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Had some free time this afternoon, and decided to swap in the new helix intercooler. It took about 3 hours, used only hand tools (really need to invest in a Milwaukee 3/8” power ratchet) and went pretty smooth. 

It does require taking off the front bumper and crash bar. You can see how small the OEM one in the photo below is compared to the helix in the previous post. 

I forgot to take a photo of the helix install before reinstalling the bumper, but you can see it fills the entire lower grille. 

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What's next? A tune? Downpipe? FLAMES!!!??? Curious what the initial idea was behind the FMIC upgrade? I know it helps with engine temps thus resulting in better performance on hotter days, but is there any other gain without a tune to go with it?

-STEVE

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4 minutes ago, MELO-R56 said:

What's next? A tune? Downpipe? FLAMES!!!???

-STEVE

Funny you ask, Tigger is losing his flames! He got rear-ended and I decided to go for a full repaint while he's in being repaired. I am not planning to add the flames back. He will just be a pure beautiful orange

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1 hour ago, MELO-R56 said:

What's next? A tune? Downpipe? FLAMES!!!??? Curious what the initial idea was behind the FMIC upgrade? I know it helps with engine temps thus resulting in better performance on hotter days, but is there any other gain without a tune to go with it?

-STEVE

Right now it just lets it breath better, get the biggest restriction out of the line. I'll give you an update from the butt dyno after a few weeks. Getting all the pieces in place for a tune, nothing crazy just a stage one at the moment (it is an N14 and I want to keep the parts in the motor). I'll consider a down pipe down the road, but emission testing means making sure I do plenty of research and do things right to prevent codes.

As for flames I would need to mount a 50lbs wing with sheet metal screws first to unlock all the power of BBQ mode.

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Where will you get it tuned? Manic seems to be less and less used these days, Mario Plaza seems to be the go to. Grey Goose mentioned he got his f56 JCW tuned at GT Peace. Wonder if they tune the R model Gen2's?

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4 minutes ago, MELO-R56 said:

Where will you get it tuned? Manic seems to be less and less used these days, Mario Plaza seems to be the go to. Grey Goose mentioned he got his f56 JCW tuned at GT Peace. Wonder if they tune the R model Gen2's?

They do gen 2s. They have a customer with an r58 they have done a lot of work on, that isn't me 😂

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50 minutes ago, MELO-R56 said:

Where will you get it tuned? Manic seems to be less and less used these days, Mario Plaza seems to be the go to. Grey Goose mentioned he got his f56 JCW tuned at GT Peace. Wonder if they tune the R model Gen2's?

I have to look into what tunes GTPeace works with

Mario loads RPM, Detroit Tuned has recently become the second RPM vendor in the US.

Right now leaning towards have Chad (Detroit Tuned) load a stage 1 at the dragon.

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Well good new I was able to get that photo of the new intercooler so folks can see the difference. Bad news it was because I was rushing Saturday night and forgot to put the brake duct connectors so off with the bumper again. 😂 practice makes perfect. 

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I cracked my hood scoop when I took it off to add my bonnet stripe, so I picked up a black, notched scoop from Out Motoring and put it on last weekend.

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