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Just thinking of how to spend my next wedge of money when it arrives.

What is the best intercooler to go for on a 9000 assuming air con remains unaltered?

Allard, perhaps?
 

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I'm a firm believer in going for one that has been developed/specified by a Saab specialist.
So I'd go for either the Abbott Racing, Maptun or Speedparts/Elkparts one, because you know they are 99.9% bolt in replacement of the original.
 

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I and a couple of others have a custom made unit from Allard. It is 50mm wide which I am sure is the same as the Speedparts, where as Abbott use a 40mm with a different internal air flow path. The Allard I have took just 3 hours to fit after Faero very kindly sent me some guidelines and I would say it was a 90% drop in replacement. I did advise Allard on moving the bottom mounting points and shortening the top pin so that the next 9K owner has even less trouble.

Anyway, I reccommend the Allard unit. It is one of the largest and still allows air/con to be retained. Oh, and it's the cheapest. Faero posted some pictures of his before installation if you do a search. My ECU isn't programmed to take advantage of it yet, but my car never seems to run out of power even at the rev limit.
 

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Speedparts, Maptun(KylarJohnsson) and Abbott are the only non-'custom' ones on the market that I could find.

The 50mm Speedparts, Maptun and the Allard are pretty much identical in spec - none being better than the other.
Allard is very well made/sturdy but it needed a little thought when fitting and it took a while to arrive but was worth the £230+ saving imho.
 

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I recommend Allard, but I'm biased as I got the ball rolling with a cheaper manufacturer. If you have money to spend give it to the specialists, if you want a similar or in my case a better product for less money go with Allard.
These are my personal thoughs only.
I see Abbott are reducing their prices...competition hotting up maybe...
 

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I have just ordered the abbott intercooler for my 95 and abbott intake. I got a £75 reduction on the intake pipe as well so all in all good deal.

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faero - I think the Speedparts IC is Kylar Jonsson, I'm not sure who makes the MapTun one. I've used both, the 50 mm models. I'd say the MapTun is a tiny bit better than the Kylar Jonsson: the end tanks look like they'd be more efficient, flow-wise, and the overall finish, being polished, must add at least 5 hp Both were easy to install, however, the top pin had to be shortened on each, and they both their endtanks made the drivers' side (US) radiator support bulge-out, a bit. They make a noticeable difference in performance on a T5, even without software changes, but more so with the changes in programming.
 

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So, it sounds like the Allard is the one to go for at a reasonable price, then? Certainly don't want to be ripped off by Abbott if I can get product just as good from elsewhere.

How much is the Allard one, then? How many months am I likely to wait for delivery??
 

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Allard 50mm:
Nice and shiny! Endtanks are made from flat plate (not as internally 'smooth') but are maybe a bit bigger than the other designs which may compenate. All marginal I'd say.



 

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Actually - looking at the Maptun one, I'd say it will have better flow vs. cooling as the core tubes look thicker than the Allard or Speedparts which probably cool better.
 
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