st185 FMIC

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st185 FMIC

Postby ebon » Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:43 am

HI thought i'd share my latest install.

I'm driving a st185 Grp A.

I've just got a Front mount intercooler installed.

Used the intercooler off the Evo 8. the core looks like it belongs there :)

Anywaz, long story short. it was a total b**ch to install.
clocking the turbo -- new slim radiator fans-- moving the oil cooler--
moving the air-con lines.
Lotsa cash blown.

Ok now for the verdict..--- I'm quite dissapointed really.
rather laggy and the boost takes quite long
to build up.

BUtt dyno says the car has gained some hp (not much)but definately not as responsive as before. definately less fun for auto-crossing.
even normal street driving isn't as fun as before

I'm still using a stock ct26.running at 1 bar.

I guess it should improve once i upgrade my turbo.

In conlusion, i much prefer my original w2A setup. but with all the fabrication and money gone into the Front- mount, i'm kinda stuck with it.

Hope this enlightens somebody :)

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Postby Kyoto » Tue Sep 14, 2004 11:06 am

A bigger turbo would do wonders for the accellerator lag.
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Postby Gary » Tue Sep 14, 2004 1:11 pm

What is your piping size? Is your car running stock boost? Pic?
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Postby Griffin » Tue Sep 14, 2004 2:58 pm

I dunno - I haven't noticed much difference in spool time on mine. Maybe a little bit laggier but not too much.
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Postby Colin T » Wed Sep 15, 2004 2:24 am

Also, the Evo 8 core is... I don't want to say kinda big, but it's a nice size. You'd have to get just the right sized piping in order for it to work properly.
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Postby ebon » Mon Sep 20, 2004 11:10 am

have uploaded pics of the FMIC. enjoy :D

turbo has been clocked.
most of the rubber connectors are off the EVO8 set up.
the pipe from the turbo outlet to the intercooler is also from the evo8 piping.
piping size is about 2.5 inch diameter.

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Postby RedCelicaTRD » Mon Sep 20, 2004 9:21 pm

Its the 2.5" pipe that killing ya.....

And do you think you could get some closeups of the wastegate actuator and coolant line brackets? This is where most people get stuck and it would help out a ton.
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Postby Zeus » Tue Sep 21, 2004 1:59 am

yeah 2.5 is pretty big for the little ct26

once you upgrade to something bigger youll have lots of fun :)
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