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Old 06-22-2016, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default TurboXS FMIC + Catted J-pipe [2015+ WRX]

I received the FMIC kit in one single, large box. No real exterior damage except it looks like it might have been sat on its side or bumped.


The packaging inside the box was great. The FMIC core was in it's own separate box from the rest of the hardware and piping. Everything was individually wrapped to avoid and scuffing or damage during shipping, and was filled with TONS of foam that held everything solidly in it's place.


Install was maybe a 7/10 difficulty. I'd put it right on par with an IAG AOS install in terms of difficulty and duration. Obviously you have to pull the front bumper cover. I also removed the under tray and brush guard, as well as the passengers side radiator fan.


Removed the stock crash bar and replaced it with the included TurboXS crashbar/FMIC mount. I was actually quite impressed with this portion of the kit, as it mounts in 4 spots instead of just 2, and it also includes a method to keep your tow ring/plate delete. The powder coating was great and the fitment was dead on. Bolted up perfectly.


The kit also included extra hardware and a spacer to move your stock front horn back a bit to give more clearance for the intercooler core.


In order to make more clearance for the core, you also have to cut 4 tabs on the top of the plastic bottom bumper cover support piece. Pretty easy to do with just a utility knife or similar.


My least favorite part of the whole kit is having to flatten down the lip on the front of the frame with a hammer. The first time around, I didn't completely flatten it down onto itself, and it made my plastic tray sit unevenly, but was easily corrected.


I'd recommend painting over the flattened part if you happened to chip or crack any of the paint, to prevent any rust or corrosion in the future.


After removing the stock charge pipe, top mount intercooler and coupler, I started to test fit the new FMIC in place after bolting the plastic tray back to the front of the car. Man, this thing is MASSIVE and makes the stock TMIC look like a childs toy. The FMIC comes with all the piping, couplers and t-bolt clamps, which are rather nice, opposed to the worm gear hose clamps that come on the car.

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:38 PM   #2
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I did have to pull out my windshield washer fluid container to get access to the front bumper support bolts. I didn't have to fully remove the reservoir though and it came out pretty easily. While I had the reservoir out, I installed the new black silicone filler tube. This piece uses the stock o-ring but changes the position of the actual filler cap and assembly to make room for the piping from cooler to throttle body.



Everything looked to be in order so then I tightened down all of the t-bolt clamps to secure the drivers side of the piping from core to TB. Everything fell into place perfectly so far. No clearance issues as of yet. But you should bump your fuel lines in the mount up one notch.



Now with that half out of the way, I removed my intake from the turbo inlet and the turbo inlet from the turbo.


I removed all of the vac lines and the BPV from the turbo inlet and started installing the new BPV silicone piping.


I re-used the stock o-ring from the factory charge pipe, and reused it on the new charge pipe. I cut off the little tab, but that part is probably optional. Then bolted the new charge pipe back onto the turbo.


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Bolted the turbo inlet back onto the turbo. With the new charge pipe in place, I had a better idea of how the BPV would be positioned now, and started to tighten down all of those clamps. The reinstalled my intake pipe.




After hooking up all the vacuum lines and installing the vac line extension that goes to the BPV, I started reinstalling the under tray parts and splash guard, but I needed to cut a notch for the new charge pipe. I just used a utility knife again.



I then coupled the new charge pipe to the intercooler, double checked all of my couplers on all the piping, tightened down the FMIC to the new crash bar and double checked all my vacuum lines were in the right spots. Then put the bumper cover back into place. I was really amazed how everything actually fit together really well, and there are about only 3 occasions where you need to modify some parts to make room for the new piping and cooler. Really not bad at all, considering the vast difference of this FMIC vs an aftermarket TMIC.



I cut out the center grill area of the lower grill.

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:58 PM   #4
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While I had the under body stuff removed, I opened up the TurboXS J-pipe box as well. Again, well packaged, with no shipping damage and nothing rattling around where it wasn't supposed to be.


Flanges looked good and flush, unlike some other J-pipes I've seen where the piping was welded in the flange at an angle and wasn't ground flush at all.



This thing is MASSIVE! Stock J-pipe for comparison. It dwarfs the stock pipe, even with the stock heat shields around it.


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I started unbolting most of the factory heat shields that were on the factory J-pipe, to make room for a socket wrench later. I also, carefully removed the two sensors from the factory pipe, to later be used on the new TXS 3" j-pipe.


I was lucky enough to not have any issues with unbolting my stock J-pipe. I hit them with PB blaster the night before, and through out the day of the install, then with a blow torch right before torquing them off with a 6 sided socket wrench and a whole mess of extensions.


I ended up cutting a little part of the top heat shield to make it a little easier when fitting it back on with the new pipe, although it's probably not needed.


I test fit the pipe onto the turbo with the new supplied gasket and everything fit together perfectly. I ended up not using the upper bracket as it was not needed, and only used the top heat shield that is near the belt.


Screw in the factory sensors and made sure the plugs went back to their original spots, as you cannot accidentally switch them. They physically won't fit.


Finished installing the upper heat shield and torqued down all the turbo studs. I'd recommend using the Grimmspeed machined studs, if you happened to chew up the turbo stud threads or nuts, which is pretty common.
I had to use 3 or so socket extensions going from the turbo studs to the front of my drivers side wheel in order to get the top rear nut tightened properly. Definitely use a 6 sided socket when doing this, I tried a 12 point, and that didn't work at all. But the back portion of the J-pipe bolted up just fine, and mated perfectly to my Namless Performance Axleback.


With the J-pipe installed with muffler deletes, this thing is mean and LOUD. I later had 5" Magnaflow mufflers installed on my axle back to quiet it down a bit.

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:58 PM   #6
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Had the car protuned at Phatbotti Tuning in Aneheim.
TurboXS Frount Mount Intercooler
TurboXS Catted J-pipe
TurboXS Full Recirculating BPV
TGV Deletes
IAG EGR Deletes
IAG Street AOS
Cobb AP

I believe they Dyno'd a stock 2016 WRX, not too long after I got a protune, at 170WHP. I don't have a baseline for my car, unfortunately.

https://youtu.be/U0Qxn_1SH2s

Final Conclusion:
After about a month of having the FMIC and J-pipe on my car, I can say I have been thoroughly pleased with both. No rattle or leaks, and the bump in performance puts a smile on my face every day.
The install was pretty straight forward, and I didn't run into any unforeseen issues. I didn't have any parts arrive damaged from the factory, or from shipping. Everything bolted up exactly how it was supposed to and everything works better than I expected. I would definitely do it all over again, if I had to.

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Old 07-27-2016, 09:18 AM   #7
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Nice write up.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:09 PM   #8
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Thanks for the write up! Nice and detailed...

I am curious about turbo lag and FMIC on the 15+ wrx (fa20dit). Did you notice any more turbo lag with the FMIC? Have you logged or payed attention to manifold temps compared to previous TMIC?

Thank for the help!

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Great write up! I'd assume a little more lag, but overall much cooler and consistent temps, the larger #'s will be more fun via seat of the pants.
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Old 08-10-2016, 03:16 PM   #10
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Looks awesome man! Love the car!
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Old 07-20-2017, 03:08 AM   #11
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thanks mistah gin

i just ordered one of these, from the dude above.

this thread is very helpful.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:35 PM   #12
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Great write up!
I am looking to go with Turboxs for my fmic and tbe. Does anyone know of a good site or contact where i can get a good deal on Turboxs products?
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Great write up. Thanks for being thorough and concluding with numbers.
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Great write up!
I am looking to go with Turboxs for my fmic and tbe. Does anyone know of a good site or contact where i can get a good deal on Turboxs products?
Cheers
Hit up Raj. He works at TXS and always hooks it up with good pricing and shipping directly.
https://www.facebook.com/raj.deshmukh.54

Anyways, update:

Just hit the dyno again last Saturday for an E55 Flexfuel tune. A little less hot than the first dyno session, about 86 degrees.



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Nice set up. Im looking to go stealth mode with this. Does the fmic fit fine without cutting out the lower mesh in the bumper? I see you have a pic with the mesh than you cut it out. Id think to paint the fmic black and leave the mesh i can be a lil stealth.
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Nice set up. Im looking to go stealth mode with this. Does the fmic fit fine without cutting out the lower mesh in the bumper? I see you have a pic with the mesh than you cut it out. Id think to paint the fmic black and leave the mesh i can be a lil stealth.
Yup. It fits perfectly fine with the lower mesh still installed. I just measured it and did some napkin math and estimated that the grill actually blocked or diverted about 15% of the air in the exposed area, so I took it out.
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Thanks for this post! Wanted to pop in and ask for an update on how you're liking the jpipe. I was thinking about picking one up since they seem to be a bit cheaper than most of the other "name brand" ones.

I know you said you have the Nameless axleback, but are you running an otherwise stock catback? i.e. the "midpipe" portion of your exhaust is still the stock one?
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Originally Posted by EngelMacher View Post
Had the car protuned at Phatbotti Tuning in Aneheim.
TurboXS Frount Mount Intercooler
TurboXS Catted J-pipe
TurboXS Full Recirculating BPV
TGV Deletes
IAG EGR Deletes
IAG Street AOS
Cobb AP

I believe they Dyno'd a stock 2016 WRX, not too long after I got a protune, at 170WHP. I don't have a baseline for my car, unfortunately.

https://youtu.be/U0Qxn_1SH2s

Final Conclusion:
After about a month of having the FMIC and J-pipe on my car, I can say I have been thoroughly pleased with both. No rattle or leaks, and the bump in performance puts a smile on my face every day.
The install was pretty straight forward, and I didn't run into any unforeseen issues. I didn't have any parts arrive damaged from the factory, or from shipping. Everything bolted up exactly how it was supposed to and everything works better than I expected. I would definitely do it all over again, if I had to.
very nice step by step installation..
your gas is 91 right?
do you have the stock intake?
how much did the box weigh with all the hardware included?
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Great write up!
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Still having good luck with that setup?
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Still having good luck with that setup?
Super late reply, but yup. No issues, going on 3 years.
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