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Old 07-12-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Default How the heck do you get an ebay TMIC to fit?

I just put an TD05 18G turbo on my 06 WRX and could not get the ebay TMIC I bought to fit. It just seems too big. Is there some trick for fitting these? It seems I would have to bend parts of the body(above the AC lines) just to get it in there. Even if I got it in there though I can't see how I'd get the Throttle Body hose and the Turbo hose on at the same time. There is just no "wiggle room". If anyone has done this please let me know how you got it on there. I'm now running the stock IC and taking it easy. I'm about to buy an STi IC but I've read the ebay TMIC is better. Should I just go with the STi or will I be missing out on performance. Any help will be greatly apreciated.
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:02 AM   #2
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should just swap right in there...yeah ur going to need to push on the a/c lines, and i think it map be touching on the firewall passenger side of the TMIC, but just put something in between there so rubbage wont lead to damage..but yeah man it should swap right out...oh and if you already have a strut bar there....ur gonna need to take it out, unless you got one that can fit around that big IC. mine went in fine
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:44 AM   #3
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i have a 2007 subie and a aby tmic what i did to make mine fit was take the inlet (conects to the throtle body intake manifold)and cut some of it of and it should fit. it will still be really tight but atleat the tmin inlet and thritle body wont be touching like what happened to me.
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:47 AM   #4
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Run an STI TMIC, it is better IMO. Also, don't feel bad, I spent big bucks on my APS TMIC for the 20g and it doens't fit either. BTW, you have an 06, you should have looked into getting a TDO6. But again, just my take on it.
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:54 AM   #5
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im not too sure about that intercooler, but i get angry sometimes just trying to get my stock sti one back in sometimes.(i have it down now though) its kinda trial and error. you just have to figure out the best route to go.
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:29 AM   #6
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There are plenty of right ups on the fitment issues of "ANY" aftermartket TMIC. The a/c lines behind have to bent back and insulated with rubber hose in order not to rub with anything. And just take your time in fitting the coupler to the TB. It has to be just right. You can always pay a shop to do it, if you cannot...
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:30 AM   #7
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:00 PM   #8
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So I'm thinking I should try again and make mine work. I do have to buy an elbow to go to the turbo though as it did not come with that piece for some reason. Cutting the part that goes to the throttle body might work OK since it was hitting the fire wall. Either that or I can buy a used STi intercooler and put the one I have back on ebay. I have heard that the STi one isn't that good though. Any thoughts? Thanks guys
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:29 PM   #9
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STI one is not good enuf for 18G. It works but you won't get max performance.
Even with STI TMIC, you need to modify or buy new hose to fit it right.
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:10 PM   #10
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Thanks I think I'll try to make the one I have work. Maybe I can shoehorn it in there somehow. Any one know a place to get the elbow at a good price? $30-$40 seems a bit much for a 2" Diam hose. Thanks again
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:16 PM   #11
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It fits... but barely:

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Old 07-13-2007, 04:43 PM   #12
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Any tricks to get it in and getting the hoses on at the same time. I'm having trouble clearing the lip at the top of the fire wall. Looks nice BTW. I wish I had gotten WRB.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:24 PM   #13
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I'm in the same boat as you. I can't get mine in either.
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:42 PM   #14
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First of all, do yourself a favor and take one of the two bolts on the right bracket off so that you can swivel it left and right. Once that's done, tighten the clamp on to the coupler going from the TMIC to the throttle body (on the TMIC side, not the TB). Next, lube the HELL out of both silicon pieces...

Now that you've got things setup the right way, start with the intercooler standing upwards and get the elbow on to the turbo (don't forget to put the clamp on first, otherwise you'll have to take it off and this will piss you off something fierce). If you have a friend helping you, one person can hold the TMIC, while the other forces the elbow on. Once that's on, start to swivel the TMIC downward in to its proper position, while starting to fit the TMIC>TB hose on (again, don't forget the clamps) - it's going to take a bit to get it past the lip near the firewall, but it DOES fit. As it gets closer in to the position it should be, tighten down the clamp on the turbo a bit to prevent it from slipping off accidentally. If you do this right and have enough lube on the hose, it'll slip in and on. Continue to work on the TMIC>TB coupler and once it's in, tighten down the clamps, move the bracket in to place and screw everything in.

I know this sounds much easier than it actually is; however, it's one of those things that simply takes practice.

Another thing that helps, but could delay your install is picking up a new TMIC>TB hose... The stock one is pretty flexible rubber and splits easily. Moving up to a nice, reinforced coupler will not only hold up to the abuse of removing and reinstalling the TMIC over and over, it'll also be MUCH more firm and allow you to fit it on to the throttle body easier.

Hope this helps!
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Thanks I'll try that. Anyone else with tips would be greatly apreciated.
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