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    2003 WRX stock turbo. I would like to get an eBay TMIC. I've heard great reviews about them, I've found a couple good deals & my stock TMIC is in really bad condition. I'm currently running a V7 scoop with the stock splitter. So, what kind of splitter would I need to acquire to run an larger TMIC? Or could I run the stock one? Also, do I have to purchase the y-pipe with the TMIC or can I use my stock one?

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    eBayTMIC? I wouldn't. Do you know the reviews are legitimate? How much is the good deal?

    A good TMIC costs $ and time to build properly. An STi take off would be good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    A good TMIC costs $ and time to build properly. An STi take off would be good choice.
    +1

    While a bit larger than you'd need right now, a Process West intercooler will also come with a compatible splitter. For any other aftermarket splitter that doesn't offer a matching splitter (such as ebay brands), custom fab work will probably be needed to make one or modify the stock one.
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    Not worth it for the reasons our esteemed colleagues above stated. So much ebay stuff now days are such questionable quality and craftsmanship, not to mention stolen R&D and designs. They don't deserve any of our hard earned money.
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    They offer lower pressure drop than stock, but they don't cool the air charge worth a damn. The least expensive TMICs right now that are worth anything would be either the TurboXS (who all the eBay companies knocked off) or Grimmspeed.
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    Looks like I'll go with an STi tmic. So, what splitter would I need to run that? A stock STi one?

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    yes. get new silicone hoses (especially the Y pipe) and t-clamps also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    +1

    While a bit larger than you'd need right now, a Process West intercooler will also come with a compatible splitter. For any other aftermarket splitter that doesn't offer a matching splitter (such as ebay brands), custom fab work will probably be needed to make one or modify the stock one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emericareaper2
    Looks like I'll go with an STi tmic. So, what splitter would I need to run that? A stock STi one?
    Unless you can get it for a steal (e.g., $150 or less), I wouldn't bother. They really aren't that much of an upgrade.
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    That's the plan. The main reason why I'm gettting one is because my original one is disgusting right now. The fins are all bent, it has a big dent in it & I figured I'd just find an STi one sometime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emericareaper2
    That's the plan. The main reason why I'm gettting one is because my original one is disgusting right now. The fins are all bent, it has a big dent in it & I figured I'd just find an STi one sometime soon.
    Again, make sure you get one for a steal, because you can find quality used ones in the $350-400 range (or less), and will be able to tune the car for more boost and/or timing over an OE variant (WRX or STI) with the same safety margin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Again, make sure you get one for a steal, because you can find quality used ones in the $350-400 range (or less), and will be able to tune the car for more boost and/or timing over an OE variant (WRX or STI) with the same safety margin.
    Yeah, I really don't want to be spending $350ish on a part I really don't "need". I've came across a couple that are for $175ish every great now & then. Just have to be patient!

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