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Old 05 January 2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default tmic or fmic

i have a mint v4 sti
totally standard except exhaust

but tmic is past it sell by date( totally [email protected]@ked)

two questions really...???
question 1
get another tmic and leave a mint car alone
or
question 2
choose a fmic kit like the audi boys, small and hidden.
that way i get a clean engine bay and dont have to cut the bumper up..

whats your guys input...???
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Old 05 January 2013, 09:01 PM   #2
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I'd stay top mount to be honest. get lag on front mount if standard.

STi8 top mount is good for up to 400 bhp.
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Old 05 January 2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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I would upgrade to a sti8 tmic, wouldn't put me off if you come to sell the car, it's just a sensible upgrade
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Old 05 January 2013, 09:54 PM   #4
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FMIC can be less hassle than fitting a newage STI top mount in a classic.

http://lateralperformance.co.uk/prod...nt_intercooler

Or similar;



From Ryan's project thread
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Old 05 January 2013, 10:13 PM   #5
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Nice bit of kit.... Mickywrx

But a bit out of price range... Still doing engine rebuild
Didn't want to ruin the look of it.
So thought stealth I,cooler
Pipe work will need to be made-up.

Not to worried about lag as can always add a bit of boost and a map.
And will be fitting fuel pump and other bits first..
It might be standard but it's an old car with original parts so they won't last long
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P's got a newage sti one already and just to much hassle to fit.!
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Old 05 January 2013, 10:22 PM   #7
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I'll have the new age inter cooler if you don't want it mate
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If I decide not to use it.... It will be yours
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Im in the process of putting a sti8 cooler on mine too. Had to mod abit to fit and have not done it the way alot of people do by chopping the old dv section out their old intercooler.

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Why has no one hijacked this thread with the old chestnut "FMIC do not cause turbo lag, mappers cause turbo lag"
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Old 05 January 2013, 11:20 PM   #11
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fmic cause some lag but thats depending on turbo fitted and mapper, 350 bhp and less defo keep tmic without question. thats my opinion and i have gone down the front mount route discovered its ok thats all, big bhp 400-800 then fmic.
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Old 05 January 2013, 11:32 PM   #12
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If your Sti is mint and you don't plan in modifying heavily I'd say try to source a better condition replacement.

That intercooler will still allow 310hp ish which is still a swift motor!
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