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Old 09-16-2015, 01:44 PM   #1
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Next on our product line list... Front mount intercooler kit with billet end tanks for the '15+ WRX!

We are going to be working on fitment and end tank design over the next few weeks, but as far we can tell so far, these cars will use a similar core as our 2006+ Civic Si and S2000 turbo kits use. Our end tanks are CNC'd in house out of billet aluminum for optimal flow and over the years we, as well as many other installers, customers, tuners, etc, have found that our intercoolers perform exceptionally well compared to most other standard intercoolers. We plan to make our intercooler kit modular for compatibility with our future turbo kit as well.

"I had to drop to 5th gear as the 3000 series Dynapack pods maxed out in 4th gear ~600whp, and 5th gear reads 5% low in comparison. 33-34lbs netted ~708whp and 535ft lbs of torque, corrected for the gear change we're at about ~730-740whp... But the best part -- the turbo isn't done yet. I had her spinning 38lbs and she loved it -- unfortunately the 3000 pods didn't like anything more than 34lbs. With more boost this is no doubt a 770-780whp car now..." - Vit Viper and his PRL equipped S2000

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Old 09-18-2015, 11:13 PM   #2
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Do you guys plan on making the charge pipes out of silicone or aluminum? Also are you going to have facing the stock location or battery side?
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:01 AM   #3
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The piping will be aluminum with 4-ply silicone couplers, and I am confused by the question.
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:24 AM   #4
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The piping will be aluminum with 4-ply silicone couplers, and I am confused by the question.
Maybe he thinks it's a top mount ha ah?
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Old 10-02-2015, 02:12 PM   #5
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The piping will be aluminum with 4-ply silicone couplers, and I am confused by the question.

Other companies have their charge pipes routed on the battery side and some facing the original side. Since you guys don't have any pics of it being mocked up, my question is what route did you guys use?
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:23 PM   #6
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We finished both sides of the end tanks, now time for fitment




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Old 11-05-2015, 11:58 AM   #7
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Test fitting!

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Old 11-05-2015, 01:09 PM   #8
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ehh...looks a little blocked.
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:36 PM   #9
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ehh...looks a little blocked.
It's not in a fixed final position, hence the block of wood and jack underneath it.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:33 PM   #10
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Intercooler piping is in the final stages of fitting before being sent out to be bent. We are more than happy with the routing and room we have around our piping. A few minor changes to the intercooler are underway, as well as the production of a billet spiggot for the washer bottle. Our piping is meant to fit as low as possible to retain a clean and simple look. Piping will be available in raw aluminum and textured black at no additional charge.

This intercooler kit is also meant to be compatible with our turbo kit that is going into works, so no double purchasing of parts is needed!















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Kit is coming along nicely. Thats the first time I have seen the divided end tanks, interesting, Im guessing the reason is to try and spread the airflow more evenly across the fins instead of most of it going across the lower ones?
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:59 PM   #12
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Kit is coming along nicely. Thats the first time I have seen the divided end tanks, interesting, Im guessing the reason is to try and spread the airflow more evenly across the fins instead of most of it going across the lower ones?
ETA please?
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:46 PM   #13
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We decided to change up the intercooler size a bit, now a 3.5" core vs the previous 3" core. Final revisions are being made to the end tanks before we CNC a set for this prototype model. Fitment couldn't be more comfortable!

We expect these kits to be on the market by the beginning of the new year. Once the prototype model is done, we are planning a group buy until all kits are available for productions!
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So with the low mount turbo in the 15+ wrx.....do these cars respond much better/faster spool to a fmic rather than a tmic?
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:39 PM   #15
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So with the low mount turbo in the 15+ wrx.....do these cars respond much better/faster spool to a fmic rather than a tmic?
We will find out with testing. Spool / response time will not get much better than the factory or any TMIC kit, because these turbos are small and immediately spool to begin with. Spool may not be any better, and actually might experience a small amount of lag (100-200 rpm) compared to a TMIC setup because the intercooler core in our FMIC kit is significantly larger. The real benefit from a FMIC over a TMIC setup is going to be midrange into the top end where the turbo and engine really need to breathe and the TMIC begins to choke up. We also have future upgrades in mind that will need to breathe, like larger stock-placement turbos and our "big" turbo kit coming after the release of this FMIC kit.
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:02 PM   #16
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Intercooler end tanks are in the process of being machined. Here's a sneak peak of what's going on in side



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Old 12-08-2015, 07:09 PM   #17
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The reverse side from yesterday's end tanks!



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Old 12-10-2015, 06:16 PM   #18
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We made a little progress today! Things are moving right along!



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Looks good but Im curious to see how much of this will get blocked off by the middle section of the bumper.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:41 PM   #20
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Looks good but Im curious to see how much of this will get blocked off by the middle section of the bumper.


Never doubt us... lol. Ignore the quality in this pic, it is merely just mocked in place for a quick pic, but the earlier pic was again only posted to check clearance for future reference. The bumper cuts off no more than other FMIC's, but will also flow just fine given the flow properties of air by itself, let alone the properties of an efficient intercooler.
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No I was just wondering because of your design compared to how Mishimoto did theirs and its elongated across the whole bottom opening. Not doubting you guys
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No I was just wondering because of your design compared to how Mishimoto did theirs and its elongated across the whole bottom opening. Not doubting you guys
We actually thought about going that route as well, something similar to our BRZ intercoolers like this one here.



We later decided against it, partly because the taller core intercooler allowed us to design the end tanks to better locate intercooler piping. Though, there is nothing wrong with either design, we will see how it performs in testing!
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The mounting brackets for our 2015+ FA20DIT WRX front mount intercooler kits were mocked up for test fitment before running a batch for production. We couldn't be any happier with the final fitment. The brackets are only tacked for the time being, but we assure everyone that each kit will be fully welded and powder coated. We should have a set price released this week, as well as a preorder list for anyone looking to get their hands on one of these early and save a few dollars during the process.



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Old 12-16-2015, 06:41 PM   #24
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That mock up looks a lot better compared to the pics taken before, I like it. You are guys going to have options for tial and other bov's?
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Old 12-16-2015, 08:24 PM   #25
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With all of the interest in pricing and preorders we decided to bring this to you:

We are offering 10% off of our advertised price and 15% off for all preorders if the list reaches over 15!

We are also offering a bounty program for guys looking to get some money back and be competitive with our products. We are offering a 25% refund for the first person with our FMIC kit to run an 11 second pass on a stock turbo, and a 50% refund for anyone to run a 10 second pass with our FMIC kit. These people will need a time slip, and video with the car running the pass, and proof that our kit was installed on the car.

Estimated ship date is some time in February 2016! Stay tuned for more, finalized pictures testing data!

The passenger side intercooler pipe is angled up in the picture and we assure everyone that the piece fits straight. 2 brackets for added rigidity are also not shown and being welded, as well as the machined washer bottle piece will be updated later this week! Our pipes are being sent out to be digitized and bent to minimize welds and production time, as well as powder coated textured black.

We have been working hard to bring what we feel is one of the best fitting and performing front mount intercooler kits to the market for the 2015+ WRX. Our kits feature a high quality 600 - 650hp rated 22"x12"x3.5" intercooler core. Our 650hp core intercoolers have been taken to almost 800hp with no problem, so rest assured knowing that these cores will make big power, but also are small enough to reduce / eliminate turbo lag. Mated to this core are CNC'd billet aluminum end tanks to maximize airflow while still looking as smooth as they'll flow!

A great amount of time was spent making sure we could manufacture such a well-fitting, aesthetically pleasing kit. No cutting or trimming is required anywhere, not even the bumper! Our kit was designed to work and fit with all OEM components, but also be compatible with most aftermarket parts like intakes, recirc valves (BOV options are in the works) and many more! We also planned to make sure this kit is compatible with our upcoming turbo kit!

Kit Includes:
  • CNC'd billet end tank 600hp - 650hp core intercooler
  • Intercooler mounting brackets
  • Bead-rolled and powder coated black aluminum intercooler piping featuring our cnc'd turbine outlet flange
  • High quality 4-ply PRL silicone couplers
  • Stainless T-bolt clamps
  • Vacuum Lines
  • Zipties
  • Recirculation hoses with stainless clamps
  • Machined washer fluid neck
  • All necessary hardware for installation








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