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Old 10-18-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Question 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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what intercooler are we talking about exactly? ebay? viggen? ETS?
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what intercooler are we talking about exactly? ebay? viggen? ETS?
its a e-bay 1 bar.
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Its this:
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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
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That's a totally custom job you've got there, as far as piping goes. Do what yllwjet suggests.
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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.
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Okay, thanks for the advice.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.


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