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      05-14-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Anyone have the Cobb FMIC yet??

I know a few people have asked before but has no one really bought/installed the Cobb FMIC yet? Guess I might bite the bullet. I just want to know if the install is easy.
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Install is not too bad at all, but I know we have quite a few them on the street, so maybe someone else will chime in. In the meantime, here's the install guide if you'd like to check it out:
https://cobb.box.com/7b1500instructions

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Just had mine installed yesterday. it was a direct fit. No permanent modifications were needed at all. Mount points and all the plumbing connections matched up, and it fit perfectly in the available space. Looks like it's made very well and strong, good weld lines. COBB did a very good job with it. It's about twice the size and three times the weight of the stock intercooler.







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Just had mine installed yesterday. it was a direct fit. No permanent modifications were needed at all. Mount points and all the plumbing connections matched up, and it fit perfectly in the available space. Looks like it's made very well and strong, good weld lines. COBB did a very good job with it. It's about twice the size and three times the weight of the stock intercooler.
I can't seem to see your images. I know Cobb makes a great product and I wouldn't expect anything less. Is there anyway I could see them in another way? Well it looks like I know where my next paycheck is going. I should have just bought the power pack when I bought the AP two weeks ago
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Install is not too bad at all, but I know we have quite a few them on the street, so maybe someone else will chime in. In the meantime, here's the install guide if you'd like to check it out:
https://cobb.box.com/7b1500instructions

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I actually cannot see the install guide on this computer I guess. I just called and received some great customer service. The gentleman I spoke to is actually emailing me the install guide as we speak. Thanks for your help
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Looks to be a poor copy of Helix FMIC. No rounded bullnose bars and Cobb end tanks look to have sharper curved radiuses.
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Looks to be a poor copy of Helix FMIC. No rounded bullnose bars and Cobb end tanks look to have sharper curved radiuses.
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I don't think your choice of words above is creditable. Poor is a little harsh. Ill bet it performs equal to the helix. By no means poor.
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Looks good.

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Just had mine installed yesterday. it was a direct fit. No permanent modifications were needed at all. Mount points and all the plumbing connections matched up, and it fit perfectly in the available space. Looks like it's made very well and strong, good weld lines. COBB did a very good job with it. It's about twice the size and three times the weight of the stock intercooler.







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I don't think your choice of words above is creditable. Poor is a little harsh. Ill bet it performs equal to the helix. By no means poor.
He is comparing it to his superior craftsmanship
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true, how can you say Cobb made a crappy intercooler, they are in a business for a long time and make great products. I have friends with Subaru's and all of them say cobb is top notch..


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true, how can you say Cobb made a crappy intercooler, they are in a business for a long time and make great products. I have friends with Subaru's and all of them say cobb is top notch..
we all know why he said that... anyway ...
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Looks to be a poor copy of Helix FMIC. No rounded bullnose bars and Cobb end tanks look to have sharper curved radiuses.
There's also other advantages with the cobb, like no cutting.
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There's also other advantages with the cobb, like no cutting.
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I was going to say you can pick one up for 10% off on first thursday then I noticed you are in NY and there is no COBB shops around.

I heard it's a great intercooler. We also know that COBB has too big of a name to mess around and their history with BMW has proven that, unlike others...

I might pick up one for my car soon. On my previous N54, I had an ETS 7" which I found great! it does require cutting but it's priced fairly and works great (no IAT rise throughout a 3rd gear pull)
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lol okay
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I was going to say you can pick one up for 10% off on first thursday then I noticed you are in NY and there is no COBB shops around.

I heard it's a great intercooler. We also know that COBB has too big of a name to mess around and their history with BMW has proven that unlike others...

I might pick up one for my car soon. On my previous N54, I had an ETS 7" which I found great! it does require cutting but it's priced fairly and works great (no IAT rise throughout a 3rd gear pull)
+1 I agree. I like the look of it too and seems like an easy install. Thanks
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same here..

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+1 I agree. I like the look of it too and seems like an easy install. Thanks
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+1 I agree. I like the look of it too and seems like an easy install. Thanks
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same here..
no cutting is always easier but even then it's no biggie.

removing the front bumper makes it a ton easier although not necessary.
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COBB makes a great stepped-core intercooler, and is probably one of the best for the N54. With boost being maxed, I see flat IAT's that hardly ever go over 100F, throughout multiple gear pulls in South Florida. I have the Helix, but the IAT suppression characteristics are the same with COBB's FMIC.

Regarding the Helix comments, Helix has the same stepped core with a better end tank design (slightly less pressure drop), and also has aerodynamic "bars" in between the charge air rows to better direct air into the core. This probably doesn't make a huge difference on stock turbos, but lower pressure drop is always wanted.

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I can't seem to see your images. I know Cobb makes a great product and I wouldn't expect anything less. Is there anyway I could see them in another way? Well it looks like I know where my next paycheck is going. I should have just bought the power pack when I bought the AP two weeks ago
Here you go. Links to my dropbox public folder.

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https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...2008.48.58.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...2008.51.35.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...2008.51.41.jpg
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COBB makes a great stepped-core intercooler, and is probably one of the best for the N54. With boost being maxed, I see flat IAT's that hardly ever go over 100F, throughout multiple gear pulls in South Florida. I have the Helix, but the IAT suppression characteristics are the same with COBB's FMIC.

Regarding the Helix comments, Helix has the same stepped core with a better end tank design (slightly less pressure drop), and also has aerodynamic "bars" in between the charge air rows to better direct air into the core. This probably doesn't make a huge difference on stock turbos, but lower pressure drop is always wanted.
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