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Old 05-06-2014, 12:26 AM   #1
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I installed the FMIC kit from process west on my 13 WRX last weekend and just got it tuned today.
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The core in particular is of very high quality. All the piping and such seems to be nice as well. Considering most FMIC kits are going to have slight fitment issues, the install with this went fairly smoothly. I did strip out a couple of the included worm gear clamps, once I found how tight I could go without breaking them though, it went fine haha. Oh and I did have to trim quite a lot more plastic out of the bumper than the directions stated, but no big deal.
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I added the intake and the intercooler at the same time. The previous tune was at 305whp/326tq. The intake and intercooler combo made 345whp/357tq at 18.5psi. The majority of that gain was definitely the intercooler.
Boost does come on slightly later which is to be expected coming from the tiny stock one. Other than that drive-ability is even smoother than before off boost actually, and when boost hits, it hits hard but smooth. I'm sure the tuning plays a large roll in that. I just figured I would share my impressions because this is not a very common kit. I would definitely recommend it. great kit and good results.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:47 PM   #2
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Damn! This is what I've been looking for! I wanted to pull the trigger for my 2013 WRX, but I'm semi-nervous at doing so with no write ups.

This thing sounds awesome!

I've only been working on my car for the last year or so, I'm still fairly new, and not many huge installs under my belt, would you say this might be out of my league installing by myself?

What did you use to cut the bumper pieces, a dremel?

Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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Good write up, especially on the PW FMIC since a lot of people run the top mount…Process West seems to be on point with their products
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:31 PM   #4
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Damn! This is what I've been looking for! I wanted to pull the trigger for my 2013 WRX, but I'm semi-nervous at doing so with no write ups.

This thing sounds awesome!

I've only been working on my car for the last year or so, I'm still fairly new, and not many huge installs under my belt, would you say this might be out of my league installing by myself?

What did you use to cut the bumper pieces, a dremel?

Thanks!
I've only been modding this for about a year and half, and this was the biggest DIY thing I have done so far, and it wasn't bad. As long as you have some mechanical ability and you take your time, it is not a hard install. Another set of hands would make things much easier too im sure, I ended up installing this solo. The included directions are pretty helpful with the install, straight forward once you get started. I used a very sharp carpet knife and a very steady hand to cut the bumper. If you have a dremel definitely use that though, much safer lol.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:55 PM   #5
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345 to the wheels?
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:04 AM   #6
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345 to the wheels?
Yup, to the wheels. Pro-tuned by Andy at R/T Tuning in Lansdale PA. From other people that I've talked to, R/T s dyno reads pretty neutrally. By that I mean it doesn't read high, but it's no a heart breaker either lol.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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Thanks for the post! I've been debating about the FMIC or the TMIC from them. I'm trying to decide if the power or response is worth more. This made the decision a lot harder!
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #8
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Thanks for the post! I've been debating about the FMIC or the TMIC from them. I'm trying to decide if the power or response is worth more. This made the decision a lot harder!
There is definitely more lag than with the stocker or PW TMIC as expected, but it's really not bad at all. The tune makes all the difference. I personally like the little bit more lag because when the boost hits, it's that much more exciting. It depends what you want do with the car too. For Street fun, I think the TMIC is maybe a bit more fun because of the better response. But for drag racing, or auto cross/ tracking, the FMIC is the better way to go. I was rite in line at with 2 other wrxs at the last event I went to, both with TMIC, and even with there hoods open between runs, there intercoolers were still pretty darn hot to the touch. Can't go wrong with process west though.
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:16 PM   #9
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Here are some more recent pics of the engine bay and piping. Also I don't have a pic of the new and stock cores next to each other but here are two photos showing the difference in size with my hand as a reference (lol). The new core is also more than 2 times thicker as well.






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Old 09-04-2014, 03:35 PM   #10
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Nice gains. The lag you're experiencing over stock are from the need to pressurize and additional 10-12ft of 2 1/4 inch piping compared to a TMIC. That's a lot of volume for a stock VF52 and just takes time. With larger turbos, the lag time is noticeably reduced with a FMIC. Looks good. I'm jealous man.
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What size injectors are you running.
Are you using the stock turbo.
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:23 AM   #12
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Nice gains. The lag you're experiencing over stock are from the need to pressurize and additional 10-12ft of 2 1/4 inch piping compared to a TMIC. That's a lot of volume for a stock VF52 and just takes time. With larger turbos, the lag time is noticeably reduced with a FMIC. Looks good. I'm jealous man.
Thanks I appreciate the compliment. A bigger turbo is on my mind, but first this summer im going to upgrade the fueling system and see what hp I can squeeze out of that little vf52 on an E85 tune.
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Wait a tick. So you made 345 whp on stock fuel on pump with the VF52? Yeah..that dyno reads high. Real high.

In other news, do you need to remove the crash beam or does it bolt up to the stock one?
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sorry to crush your dreams, but with a stock fuel system and stock turbo there is no way you were making 300+ hp before the intercooler. even with the intercooler it's still reading high. I have far more done than you and i'm not even making 300 hp. but of course that was on a mustang dyno (the heart breaker). but yeah i'm gonna be getting one of these when i get a bigger turbo.
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sorry to crush your dreams, but with a stock fuel system and stock turbo there is no way you were making 300+ hp before the intercooler. even with the intercooler it's still reading high. I have far more done than you and i'm not even making 300 hp. but of course that was on a mustang dyno (the heart breaker). but yeah i'm gonna be getting one of these when i get a bigger turbo.
Tend to agree that is a generous number.

Btw, unless you had your car repainted your profile is wrong. 2012 didn't have Spark Silver as an option, you have Ice Silver.
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surprisingly it has nice fitment with the cobb sf! alot of fmic kits dont play nice with it
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sorry to crush your dreams, but with a stock fuel system and stock turbo there is no way you were making 300+ hp before the intercooler. even with the intercooler it's still reading high. I have far more done than you and i'm not even making 300 hp. but of course that was on a mustang dyno (the heart breaker). but yeah i'm gonna be getting one of these when i get a bigger turbo.
Yeah R/T's dyno does seem to read a bit high after talking to some other people who go there. I have a friend with an 04 Sti tuned on a different dyno by a different tuner, he makes 324whp/343wtq. I can pull on his car (but not by much) roll racing or drag. I'm sure driver skill plays a part, but if I can consistently pull on his car on the highway, I feel like those numbers are not to far off from being pretty accurate. Regardless though, the power gained from just adding the intake and intercooler was substantial. My butt dyno says so lol.

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How do you like the process west fmic?
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Yeah R/T's dyno does seem to read a bit high after talking to some other people who go there. I have a friend with an 04 Sti tuned on a different dyno by a different tuner, he makes 324whp/343wtq. I can pull on his car (but not by much) roll racing or drag. I'm sure driver skill plays a part, but if I can consistently pull on his car on the highway, I feel like those numbers are not to far off from being pretty accurate. Regardless though, the power gained from just adding the intake and intercooler was substantial. My butt dyno says so lol.
Reads way too high, on a mustang you won't even break 300, assuming it reads 230whp stock/baseline. Best way to check is to see what a stock wrx is rated on that dyno, I'd say 260-270whp if it's pulling that much...

My point is, see if you can find out what the gain is from stock to stg2.
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How much did you get the TMIC for?
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Reads way too high, on a mustang you won't even break 300, assuming it reads 230whp stock/baseline. Best way to check is to see what a stock wrx is rated on that dyno, I'd say 260-270whp if it's pulling that much...

My point is, see if you can find out what the gain is from stock to stg2.
That's a good point, the next time I go in to r/t I'll ask what an average stock baseline is. The closest thing I have to a baseline on that Dyno for my car is, on Cobb stage 2 OTS (muffler deletes, downpipe, ebcs) it did 272whp I don't remember the torque.

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Just an update on the car/Intercooler. A couple months ago a tow truck backed into my car while I was working. The car was parked. Anyway he smashed the bumper and the grill pretty good, and did get the Intercooler a little bit. I was beyond furious at the time. Anyway I got the system leak tested after that and, no leaks at all! I can't say enough about how great this kit is, and it's obviously very durable haha. Since the accident the car has been dipped, some recent pictures :




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does the piping from the turbo go in between the motor and frame, or on the other side of the frame like where most col air intakes go.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1...D550/ry%3D400/

this is what i want to aviod. btw this the picture is like the fms and turbo xs intercooler
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also why do you have 2 cars
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also why do you have 2 cars
Looks like a silver wrap
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