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Old 10-17-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Intercooler Choices

Hey all, i met a guy with a viggen at a local track and he suggested buying a 28x8x3.5" off ebay. He told me it was ~$180 shipped. Also said he spent ~$50 on couplings and piping etc. According to him it makes a crazy difference, and he reccomended it over the ETS intercooler.

Im building a 97' 900SE, with a HX35, and 268, or 271 cams. Hopes of around 450whp.

Suggestions on the intercooler please. Is the ETS intercooler worth the extra $300? Any other custom fitting FMIC?

Much appreciated.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:49 AM   #2
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Lots go this route, saves money. Do a search and you will find what people bought via the ebay route.
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Lots go this route, saves money. Do a search and you will find what people bought via the ebay route.
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check out nordicspeed 's webiste out of canada PERFORMANCE 9-3 (99-03) for a drop in large ic that is comparable to forge/ets for about 1/2 the money
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check out nordicspeed 's webiste out of canada PERFORMANCE 9-3 (99-03) for a drop in large ic that is comparable to forge/ets for about 1/2 the money
Nice, the site doesn't really tell me any specs/size of the ic tho
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Nice, the site doesn't really tell me any specs/size of the ic tho
From looking at it, it's...

-- about 8-8.25" tall because the AC drier is in the stock position, but they recommend moving it up. It's 8" from the stock oil cooler lines to the top of the air dryer.
-- no more than 3.5" thick because of how much it extends
-- about 31" tab to tab because it's using the stock mounting location. Core size is probably closer to 24-26"

If I was buying an IC tomorrow, I would buy this one.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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It was me at the track.

28x8x3 5 Universal Front Mount Bar Plate Intercooler | eBay

that is pretty much what i used. But instead of the stock location i mounted it underneith the cross bar and right infront of the grill instead of half way up.

Just get it shipped to the US and go pick it up. $81 shipping is outrageous

If you would like some pictures just send me a PM and ill grab some for you
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:05 PM   #9
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28x8x3 5 Universal Front Mount Bar Plate Intercooler | eBay

that is pretty much what i used. But instead of the stock location i mounted it underneith the cross bar and right infront of the grill instead of half way up.

Just get it shipped to the US and go pick it up. $81 shipping is outrageous

If you would like some pictures just send me a PM and ill grab some for you
Oh hey!
I had a feeling you would reply to this
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:05 AM   #10
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Parts used

1x 28x8x3.5 intercooler
2x 2.5 90* mishimoto couplers (1 end cut so more like 120-130*)
2x L-shape brackets from Canadian tire
2x 5-6" SS 2.5-2.25" reducer pipes
4x 2.5" t-bolt clamps

I took the bumper and bumper cover off as 1 piece and mounted the intercooler like that. easier to get it centered and drill/tap the bumper.

I also had to bend and hammer the old tabs for the intercooler mounting out of the way to get as much room as I could to squeeze the coupler/pipe in there. I also fix some of the surface rust and undercoated everything while I was in there.

I spend about ~$160 Canadian all in! and that's including shipping with the intercooler.





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Has anyone ever used an ebay backdoor intercooler? By backdoor, I mean inlet and outlet ports coming out the same way as the stock intercoolers. You may have to flip it so that the ports are higher up, but this would save a couple couplers I would think.
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if you go the easy route ets is on sale right now fyi
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:46 AM   #13
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Has anyone ever used an ebay backdoor intercooler? By backdoor, I mean inlet and outlet ports coming out the same way as the stock intercoolers. You may have to flip it so that the ports are higher up, but this would save a couple couplers I would think.
I searched a lot for this and the only ones I could find were very thin and tall or very tall and very wide. Nothing would fit the saab unless you did a lot of cutting and removing
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From looking at it, it's...

-- about 8-8.25" tall because the AC drier is in the stock position, but they recommend moving it up. It's 8" from the stock oil cooler lines to the top of the air dryer.
-- no more than 3.5" thick because of how much it extends
-- about 31" tab to tab because it's using the stock mounting location. Core size is probably closer to 24-26"

If I was buying an IC tomorrow, I would buy this one.
Thickness is apprx. 2.5"
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