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Old 10-17-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Process West TMIC Installed & APS 65mm CAI

After a lot a research I decided that on my upgrade path, I needed a larger intercooler. I did not want a FMIC due to the fact I would only be running a monster TD04 turbo with a Grimmspeed turbo front system. A lot a time was spent reading about the various TMIC options out there. My biggest concern was the fitment of the unit. Although it would be easy to fabricate any brackets that I needed I wanted to keep the factory brackets and not have to bend anything to achieve a proper fit. I also did not want a TMIC that was ultra thick. After much deliberation between the APS unit and the PW, I chose the PW. Kevin a PW was very helpful and answered all of my questions including whether or not I would have fitment issues with throttle cable vs drive by wire. After ordering the intercooler I received it 7 days later in perfect condition. Installation was as simple as taking off the stock TMIC and installed the new one. The only piece that had to be changed was the head breather tubes of which a section of replacement hose with a T was included. THe purchase of the TMIC also included a new splitter and duct to ensure that all the the air from the hoop scoop makes its way through the IC. Currently I am at stage 2 with a swain-tech'd DP and midpipe, Prodrive BCS, and a P&L protune. I will be getting retuned soon but, for now the larger TMIC should not cause any major issues until the tune, the car runs perfectly and the IC doesn't even get warm. The quality of the unit is second to none.


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Old 10-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #2
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car part review?
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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process west makes some REALLY nice ****. i want their v-mount!
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:00 PM   #4
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I guess this is in between a review and hmmmmm. However, I do not want to cross post. The workmanship on this intercooler is flawless even the silicone y-pipe is well thought out.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:49 PM   #5
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This past weekend I installed my APS 65mm cai intake. Installation was a breeeze. The stock intake was removed as well as the passenger side wheel to gain access to the fender liner. The fender liner was removed to gain access to the stock intake silencer. With the help of a friend the whole oem setup was removed in about 20 minutes. I then proceeded to remove the three bolts that hold the abs unit in place. This was done to gain a 1" of room while inserting the intake through the fender. The important part is having another person to assist with the install. When inserting the intake through the hole in the fender you need to make sure you do not hit the inside of the fender and dent it. With one smooth maneuver the intake went right in with no scratches. Everything else was re-installed and the job was done 50 minutes later. The fit is perfect. Before this I installed the PW intercooler and I will be getting tuned again in two weeks to ensure the new parts are not causing any issues. Without a tune I stayed out of boost but, the sound was incredible.

Ignore the hose at the bottom of the IC as it has be relocated.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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SO ANY UPDATE TO THIS PROCESS WEST INTERCOOLER !

how much of a improvement is this over the stock STI intercooler !
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:29 PM   #7
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I have another thread with in the power forum but here is the gist. If you look at the dyno graph the only difference between the tunes was the PW TMIC, Samco inlet, APS intake. The intake gave me a little at the top end compared to the previous tune and the inlet really didn't do much but, the increase in torque was incredible. The stock 07 wrx intercooler is very small. The 07 STi tmic would have been a small upgrade. The PW unit I believe is the perfect size for the stock turbo and a little larger. I know all dynos are different but, since I was on the same dyno and increase of 65ft/lb is pretty good for the little TD04.

Event: Retune for Stage 2
Location: P&L Motorsports
Ambient Temp: 75
Elevation: 576ft Chicago IL
Weather: Sunny
Car: 2007 WRX Wagon
Tuner: Jorge @ P&L Motorsports
Dyno Info: DYNOJET
Peak HP at RPM: 244
Peak Torque at RPM: 320
Baseline hp/tq for a stock on same dyno: Not sure, before retune 237whp/255whtq

Target Boost: 16.5 psi
Target AFR: ~11.7
Fuel: 93 Octane from BP in Chicago
Engine/Power Modifications: Maddad DP SwainTech’d, Maddad MP SwainTech’d, Prodrive Axleback, Prodrive BCS, APS 65mm intake, Samco Turbo Inlet
Driveline Modifications: Group N Bushings
Suspension Modifications: All group n bushings, koni inserts, wagon pinks, Oswald subframe and bumper beam

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Thanks for the information !
I'm replacing my stock sti intercooler with this process west
intercooler . Don't want a front mount !
This intercooler will be working in conjuction with my blouch td-06 20g 8cm hotside
turbo.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:41 PM   #9
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How much was the PW TMIC?

And where did you buy it from?
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:48 PM   #10
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How much was the PW TMIC?

And where did you buy it from?
just got it today ! fantastic looking and extremely well made .

got it here http://www.rallysportdirect.com/shop...er-p-4414.html
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Here is some pictures of the process west intercooler as I inspected it on my table .
really an incredible well made piece !
very heavy unit I must say .














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Old 03-10-2010, 12:49 PM   #12
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PS keep your fingers of the fins ! I bent 2 0r 3 fins by mistake !
I straighten them out as best as I can .
was delivered in 100 % perfect condition with no bent fins !

EVEN THE HOSE CLAMPS ARE QUILITY ! MADE IN GERMANY .

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Old 03-21-2010, 08:26 AM   #13
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wow, very nice.... I'm debating between the PW and a cheap front mount (SSAC)
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wow, very nice.... I'm debating between the PW and a cheap front mount (SSAC)
thanks !

dude just save some money and get a quality front mount or top mount it ll save you allot of headaches .
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thanks !

dude just save some money and get a quality front mount or top mount it ll save you allot of headaches .
What headaches does it prevent?
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crap fitment, cooler hoses wearing thrue because poor fitment in fender wells,hood damage because of rubbing of inter cooler hose or pipe , improper inter cooler thickness or poor design of it that leads to vehicle over heating or running hotter than normal on front mount.
and so on and so on.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:19 AM   #17
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wow that is a beautiful intercooler. would have been cool to see how much the individual pieces contributed to your overall power, but that would only be possible if you owned the dyno, lol.
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thats alottttttt of money for a tmic. although i do agree its a pretty nice top mount. i cant justify spending that much on it. when a full turboxs fmic kit is 850$
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I agree that's pretty steep for a TMIC I'm looking at getting a aps dr525 so it can match my APS CAI- only about 1099 so jus a little more for a full front mount kit that looks sick 2


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thats alottttttt of money for a tmic. although i do agree its a pretty nice top mount. i cant justify spending that much on it. when a full turboxs fmic kit is 850$
Some people don't like lag and removing a safety item in their car.

How does this unit compare to the Spearco and APS in size/flow?
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+1 Im wondering if i should go with this over my Spearco, which is rubbing against my hood since i put in Cusco motor points, so squishy squishy so the motor ride a little bit higher now.

But then it never drops below 25C where i am and hits the mid 40s in the summer so im wondering if the PW could keep up with my ATP3071 =|
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+1 Im wondering if i should go with this over my Spearco, which is rubbing against my hood since i put in Cusco motor points, so squishy squishy so the motor ride a little bit higher now.

But then it never drops below 25C where i am and hits the mid 40s in the summer so im wondering if the PW could keep up with my ATP3071 =|
WELL dont know about the atp3071 but on my blouch 20G td06 8cm its doing a fantastic job in keeping the temps low in NYC driving and its been high 70's and high 80's lately in temps in new york city.

I would imagine this would be great for you if you dont want to run a front mount .

I have zero fitment problems just like factory and if i really wanted too i can even put a larger turbo in there with no fitment issues (still got more room to play with)
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great info here, ive been thinking about getting this tmic for a while now. it was hard to find tho but rallysportdirect carries it
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i wonde rif anyones running the PW TMIC and CAI? I have the TMIC and im thinking about the CAI. I have a SPT now and i hate it.
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Amazing tmic, I'm debating on whether or not I want to get one next. My only question is, can you use a strut bar with it? (I have the sti titanium one)
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