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10-20-2011 03:55 AM
mike saunders Aluminum is more conductive, so it will transfer heat from the engine bay into the charge air faster than stainless steel. (That's why the handles on your aluminum frying pan are made of stainless and not aluminum.)

Intercoolers are aluminum for the same reason, they transfer heat well, but for the piping, you want something that doesn't transfer heat because you want to keep the cool air cool.

But...Aluminum is cheaper, lighter and easier to bend if you're fabbing your own custom stuff with a bender.

EDIT: If money was no object, you'd want carbon fiber pipes But you can find stainless steel elbows pretty cheaply on Fleabay. I bought cutoffs from a guy who did microbrewery and dairy fabrication. Those welded bends have to be perfect to meet inspection, so the ones that are slightly off are cut away and resold. If you look closely at the TB delivery pipe near the battery, you can see two dents from the dairy fab.

10-19-2011 07:05 PM
yllwJet
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Originally Posted by mike saunders View Post
Pro tips: Choose stainless steel over aluminum, aluminum over mild steel.

Look for silicone truck radiator hose instead of expensive connectors.

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Originally Posted by messinian900S View Post
why would you want stainless over aluminum? aluminum piping is usually cheaper from what Ive seen, can bold hold the pressure, don't corrode, yet aluminum is lighter.
aluminum is 100% better to use as intercooler piping not only because its cheaper than SS but it doesnt trap in heat like steel does. you will run cooler intake temps with aluminum.
10-19-2011 03:37 PM
messinian900S why would you want stainless over aluminum? aluminum piping is usually cheaper from what Ive seen, can bold hold the pressure, don't corrode, yet aluminum is lighter.
10-19-2011 01:19 PM
mike saunders Pro tips: Choose stainless steel over aluminum, aluminum over mild steel.

Look for silicone truck radiator hose instead of expensive connectors.
10-19-2011 10:33 AM
Easily I was reading up, and I think i should use 2" intercooler piping, as, my inlet and outlet are 2 1/2", as i would need silicone reducers. I don't think its necessary to run 2 1/2" even if I have a TD-04. I'm trying to purchase a intercooler piping setup and I'm just seeing what u think. I know its going to take a lot of Fab to do.
10-19-2011 09:27 AM
Easily Okay, thanks for the advice.
10-19-2011 07:31 AM
BobSabbert
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That's a totally custom job you've got there, as far as piping goes. Do what yllwjet suggests.
Take a look on SaabCentral.com for a post by bogan. He did a complete write up with photos on his custom intercooler install.
10-19-2011 05:39 AM
secret ingredient That's a totally custom job you've got there, as far as piping goes. Do what yllwjet suggests.
10-18-2011 10:57 PM
yllwJet your going to have to do some serious cutting to fit that intercooler in there. if your planning to do this all yourself, take off the bumper and take a look at what kind of bends and straights of pipe your going to need and decide from there. im sure some cutting and slight fab work will need to be done
10-18-2011 07:55 PM
Easily Its this:
27x7x3.5 Bar and Plate
10-18-2011 07:54 PM
Easily
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what intercooler are we talking about exactly? ebay? viggen? ETS?
its a e-bay 1 bar.
10-18-2011 07:22 PM
messinian900S what intercooler are we talking about exactly? ebay? viggen? ETS?
10-18-2011 06:18 PM
Easily
What intercooler piping kit should i Buy?

I dont know which one to buy. AS i have the intercooler, but no piping for it.

my car is a 1997 saab 900se

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