Alright, I was bored, and my last write up was worthless. This one may be quite a bit more helpful to those seeking to get a FMIC and tackle the install by themselves. This tutorial is for the perrin FMIC, which I highly recommend for anyone seeking to upgrade to a relatively large turbo. Ok, first off, you will need the following tools:
Socket set (metric)
A fairly long extension for the sockets, like 4-inch should do it
A breaker bar (not vitally important, but very nice for the bumper beam bolts)
A Dremel to cut the bumper
Some extra bumper clips/pins would be nice (they break pretty easily, and you take off like 20 of em)
Touch up paint (Im really good at scratching my car whilst working on it, if you are more careful than me you won't need it.)
A 12-pack of light beer (don't want anything too strong, because this is a pretty long install, and you don't want to be smashed when you take your dremel to your bumper.)
A set of screwdrivers
Alright, so you order up your front mount intercooler kit, it arrives at your house in three packages I believe. I went and picked mine directly up from perrin, because their distribution center is like 5 miles from my house. Anyways, the things that you'll get are:
Your gigantic Intercooler core
A heavy ass bumper beam
Tubing(five parts: one for the passenger side outlet on the intercooler, one for the driver side, one to run up through the engine bay on the driver side, one to go from that to the turbo, and one to come up on the passenger side where your snorkus used to be that connects to the throttle body)
Silicone couplers(seven of these: One large diameter for the throttle body, one tapered for the turbo, and the rest are matched sizes to the tubing, which IIRC is smaller diameter on the hot (turbo) side of the intercooler.
A gang of clamps
A blow off valve silicon hose and bracket/connector thingy
Another silicon hose for use with the Coolant reservoir (its longer than the rest and about 3-4 inches in diameter)
All the coolant tank hardware (two clamps, the tank ends, top one has three holes, bottom has two. Two plastic nipples, Two angled quick release hose connectors, one skinny plastic tube, and about three feet of colored silicon hosing)
PCV(?) re-routing hose and connectors (replaces the metal tube on the front of the IC)
Some trim stuff to put in the snorkus hole (tee hee)
And a partridge in a pair tree!
Note: You need an after market short-ram intake, I use a Perrin, and it works beautifully, but I would imagine a TurboXS or Greddy would work just fine.
Alright, so first things first. Remove your grill using a long screw driver and your wits by detaching the little clips:
If you have problems with this, you should take it to a shop, or think of looking into a new hobby.
And next post.