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Old 01-29-2012, 04:10 PM   #976
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You could just respray the core once a year or so, I never liked the look of an unpainted fmic, especially on black cars.
I think I'd need to strip it and find some good heat transferring paint. I would think any normal paint would hurt heat transfer. Especially if I just kept piling it on. I think an uncoated core would be the best for heat transfer, but I really like the look of the black core much better. I just wish the coating would last.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:54 PM   #977
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So, what do you think? Black or silver core?



I'm really on the fence about swapping my black core for a silver one. I think the black looks better, but it's getting pretty chipped up.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:40 PM   #978
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Leave it black it looks smooth...I have been looking over your car for like 6 months man, I love what you have done and have based some decisions on where to go on what you have done! How have you liked E-85 so far, I am tuning for it next weekend...Anything I need to know?
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #979
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I was just thinkinh the same thing and I should have went with the silver core!! Heres mine, but the black is like an off black not really black.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:52 PM   #980
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my vote is to keep it black
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:08 PM   #981
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Leave it black it looks smooth...I have been looking over your car for like 6 months man, I love what you have done and have based some decisions on where to go on what you have done! How have you liked E-85 so far, I am tuning for it next weekend...Anything I need to know?
It has been great for me. No issues so far. A wideband AFR gauge can be good to monitor AFR but not entirely necessary.

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my vote is to keep it black
I do like the look.

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I was just thinkinh the same thing and I should have went with the silver core!! Heres mine, but the black is like an off black not really black.
Yeah, I think the black cores look better in photos. The coating that Import Image uses on the FMS FMIC is pretty crappy IMO. People that see my car think it looks fine though so maybe it's just me. Lol.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:23 PM   #982
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Black is so much more subtle. With the scoopless hood and everything else you've got going on...i say keep it black.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:43 PM   #983
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No winter pictures ?
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:16 AM   #984
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I'd keep it black for now at least. It probably doesn't cost too much to powder coat it black again *if thats how it's done in the first place* and I think it goes with your car so much better
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:15 AM   #985
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id keep it black ben. goes well with your car
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:48 AM   #986
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No winter pictures ?
There hasn't been much for winter so far in MN. Little to no snow. Maybe one of these days I'll get out there and take some shots...

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Black is so much more subtle. With the scoopless hood and everything else you've got going on...i say keep it black.
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I'd keep it black for now at least. It probably doesn't cost too much to powder coat it black again *if thats how it's done in the first place* and I think it goes with your car so much better
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id keep it black ben. goes well with your car
It seems like most everyone agrees that black looks better. I'll have to keep thinking about it. The black looks great, but the finish just does not seem durable.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:55 PM   #987
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If you strip the paint and take it to a good powder coater, I bet it will hold up a good deal longer than whatever FMS sprayed it with.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:48 PM   #988
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You want to race? lol
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:35 PM   #989
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If you strip the paint and take it to a good powder coater, I bet it will hold up a good deal longer than whatever FMS sprayed it with.
Yeah, I'm sure it would. I'm a bit worried about heat transfer though. I kind of think uncoated would be best in that regard.

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Yes. Meet in the school zone.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:10 PM   #990
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Strip it/get a natural finish and then do a semi-fine mesh to cover the opening?!

Fades it out but also lets you know it is there.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:54 AM   #991
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Strip it/get a natural finish and then do a semi-fine mesh to cover the opening?!

Fades it out but also lets you know it is there.
I'm not really a fan of the mesh look. I might have to consider it though.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:10 PM   #992
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Car looks great, xluben!

I would say rig some black mesh to sit about 1/4"-1/2" off of the front of the IC. I hate the look of mesh grilles as well, but I think having it recessed into the bumper by mounting it directly to the IC would probably look better, while also solving your problem of chipping the coating off. I think PlastiDip would work great to keep the mesh from chipping as well.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:15 PM   #993
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Yeah, we'll see. I'm still not sure on what I'm going to do. I'd hate to put anything in front of the intercooler that would reduce airflow.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:56 AM   #994
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I would not paint it unless you send it off to someone like Swaintech and have them use a heat transfer paint. Most powdercoat paint will be an insulator. I am having my new intercooler anodized black to be closer to what I am looking for. If it bleaches out in the sun I will send it to Swaintech. Not affiliated with them but they do great work and I have had lots of luck with their coatings.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:27 AM   #995
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I would not paint it unless you send it off to someone like Swaintech and have them use a heat transfer paint. Most powdercoat paint will be an insulator. I am having my new intercooler anodized black to be closer to what I am looking for. If it bleaches out in the sun I will send it to Swaintech. Not affiliated with them but they do great work and I have had lots of luck with their coatings.
Yeah, this is exactly what I was getting at. Just going at it with a can of spray paint, or even a standard powdercoat is going to make the intercooler very ineffective at heat transfer. Anodizing seems like an interesting option. Maybe I'll have to try to find someone that can anodize something as large as a FMIC core....
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:33 PM   #996
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LEt me know what you do I am or was going to order a new natural core fdrom IIR just for the hell of it to see which I like better.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:30 PM   #997
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^I have a feeling that will be quite spendy.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:50 PM   #998
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Yeah it will, but what i did was actually look for a Turbo XS core and found one. I am going to have it polished out completely, so you will be able to see what it looks like on mine. The FMS cores are not available for 3-months in the USA.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:54 PM   #999
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Also adding the Aquamist Meth Kit becasue I do not have any damn E85 around these parts!
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:13 PM   #1000
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Yeah it will, but what i did was actually look for a Turbo XS core and found one. I am going to have it polished out completely, so you will be able to see what it looks like on mine. The FMS cores are not available for 3-months in the USA.
How much did that cost?

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Do you have a thread for your car? You seem to go around posting details in other people's build threads, lol.
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