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      01-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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FMIC + ER Charge?

So the first thing I purchased before anything else was an ER Charge Pipe for the car. I wanted to hedge against the horror stories, and since I've recommended to other N55 drivers that the ER charge pipe should be their first investment.

Now with the release of the Cobb AP, and the Stage 1+ right around the corner, I am wanting to go ahead and invest in an upgraded FMIC. I'd like to avoid cutting if at all possible, and I read in other threads that the Helix requires no cutting.

What I need to make sure of is whether the ER Charge Pipe and the Helix FMIC will be a good fit and will mean that I won't have to do any cutting? If not, or if there is a higher recommended FMIC, I'm open to suggestions.

I've done some searching here and on Bimmerforums, but haven't found any info to my specific question, and not much in the way of recommendations for a FMIC.
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      01-03-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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I have the ER Chargepipe + Active Autowerke Sport Intercooler and fitment is fine. Since I'm parting out, my IC is for sale and is very similar to Helix and ETS
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      01-03-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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How much is your FMIC going for? Was there any cutting on your E90? I haven't ready many reviews on the Active Autowerke Sport Intercooler
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Forge FMIC does not require any cutting fyi
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I have the direct fit ETS 5" intercooler... fits perfectly and the quality of this product is next to none.
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Are there any advantages to one over the others?
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you really can't go wrong with either one, its personal preference if anything
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Why not go with the ER FMIC since you already have the charge pipe?

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The Helix Stepped Core FMIC fits with the ER chargepipe. We have supplied a longer supplemental piece of silicone for later cars running that setup, not knowing the length that ER supplies. I'm pretty sure it's not necessary, but we do it anyway free of charge.
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helix FTW
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why is the er charge pipe so good? compared to other ones? and im not running meth nether do i plan on?
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why is the er charge pipe so good? compared to other ones? and im not running meth nether do i plan on?
What do you mean by so good? It's a pipe like all the other ones are. It does have the stock O-ring/C-clip connection to the TB, and a mounting bracket which might appeal to some.
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What do you mean by so good? It's a pipe like all the other ones are. It does have the stock O-ring/C-clip connection to the TB, and a mounting bracket which might appeal to some.
only reason i asked is because ppl swear er is the best cp ever i dont think so at all its a fucking metal pipe buy the ebay one
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only reason i asked is because ppl swear er is the best cp ever i dont think so at all its a fucking metal pipe buy the ebay one
I agree, a pipe is a pipe. As long as it fits there is no reason to spend alot. Some people just prefer the OE connection to the TB, because alot of the silicone/tbolt setups can slip off easily. Stett's connection is pretty good.
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