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Old 06-08-2007, 11:50 AM   #1
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Question Installing Aps Dr525 Fmic 06 Wrx

Tomorrow, a friend and I will be tackling the APS DR525 FMIC installation on my 2006 WRX.

I want anyone and everyone's input, suggestions, comments, secrets, hints, tips and all of that good stuff to help us out on what you found is easier and what made your job harder. Are the instructions that are on the APS website pretty accurate? I just really want some good input before we tare the front clip off of my car and get after it.

What can we expect and what can we do to make out job alot easier (without getting it done by a shop of course!).

PLEASE comment. Your input is appreciated!
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:11 PM   #2
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what turbo are you using ?
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:41 PM   #3
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what turbo are you using ?
Blouch TD06H 18G 8cm2^ w/ TD06H Compressor cover...
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:46 PM   #4
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I just need to know what to expect from this install and how to alot my timing so can I get done before needing to goto work Monday morning... :-)
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:47 PM   #5
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APS DR525 FMIC FTW!!!!!!!!!!!! you did NOT go wrong with this front mount intercooler!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:16 PM   #6
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if you have help, i'd say should be done within a day, probally 6-8 hours depending how much time you spend on trying to get every needed.

it took me 3 days (fri,sat,sun) and i did this by myself about 4 hours day including food,cutting and misc runs to the part store.
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:16 PM   #7
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APS DR525 FMIC FTW!!!!!!!!!!!! you did NOT go wrong with this front mount intercooler!!!!!!!!!
I hope not! When I got the box in yesterday i was like ZOMFG! That thing was 77lbs 5ft long X 2ft2^ .... I was expecting like a 40lb box or something....

I opened the box and started looking at all of the components it came with and started doubting myself on the install....so thats where this thread came from.... Me and 3 buddies are tackling the install.. I hope all goes well.. I NEED INPUT!!!!
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:55 PM   #8
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I hope I don't hit my head on the BUMPER :\
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:56 PM   #9
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if you have help, i'd say should be done within a day, probally 6-8 hours depending how much time you spend on trying to get every needed.

it took me 3 days (fri,sat,sun) and i did this by myself about 4 hours day including food,cutting and misc runs to the part store.
So what "extra" parts did you need other than what came in the box? Let me know becuase I'll go ahead and pick that **** up before I even start..... I'm starting on it about 7am sunday morning and hopefully will be done that night.... so please help out..
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:39 PM   #10
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well i bought the ebay one so i needed the misc stuff required. i think you'll be fine...
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:46 PM   #11
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Just put one of these on my 04STi. Couple of hints for you...

1. Soak the front bumper beam bolts with some penetrant the night before.

2. Have a damm good set of devices to cut/grind metal. You will not only have to remove the metal tabs on the side per instructions, but the tabs in the front too. Then you may have to grind/cut even more metal from behind the front bumper support tabs to get the core to set next to the frame properly. Take your time and be sure to look behind the core for clearance when you mock it up. After you mock it up, remove the core and cold galv &/or paint the raw metal you just exposed. You won't have to wait to let it dry as this will be out of your way when you install the core.

3. If at all possible pick up t-bolt clamps for (at least) the intercooler - charge/discharge pipe(s) connections. The worm drive ones likely won't cut it for long. You don't want to have one of these blow off while you're out & about. Car will not run and you'll be wondering how to get the pipe back on, on the side of the road, at night, with your date in the car.

4. When you bend hard lines take your time and go slow.

5. Make sure to clean the couplers and pipes before you finalize the clamps. It will help them stay on better. Mine were a bit slippery after all the mocking up I did.

GOOD LUCK!!
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:52 PM   #12
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rhinotech... make sure you get some pics of it to and post em up! i want to see what it looks like. Heck with you and 3 people doing this you should do a write up. i bet you'll have time.
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I just saw this link today, hopefully it helps you out.

http://www.airpowersystems.com.au/gu...0607_guide.htm

When we did a 525 locally here on a 06WRX, we did have to remove the windshield spray resivore and we used the USDM STi I/C tank and mounted it in the trunk and ran all the wires/hoses to the front. Works really well and is very clean, however I think this new tank by APS is even better.


Let me know if you have any questions
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:26 PM   #14
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How did you guys go??

I'm supposed to receive my APS DR525 in the coming days and are going to install it as soon as i can

So i am really looking forward to hear your experiences, if possible with pictures
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:55 PM   #15
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My friend put one in for me and man it looks frickin sick i even got the black one for the stealth look. U just need good tools is my only advice especially a good heavy duty dremel cuz with those cheap small ones u are gonna be there all day. A lot of cutting is required.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:11 PM   #16
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I ordered the black one as well also going for the stealthy look...

We've got good tools, and the person doing most work is the best mechanic in our club :P He's done quite some work to mine and other cars, also load's of fmic's

But what i understand, there shouldn't be much cutting at all? Are the templates any good?
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:59 PM   #17
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u need to cut off a lot from the front bumper and some from the front like next to the sides of the radiator and thank god i had air tools with a powerful dremel so it was done in no time. Good luck, i still have not posted pics cuz i have not cleaned her but i will hopefully do it this weekend.
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Old 06-08-2007, 10:45 PM   #18
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APS DR525 FMIC FTW!!!!!!!!!!!! you did NOT go wrong with this front mount intercooler!!!!!!!!!
I agree with any APS line of products..
Enjoy..
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:33 PM   #19
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still no news??

My FMIC is arriving this monday if UPS delivers as planned.. Install probably will be tuesday or wednesday..
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Old 06-09-2007, 03:59 PM   #20
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First of all THANKS for the hints and tips!!!! I'll make sure and get some high temp paint and some t-bolt clamps... Tonight, we're going to go ahead and get the turbo swap out of the way so we can wake up at 7am tomorrow morning and knock this thing out before midnight!!!!!!!!! we are all virgins to the fmic install so we'll see how it goes

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Just put one of these on my 04STi. Couple of hints for you...

1. Soak the front bumper beam bolts with some penetrant the night before.

2. Have a damm good set of devices to cut/grind metal. You will not only have to remove the metal tabs on the side per instructions, but the tabs in the front too. Then you may have to grind/cut even more metal from behind the front bumper support tabs to get the core to set next to the frame properly. Take your time and be sure to look behind the core for clearance when you mock it up. After you mock it up, remove the core and cold galv &/or paint the raw metal you just exposed. You won't have to wait to let it dry as this will be out of your way when you install the core.

3. If at all possible pick up t-bolt clamps for (at least) the intercooler - charge/discharge pipe(s) connections. The worm drive ones likely won't cut it for long. You don't want to have one of these blow off while you're out & about. Car will not run and you'll be wondering how to get the pipe back on, on the side of the road, at night, with your date in the car.

4. When you bend hard lines take your time and go slow.

5. Make sure to clean the couplers and pipes before you finalize the clamps. It will help them stay on better. Mine were a bit slippery after all the mocking up I did.

GOOD LUCK!!
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:03 PM   #21
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Thank you very much for the link and advice Rick. Right now I am running all over trying to get everything I need before the install (New oil, filter, paint, clamps, red bulls, drill bit for restrictor pill for ots map before protune ect...) I don't want everyone to seem like I'm not responding to this thread but I am going to be very busy with the install today and tomrrow so I probably will not be posting much!!! I will keep track of the thread by subscription but will need to focus on the install. I am going to give details as soon as we get to a comfortable stopping point and address all obsticals we run accross :-) Thank you guys!!

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I just saw this link today, hopefully it helps you out.

http://www.airpowersystems.com.au/gu...0607_guide.htm

When we did a 525 locally here on a 06WRX, we did have to remove the windshield spray resivore and we used the USDM STi I/C tank and mounted it in the trunk and ran all the wires/hoses to the front. Works really well and is very clean, however I think this new tank by APS is even better.


Let me know if you have any questions
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Old 06-09-2007, 05:50 PM   #22
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Good luck, and remember:

LOOOAAAADSSS AND LOAADDSSSS of pictures!!!! :P Every step

And just take your time... If you're getting frustrated, step away from the vehicle Do something else for like 15 minutes, just anything but the car.. Then try again
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Old 06-09-2007, 09:14 PM   #23
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I'll try and get as many pics as possible... I dont have a digital camera but I do have a picture phone :-) We're not stopping until its done so I wont be posting progress UNLESS i have to turn to good ole Nasioc.com for advice incase something goes horribly wrong... Which im hoping wont be the case...

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Good luck, and remember:

LOOOAAAADSSS AND LOAADDSSSS of pictures!!!! :P Every step

And just take your time... If you're getting frustrated, step away from the vehicle Do something else for like 15 minutes, just anything but the car.. Then try again
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:21 PM   #24
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omgoodness.... we've done ALOT today... 18G turbo swap finished up this morning....we're still not done with the FMIC installation, actually we're just now stopping to eat...but... we ran into a minor problem... the right hand side bumper support beam nut was tack welded to the car and painted over.... long story short, the 6 point nut got rounded off by a 12 point socket and breaker bar............ so make a note of that, GO BUY A 6 POINT SOCKET SET! I just ran to the auto parts store and got a new nut and a set of sockets to take off the rounded nut...... its been a LONG day... will update later...
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Tryin to figure out the correct templet to use to cut the inside of the bumper... Anyone know where I can find that?
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