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post #1 of 17 Old 09-16-2006, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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front mount really worth it

I was wondering if doing a from mount intercooler was really worth the time, money, and effort. I'm mean I know you gain by getting more cold, and denser air, but do you really gain that much more power. It seems to me your money could be spent in better ways at first like in suspension and other areas. Let me know whats up if I'm wrong
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Go with the ebay top mount unless you are really serious about modding.
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You dont need a FMIC until you have a pretty serious turbo in there. If you are running the stock turbo, you have many other things to take care of.

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A bigger better topmount is a good addition to any turbo.
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I see what your saying. A front mount is more for a biger upgraded turbo. But I have seen like the perring topmount and stuff witch are bigger then stock. I might just go with one of those
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Perrin is way expensive Ebay intercooler FTW!
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You should look at flow numbers. If the biggest top mount does not flow enough for the size turbo you are running than go with a bigger front mount. The main reason you would need a front mount is because you can't fit something that big on top of the engine bay.

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can a stock sti fmic fit on the 02 rex???also is it worth getting the sti one or the other aftermarket ones like from ebay?
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ive seen tmic used up to 450whp before. but when you hit that range you should go FMIC. but that just shows, tmic is good for a long ass time. use that extra money on a radiator and stuff.
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I would use a TMIC for a VF39 and FP18g and whatnot, but anything bigger heat soak just kills your HP numbers, which is why FMIC's are good.

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STI is just a bigger version of the junky wrx tube and fin intercooler. Ebay is a much much better design which offers better cooling and much less pressure drop because of its bar and plate design. Don't waste your $$ with a sti intercooler.
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Doesn't putting a front mount make the hood scoop basicly worthless? Plus I'd be too nervous I'd hit something head on and f it up.

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oops!!did i say a stock sti fmic?? i meant the stock sti tmic.anyways you guys are telling me that the ebay tmic is better than the stock sti ones, but which tmic from ebay.what brand and whose the seller.i meant theres a shit load of tmic in ebay, i just want you guys to be more specific.thanks for the replies.and oh yeah i just got a helix tbe and a cobb ap installed, what mods should i do next???i'm thinking about putting an aftermarket camshafts but i don't know yet.
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Do bigger cams after you do a bigger turbo. That's when you'll see the most gain.

As for the FMIC, if you're worried about something hitting it, put some mesh in front of it.

The ebay TMIC in question is sold by many, but mostly SSAutoChrome.

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Yeah, the SSAutoChrome stuff is okay quality, better than a lot of 'em.

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