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Old 02-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Is it smart to put a front mount intercooler on my wrx??!i really like the way they look, but don't know if its a good idea. so basically what's the pros/cons of a front mount intercooler kit!! Thanks.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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Smart? Very few Subaru owners actually NEED one, so in essence it is not very smart. The downside is the loss of some crash protection due to the loss of the front crash bar, but that is all theory really as we've never had a story here were someone like died due to a frontal collision with a FMIC that I've seen. Spending the time and money for a FMIC when it is not needed isn't very smart though, but some do and some do it just for the looks....seems silly, but people do worse with their money.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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Smart would be to search this about this topic.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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What Ron's trying to say is, if you're going to install a front mount intercooler for the looks, you're wasting your money.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:40 PM   #5
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If you want to be smart, just mount the core. That way you have the looks of a FMIC, without the decreased performance it will cause (assuming your car is mostly stock)
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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So you don't get any performance from them?? And it is mostly stock, just a catback and short throw.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:09 PM   #7
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A fmic with a pretty much stock car is a waste of time and money. Its pointless.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:10 PM   #8
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An FMIC on most bolt on turbos on this car can be considered a waste.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:55 PM   #9
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Did you guys not see he has a short throw shifter!!!
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:06 PM   #10
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spend that money on a atmospheric blow off valve
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:37 PM   #11
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Fmic with stock turbo will give you lots and lots of LAG! If that's part of the goal then that's a good thing lol jk.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:38 PM   #12
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Fmic with stock turbo will give you lots and lots of LAG! If that's part of the goal then that's a good thing lol jk.
This x100
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:41 PM   #13
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Pros: no heat soak

Cons: waste of money, lots of lag, not safe if you get front ended by someone, and lots more lag!
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:53 PM   #14
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Did you forget to post something Unabomber?

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=532948

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:55 PM   #15
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But if I link to the FAQs people get crabby with me and if I don't they get crabby, what's a poor fellow like me to do
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:59 PM   #16
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But if I link to the FAQs people get crabby with me and if I don't they get crabby, what's a poor fellow like me to do
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:11 AM   #17
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Looks like him.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:46 PM   #18
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how much lag will it really cause though?
I got an fmic with my car, and it was installed on it at one point. but it was removed and the tmic was reinstalled. I want to put the stock rs hood on it and the fmic back on it because I dont like the look of the carbon hood..its not like I am wasting money on it, and the car is mildly modded mainly with bolt ons. I heard that an fmic can cause about an 500 rpm lag.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #19
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If you upgrade the turbo, then maybe... JUST maybe I could see a FMIC being justified. There is no magic number of how much lag will kill your spool, but trust me... it's noticeable. Get a Process West, mount it, and don't bother touching the TMIC til you somehow reach 450hp.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:59 PM   #20
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how much lag will it really cause though?
I got an fmic with my car, and it was installed on it at one point. but it was removed and the tmic was reinstalled. I want to put the stock rs hood on it and the fmic back on it because I dont like the look of the carbon hood..its not like I am wasting money on it, and the car is mildly modded mainly with bolt ons. I heard that an fmic can cause about an 500 rpm lag.
500rpm is far too much to sacrifice for it to "look cool" IMO.

Besides, I like the idea of a functioning hood scoop.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #21
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Besides, I like the idea of a functioning hood scoop.
+1 so you can laugh at the new muscle cars with unfunctional ones.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:15 PM   #22
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If you don't have any boost leaks then the lag added is virtually unnoticeable. People parrot what they read and have no first hand experience. Only true statement was Unabomber.
Even on a td04, you wouldn't notice and added lag with a fmic. You have basically no heat soak compared to the tmic. Use hair spray on your couplers and you will be fine. I pulled timing all the time on hot days before I went with my fmic and now even in 100 degree weather my IAM is 16.
Do your own research from people with first hand experience. Not the typical nasioc crowd that have literally no idea what they are talking about.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:57 PM   #23
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Eh go the best of both worlds and get a Air to water setup. Advantages of both for a well built system.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:13 PM   #24
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......................This thread made me die and reincarnate.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:39 PM   #25
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You have basically no heat soak compared to the tmic. Use hair spray on your couplers and you will be fine. I pulled timing all the time on hot days before I went with my fmic and now even in 100 degree weather my IAM is 16.
my car feels like a dog in the summer. I have started some heat isolation with my headers and turbine wrapped twice and using reflective tape and insulating the oem heat shield. Only time will tell if that helps over the hot southern months.

The thought of not having to worry as much about the effects of heat soak makes a FMIC seems appealing but the removal/modification of the bumper beam keeps me from doing it. If i get into a minor fender bender i like knowing the front end of my car might not be wrecked. Also worried about having any issues with an insurance adjuster finding out the beam is messed with. Some things to think about.
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