Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 12:21:49 +0100
From: johnnopsam16.com (John)
Subject: Re: Looking for 8V intercooler kit


Dear Bond, I fitted an intercooler to an 83T APC 8v with no real problems the only pipes that were diferent were the airflow meter to turbo which with a quick look at my present 900 t16 looks the same (you will have to patch the hole for thew crank breather pipe). The intercooler to manifold is the same as I ran an 87 t8 for a while with the post 90 piping from a t16. The only pipe which may be slightly different is th turbo to cooler but I think there is enough tollerance in the rubber sleeve to make it match. If it does not I think it would be a pretty easy job for an get some exhaust tubing mandrel bent to the right shape - I will have a look down my yard just to make sure though and get back to you just to be certain. One thing I now remember is that the air pick up box is different so do the following take off the temperature control flap box and the duct from the front of the radiator (chuck it away) then unclip the air filter box (after first moving the meter out of the way) and rotate th intake hole so it faces to the rear, cut off the locating notch on the rim of the box and screw back the meter head. You can run it like this or get the intake pipe from aT16 that runs from the wing. I think saab have been intercooling for economy rather than performance for the last 15 years. One other thought - the inter cooler on the 9000 is massive - it goes infront of the radiator - it gets more air flow, its cooling matrix is much larger looks much more efficient. If this could be made to fit a 900 (it would need some changes to the radiator etc) it would do a much beter job I would like to hear from anyone who has attempted to do this. You may run out of fuel with more boost on an 8V - what Co % are you running on? 2.5 - 3% is about right. If you realy want much more boost and power on an 8v engine water injection is another way I think Saab used to do a kit for the 99 turbo which gave 210bhp. One word of warning - those H type cylinder heads are prone to cracking and pilling on the boost is one sure way to do this. Trust me I have done what you want to do and it does all fit but if you are looking for a big power hike you may be dissapointed. Have fun John

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