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Old 11-03-2006, 09:38 PM   #1
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Default SSAutochrome TMIC - 03 WRX (actually X02 Racing)

I bought a used ssautochrome TMIC from eBay, these are the parts used to make it fit my 2003 WRX:

- autodynasty Y-pipe kit
- 3" long by 2.75" inner diameter silicon hose for throttle body (sporthoses.com)
- various washers
- dremel






- I trimmed just over 1/2", possibly 5/8" from the TB hose to allow the TMIC to fit good. Three inches is just too long and won't allow the intercooler to sit down far enough. Using a TB hose of proper length should keep the intercooler away from your AC lines.
- I used some metal and rubber washers as spacers for the mounting brackets. I used 4-6 washers under the TMIC on the passenger side to get it to level up enough. I need to get a picture for that.
- I used the dremel to shave a little bit from the driver-side bracket (the bracket attached to the engine). This bracket might interfer a bit with getting the intercooler to line up on the passenger side.
- I couldn't get the passenger side to come down any further because the coolant line from the turbo is wedged between the compressor and TMIC.

Final verdict:
It might not be as plug-n-play as more expensive intercoolers but for what I paid it required little work to get fitted properly and it functions fine.

My pump gas tune made 253WHP (conservatively) and 277.7WHP on 100 octane on a Dyno Dynamics dyno; stock 2.0L WRX dyno'd 145WHP.
VF22, STi injectors, fuel pump, TMIC, XEDE computer.

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Some pictures after having this TMIC for a while:

Still straight. I've had to switch back to a hacked Samco Y hose because I tightened the SSAC Y hose too much and it cracked a bit.


Using the rubber washers as spacers is what's most likely causing the TMIC to look like this. I'm going to put some more metal washers under the passenger side mount to level it up.


Pushed all the way down. Getting a TB hose the proper length will let the TMIC sit all the way down and guaranteeing it not to rub on the AC lines. Washers go UNDER the bracket to bring it up level.


This is what I mean when I talk of trimming the driver side mounting bracket. Notice where the rust is on the black bracket, that's where trimming should be done.
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Old 11-04-2006, 10:42 PM   #2
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Thanks, do you think there is room for a strut tower brace with that TMIC ??
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:41 AM   #3
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yes strut braces DO fit with this IC. I have a 06 and it fits with the cusco bar
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Old 11-06-2006, 12:18 PM   #4
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I have an 02 with this TMIC and a STi (ebay) replica strut bar, it fits TIGHT. I've got a piece of foam rubber inbetween to minimize rubbing when the engine torques over.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:59 PM   #5
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djerickd - What IC hoses did you use? The ones included with the ssautochrome TMIC kit? I just ordered this package and it should be here either today or tomorrow. I have a 2002 WRX and already have Perrin IC hoses on there. Still wondering if I can use the Perrin, or have to resort to using the cast pieces included with the ssautochrome TMIC kit.
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:11 PM   #6
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I used the ones that came in the TMIC kit. I sold my Samco's to offset the cost.
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:50 AM   #7
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Got my SSAutoChrome TMIC in last night, and it was in pristine condition with no dents, scratches, or dings. IC hoses are 4-ply silicone with some cast Y pieces that attach to the back-top of the IC.
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:23 PM   #8
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I hit those cast y-pipes with a dremel to remove some material on the inlets. If you have better tools, I would recommend trying to knife edge those as much as possible because the ones I recieved were pretty rough.
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Old 11-22-2006, 09:52 AM   #9
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I hit those cast y-pipes with a dremel to remove some material on the inlets. If you have better tools, I would recommend trying to knife edge those as much as possible because the ones I recieved were pretty rough.
That's interesting, cause mine were really quite smooth on the inside. I guess with the casting process its a toss-up to find what you end up getting from the eBay sale! I'm quite happy with my SS AutoChrome and haven't had any issues with it at all!
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Old 11-27-2006, 04:26 PM   #10
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Oh yeah, I was gonna mention this earlier, but I have the STI-replica strut tower braces and the SS AutoChrome TMIC fits just fine with that strut bar.
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Right now I have an STI tmic. Im upgradeing to an FP TD06sl2 20g. Does anyone know if the SSautochrome tmic is better than sti tmic. I do not autocross.....basically a street daily driver w/ occasional drag.
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I think I got the same TMIC but Im having problems trying to get it to fit. It seems way to big for my 02 wrx, what is the size of this TMIC just to make sure I got the same one
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Right now I have an STI tmic. Im upgradeing to an FP TD06sl2 20g. Does anyone know if the SSautochrome tmic is better than sti tmic. I do not autocross.....basically a street daily driver w/ occasional drag.
Get an answer to this at all man? I am wondering the same thing... if instead of dropping $800 on the STi intercooler for my 05 wrx if I can just run this SSautochrome one instead...because I am going to need it to run a VF39 turbo and the COBB map along with it says STi intercooler but i don't know if this one will work
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