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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 8:46 am 
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I've just been idly looking around for one of these.

do88 still don't produce one.

Maptun have discontinued their XT upgraded IC.

Allard and Forge no longer list them on their websites.

Apart from the Abbott Racing one (which some people have reported ballooning issues with) do we have any slot-in choices?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:14 pm 
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Allard may still have the necessary tooling for an intercooler, why not drop them a line?

Beardydave many years ago had what we believed was an Abbott cooler on one of his cars.
The cast end tanks were very beefy and the core itself looked pretty good.
I do vaguely remember talk of them ballooning, but believe this was when they were exposed to boost greater than 1.5bar.

There are a few international options for coolers:


https://shop.klracing.se/sv/artiklar/sa ... -50mm.html

https://www.extremeturbosystems.com/pro ... -1986-1998


A left field approach could be to consider using a water/air chargecooler - personally I would go with PWR.
Might need the battery moving to the boot to make room for a header tank. You could then fit a 2nd 9000 rad in the space where the intercooler would normally live and use it as a pre-cooler.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 7:43 pm 
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Thanks for the advice. There are some very interesting ideas there.

I'll try Allard first and report back with progress.
Earlier threads from some years ago suggest there are three different widths available of 50, 60 and 70mm.
Which should I go for?

Thanks again, Rich.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 7:58 pm 
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Dunno if David has any left.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:28 am 
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Sven Rodkarl wrote:
Thanks for the advice. There are some very interesting ideas there.

I'll try Allard first and report back with progress.
Earlier threads from some years ago suggest there are three different widths available of 50, 60 and 70mm.
Which should I go for?

Thanks again, Rich.


I would check carefully with the previous threads, any size will be an improvement over the OEM cooler. The thicker the core, the better the performance.
I think 60mm will fit within the existing space, I believe the 70mm needs the AC removing.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:55 pm 
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Sven years ago I put an Allards 60mm in my Aero retaining a/c, makes a big difference in reducing heat soak, but not cheap and no fun to fit, take most the front end apart, as much work as changing a head gasket, you will need to do in a garage this time of year to have light and rain shelter.

Unless you expect to run it real hard go with a 50mm width from who ever you buy from.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2021 4:04 pm 
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I got one about 12 months ago from Maptun at a very good price, c.£300 I think. They no longer do one for the 9000 so I guess when I got mine they were moving the last of their stock. At the time I was buying my Maptun Paul Taylor was thinking to buy one from Germany on ebay. I dont know what he finally did but perhaps he will comment on this thread or you may find it in a search on here. Looks like suppliers for 9000 kit are drying up.


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Yes i ordered and paid for this one.
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However it never arrived, so i complained and they cancelled the order and refunded me.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2021 11:44 pm 
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Back in the summer I ordered another Abbott intercooler to replace my existing Abbott one that is now well over 10yrs old. Rang them, they had one on the shelf, so paid there and then and arranged delivery, nice and simple. But while chatting about their other go faster bits the chap on the phone mentioned that they still have the end tanks for 9000 intercoolers and that producing them isn't an issue.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2021 9:29 am 
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I used an Abbott intercooler for a couple of years on my Aero and never saw any balooning issues. The car was running about 1.6 bar and when I removed the intercooler to sell it when I passed the car on it was still the same shape as when I installed it. They weren't cheap then and they probably still aren't but it was a direct fit and it seemed to work OK.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2021 2:36 am 
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BillJ wrote:
I used an Abbott intercooler for a couple of years on my Aero and never saw any balooning issues. The car was running about 1.6 bar and when I removed the intercooler to sell it when I passed the car on it was still the same shape as when I installed it. They weren't cheap then and they probably still aren't but it was a direct fit and it seemed to work OK.

Seems Abbott is the only option we have. We'll work on my uncle's new 9000 project after we finished installing the brake and nitto ridge grappler tires onto the pick-up truck and clear the garage.


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I was disappointed with the lack of intercooler options too, but worked out that with minor modifications, an escort cosworth one fits, and I paid 70 for mine, but currently can only find one for 129. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/120931632430 ... 5043561077


I cut down both pipes to 3 inches, turned it upside down with the pipes facing the front of the car at the bottom. Cut off the side brackets, and unbolted the inside headlight brackets so I could move them back by an inch, then bent into position so headlight aim not affected - remounted that as they are self tapping bolts.

Got two 180 degree silicon pipes that go from 3 inch to two inch diameter to connect to the existing pipework, a length of two inch aluminium tubing with a 15 degree bend for the turbo side. It is an incredibly tight fit but it works really well and this intercooler is all aluminium - no plastic sides so it can handle whatever it gets pressure wise.

I also removed the horn and relocated it to the engine bay. A 2 inch 13mm bolt with rubber stop on the end is more than enough to keep the top of the intercooler from tilting forward - May make some bracket for the bottom but it does /not move and rests on the existing intercooler / radiator bracket.

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