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Old 05-29-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Bulletproof TMIC install

Installed my bulletproof TMIC this morning from SeeeeeYa. Quick shipping and great quality with great install directions. This how to will supplement his written instructions that come with the kit. Off we go

Heres the tools you will need:
BP TMIC kit from SeeeeeYa
12mm socket
10mm socket
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Clamp kit from Advance auto/autozone/pepboys/salvo

Here is the pic of the kit and the clamp set i bought


Stock 2011 wrx engine bay/tmic


I first removed the tmic. Unclamp the bpv and remove the 2 10mm bolts




Remove the 3 12mm bolts holding the TMIC bracket in place and remove the bracket



Next i removed the 2 12mm turbo side bolts


Loosen up the throttle body hose clamp using your flathead screw driver


Wiggle off the TMIC and remove from the vehicle. Your car should look like this now...


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Old 05-29-2011, 12:36 PM   #2
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Now below the center of the intake manifold you will see the BPV source hose that needs a corbin clamp installed on it. This can potentially lead to boost leaks later so might as well clamp it now.





Install the clamp and hook it back up to the engine





Also install one on the opposite end of the same hose on the bpv







Now is time to install the bulletproof tmic kit. I didnt document this process because the directions couldnt be any better from SeeeeeYa. The install is very straight forward and pretty easy to do. The kits specs are spot on. On thing I did to install the rails was to use a piece of wood and a rag to tap the rails into place as to not leave marks on the aluminum rails.



Final Assembly:





Reseat TMIC into car and wiggle onto the tb hose and tighten clamp





Install your turbo side bolts





Reconnect the recirc hose to bpv while you have a little extra wiggle room with out the TMIC bracket.





Reinstall tmic bracket making sure to put the rubber washer, metal side up, back on the tmic if you removed it.









Tighten all your bolts up and your done!








Overall impression....... Well I noticed absolutely no difference in driving or power. This is a safety feature and ensure my TMIC will not seperate. The kits' directions were written well. I thought it would be nice to just have some supplementry pictures of the install for others to see. Overall the install process took about an hour with taking pictures along the way. Easy mod to perform to ensure the most longevity out of your stock TMIC setup.



Huge shout out to SeeeeeYa for his great communication, awesome quality and even faster shipping on the kit!
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:41 PM   #3
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Nice write-up and pics!
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:17 AM   #4
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Default Another Excellent Install Thread!

This thread has provided more than one BP Mod installer a good visual guide. Excellent photos and words... I should do as well.

Interesting how the very same mod gets into different forums... its fundamental reason for being transcending category.

Another great ride gets even better.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:16 AM   #5
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Looks like an amazing bit of kit!

I want one for my 2011 in aus!
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:46 PM   #6
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Thank you for this. I couldn't find any pictures for how to remove the TMIC from a 3g wrx. After seeing this I realize how easy it is but I still think this might be the only thread on the internet documenting how to do it and for that I thank you.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:20 PM   #7
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Thank you for this. I couldn't find any pictures for how to remove the TMIC from a 3g wrx. After seeing this I realize how easy it is but I still think this might be the only thread on the internet documenting how to do it and for that I thank you.

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...html?p=3986222

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Old 07-18-2012, 05:22 PM   #8
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Mods like this one is the reason for enthusiast communities and forums, profit or not!
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #9
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Default The TMIC Cure for 08+ WRX and LGT

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Mods like this one is the reason for enthusiast communities and forums, profit or not!
I absolutely agree! And am fortunate to be able to contribute.

The OP in that thread is there with my blessings. The BulletProof TMIC Mod has become Subaru Community property. No longer need we be held hostage by big-buck vendors that often provide less.

The original mod has become more refined as the membership contributes, and is an excellent option for everyone with an LGT or 08+ WRX.

Thanks to everyone.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #10
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whats this cost? is there a link or something?
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:27 PM   #11
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I'd like to know where to get this as well.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:57 PM   #12
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I'd like to know where to get this as well.
Here you are: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...ts-189608.html
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:14 PM   #13
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I've done this to my '05 LGT with great results. Also got my kit from the same guy on the Legacy forums (BarManBean). Highly recommended service and shipment time.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:30 AM   #14
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I'm in on the BP TMIC kit, thanks to SeeeeeYa and those who've helped along the way.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:36 PM   #15
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definately worked and as i said it was a precautionary. i have since moved onto a perrin tmic just for the cooling in baltimore traffic.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:06 AM   #16
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definately worked and as i said it was a precautionary. i have since moved onto a perrin tmic just for the cooling in baltimore traffic.
Having had both of those I can say with certainty that the OEM TMIC is superior to the Perrin in traffic. Certainty.

The OEM LGT, 08+ WRX TMIC is THE best Daily Driver TMIC available, bar none. The reason is simple, it has less metal in it which means there is less reservoir for heat to accumulate, or soak. Its smaller, but highly efficient core also has less mass, by far, than the bar-and-plate of the Perrin, which also has heavy aluminum end-tanks. Even when the OEM TMIC does get inevitably hot in traffic, it quickly cools down. The Perrin is exactly the opposite.

The ONLY advantage the bulky Perrin, and others built similarly, have over the OEM TMIC is less internal resistance... an advantage traded at the cost of cooling efficiency. The OEM TMIC is the better intercooler, in multiple ways.

Once reinforced with the BulletProof-TMIC Mod the OEM TMIC is not only capable of holding any boost you want to thrown at it, it is also a capable intercooler for track duty as well...

http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost....4&postcount=25

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I've been running this kit for well over a year. I have done >10 trackdays at 18 and 20 psi on it. It has and still is holding strong. Highly recommended if you want to run >18psi on the stock TMIC without issues.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:01 AM   #17
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Having had both of those I can say with certainty that the OEM TMIC is superior to the Perrin in traffic. Certainty.

The OEM LGT, 08+ WRX TMIC is THE best Daily Driver TMIC available, bar none. The reason is simple, it has less metal in it which means there is less reservoir for heat to accumulate, or soak. Its smaller, but highly efficient core also has less mass, by far, than the bar-and-plate of the Perrin, which also has heavy aluminum end-tanks. Even when the OEM TMIC does get inevitably hot in traffic, it quickly cools down. The Perrin is exactly the opposite.

The ONLY advantage the bulky Perrin, and others built similarly, have over the OEM TMIC is less internal resistance... an advantage traded at the cost of cooling efficiency. The OEM TMIC is the better intercooler, in multiple ways.

Once reinforced with the BulletProof-TMIC Mod the OEM TMIC is not only capable of holding any boost you want to thrown at it, it is also a capable intercooler for track duty as well...

http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost....4&postcount=25
Hmm, i'm running the bulletproof mod on mine as of now as well and I can vouch that it works like a charm

My next plans either included getting a larger TMIC, or an EWG setup, but I guess with the info posted above, bring on the EWG!!
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:31 PM   #18
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Just stopped by to support the cause. Still rocking mine and loving it. Hope all is well Jeff, long time no talk!
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:55 PM   #19
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Just stopped by to support the cause. Still rocking mine and loving it. Hope all is well Jeff, long time no talk!
Ditto, Jeff, especially the long time. How it flies.

Thanks for your feedback. And continued thanks for your OL/CL tip.
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I am considering this. I haven't seen pictures of a zip tied one yet.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:19 AM   #21
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Couldn't you do it without taking it off?
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I am considering this. I haven't seen pictures of a zip tied one yet.
http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=316

Some good pics of the zip tie version in that post.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:23 AM   #23
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Couldn't you do it without taking it off?
It's possible, but likely would only cause increased frustration. Removing the intercooler is not difficult, and doing so allows you to inspect everything and make sure the rails are all seated completely.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:32 AM   #24
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Couldn't you do it without taking it off?
I posted my experience with that. It is possible, but stupid. To seat the rails properly they must be lightly hammered/tapped into position. That can't be done with hand pressure alone. In my attempt I got beneath the car and used a piece of dowel to tap the rail into place from underneath. In the process I messed up the intercooler fins badly. Later, when I took it off and did it right, it took a long time to straighten them out and it still looked nasty. Don't try it.

I did that because ideally that's the way I wanted the Mod to work. Fail. Take the TMIC off, it's utterly simple and easy. Not only that, you NEED to address the BPV sense hose underneath which can only be done with the IC off.
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I posted my experience with that. It is possible, but stupid. To seat the rails properly they must be lightly hammered/tapped into position. That can't be done with hand pressure alone. In my attempt I got beneath the car and used a piece of dowel to tap the rail into place from underneath. In the process I messed up the intercooler fins badly. Later, when I took it off and did it right, it took a long time to straighten them out and it still looked nasty. Don't try it.

I did that because ideally that's the way I wanted the Mod to work. Fail. Take the TMIC off, it's utterly simple and easy. Not only that, you NEED to address the BPV sense hose underneath which can only be done with the IC off.
What is this BPV sense hose issue you speak of? Please explain
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