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Hello all, this is 6 months in the making and oh boy is it worth the wait!
I have been driving with a 85% complete Front Mount Intercooler kit and I am excited to say the least.

Things left to do as far as design?

- design bracket for mounting blow off valve solenoid and lines
- design attachment for boost signal for BOV solenoid
- add possible bottom cover plate for hot piping under the engine

Now with that out of the way let's talk about the only CON so far, and it's only really related to the BOV.

As stated in the other thread, I have chosen to include a quality BOV in the kit, that flows a lot of air, sounds really cool, it's adjustable, and is a great valve for a good price.
It is the Turbosmart Vee Port Pro.

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Now, this valve is currently set on the softest spring setting and is not opeing during really light throttle and gear changes (driving below 10 mph). I hear a lot of surge because the valve isn't activating.
Once you're above 10-15% throttle and driving normally, it opens all the time and sounds great!!! But since we have that really low speed, non opening condition, I am getting a single CEL for the blow off valve not opening.

I am currently investigating a softer spring to install in it and that problem will be solved. Now on to the fun stuff!

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So, after the installation, the very first thing I noticed is that throttle response DID NOT CHANGE AT ALL!!!! The car still feels the same as before for partial and full acceleration from any rpm at any gear.
I am very surprised there is no extra lag given I've increased the charge volume. Acceleration feels great and the power increase is definitely there.

I will be confirming the power increase both on the dyno and on the street. My new Bluetooth OBDII reader for Torque App will be here in a couple days and I will post logs. I also have a few races lined up that will be a repeat from last week for comparison purposes. :)

The only real hard data I have is the cooling efficiency of our core design. I purchased a ProSport Intercooler Dual temp gauge, that comes with two temp sensors and it displays a "before" and "after" temp reading of the air in the intercooler.
I installed the sensors in the end tanks as you can see in the pics below (brass fittings).

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This gauge couldn't have been more helpful. You can literally watch the hot side "before" temperature climb as boost is held and you run through the gears. The "after" temp barely changes, meaning the core is doing its job!!!!

Take for example these two pictures I took with my phone. Intercooler inlet temp on top and outlet temp on bottom. Ambient temp today during these trials was 82* F.
- First pic - low 2nd gear roll thru top of 4th gear. Photo taken at top of 4th gear.
- Second pic - turn car around, low 2nd gear roll thru top of 5th gear. Photo taken at top of 5th gear.





Since the core is up front it doesn't heat soak at all, and it cools the charge air like a boss!
I will update this thread in the next week or two with street results and I am going to try to make a dyno appointment this week.
I'll be finishing the little details of the kit very soon and I hope to have this thing shipping by Thanksgiving.

Any questions, please post up!

Now on to the pr0n!

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Oh man I think I just wet myself a little. Price it well and then take my money.
 

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So purdy. And man that intake pipe looks like a beast.

It's the bov going to mount on the intercooler as well? Maybe see what pressure the stock spring has and mimic it in the middle of the adjustability (or bottom) range. Looks awesome though.

Lastly can we get a pic of the core next to the stock one?
 

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Just curious on how much it is.
He will probably do the same thing as the catch cans. PM for the introductory price and what not.
 

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So purdy. And man that intake pipe looks like a beast.

It's the bov going to mount on the intercooler as well? Maybe see what pressure the stock spring has and mimic it in the middle of the adjustability (or bottom) range. Looks awesome though.

Lastly can we get a pic of the core next to the stock one?
The BOV is in the cold pipe just underneath the intake. I've got a couple ideas to get this issue to go away. I'll update soon. I'll try to get that comparison photo for you soon too.

Whats the price going to be for this setup?
I am still crunching numbers, and some pieces of the puzzle haven't been quite finalized in price yet, but my goal is under $800, which is great price for something like this I'm putting together. Similar kits for other cars cost well over this.

I will be offering the finished core for purchase as well, for those who want to build piping themselves. Pricing isn't quite nailed down for that yet either, but I'm thinking $300 to $400 for the core (complete, machined/welded, ready to bolt on with brackets)

I like and I sooooo want!! Although I fear the currency conversion and shipping to NZ will make it prohibitively expensive :( (There are downsides to living at the bottom of the world.)
I can't do anything about the conversion but shipping we can try to help on :)
 

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I am still crunching numbers, and some pieces of the puzzle haven't been quite finalized in price yet, but my goal is under $800, which is great price for something like this I'm putting together. Similar kits for other cars cost well over this.

I will be offering the finished core for purchase as well, for those who want to build piping themselves. Pricing isn't quite nailed down for that yet either, but I'm thinking $300 to $400 for the core (complete, machined/welded, ready to bolt on with brackets)
That's a good price! for kit and core. A lot of work has gone into it and you did a killer job! I have seen the VT kits go over $1k easy
 

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Can't wait it looks good going to start saving
 

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hey 6th. if i drive down to GA (live in kc,mo) and get the FMIC could i get in half off? i REALLY want this. especially since i got the green light from my dealer that i could do "almost" anything to the car outside of internal/how the car runs (ECU) without voiding my warranty... they were pretty excited that i am modding mine..

However this is a joke but i am extremely excited for when this gets out into the market!!! *school girl scream*
 

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If you ever make it down here I'll help you out plus do a free installation. How's that? :)

UPDATE:

I have fixed the issue with the BOV and the Check Engine Light for the BOV solenoid. All I did was hook the BOV up to the vacuum block and left the solenoid plugged in with vacuum lines removed (after come consulting with Kneegrademus).
I am going to do a Version 2 of the vacuum block and it will be included in the FMIC kit since it is a necessity.

Stay tuned!
 

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How am I supposed to say no to that?? Keep us informed! When you get closer to putting it in production and get the cash and see about taking time off and come down
 

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6 will the bov valve be hooked to the solenoid in the finale version or is it still a problem with the spring pressure?

Nelson it might be worth it with the mpg these cars get. Better post up pics if you go.

I would love to go out there too. But will not be able to for the foreseeable future.
 
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