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Old 04-10-2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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im still torn between tmic and the fmic.. i know i do not NEED it for the setup im going for (td06 18g 8cm) but i really do love the way they look. and also love the fact that they are more efficient. i do not plan to race in any way. no meth..

my one big concern with the fmic is road debris .. i would really be un happy if driving down the road something went through it and sent shrapnel into the engine .. of course i would be equally unhappy with the same object ripping through the rad...

so i guess my big question is

NOT performance wise has anyone had trouble with a fmic getting damaged and causing other problems

was debating on the 2.5 forum or the actual intercooler forum .. but wasn't to sure so feel free to move
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:14 AM   #2
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Intercoolers are actually very tough. I've read about people getting into accidents, bending the whole intercooler, and not having any leaks so I seriously doubt that any rock or road debris could puncture it sending debris into your engine. IMO though, since you don't ever plan on racing it, I would go TMIC. Yea the FMIC looks pretty and is a bit more efficient, but for your case, it's just not worth the extra money. I'd save that money for something else.

On a side note, since you don't plan on racing it, why put performance parts on it? Is it for show? Also, what turbo are you going to be running with your setup?
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:53 AM   #3
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im still torn between tmic and the fmic.. i know i do not NEED it for the setup im going for (td06 18g 8cm) but i really do love the way they look. and also love the fact that they are more efficient. i do not plan to race in any way. no meth..

my one big concern with the fmic is road debris .. i would really be un happy if driving down the road something went through it and sent shrapnel into the engine .. of course i would be equally unhappy with the same object ripping through the rad...

so i guess my big question is

NOT performance wise has anyone had trouble with a fmic getting damaged and causing other problems

was debating on the 2.5 forum or the actual intercooler forum .. but wasn't to sure so feel free to move
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intercoolers are actually very tough. I've read about people getting into accidents, bending the whole intercooler, and not having any leaks so I seriously doubt that any rock or road debris could puncture it sending debris into your engine. IMO though, since you don't ever plan on racing it, I would go TMIC. Yea the FMIC looks pretty and is a bit more efficient, but for your case, it's just not worth the extra money. I'd save that money for something else.

On a side note, since you don't plan on racing it, why put performance parts on it? Is it for show? Also, what turbo are you going to be running with your setup?




reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. i wouldnt go fmic either in your situation. but i've my perrin for 8 months now, the thing still looks brand new. no problems yet.
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:05 AM   #4
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Save your money for other things for your turbo setup, A STi TMIC would be perfect for your setup and they can be picked up for as cheap as $250, just keep watching Ebay and the Classies on here.
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:12 AM   #5
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some how i've had more damage and bent fins with my tmic then my fmic.
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:26 AM   #6
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some how i've had more damage and bent fins with my tmic then my fmic.
I think you can explain that by the fact that the TMIC is smaller than the FMIC core, making any bent fins show up in a more concentrated area and more obvious to the eye..
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:25 AM   #7
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well i ended up buying a larger top mount .. after thinking about it i really don't feel like hacking up my bumper

im putting performance parts on my car that isn't raced because i like working on my car i will probably never need the power but its what i do to forget about everything else..

i have my motorcycle to race .. its alot cheaper to fix
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:12 PM   #8
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Ive never had a problem with my front mount and road debris. A few bent fins but thats typical.

Heatsoak is a major problem with the top mount intercooler, hence why you make more power efficiently with a fmic. you sacrifice a little power down low to gain more up top. Its all about personal preference Ive seen cars with tmic hitting high numbers as well. So as long as your not driving on unpaved roads fast I dont see you running into any problems
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:26 PM   #9
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I took a direct, 40 mph front end deer hit with my FMIC (Perrin), and it didn't hurt it one bit. $6K damage to the car (zero frame involvement, thank god), and the FMIC looked exactly the same as it did before. They're a lot tougher than most people realize.
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:28 PM   #10
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i have the turbo xs fmic for about a year (all highway driven) and have very minimal bent fins. the turbo xs uses a double row of fins instead of one so they dont bend that easy. My sti top mount looked worse than front. you could always use a grill infront of it?
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:56 PM   #11
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sounds like you sorted it out, but same here. nothing but a few bent fins here and there. You can always get a mesh grill/screen that won't be too noticeable especially if you get a black FMIC. Personally I like my FMIC WAYYY better than the top mount because of the consistency. I know you aren't planning on racing it, but after a few passes the top mount is heatsoaking so bad it's worthless.
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:36 PM   #12
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it may be something i do further down the road ..
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