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I want to install an intercooler whose CORE dimensions are 18.5" wide x 5.5" tall x 5" thick. I am wondering if something that think will fit or not, since our stock intercoolers are very wide and thin. Any ideas? I have a 97 900

PS - Before you flame me talking about just going with the Viggen IC or saying that this isn't necessary, the reason I like this intercooler is because it is A - cheap, B - better constructed than the Viggen's, and C - will outflow the Viggen by a ton.

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You'd have to hack up the bumper quite a bit. I just put in a 3" thick and have about 1/4-1/2" clearance behind the bumper.

I wouldn't flame you for not going with the Viggen IC, quite opposite, it's a cheap piece of crap.

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I want to install an intercooler whose CORE dimensions are 18.5" wide x 5.5" tall x 5" thick. I am wondering if something that think will fit or not, since our stock intercoolers are very wide and thin. Any ideas? I have a 97 900

PS - Before you flame me talking about just going with the Viggen IC or saying that this isn't necessary, the reason I like this intercooler is because it is A - cheap, B - better constructed than the Viggen's, and C - will outflow the Viggen by a ton.

Jordan
He's probably referring to me since I always pitch the Viggen IC because its more then adequate for most people and an easier solution!

But yeah, I think 5" is going to be a tad much to fit back there.

Does anybody have any numbers on the stock Viggen IC, pressure drop, flow rates, etc? That would be helpful so that you could pick an IC similar in size with better numbers so you wouldn't have to do as much trimming/cutting to make something fit.

ps. I am by no means opposed to people using different IC's other then the Viggen as I will probably use something a bad bit bigger and more aggressive looking on both of my cars
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ask it if it knows its 9 times table then you will know how thick it is

boxman :wink: ps sorry couldn't resist
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Does anybody have any numbers on the stock Viggen IC, pressure drop, flow rates, etc? That would be helpful so that you could pick an IC similar in size with better numbers so you wouldn't have to do as much trimming/cutting to make something fit.
Viggen std IC will flow about 110cfm at 10psi with 1psi pressure loose. A fairly good aftermaket IC will easy flow over 400cfm.
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I with you Jordan, the viggen IC can easily be topped for similar money. Let us know what you end up with. I like the spearco but I'm sure there are others out there.
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I with you Jordan, the viggen IC can easily be topped for similar money. Let us know what you end up with. I like the spearco but I'm sure there are others out there.
I've posted this before, but here's a page describing my spearco install. HERE

The total parts cost comes to about $450 with shipping

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I with you Jordan, the viggen IC can easily be topped for similar money. Let us know what you end up with. I like the spearco but I'm sure there are others out there.
I've posted this before, but here's a page describing my spearco install. HERE

The total parts cost comes to about $450 with shipping

I like the nice shiny smile look!
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Here is my thinking guys, I will look in to it more when I am home...
I think that the intercooler might fit in to the opening or "mouth" of the bumper, since it is not as wide or tall as the stock unit. That could give me much more deapth.
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Actually, your IC is just about as wide and as tall as the stock unit. It might come out a little narrower -- or much so, depending on the angles of the endtanks. I understand it as flatter angles = longer endtanks = better flow. Steve's Spearco unit is something like 26 inches from tube to tube, so just over 18 inches for the core (you checking my math, Steve?)

but you're doubling the width of the stock, which might make for some serious fit issues, especially if you don't have the Viggen/01-02 SE front bumper cover.

Aside from that...if the numbers match up, or are better than a Spearco or Bell IC core, then do it!!!!
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Steve's Spearco unit is something like 26 inches from tube to tube, so just over 18 inches for the core (you checking my math, Steve?)

but you're doubling the width of the stock, which might make for some serious fit issues, especially if you don't have the Viggen/01-02 SE front bumper cover.
The core is about 19.5" in long, 6"h, 3in deep vs. stock one is 21.5"x6.5"x2.5"

Clearance was pretty tight with the install. I can't see how you're gonna get that one in there. No way w/o cutting the bumper up.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33742


That core looks to be a great size and the price seems pretty good too.
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