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      08-08-2009, 09:01 AM   #1
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VK Moterwerks Intercooler Question / Clarification

Ive read several threads on this FMIC, and am looking for clarification from those who have installed it or VK-

Its my understanding that this FMIC requires no cutting on the car, bolts right up, and does NOT require any cutting of, and uses the stock clamps, hoses, couplers, etc etc?

So you could go back to stock and replace your OEM FMIC in short order, and the dealer would never be the wiser? (as the clamps and couplers, etc are the same)


If so this can change my whole desiere to have/not have an upgraded FMIC...
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      08-08-2009, 11:41 AM   #2
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Ive read several threads on this FMIC, and am looking for clarification from those who have installed it or VK-

Its my understanding that this FMIC requires no cutting on the car, bolts right up, and does NOT require any cutting of, and uses the stock clamps, hoses, couplers, etc etc?

So you could go back to stock and replace your OEM FMIC in short order, and the dealer would never be the wiser? (as the clamps and couplers, etc are the same)


If so this can change my whole desiere to have/not have an upgraded FMIC...

That is correct, our fmic uses the stock OEM couplers and mounting points. Here is a video of the install:
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Im sure others can attest to the fitment and performance of this IC.
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Thanks vince - I will keep my eye on the Group buy thread for sure then.... I want a quick change solution I can easly change without the dealer being able to tell... For when my HPFP fails.
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      08-08-2009, 12:49 PM   #4
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Good to see that your thinking proactively vs reactively.
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Good to see that your thinking proactively vs reactively.
lol.. any of us who bought an 08 and up knew/know its going to happen..

Sucks I cant do catlesss downs, but your FMIC using all the stock clamps and such with no cutting, puts a FMIC on my table....

Like I said , eager to hear GB pricing
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Pricing is on $585!
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Sick - Count me in Vince....

is that shipped? offical GB thread?

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I'd like to get in on the GB also!! This seems like the best bang for the buck IC
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sick, my questions have been answered. Whats eta on shipment?
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Ive read several threads on this FMIC, and am looking for clarification from those who have installed it or VK-

Its my understanding that this FMIC requires no cutting on the car, bolts right up, and does NOT require any cutting of, and uses the stock clamps, hoses, couplers, etc etc?

So you could go back to stock and replace your OEM FMIC in short order, and the dealer would never be the wiser? (as the clamps and couplers, etc are the same)


If so this can change my whole desiere to have/not have an upgraded FMIC...
OK....I'll confess.

I have one.

Yes....I did have to swap it back to the stock intercooler for a significant warranty issue which had me very anxious about detection, so I am sure the dealer looked around for signs of modifications.

Once I had the bellypan off, the intercooler swap took literally 15 minutes.

Remove two clips...unscrew two mounting screws....reverse procedure to install.

On the 135i there is no need to remove the bumper because it does not interfere at all with the intercooler removal. It goes straight up into the stock location from beneath the car.

Oh...and another thing - it performs!

All aftermarket intercoolers outperform the stock one, but the VK is a breeze to install/uninstall.

The only complaint I have is that the VK is sooooo much heavier than the stock one!
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Pricing is on $585!
Vince,

have you started an official group buy on vk ic yet?
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OK....I'll confess.

I have one.

Yes....I did have to swap it back to the stock intercooler for a significant warranty issue which had me very anxious about detection, so I am sure the dealer looked around for signs of modifications.

Once I had the bellypan off, the intercooler swap took literally 15 minutes.

Remove two clips...unscrew two mounting screws....reverse procedure to install.

On the 135i there is no need to remove the bumper because it does not interfere at all with the intercooler removal. It goes straight up into the stock location from beneath the car.

Oh...and another thing - it performs!

All aftermarket intercoolers outperform the stock one, but the VK is a breeze to install/uninstall.

The only complaint I have is that the VK is sooooo much heavier than the stock one!
+1 On the VK FMIC!! Install is easy & of course not having to cut up half your stock stuff is key!
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How does the VK FMIC compare to the Helix FMIC in terms of ease of install, weight, and actual performance?
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Sounds like too good a deal to pass up, especially since I'm not in a hurry. I'll go add myself to the groupbuy.

Vince can we get these anodized? Charge? My 135 is BSM so I'm looking for a black anodized FMIC!
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damn that install vid was sweet. i didnt know it was that easy to install or take out the IC
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Pricing is on $585!
Lets' GO!!
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Sounds like too good a deal to pass up, especially since I'm not in a hurry. I'll go add myself to the groupbuy.

Vince can we get these anodized? Charge? My 135 is BSM so I'm looking for a black anodized FMIC!
I would think any coating would possibly reduce the effectiveness of the heat transfer ability of the aluminum?
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I ordered my VK IC in april and havent got it yet despite several e-mails to Vince...!
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The only complaint I have is that the VK is sooooo much heavier than the stock one!
What are the approximate weights of the OEM vs. VK?
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I ordered my VK IC in april and havent got it yet despite several e-mails to Vince...!
4 months?? wtf
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I ordered my VK IC in april and havent got it yet despite several e-mails to Vince...!
Hempi, send me a PM I honestly don't know who you are. Please include your real name and address. All orders we had were shipped out.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Vince
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