Originally Posted by basco
looks like someone is mocking up a FMIC
Not just any FMIC though......
150% frontal area compared to Perrin TMIC (currenly 121 sq inches of core facing oncoming air) - goal of 185 or so square inches.
75% of core open to air (aka not covered by bumper or bumper beam)
What's that you said? Maintain stock bumper beam
No more than five couplers (one at throttle body, one at turbo flange, two at end tanks, one for cold side pipe). I should be able to make the hot side one solid welded pipe, and the cold side will need to be two pieces. That's it, less couplers the better.
I've been in talks with Mickey at Oswald Performance. He makes lightweight aluminum bumper beams as well as tubular subframes for the WRX/STI. He just got around to finalizing his 08+ WRX/STI bumper beams (front for now, rear coming soon) and I'll be using his bumper beam. His is 6lbs, stock is 19. I say in talks, I just mean communicating via email, no sponsorship or anything silly like that, just bouncing ideas off each other.
Stay tuned, the clutch is first on the list to cover (at least financially), then I'll tackle the Oswald Performance bumper beam and actually getting around to the FMIC/Piping. Damn me and my never, ever use credit cards to cover what I want to do to the car. Cash is king.
So far this is what I'm looking at for the FMIC/Pipes/BPV
Treadstone Performance Core/Endtanks - core is 8"x3.5"x24"
Piping - Bunch of straight lengths, few 90's, one 180, some more 45's.
BPV - Tial 50mm BPV. It's their new recirc BPV. I'll need to weld on a v-band flange to the IC piping but that's it.
All in I'm looking about $700 in materials and labor once I sell off the Perrin TMIC for pretty cheap. It'll be one hell of a cheap FMIC, and I get the fun of doing it all myself, with exception to the piping fabrication. I'll get them mocked up and cut, I just don't possess good aluminum welding skills or a tig welder.