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Old 11-06-2010, 11:46 PM   #51
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Well I just got done installing this and aside of some minor stupid **** it was pretty painless.

This thing really makes the wrx tmic look puny.



It was pretty straight for ward, worst part was the BOV bolts.

here they are side by side



INstall was basic but not super easy. I did have to bend the ac line in back a bit to get it to go in. And I also had to pull the front lines up toward the fron as far as posible as well. But it pretty much fell right into place. Def an easy swap.
I ended up just extedning the left side braket with a small brace. Then I had to use the old bushing from the old tmic to keep it from hiting the wastegate.



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I dont know if its me but it seems its pitched a bit more than the old one my bov is also almost hiting the intake



any one else get this? all in all was pretty simple no brainer install. I think I only said GFD like twice maybe...lol
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:14 AM   #52
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Very nice.

Now get started with the bellows....
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:22 AM   #53
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What materials and fabrication did you do for the passenger side extension brace? Did you have to drill a hole on the driver side bracket?
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:35 AM   #54
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I ordered subaru part number #89fnr8949thht994jnmf9 :
"subaru superhackextendobar"

jk.... just a regular 4" cromemollied bracket from the hard ware store. I got the four hole one for better options. Get the really thisck one too.
I lined up the last holes and bolted it into the old TMIC bracket using the original bracket bolt as well, Then I put in the new TMIC lined up the bracket and marked the hole. took out TMIC and drilled it(the new bracket not the tmic!) while it was bolted in place. I put a medium size towel underneath to catch the shavings. Then....put back the tmic back in. slipped one of the old rubber bushings in as a spacer and....voila!
Becarefull drilling dont wanna slip and hit your turbo HS ....or something else...lol.

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Old 11-07-2010, 09:47 AM   #55
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Very nice.

Now get started with the bellows....
This is my only concern. I noticed that this intercooler sits directly over the turbo. I hope this wont negate any benefit i get from having this. next week im going to fabricate a stainless heat shield to sit over the turbo to deflect heat. Incidently I already have the jdm sti bugeye splitter and bellows. came with the car.
I bought this because:
it was cheap, cheaper than older sti intercooler, and WAY cheaper then jdm one. Its also a lot bigger than old sti tmic.
one of these days Ill go txs tm or a spearco. But im on a budget and this will make a good test. who knows maybe it will perform just as good!
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:43 AM   #56
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I don't know which body your car is, but if it's a bugeye and you're fitting bugeye everything on it, here's what I reccomend:

The Bugeye Sti scoop. If you have the splitter but not the scoop, the splitter won't even fit your scoop.

The splitter, as well as the bellows will need to be modified, even from a JDM sti:
It will have to be extended in length towards the turbo.
The splitter will have to be cut, (the passenger side wall) and moved to the side probably 1-2 inches. The bellows will have to be patched with glued bellows pieces.

As far as this being effective:

With the bellows fitting into the intercooler 1/4" all around and the splitter taking full advantage of the JDM scoop, I am able to support 19.5 PSi out of my evo III 16g, to where my tuner would have been able to leave me with 21 PSI without worried about knock, tuning done in July.

The intercoolers you mention are bar and plate, have a higher flow, less pressure drop, but most likely feature less temperature drop.
Many present those being "cool to the touch" as evidence of them being appropriate.
I think cool to the touch means less heat exchanged. Hot to the touch means the air that just passed had it's temperature dropped lower.

You're trading flow for temperature drop and it's a good trade, I think.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:49 AM   #57
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Ken, if you're in Long Island, we can meet and you can measure the exact location for the driver's side new bracket mounting hole off of my car.

Then you can buy from Home Depot for roughly $12 the drill&tap kit that firts the factory bolt and complete the installation.

The location does not need to be accurate to the last decimal, because the rubber mounts will allow for positioning within reason.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:33 PM   #58
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Hey Vlad, that would be cool. What area you in? I'm always in Westbury area.

Hey evil, now about that bracket, you talking about this one? The one in the center of the picture, I used it to keep my supertones apart. If this IS it, I would be surprised that the holes lined up right with the passenger side bracket because the holes on this home depot bracket are in a zig-zag pattern. Please let me know.
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:31 PM   #59
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whutchutalkinbout willis...yeah that one right there...lol
Yeah its a regular homedepot/HW store bracket.
The holes are off center which is why I only fastened it to the last hole on the oem bracket. The bolt is to thick for the HD bracket holes so ya gotta drill em out bigger.
Then mock up the IC to the bracket, line em up ( obviously grommets are removed)and mark with a sharpie where to drill. So you are making to pre-drilled holes in the homed depot bracket large enough for original IC bolt to go through.

And this just in. Took her out for a test drive and the difference was noticed right away. I didnt really get on it to hard and didnt go past 80 but my boost has smoothed out. I was having this issue of my boost "pulsating" like someone blowing up a balloon, having to stop and take breaths to fill it up.
Maybe its a coincidence but it seems to have cleared up. Ill have it re-tuned once I get my other goodies on.

Vlad I have the jdm sti splitter and it fits fine with the stock usdm oem scoop. But yeah I needs me dat jdm goodness scoop!
Yeah I figured I would have to mod the splitter cause it doesnt quite cover the whole intercooler toward the turbo.
Im gonna start on the bellows next week. Does subaru sell replacement bellows? Was wondering if I should pick up one instead of patching something together.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:40 PM   #60
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No, the 2008 fits the intercooler into the scoop in a really weird way. It's somehow ducted.
I looked at the parts diagram trying to find something that I could order from the dealer, from the 2008 Sti, but it just didn't work for me..
The JDM scoop angles up differently, I thought the splitter follows that. I'm glad it works for you..
Get the JDM prepainted scoop from the wheeldude..
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:01 AM   #61
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LOL, my bad, I meant this one.



for the horns, I also had the drill the holes bigger since the stud was just a little too big.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:29 AM   #62
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Get the JDM prepainted scoop from the wheeldude..
got a link..never heard of wheel dude lol.
And thanks for making this thread a lot of helpfull info from you.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:53 AM   #63
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You're welcome
Wheeldude is the former scoobydude. He expanded business in the other cars as well. He's the main provider of rotas and can be found at wheeldude.com.

Each time there's a V7 Sti scoop available used, people jump like wolves, you don't even have a chance to buy it and by the time the war is over, the sale price is maybe $10 lower than what the wheeldude sells it for.

He buys JDM unpainted, I think, then paints it for your needs.
I got WRB from him and there was no problem with paint matching the rest of the car.
besides, around 100k miles, the paint starts to flake off the OEM scoop, especially the WRB ones.

Once I installed the JDM scoop, I had to go back to my modified splitter (I used a USDM WRX one) and bend it to catch the whole flow of this scoop. You will not have to do that.

As far as the bellows/moulding, I found a local guy on the forum that was selling one. I may have posted in the WTB section.
Once I had an additional moulding, I found a 2 minutes hardening epoxy at Peop Boys and patched/extended the moulding as needed.

1 year later is still holds.

I open my hood more often than most; always something new to try, test or check.

Ken, I'm in the same neighborhood sometimes, I'll PM you to meet maybe next weekend.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:31 PM   #64
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Hey Vlad, and others who posted, thanks for all of your info and help but I decided to go with the Process West TMIC.

I'm going to post up the 08 STi TMIC I have for sale in the next few days with the 07 STi splitter and bellows and a Stylin Motors 90 elbow.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:54 PM   #65
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Vlad,
Thank you so much for the tread and all the useful information.
I'm upgrading my 02 and I'm hoping to use the 2013 intercooler.

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Hey @Vlad, could you please update the pictures, maybe host them on nasioc? Thank you very much for the thread!
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:20 AM   #67
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Mihael, my work was affected by the photobucket meltdown where they took down everyone's pictures. I had to spend close to a week to move the pictures to Imgur. I don't stop by here often and have not yet checked the current status, but your comment has me worried that now imgur may be looking for money and taking people's pictures down.
Let me see..
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:36 PM   #68
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Clean D!! I've been waiting for my bug to comeback so I can do this mod. Is the GS splitter needed?
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The Grimmspeed shroud fits much better over the intercooler core, it was necessary on my 92x. The scoop has a small opening and the original shroud is designed for the small core that came on 02-05 wrx motors.
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