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Anyone ever install a cheapo FMIC? Any success with IAT?

I was wondering if anyone has installed a cheaper FMIC I see them for the E90 on ebay for low 200's just wondering if these are any good and what the results were/additional modifications were needed for install.
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Nah we use vrsf n above
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Nah we use vrsf n above
Do those use the factory couplers? The 7 and 5 inch?
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Nah we use vrsf n above
Do those use the factory couplers? The 7 and 5 inch?
You seriously couldn't Google this info yourself?
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Do those use the factory couplers? The 7 and 5 inch?
VRSF does not. Mishmoto does retain factory connections.
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Some people say the VRSF install is easy.....

I had a hell of a time with the 5" stepped. Took about 4 to 4.5 hours, and I am mechanically inclined. Worst part was, there were no instructions included with the FMIC. I went into it thinking it would be easy, but getting the clamps and the hoses to cooperate in that tight space was anything but easy. On top of that, I have been getting the P2C57 error code lately under high boost, which I think is the boost leak code. Now I have to go back under and fight with it some more, huge PITA.

If I could go back and do it over again, I would DEFINITELY spend the extra money and go get one of the Mishimotos, or anything that retains the factory mounts and tubing for ease of install, and the ability to go back to stock without having to rig up the return hose to the IC.
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From what information I've gathered online, the Mishimoto intercooler is the only one that is a direct fit to the OEM cooler. I guess all of the other intercoolers require trimming a little bit of the bumper to make it work. It costs a quite a bit more, but I'm thinking it might be worth it and might be what I purchase soon.
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From what information I've gathered online, the Mishimoto intercooler is the only one that is a direct fit to the OEM cooler. I guess all of the other intercoolers require trimming a little bit of the bumper to make it work. It costs a quite a bit more, but I'm thinking it might be worth it and might be what I purchase soon.
VRSF 5in FMIC does not require any trimming of the bumper.
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Get the vsrf if you dont want to spend a lot. those cheap ebay ones have low fin density, terrible quality welds and so on.

Its not hard to install, and pretty straight forward. All it is, is an intercooler, a couple couplers and a pipe if you get the lower chargepipe upgrade. Not hard to figure out.
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I thought the ER intercooler also used the factory clip connects, and the 5" shouldn't require any bumper cutting either.
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OP, cheap intercoolers do not get the job done.
The cheapest you can go while still getting a quality product is VRSF



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VRSF 5in FMIC does not require any trimming of the bumper.
It does require a bit of trimming ( very minimal). The only intercooler that does not require any trimming at all is the ETS 5"
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It does require a bit of trimming ( very minimal). The only intercooler that does not require any trimming at all is the ETS 5"
Hum - I didn't have to trim anything on mine (M-Sport Bumper). I know the 1-series requires slight trimming but thought that all e9Xs did not.
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Hum - I didn't have to trim anything on mine (M-Sport Bumper). I know the 1-series requires slight trimming but thought that all e9Xs did not.
Most dont have to trim anything
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I have VRSF 7" and istall was easy. Best BFMIC for the money IMHO.
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I have VRSF 7" and istall was easy. Best BFMIC for the money IMHO.
It is the most popular option as well
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