Today John-ST3 has worked a miracle and fitted the Airtec intercooler.
The 2 radiator spacers were quickly removed with a deft twist of Johns hand.
then looked at the space... now wide enough... but not tall enough.
John got his hammer... and removed the entire air feed from the top of
the intercooler space. In Fords wisdom they decided to fit the 3 foot
air feed all the way along the top of the intercooler...
(See the black flexible tubing along the front... which actually takes air from the engine... not from the grill??)
as opposed to a 6" tube to the grill in front of the air box... genius!! So the lot was stripped out and binned.
So this was the space left...
here it was relatively easy going. The Airtec fitted easily in the gap.
Everything bolted up. Now the Airtec is only fixed from the 2 mounting
brackets at the bottom. So the top flops around and clanks against the
radiator. WTF were Airtec thinking of??? Not impressed. Eventually a
bracket will have to be created to go from the horn mount on the top of
the intercooler to the front crash bar. For now a couple of bits of card
jammed in stop it slapping around. Airtec/Auto-Specialists will get a
call regarding their diabolical fitting instructions and poor stability!
its all fitted. Throttle response is a tad smoother, but should notice
more difference once mapped and de-cat and DPF delete pipe fitted.
Forgot to take any pics of it fitted... will get some soon.
Also new wheels should not be far away... watch this space!
Big thanks to John-ST3 (Again)!!