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Old 09-14-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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Question Gimmick Motorsports FMIC Kit Review

Does anyone have experience installing and running one of the GMS FMIC kits? The price is great (~$419 + custom coating/bov flange charges) and they look nice, but I'm skeptical of quality (i.e. rust, core quality, fitment, etc..).

I found the following info on Import Image's site and their thread below (but cannot find ANY info on Gimmick's FMIC at www.gimmickmotorsports.com )

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2021617

http://www.importimageracing.com/p/G...7-WRX-STi.html





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Old 09-14-2010, 12:49 AM   #2
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Same rebadged eBay stuff.

I could buy CX Racing, OBX, Megan Racing, and get the same thing.

Just like what Davenow says, a company with good marketing buys 1000s of these from a distributor, spray paint them black and put their name on them.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:50 AM   #3
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:00 AM   #4
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Yea.. kinda what I figured. IIRC Gimmick's inlet got decent reviews.. odd how this FMIC isn't even on their site. Oh well.. was jw.
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:07 AM   #5
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ebay doesn't exactly mean bad, i have the cxracing intercooler on my car, and i know about 4 other people with the same one, and it works perfectly fine, and it cost a hell of a lot less than one of the big name manufacturers
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:09 AM   #6
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painted ebay clone...
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^ along with their "new" exhaust
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Yea.. kinda what I figured. IIRC Gimmick's inlet got decent reviews.. odd how this FMIC isn't even on their site. Oh well.. was jw.
Yes it isn't bad...keep in mind it will work just like any other generic intercooler out there.
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ebay doesn't exactly mean bad, i have the cxracing intercooler on my car, and i know about 4 other people with the same one, and it works perfectly fine, and it cost a hell of a lot less than one of the big name manufacturers
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Yep, you have NO idea.
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I just recently installed these last weekend. The core is huge. Its probably the same size as perrin and its a high quality core. The problem is the fitment and installation. The fitment of the piping is really tight and requires alot of DIY work. The installation was a bitch since it didnt come with instructions. It does not come with BOV so you need to buy one. It took us two days to install. I am getting a tune this Fri so in terms of performance I will get back to you.
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Givin the spectacular (LOL) quality of every other Gimmick product, I would never let this within 20 ft of my car.
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That green piping is beautiful though you hafta admit lol
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interested to see dyno results.. will there be a before and after tune with just the FMIC change?
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That green piping is beautiful though you hafta admit lol
I was kinda looking at that too. They did a nice job on the paint/coating.

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^^ Yea, but it all depends on how nice it actually lasts!
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^^ Yea, but it all depends on how nice it actually lasts!
True. I just thought it looked nice. I wouldn't ever consider it unless it was a trailer queen/show car.
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I'll give people a quick rundown to explain my post on why this product would never be allowed within throwing distance of my car.

Gimmick's other products:
- Inlet - Collapses under boost levels that many Imprezas on here regularly see.
- Radiator - Has a reputation for pin-hole leaks, poor fitment, and the drain plug gasket dry rots in less than 10k miles
- Exhaust - Known for the welds to rust over in as little as a few weeks. Nevermind what winter will do to the rest of the exhaust. Someone even had their hangers rust off on their brand new GMS exhaust.
- Thermostat - Well known for failing.
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Yep, you have NO idea.
and i can't tell if you are saying i have no idea, or he has no idea??

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I'll give people a quick rundown to explain my post on why this product would never be allowed within throwing distance of my car.

Gimmick's other products:
- Inlet - Collapses under boost levels that many Imprezas on here regularly see.
- Radiator - Has a reputation for pin-hole leaks, poor fitment, and the drain plug gasket dry rots in less than 10k miles
- Exhaust - Known for the welds to rust over in as little as a few weeks. Nevermind what winter will do to the rest of the exhaust. Someone even had their hangers rust off on their brand new GMS exhaust.
- Thermostat - Well known for failing.
Don't forget their radiator hoses, they don't seal worth a damn either.

This kit blows. It's a rebadged SSAC kit, and while the core flows ok, the piping fitment and quality is low at best.
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I'll give people a quick rundown to explain my post on why this product would never be allowed within throwing distance of my car.

Gimmick's other products:
- Inlet - Collapses under boost levels that many Imprezas on here regularly see.
- Radiator - Has a reputation for pin-hole leaks, poor fitment, and the drain plug gasket dry rots in less than 10k miles
- Exhaust - Known for the welds to rust over in as little as a few weeks. Nevermind what winter will do to the rest of the exhaust. Someone even had their hangers rust off on their brand new GMS exhaust.
- Thermostat - Well known for failing.
Funny...

I dont remember anyone asking to here what you had to say. OF COURSE! you must know all this from experience...

I run the gimmick inlet and its caused me zero problems...

Lets see some dyno results from this intercooler...
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Funny...



I run the gimmick inlet and its caused me zero problems...
running a pliable inlet tube IMO is just a bad idea even the stock one is reinforced and for a good reason.
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Yea.. kinda what I figured. IIRC Gimmick's inlet got decent reviews.. odd how this FMIC isn't even on their site. Oh well.. was jw.

It got good reviews from people that didnt know they could have bought it on ebay for $39 with its original chinese sweatshop name on it.

Oh and "collapse proof" LOL I have watched one sucking down.
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running a pliable inlet tube IMO is just a bad idea even the stock one is reinforced and for a good reason.
Please be sure you know what you are talking about before you post things like this.

The stock one isn't reinforced. Its just plastic. The SPEC C RA hose, is silicon, and NOT reinforced.








Running the current crop of hard pipes, IS a bad idea.

A good silicon inlet, IE the Samco, the AVO or the impossible to find last gen Perrin, WILL NOT COLLAPSE. (proven over years and years) and provides a nice smooth flow path for optimum flow.


The hard pipes cant line up properly on the turbo, so they have a small silicon piece that makes an INCREDIBLY harsh turn to the left then another INCREDIBLY harsh turn to the right, directly in front of the turbo (which is the absolute worst place for a turn, from a flow standpoint)

Choose one of the few GOOD silicon inlets, they flow better, are FAR easier to install, don't look hinky as hell like the metal pipes, and they DO NOT COLLAPSE.
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Funny...

I dont remember anyone asking to here what you had to say. OF COURSE! you must know all this from experience...
He probably does. I know that I DO. I promise that I have had my hands in more modified Subies (lets not even count the decade of VWs, Hondas and Toyotas before that, and the years of domestics before that) than you have ever likely seen. And he probably has as well.

I run the gimmick inlet and its caused me zero problems...
Have you watched the pipe while your car is on the dyno? No? Then shut your hole as you have no idea if it is sucking down. Even if its not, they arent a 100% problem rate. That is the nature of poor quality control. Some work great, some suck. The rate of suck vs great is FAR higher on the cheap parts like this.

Lets see some dyno results from this intercooler...
I am 100% sure you wouldn't know what you were looking at anyway
Why? Well for one, you asked for dyno results.

Or do you expect us to believe that you know enough to know that unless they did the testing back to back on the same car, same day, one after another, minimum 3 pulls each, to get ANY sort of meaningful info, those results would tell us exactly nothing?

See the red. Keep telling yourself that you buying cheap garbage can parts is a smarter move than spending more on quality parts. Then scratch your head in wonder when people who don't, make more power, and run more reliably over the long term. Its like the people who always say that people who buy defi gauges, install them and never have problems for years, that they are stupid, because they have prosports that they paid half for, and have only had to replace them under warranty twice in the 2 years they have had them (meanwhile they are just rebadged glowshifts from ebay and they STILL paid 2x what the gauges should have cost them)

No go ahead, come back and tell me I am wrong, I will patiently wait for you to get bored and sell your Subie and stop coming to nasioc, just like hundreds of others just like you that said the same thing to me
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