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Old 09-10-2020, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Cusco TMIC Protector Fit Aftermarket?

I have a process west TMIC on my 04. I was curious if the Cusco screen protector will fit over that or is it only rated to fit on OEM WRX / STi Intercooler?

I think its called the Intercool Protection Net but its not specific on if it will work on aftermarket TMICs.

If you guys know a better one, please link it to me - appreciate it
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:06 PM   #2
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Seriously, you don't need this. But it's your money so spend it as you wish.
This is nothing more than a marketing gimmick to separate your from your money.

I never had any clogging issues as the product item describes, and we have lots of leaves everywhere in the fall coming down for a couple of months up here.

At most, once in a while I might pick some bee or something out of one of the fins but that is rarely necessary.
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:03 PM   #3
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I remember seeing a picture of a bird that got sucked into someones good scoop but its kinda a exception to the rule
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Old 09-11-2020, 10:12 AM   #4
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I use gutter guard on both of my cars. Roll was like $6

Nothing is going to clog it like the guys said. Mine is purely aesthetic. The top mount on my LGT is 13 yrs old. Barely has any bent fins. Twice a year I pull out an ice pick and tiny flat head and spend 30 min straightening the fins. Do I need to do this NO. There is no performance gain. I just like un-mashed fins. Also helpful for twigs, bees, acorns and the like.

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Old 09-11-2020, 10:15 AM   #5
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It happened to me before I sucked in a bird in my 04 hood scoop, didnt cause to much damage to the IC, maybe a few bent fins..

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I remember seeing a picture of a bird that got sucked into someones good scoop but its kinda a exception to the rule
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Old 09-11-2020, 10:37 AM   #6
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Had the 04 STi hood scoop with the TMIC and FMIC without any screen or "protector", never had a issue. Had a plastic bag hang up on it once or a big leaf but that it. Never any damage. Now if you are doing Rally where there are rocks flying at your car then ya. But at the point i wold be more worried about eh windshield.
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Old 09-11-2020, 12:00 PM   #7
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Sorry for my ignorance - I'm a new (to me) 04 WRX owner so this is my first turbo. I replaced the TMIC and just wanted to avoid the vents getting pitted in by debris. Apparently the Cusco item I'm looking at doesn't seem to be what I am expecting to be...
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Old 09-12-2020, 03:37 PM   #8
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Not a problem. How is one expected to learn if they never ask questions?

All we are saying is that your money is better spent elsewhere, like fuel.

There are a lot of things out there that are no more than marketing gimmicks and totally unnecessary.
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Old 09-30-2020, 07:46 PM   #9
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I actually also really appreciate this thread!
I was debating on buying this to prevent bent fins, but the more I read about it, the more it seems like bent fins don't really cause issues and you can just fix them yourself.

So good thing to know I don't need to buy this since it's actually pretty expensive in Canada.
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