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      10-25-2007, 10:53 PM   #23
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Is the engine running any cooler than usual? Or is that just the oil cooler than helps that
temp went down from 250 to 235 ...
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      11-08-2007, 06:24 PM   #24
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thank you for the DIY and many pics - and revealing all the "fun" details
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Dude, You are awesome.. great pictures and great reviw. Thank you soo much for the write up, it looks very nice.
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      11-08-2007, 06:36 PM   #26
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Heres a pic of mine from the front with the Spearco...
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Really nice DIY, great photos of the tricky parts. I would clamp a guide for the cutting part. This is a key mod.
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      08-11-2008, 01:54 PM   #28
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It is very easy to cut that part and if you try to fit the intercooler without cutting you will understand right away which part you need to cut. It is much easier compare to AA FMIC.
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do the wheels have to come off for this. i only have rhino ramps
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very nice i hope to be picking up a fmic very soon
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do the wheels have to come off for this. i only have rhino ramps
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no..just front bumper.
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Couple of extra tips I learned from my install:

1) Don't waste your time messing with the passenger side boost tube (picture below), just dremel the metal band off. If you ever return your car to stock you can just use another T-clamp.

2) Take your time when you put the new tubing on. It's key that the "S" shaped tubing that goes to the charge pipe is angled just right or else it makes the install 10x harder. If the intercooler doesn't go in pretty easily (less than 10 minutes), pull it off and adjust the "S" pipe angle then try again.
3) Make sure you pre-install both the (a) driver side and (b) passenger side piping before you even lift the FMIC.
4) The straight tube on the passenger side has tight clearance, so I torqued the top clamp (closer to the engine) before I lifted the FMIC into place.
5) BEST TIP I"VE GOT: Use some WD-40 to lubricate the inside of both rubber tubes. This helps the FMIC slide into place way easier (I learned this the 2nd time I did it

It's actually not too bad of an install. It just takes some time to remove the wheels, wheel wells, fog lights, bumper, and undertray. I know I've seen guys do it without removing the wheels and wheel wells, but I'm a big guy and definitely appreciated having the extra space to manuever.

Anyway, best of luck to those doing it themselves and enjoy the new FMIC!
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Couple of extra tips I learned from my install:

1) Don't waste your time messing with the passenger side boost tube (picture below), just dremel the metal band off. If you ever return your car to stock you can just use another T-clamp.

2) Take your time when you put the new tubing on. It's key that the "S" shaped tubing that goes to the charge pipe is angled just right or else it makes the install 10x harder. If the intercooler doesn't go in pretty easily (less than 10 minutes), pull it off and adjust the "S" pipe angle then try again.
3) Make sure you pre-install both the (a) driver side and (b) passenger side piping before you even lift the FMIC.
4) The straight tube on the passenger side has tight clearance, so I torqued the top clamp (closer to the engine) before I lifted the FMIC into place.
5) BEST TIP I"VE GOT: Use some WD-40 to lubricate the inside of both rubber tubes. This helps the FMIC slide into place way easier (I learned this the 2nd time I did it

It's actually not too bad of an install. It just takes some time to remove the wheels, wheel wells, fog lights, bumper, and undertray. I know I've seen guys do it without removing the wheels and wheel wells, but I'm a big guy and definitely appreciated having the extra space to manuever.

Anyway, best of luck to those doing it themselves and enjoy the new FMIC!
NIce write up. I have the spearco and its a well made product. makes the most difference when your running a tune as the extra boost mean you need to cool the air down quicker.
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Op trimmed the support to fit in thicker core, but are those screw mounts for the undertray and the lower bumper?
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