yes there all the same size appart from where some of them are flared out at the ends to fit on to the bottom of the turbo and the top hat but that wont be affected by fitting a bigger intercoolerAdam said:k ta matey even the hose that runs up to the rear of turbo cover?
BarryGTE said:there all 51mm inside diamiter mate
taken from here clickyNow onto the actual pipework -
The main stumbling block here was, surprisingly, not really my fault although I should have thought about it as we are talking about the masterminds of Vauxhall here. I had assumed (first mistake) that Vauxhall would be using 50mm diameter pipework for the standard induction path and so had bought all the hoses in that diameter. I also acquired the metal piping needed from my brother in 50mm as well.
So here is me, under the car ready to start fitting the pipes. I was going to use the existing turbo "down pipe" which was a 90o bend and simply rotate it through 180o to attach it to the rest of the new pipework (2nd mistake) This is where it got interesting.
As mentioned above, I had assumed Vauxhall to use the standard 50mm piping all the way through. Not chuffing likely !!!!
What the "boffins" at Vauxhall had decide to do was to take the 50mm turbo exit and use a reducer on the 90o bend I was going to use so it dropped it to 45mm.... I mean they went to all that hassle to drop the poxy induction pipework bore by a lousy 5mm !!!!
So here is me with a 50mm metal pipe and a 45mm end.... What to do. I needed the car the next day as it was going to Aberdeen (see Unichip story) After more cups of tea I called Russ. He happened, as always, to have the answer - a spare bit of 50mm 90o bend hose that I could blag. Now, how to get the 30 miles to his place.......
I decided to try my best so I slit the 45mm end at the 2 sides and forced it onto the metal pipe. Not surprising, the hose blew off under boost so I had to put me thinking cap on and within minutes I had the answer...... DUCT TAPE!!!!
I forced the pipe back into the hose and wrapped LOTS of duct tape around it to stop it moving out. This got me far enough (Russ's house) to get the spare pipe and, after 30 mins, the job was done and the custom intercooler was fitted and working great =)
BarryGTE said:easy mate,cut the metal pipe up and use that.
i used a bit about 4"long to join the the two 90bends and the bit left over was used to make the pipe to the inlet longer and went over the gearbox and under the dizzy
BarryGTE said:ive just read your other thread mate and no you dont need to fit an xe rad the turbo one is ok but you need to make a mount for the gearbox side of it because the mount is attached to the standard intercooler