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    TMIC Or FMIC On 2002 subaru wrx

    Hey guys!
    Looking to get a front mount or top mount, i think i figured out which one of each i want. But which one is better preformance wise and which one will be easier to install?
    Thanks!

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    No one can answer the question with the information given...

    1) What engine/power modifications are done to the car?
    2) What are the plans for the car?
    3) Do you plan on custom tuning for either?
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    I dont plan on going to crazy, possible custom tune.
    Access port v3 for sure, only thing on the car is cobb turbo back.
    Everyone just keeps telling me i need to get a fmic so im trying to learn a little bit about both.
    Thanks man

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    Quote Originally Posted by nortskiiii
    I dont plan on going to crazy, possible custom tune.
    Access port v3 for sure, only thing on the car is cobb turbo back.
    Everyone just keeps telling me i need to get a fmic so im trying to learn a little bit about both.
    Thanks man
    Those people are idiots. The benefit of a small turbo (like come stock on your car) is fast spool and transient response. A FMIC will not help you with that, so I would recommend against it.

    You need an uppipe installed yesterday. The pre-turbo cat has been known to disintegrate and get sucked into the turbo. Before considering any kind of tuning, you need to get that addressed.

    If you're not getting a custom tune, no aftermarket intercooler will help you. If anything, it can only hurt you (by putting you into untuned load sites).
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Those people are idiots. The benefit of a small turbo (like come stock on your car) is fast spool and transient response. A FMIC will not help you with that, so I would recommend against it.

    You need an uppipe installed yesterday. The pre-turbo cat has been known to disintegrate and get sucked into the turbo. Before considering any kind of tuning, you need to get that addressed.

    If you're not getting a custom tune, no aftermarket intercooler will help you. If anything, it can only hurt you (by putting you into untuned load sites).


    exactly ^this

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    What up pipe do you fellas recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nortskiiii
    What up pipe do you fellas recommend?
    Grimmspeed or TurboXS
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Grimmspeed or TurboXS
    +1

    A fairly straightforward DIY, if a bit time consuming, and irritating at a few points. There are writeups here on how to do it.
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    Grimmspeed.


    Look at my build. I got an obscene amount of horsepower out of a top mount intercooler. Several tuners have said not to push the TMIC over 400whp. Well I did... and it worked out great!
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    Thanks guys, big help!

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