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Old 05-30-2008, 07:13 AM   #3751
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The wrinkle black looks great. I love the texture of it. I wanted my red ones the same texture but instead they came out a little finer. It doesn't match the manifold as well as I had hoped but I think it still looks pretty cool.

Here's a close up side-by-side with my AP hard inlet.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:49 AM   #3752
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I don't have a problem with it but that may be because I have the 3" piece of pipe in there. I also made sure to put the bracket on, held the pipe down and then had some one torque it down.

Here is what I was talking about with the fuel lines:


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It pains me to see someone put so much effort into keeping the really crappy stock rails... Don't believe the idiots, replace them now. If you're not on the stock turbo, don't be on the stock rails.

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Old 05-30-2008, 09:22 AM   #3753
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Rene, do you have the SSAC brand FMIC? I got my pipes coated in wrinkle red sort of like the APS. I'd like to see how the black turned out.
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It pains me to see someone put so much effort into keeping the really crappy stock rails... Don't believe the idiots, replace them now. If you're not on the stock turbo, don't be on the stock rails.

Here are some current pictures. 8 months after coating. And with fuel rails





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Old 05-30-2008, 09:33 AM   #3754
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It pains me to see someone put so much effort into keeping the really crappy stock rails... Don't believe the idiots, replace them now. If you're not on the stock turbo, don't be on the stock rails.

Ummm... he has Perrin fuel rails? The pictures with the factory rails had the factory turbo.

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Old 05-30-2008, 09:36 AM   #3755
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The wrinkle black looks great. I love the texture of it. I wanted my red ones the same texture but instead they came out a little finer. It doesn't match the manifold as well as I had hoped but I think it still looks pretty cool.

Here's a close up side-by-side with my AP hard inlet.
Thats not too bad. Do you have any pictures with the kit installed?

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Old 06-01-2008, 02:01 PM   #3756
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I will soon.
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:58 PM   #3757
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Is this kit really over $700 now? Or am I just looking in the wrong place? I would not spend over $700 on this intercooler if this is true.

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Old 06-02-2008, 04:02 AM   #3758
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Is this kit really over $700 now? Or am I just looking in the wrong place? I would not spend over $700 on this intercooler if this is true.

Thanks,
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NO, well there website does say its $700 but if you email them you can still get it for $300~ shipped
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:22 AM   #3759
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It pains me to see someone put so much effort into keeping the really crappy stock rails... Don't believe the idiots, replace them now. If you're not on the stock turbo, don't be on the stock rails.

Unless you are talking strictly about fitment when used with other aftermarket parts, that is an asinine statement.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:22 PM   #3760
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Would it be possible for me to paint my fmic w/ high heat engine enamel or is that just asking for trouble and I should just get it powder coated? Also, if I did a wrinkle high heat finish on the pipes. would that be alright as well?
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:31 PM   #3761
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Go ahead and use that on the IC. Coat the endtanks and a light spray on the fins will be fine.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:44 PM   #3762
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Would it be possible for me to paint my fmic w/ high heat engine enamel or is that just asking for trouble and I should just get it powder coated? Also, if I did a wrinkle high heat finish on the pipes. would that be alright as well?
What color do you want to paint the core? If you want to paint it black then the common paint used is Eastwood's Radiator Paint. If you wanted another color then yes you can do it but don't layer it too thick. You really wouldn't want to powder coat the core, but the piping is fine to powder coat.

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Old 06-02-2008, 05:41 PM   #3763
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Just bought one last week and did the install Sat. Go to http://www.ssautochrome.com/ use the secure order form(hard to find look carefully) enter "wrx fmic kit" in the product description and an amount of 300 or 308 with insurance. This is for credit card purchase. It'll show in a few days via Fed Ex. Mine came with everything except the reducer between piping and throttlebody and tubing for the BOV (see first post).
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:49 PM   #3764
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:51 AM   #3765
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WPWM020, I love your engine bay... very clean.

I will be ordering this kit in the next few months to complement my new vf39
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Old 06-03-2008, 12:53 PM   #3766
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this title offends me as my intercooler was made with Burmese Soda Cans... lol
what does it matter what part of China my intercooler was made in.

" New e-bay FMIC...not made from Burmese Soda cans."
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:18 AM   #3767
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anyway, if you guys were to do insulation, u will go with the cool tube or have the adhesive thermal barrier? I was thinkking of wraping it with exhuast wrap first then with a reflective wrap. I just couldnt decide between a cool tube or the adhesive wrap.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:19 AM   #3768
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lol you guys and that silly wrapping stuff...

I can tell you from actual data collected that it makes no difference, other than looks
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:52 AM   #3769
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proof?
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:23 AM   #3770
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I run pre/post intercooler temp sensors. Pre is mounted coupler just after the silicone elbow turbo (near the fuel lines), post is mounted in the silicone coupler just before the TB on the side facing away from the turbo. (modified water temp sensors into a logging unit, about 1/2 degree F accuracy).

Just for giggles I moved the one post turbo coupler/temp sensor over to the joint inside the fender. (So it would be reading any difference between the fender pipe and the TB)

For the first 30 seconds(5 samples/sec) after coming to a stop I saw little to no change (<3F) in temps between sensors (the TB always being the hotter). After another 30 seconds there was a increase of 10F. Within 10 seconds of moving again the temps were identical.

Then I heat sheilded the sensor bodies themself.. No differences at all until the 2 minute mark. Then it was a steady 1F higher at the TB for the next 3 till I gave up and laughed it off.

There is just too much air moving, and not enough surface area to transfer enough heat energy to make those covers worth anything more than looks...

Sorry...
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:12 AM   #3771
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Anyone notice the intercooler is already painted? After having mine on for a month or so I noticed some paint chiped off the bars on the ic. Anyway to strip this paint without damaging the ic?

Also my first pipe from the turbo to the secong pipe fits like crap. I noticed most of the pics in this thread that the pipes connect strait, mine is entering the other one at and angle, distorting the crap out of the coupler. I need to go through and re adjust some stuff but wondering if anyone else ran into this.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:33 AM   #3772
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/01-07...m150252486751&

not buying it or anything but just curious if this is the same fmic??
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:38 AM   #3773
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/01-07...m150252486751&

not buying it or anything but just curious if this is the same fmic??
No it is not

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Old 06-04-2008, 12:32 PM   #3774
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it sure contradicts with many who had good results w em, any1 chip in?

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I run pre/post intercooler temp sensors. Pre is mounted coupler just after the silicone elbow turbo (near the fuel lines), post is mounted in the silicone coupler just before the TB on the side facing away from the turbo. (modified water temp sensors into a logging unit, about 1/2 degree F accuracy).

Just for giggles I moved the one post turbo coupler/temp sensor over to the joint inside the fender. (So it would be reading any difference between the fender pipe and the TB)

For the first 30 seconds(5 samples/sec) after coming to a stop I saw little to no change (<3F) in temps between sensors (the TB always being the hotter). After another 30 seconds there was a increase of 10F. Within 10 seconds of moving again the temps were identical.

Then I heat sheilded the sensor bodies themself.. No differences at all until the 2 minute mark. Then it was a steady 1F higher at the TB for the next 3 till I gave up and laughed it off.

There is just too much air moving, and not enough surface area to transfer enough heat energy to make those covers worth anything more than looks...

Sorry...
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:07 PM   #3775
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Well I just got an email saying that there backordered for 30-45 days. Which sucks for me considering I got rear-ended and got sandwiched with the car in front of me. The damage isn't bad but the intercooler support "beam" is all bent and the mounting tabs on the bottom of the core itself are bent. So I don't know what to do. Its just sitting in the body shop waiting on me.
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