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      02-07-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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Front mount intercooler discussion.

I'm wondering what do you guys think?
It's about time for me to start boostin' even more. I am looking into the VRSF 7" FMIC. If that doesn't fit, then the 5".*
They are priced extremely well for the benefits. Like, $300-$400 range new.*

Does anyone have the VRSF on the n55?
I've asked before, but I am a little eh about putting any n54 one on. The last thing I want to do again is buy one and hack away to make it fit.

Some guy was selling a new Big Tom n54 one for $300 shipped.
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      02-07-2013, 06:58 PM   #2
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I went with the Helix FMIC. I can't comment from personal experience as I haven't installed it yet, but they advertise no trimming is required. Build quality seems nice, and N55 models come with an additional hard pipe over the N54 models.

From my research it seems like a pretty popular option, but I would recommend doing some searching of your own too so you can make your own decision.
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      02-07-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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Our intercooler fits both N54 & N55

The N55 models include a new lower charge pipe to replace the OEM plastic piece.
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      02-07-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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Our intercooler fits both N54 & N55

The N55 models include a new lower charge pipe to replace the OEM plastic piece.
Do I need to cut anything? what's the price range.
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      02-08-2013, 06:14 AM   #5
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I have the ER fmic, CP, drop in filter, PROcede and love it - trimming to fit the fmic was required but the gains were substantial, will hit the dyno in a couple of weeks and guessing 320hp or there about ...not bad for the supposedly under powered n55 ha!

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      02-08-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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I have the active autowerke race intercooler and it's been great the car pulls a lot harder now. Yes I had to trim a lot but I didn't really care since that plastic isn't needed.
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      02-08-2013, 10:25 AM   #7
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I have the ER fmic, CP, drop in filter, PROcede and love it - trimming to fit the fmic was required but the gains were substantial, will hit the dyno in a couple of weeks and guessing 320hp or there about ...not bad for the supposedly under powered n55 ha!

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be sure to post your dyno results...curious the gains without DPs
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I would highly recomend the Godspeed aka BIG TIM intercooler. Has been great on my car and is huge compared to alot of the other aftermarket IC out there and have seen good gains. I sourced the piping and was less then $350, some trimming of the shroud was needed but nothing that is noticible at all.
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      02-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #9
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ETS 5 inch is extremely high quality and perfect fitment. I installed it myself. Zero trimming. Has an N55 specific pipe. This IC costs more than some low cost options but is extremely popular and well proven across N54 and N55.
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ETS, ER, and Helix are the best. Pick one of the three.
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I have the Helix and no trimming was required. Provided great results.

I also have it for sale if interested since I'm parting out my car.
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My vote is ER for the N55 and you should think about replacing the stock charge pipe as its prone to failure.

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Our intercooler fits both N54 & N55

The N55 models include a new lower charge pipe to replace the OEM plastic piece.
Are your 2.75" connectors back in stock yet?
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I would highly recomend the Godspeed aka BIG TIM intercooler. Has been great on my car and is huge compared to alot of the other aftermarket IC out there and have seen good gains. I sourced the piping and was less then $350, some trimming of the shroud was needed but nothing that is noticible at all.
I second this. I have the Big Tom IC and it's really great. I'm against using cheap parts, but I did a lot of research and the Big Tom IC is really a great product. I believe the core is the exact same one that AA uses. With all parts, installation (including some minor custom fab work), I think it cost me about $450, though I got a deal on the core.
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The end tanks look the same, but to say they are the same core in terms of internal and external fin pack based on an assumption is a pretty bold statement..
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The end tanks look the same, but to say they are the same core in terms of internal and external fin pack based on an assumption is a pretty bold statement..
I said that I believe they are the same. That's what I have read multiple times as well as discussed with people who have the Big Tom IC and AA IC. I don't know if it is true or not, but regardless, the Big Tom IC is a good option.
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