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#136 Old 11-23-2011, 01:39 AM
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so i got bored tonight. i was looking at some pics of the Grillcraft stuff and i figured i can do that! so i went to home depot and got some mesh stuff back in the concrete section. 2'x8' is all they had but it was only $7.50. then i got a few 1/4x48" steel rods for $3 a each. ¼” small was really easy to bend in my hands. then i just got to work. bent it where i needed it bent and welded the ends together.

after the bending i cut the mesh and zip tied it down to my outline structure if you will. i tried to weld it but the mesh would just exploded. being paper thin it was just too hard to weld to 1/4" thick rod. then i welded a few 1" rods on and drilled a few holes in my bumper. then i just zip tied everything down but not before i did a few coats of Plasti Dip paint.

the main reasons i want this is my FMIC looks like shit from winters (yes I even tried sanding to remove the corrosion). also when i was cutting my bumper out for the FMIC i slipped twice with the razor blade and made a few boo boo's. now with this dark block kind of thing it hides everything pretty damn good. i just hope in the summer it doesn’t kill my FMIC by not letting it cool off enough. i know people said this was a problem with the Grillcraft piece when running it and a TMIC.

since i no longer have a TMIC i need the hood scope blocked off. i hate how dirty the engine gets in winter and since my TB and mani are reversed my TB connector and wires are exposed right there in the hole. water and snow cannot be good for them. im going to do the same thing with the mesh but im going to then make a plate and block the scoop off all together. i just need some thin steel plate, weld, zip tie, and paint.

what do you guys think? Ill get better pics tomorrow in the sun. well if there is such thing anymore around here!!





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Looks pretty good Scott.

Yeah Grillcraft is an arm and a leg for sure.

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I would find a permanent way to mount the grille though... Zip ties don't last too long in the sun.

Also, I ran a test with the mesh that came with my CF hood and you'd be surprised how much it disturbs airflow past it. Take a piece and put it between your hand and a fan, you'll hopefully see what I'm talking about. Not sure if it just evens out the air so you don't feel it as much, or if it really does block some airflow.

Either way, that's a pretty good job ya did there.

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I had a grillcraft piece on my hoodscoop on my 07 and it really did stop a ton of air.

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Somebody needs to buy an anemometer to really test this out....

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Well what I can do is drive around for X amount of time. Since I'm blow through I can see intake temps after the FMIC. Do a bunch of runs or same route a few times with and without. Then see how much the temp is elevated. If it blocks air but doesn't affect temps then no big deal.

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I would normally agree (NOW).

Summer is a different beast down here (not that it matters to YOU, but you get the gist).

But I'm certain that if it blocks air in any way, it will cause a temp change.

But I'd do what you have in mind for now. Good idea.

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Well what I can do is drive around for X amount of time. Since I'm blow through I can see intake temps after the FMIC. Do a bunch of runs or same route a few times with and without. Then see how much the temp is elevated. If it blocks air but doesn't affect temps then no big deal.
Time for science!

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I did have a revelation. The 08-10 WRX only aloud like 50% of the FMIC to breath. The 11 also only allows like 50% unless you cut that 1.5" black lip off under the license plate. I'm one of the few that cut that off also. So when you add it all up and include the mesh I'm back to like 50% exposed. So I should be good!

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Have to think about what's behind the IC as well.

Some guys on my platform have elevated collant temps from FMIC's

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^Same with us.... There's a thread on nasioc titled something like "Coolant Temps with FMIC?."

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Hmm well if someone has a FMIC tell me the coolant temp and I'll check mine. Then someone with TMIC check and we'll compare. I do remember when on the dyno which is as hot as a radiator should get because of the lack of air flow both my TMIC and FMIC would get as low as like 185* then heat up to like 205* and kick the fan on. I personally don't remember seeing much change.

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Scott, your specs still show an 09








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Lol but my sig








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^ That's SNAFU

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Let it go Scott..... hahahaha

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