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Old 05-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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OMGHi2U How do you like your FMIC?

So I have been using the search for an hour, trying to find some feedback on front mount intercoolers for our cars.
I was pretty confident in putting mine on, until a Subaru enthusiast friend of mine BEGGED me not to due to the response I'd lose. what do you think NASIOC?
Has anyone on here loved their front mount? Has anyone hated it? let me know!

Also, I should mention that this is not a thread asking whether I should buy one, or what brand I should buy. I have the FMIC sitting at my house, with all of the necessary hardware to be installed.


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Old 05-19-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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What turbo are your running? It creates a minimal amount of lag, but it really depends on what your HP goals are and the type of driving you do, then again that all comes down to what turbo you have.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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I have the same kit. No problems. The 16G on a 2 liter is kinda laggy to begin with, it doesn't get much worse.
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:59 PM   #4
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i went to a front mount shortly after i installed the EJ20G into my car. i would never go back... dyno increased by 25AWHP on the same dyno.

i say the lag from a FMIC is better than the heat soak from that tiny little TMIH (Top Mount Inner Heater)

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:18 AM   #5
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What turbo are your running? It creates a minimal amount of lag, but it really depends on what your HP goals are and the type of driving you do, then again that all comes down to what turbo you have.
Running a stock Td05 turbo. Potential plans to go bigger in the future, but I'm still unsure of the upgrade route i want to take.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #6
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Is that the Ebay kit that's like $170?
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:41 PM   #7
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Nice wheels. Thats what I have on my Legacy
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:23 AM   #8
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Is that the Ebay kit that's like $170?
It's the CX racing one I believe, but they're all the same when it comes to eBay kits. Although mine is the old version, the new CX Racing one was revised so the core wasn't so low IIRC.



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Nice wheels. Thats what I have on my Legacy
You have the Speedline Corse wheels? That's awesome! I haven't ever seen another set, these ones are from Japan. Do yours have black "Speedline" decals on them? It looks like mine used to, then were removed.


I put the FMIC yesterday, I can't exclaim how noticeable the gains are. Much more than I found with my Rob's 440 tune.


To anyone reading this thread considering the upgrade, I highly recommend it. Install time is about 3-4 hrs from start to finish, only minor sockets, grinder, and pliers needed.

Buy the GD kit (2002+), it fits perfectly other than one pipe that needs cutting, and cutting behind the right headlight. I didn't have to cut any rebar, since the car is JDM and has no front rebar.


Pictures to follow!
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:42 AM   #9
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I've been running a fmic (cheap ebay) for a while now, td05 16g, yes more lag, but it's worth the wait.
Just a couple days ago I wrapped my dp, blanketed my turbo, and cool taped the first pipe that does that u turn off the compressor side. Solved my heat soak problem for sure!

But yes install the fmic.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:06 AM   #10
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You have the Speedline Corse wheels? That's awesome! I haven't ever seen another set, these ones are from Japan. Do yours have black "Speedline" decals on them? It looks like mine used to, then were removed.
They are Speedline Preo-R wheels ,I've got a set and had to find a replacement set of stickers which was impossible
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:35 PM   #11
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+1 for pics of this installed on your gc.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:54 PM   #12
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Boom, Pics.










This is where the pipe had to be cut, and an additional silicone coupling was added.


And a pretty significant hole cut behind the headlight to fit the pipe.

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Old 05-23-2012, 10:00 PM   #13
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You have the Speedline Corse wheels? That's awesome! I haven't ever seen another set, these ones are from Japan. Do yours have black "Speedline" decals on them? It looks like mine used to, then were removed.!
yes I guess mine are specifically the Preo-r's, with the black lettering. they are from Japan
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:13 AM   #14
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Sorry if this is a hijack.

rather than making the hole in the fender that large, I opted to use a long silicone coupler to get the pipe to where it needed to be.

pic with view of coupler, and sti engine that blew :


route through fender:

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Old 05-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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I did mine like this. I opened up the hole and put some split hose over the cut edge.

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Old 05-25-2012, 12:34 PM   #16
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Went Fmic 4 years ago.......never looked back.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:24 PM   #17
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Okay, so the FMIC doesn't add that much lag? That's good..
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:47 AM   #18
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Okay, so the FMIC doesn't add that much lag? That's good..
I would assume anyone willing to go to the effort of going FMIC would also install headers and up-pipe or at the very least an Up-pipe. The FMIC with all of the extra plumbing will absolutely increase lag but an intake, up-pipe, Headers, and TBE will reduce lag. Drive-ability should meet somewhere in the middle so done all together it probably wouldn't be noticeable.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:14 PM   #19
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I definitely noticed more lag. But, the turbo achieved full boost only 200 rpm later. I like the extra kick when the boost finally does kick in.

Headers increase lag because there is more piping. PNP stock manifold would decrease lag.
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