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Old 10-06-2008, 06:29 AM   #1
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cx intercooler hookup

I am goign to purchase a cx intercooler within the next week and was wondering with the 28x8x3.5 can I use the viggen intercooler hoses or am I going to have to rig something up?
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:50 AM   #2
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You will need to srt out the hoses. None of those universal ICs have the hose connections the right way or any brackets. That thickness seems a bit too much.

Make sure it is good enough. We put a larger than stock Core in the HHR and turned out it did not cool as well as factory, it flowed a little better so we made more power in the cool, less in the heat. We had to go to a very large core to get better cooling than factory
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2.0 GOOSE 500whp + 8500rpm = 11.06 @125 E85
Viggen 439whp / 447tq 12.43 @114 on Gt2871.64, (Now 511whp Gt3076)
Nordic E85 9-3 SS Aero 320hp / 350ftlbs
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:05 AM   #3
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Hey,
I put that same intercooler in my car when I was back in KC this last summer and I've had pretty good results with it. As far as the plumbing went, it was definitely not an easy job. My dad and I managed to use a piece or two from the original intercooler and another part we pulled an intake hose off of one of those huge, Ford vans. I didn't use any other extra SAAB hose.

Nick, I didn't do any actual tests on mine after the install but I did drive it around in the summer quite a bit. Did a couple pulls against a few friends and I never felt any loss of power between pulls, running on the highway, but that's just going off of the butt dyno. I did make 15whp more in 4th gear, before and after, on the same dyno, though, so this core definitely flows more.

Sorry I can't really be more specific than that about the hoses, I'll just say it wasn't an easy job even with a lift and every possible tool available. Good luck.


(PS Nick, thanks for re-routing my tranny mount for me. Sorry for any confusion.)
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you dont by any chance happen to have any pics?
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I have a couple, not too detailed, though. I'm headed to class now so I'll throw on what I have for you once I get there..give me 30 minutes.
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https://saablink.net/forum/showthread...cooler+install

this thread will help you your ic is the same length just wider and taller.
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I'm assuming you mean thicker. That only makes a little difference, though.
I looked and couldn't find any of my pictures on this computer, sorry. That write up should work for you, though. When it all came down to it, though, the pictures didn't help me so much. You just gotta rip your bumper off and take a look around. That's when you'll know how much 'fun' you're getting yourself into. Good luck.
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I have read that thread and theres no mention on using the viggen hoses, more of the diy on a ng and the parts needed for that
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Its this simple if you want to use the viggen hoses by a forge or ETS. anything other is going to be DIY
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eh for the money I guess its diy thanks
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hey,
any pictures of this intercooler? i'm about to order same one.
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http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1310160083

I guess that's the only one I actually took that's worth looking at. I was probably more excited to put it on, than anything, that I forgot.
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cx racing 27x6x3.5 and works just fiiine
I kinda just went for it on the IC piping...
this should help you with your install

1- 2.5inch 45deg mandrel bend
1- stock compressor outlet hose (cut)
2- 2.25/2.5 silicone reducers
2- 90deg silicone bends (cut)
2- 2.5 joiners
1- stock IC pipe (cut)
6- 2.5 T clamps
2- 2.25 T clamps

then whatever mounting bracket you decide on.

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...ghlight=piping
https://saablink.net/forum/showthread...cooler+install
http://www.boostcontroller.com/index.php?category=109
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