Defender Upgraded Intercooler Installation

To improve off road and highway handling I installed an uprated double core intercooler from Allisport as my Defender was getting a little on the sluggish side.

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The installation was quite easy though the radiator surround frame needed to be modified slightly to allow for the greater depth of the Allisport intercooler.

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I had my Defender professionally dyno tuned which included having the fuel and boost settings adjusted. As a result EGT’s were reduced by approximately 100 degrees Celsius during demanding driving.

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The 200tdi Uprated Double Core Intercooler promoted an 80% increase in surface area which Allisport claimed “The greater cooling capacity will allow up to 27% increase in power and torque in the lower and mid-range revs and improved throttle response”. My results prove this to be an accurate claim.

I gained 15hp with the upgraded intercooler and correct tuning. It was well worth the expense. It’s like driving a new car. I can drive some hills in 4th gear where previously had to change down to 3rd. 🙂

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Brett is a film maker, hiker, adventurer and Defender owner. He loves the outdoors and feels most at home travelling remote outback places in Australia. The idea of waiting till retirement to begin exploring Australia is not the path Brett has chosen, instead choosing to live life now. Join him on his adventures.

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