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Old 12-12-2009, 01:19 PM   #21
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Just get a good intercooler for your setup, order a bunch of piping, and cut the pipes to fit. Then either have them welded up or use a bunch of couplers.

That's what I did and it came out well. Mine's a 22x9x3 core with 2.5" piping on a clocked Greddy. I wouldn't have found a kit for that.
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If your worried about the weight that an intercooler setup adds, why not just go water/meth and delete the FMIC. It would clean up the excess pipes and be just as, if not more, efficient.

I say this because I will be doing it tomorrow. I too have an oldskool FM intercooler with some "interesting" piping for it, lol.
The oldskool FM setup is pretty nasty. I have it, too, and wow that IC is heavy and the piping seems to take the longest route possible. I could barely fit it in because of my larger than stock rad. I'll have WI in about a month, but I'm going to leave the IC in. My car won't see duty heavier than autox and the drag strip, so I'm not worried about saving the 50lbs.

How did you secure the pipes under the IC? I currently have a bike tire innertube tied around them and they're braced against my custom undertray. People always get a laugh when they see how ghetto it looks.
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The oldskool FM setup is pretty nasty. I have it, too, and wow that IC is heavy and the piping seems to take the longest route possible. I could barely fit it in because of my larger than stock rad. I'll have WI in about a month, but I'm going to leave the IC in. My car won't see duty heavier than autox and the drag strip, so I'm not worried about saving the 50lbs.

How did you secure the pipes under the IC? I currently have a bike tire innertube tied around them and they're braced against my custom undertray. People always get a laugh when they see how ghetto it looks.
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The oldskool FM setup is pretty nasty. I have it, too, and wow that IC is heavy and the piping seems to take the longest route possible. I could barely fit it in because of my larger than stock rad. I'll have WI in about a month, but I'm going to leave the IC in. My car won't see duty heavier than autox and the drag strip, so I'm not worried about saving the 50lbs.

How did you secure the pipes under the IC? I currently have a bike tire innertube tied around them and they're braced against my custom undertray. People always get a laugh when they see how ghetto it looks.
The hotside piping I used was from an old NB Begi turbo setup and the coldside is from the new FM IC kit. I'm OCD when it comes to my car so I made the piping look as professional as possible but, you can still tell it's DIY.

WTF? Bike tire intertube? Lol, I used silicone couplers and t-bolt clamps. You don't need anything more than that.
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It's got a whole lot of bends.
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It's got a whole lot of bends.
yup thats what im rockin!

pretty damn heavy!
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There is nothing wrong with the intercooler itself. It is efficient but, the piping does suck. Just keep it and make your own hotside piping.
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There is nothing wrong with the intercooler itself. It is efficient but, the piping does suck. Just keep it and make your own hotside piping.
i need to reroute my lower rad hose before i can do it the way i wanted originally!
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The hotside piping I used was from an old NB Begi turbo setup and the coldside is from the new FM IC kit. I'm OCD when it comes to my car so I made the piping look as professional as possible but, you can still tell it's DIY.

WTF? Bike tire intertube? Lol, I used silicone couplers and t-bolt clamps. You don't need anything more than that.
I can provide a pic in a week if I remember. At the moment, I'm about 1200 miles from the car. I have the inner tube wrapped tightly around both pipes right underneath the IC. Otherwise the pipe that runs between the engine and rad was gonna tap ****. I also used pieces cut from that inner tube as thin vibration dampeners for the IC mounts and other random stuff around the car.

Also I couldn't use the TB pipe because my CXRacing radiator is too thick. Using another pipe I still have to yank out the stock fan on that side. I'll get a slim for it eventually.
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i need to reroute my lower rad hose before i can do it the way i wanted originally!
When I first did it I had the turbo outlet pipe going in between a/c compressor and the lower radiator hose. So, I bought this Flyin' Miata : Turbochargers : Parts and upgrades : FM turbo radiator hose and it made life alot easier.
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does it give more room to work with?
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Yes. It's the one I have, you've seen it.
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i know.....just couldnt picture it in my head and didnt want to call or text the ? to ya cause i thought you might have been asleep.....i know you gotta work in the morning..didnt want to bother ya!
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If i were you i would get a precision core and some vibrant or any other brand aluminum piping and take it up to some shop that has a good aluminum fabricator. I would recommend you use someone who can show you there work make sure your happy with the quality and for couplers please do not use vibrant, they are thicker heavier and harder to get on then most other company's couplers. full race couplers are sweet so are turbonetics and gulf coast turbo (all of which are really the same with different names on them)
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if you really wanna see my setups:

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If i were you i would get a precision core and some vibrant or any other brand aluminum piping and take it up to some shop that has a good aluminum fabricator. I would recommend you use someone who can show you there work make sure your happy with the quality and for couplers please do not use vibrant, they are thicker heavier and harder to get on then most other company's couplers. full race couplers are sweet so are turbonetics and gulf coast turbo (all of which are really the same with different names on them)
Vibrant couplers are super strong, and yes they can be hard to put on, but that's where this comes in:


PBR Rubber Grease is AMAZING for putting couplers on. You just need a tiny amount, and the couplers just slide on.
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if you really wanna see my setups:

Intercooler

thanks for the pictures, i have a good idea of what i want to do for my hot side pipes!
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Jason at Enthuza will possibly be making my turbo intake pipe, I'm sure he can help you out with a hotside pipe. We all know he does good work.
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Jason at Enthuza will possibly be making my turbo intake pipe, I'm sure he can help you out with a hotside pipe. We all know he does good work.
lmk when you go up there! so I can ride up there with ya and let him take a look at what got!
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