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Old 06-29-2001, 06:30 AM   #1
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Lightbulb FMIC: Good or Bad Idea

I was wondering if there were any drawbacks to having a FMIC. I am planning on letting SPO do a FMIC on my car, but I wanted to hear any feedback, good or bad, about what you all think. All comments would be appreciated.
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Old 06-29-2001, 07:16 AM   #2
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Watch this space tomorrow for a look at our about to be released FMIC for MY01 (02) WRX....if I can work out how to post some pics...

Kevin, Hyperflow, Australia...
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Old 06-29-2001, 07:51 AM   #3
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You'll see an increase in water and oil temps as FMICs (depending on core size) monopolise most of the air that the radiator would otherwise get. Depending on type of core used (bar/plate or tube/fin), the temp increase can be less severe than the other. Generally a tube/fin core allows more air to pass through than a bar/plate core.

Moving the intercooler to the front makes room for other things such as a cleverly mounted oil cooler in the place of the top mount location. The extra air is also beneficial to the engine and gearbox. Following the air pressure differentiation principle, the underbelly splash guard should create negative pressure down below so the greater air pressure differentiation could help force more air from the intercooler scoop down.

You can also take advantage of the available space to mount an oil/air breather tank in an otherwise crammed engine bay.

I hope you have plans to upgrade your stock turbo to something that's capable of flowing more air. I have no experience with the amount of lag you'll experience with the TD04 turbo but (in my opinion, all things considered) is smallish turbo is not going to cope well with the extended pipe work. I believe the smaller turbo cannot maintain a pressure high enough through 'circuit' so you may experience hesitation at some point on the RPM band.

Other than this, there is NO reason why you should not run a FMIC. Besides it looks so HOT with one !!

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