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Old 05-14-2019, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default 2018 WRX Trying to choose a FMIC

Hello everyone ,

Im Fairly new to this thread and I had a question on which FMIC to buy for my 2018 wrx. I was looking into TurboXs or the Mishimoto intercooler. Be in mind I live in CA where temperatures are pretty high and which brand would be the best for the car, if anyone has any experience with these intercoolers or had any other in mind please let me know.
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:08 PM   #2
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Talk with your tuner.

Honestly, buy [name brand] and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:09 PM   #3
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^ Agree with "talk to your tuner". Find a tuner you trust then take their advice, since they're the ones who do this for a living and have tuned hundreds/thousands of cars and will have the best real-world experience of which parts are good and which ones aren't so great.

That said, from what I've seen from others, PRL and ETS make good units and are generally regarded as reputable, well-performing brands by tuners and enthusiasts alike. I would stay away from Mishimoto as much as possible.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:45 PM   #4
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You are weeks away from being ready for this topic as you have researched zero.

1. FMICs are not needed until you are making over stock HP. Do you know this?
2. FMICs require an aftermarket intake that works with them and that requires CARB approval. Do you have a matrix of which FMICs work with which CARB approved intakes?
3. Do you know the pros/cons of a FMIC vs a TMIC?
4. Do you know you can likely lose your foglights and/or have to cut your bumper?
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:07 PM   #5
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Buy one where you can EASILY removed. You might not have to smog for another 6 to 7 years, but when you do, you will fail....
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:42 PM   #6
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^ Agree with "talk to your tuner". Find a tuner you trust then take their advice, since they're the ones who do this for a living and have tuned hundreds/thousands of cars and will have the best real-world experience of which parts are good and which ones aren't so great.

That said, from what I've seen from others, PRL and ETS make good units and are generally regarded as reputable, well-performing brands by tuners and enthusiasts alike. I would stay away from Mishimoto as much as possible.
I've done quite a bit of research, but have yet to come across a lot of negative information in regards to Mishimoto products. Could you elaborate a little more? I'll be going front mount soon, and am/was seriously considering Mishimoto.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:11 PM   #7
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What other mods do you have? Are you getting a tune?

I'd go with a Grimmspeed TMIC if you need an upgraded intercooler. You won't need a FMIC unless you plan on going for big power. If you choose to go with a FMIC, I'd go with PRL.

Being that you live in CA where we have terrible quality fuel, my first (and maybe only) performance mod would be to invest in a Cobb AP, Flex Fuel Kit & tune. This will be the biggest bang for the buck and will get you upwards of 300whp on an otherwise stock car for less than $2k.
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:42 AM   #8
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Default Hello thank your for all the reply’s

The mods i have on the car as of rn is
A COBB AP
MAP Intake
MAP JPipe
Invidia R400
TGV&EGR Deletes
IAG AOS Street series
And i do plan on getting a dyno tune from Phatbotti tunning as soon as possible

Ive done quite of bit of research on Intercoolers for this car and what would be the best option for me due to my situation. I am well aware of the pros and cons towards having a TMIC & a FMIC and the reason why i was going for a FMIC is because i plan on tracking the car.

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Old 05-16-2019, 04:51 AM   #9
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The mods i have on the car as of rn is

A COBB AP

MAP Intake

MAP JPipe

Invidia R400

TGV&EGR Deletes

IAG AOS Street series

And i do plan on getting a dyno tune from Phatbotti tunning as soon as possible



Ive done quite of bit of research on Intercoolers for this car and what would be the best option for me due to my situation. I am well aware of the pros and cons towards having a TMIC & a FMIC and the reason why i was going for a FMIC is because i plan on tracking the car.


Since you already know who you want to work on your car and its ultimate purpose...ask the tuner. Listen to them and take their advice.
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:59 AM   #10
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And i do plan on getting a dyno tune from Phatbotti tunning as soon as possible

Ive done quite of bit of research on Intercoolers for this car and what would be the best option for me due to my situation. I am well aware of the pros and cons towards having a TMIC & a FMIC and the reason why i was going for a FMIC is because i plan on tracking the car.
Check out Ron's recommended part list:
https://phatbottituning.com/2015%2B-...d-a694ad2e36f9

He recommends the PRL or ETS FMIC.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:07 AM   #11
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Where do you live? If you have a mild climate I wouldn't bother with a FMIC and get the GS TMIC instead. Other than that, Ron has a very good website where he openly suggests parts he prefers. It's a piece of aluminum with hoses attached, can't really go wrong.
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:12 AM   #12
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Where do you live? If you have a mild climate I wouldn't bother with a FMIC and get the GS TMIC instead. Other than that, Ron has a very good website where he openly suggests parts he prefers. It's a piece of aluminum with hoses attached, can't really go wrong.

I live in CA
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