back from the dead.

has anyone else removed that piece and can anyone else confirm that nothing but hose is needed to put the oil cooler on the block without that extra piece.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:40 AM   #10
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I have a 2006 wrx and am also wanting to but these headers come tax season. Does this issue exist with every single 06-07 wrx?
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