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BarManBean 07-18-2012 07:24 AM

"Bullet Proof" TMIC Kits
 
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CONTACT ME DIRECT HERE WITH ANY QUESTIONS: bptmic@gmail.com


WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR TIGHTENING THE STAINLESS STEEL TIES:
http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost....5&postcount=83


Hi everyone!

For those of you who read this post http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...rx-158870.html you already know what this is. For those who haven’t read it, if you are still running you 05-09 LGT or 08+ WRX with the stock TMIC I highly recommend taking the time to read through the thread.

This modification has been around for some time now as an alternative to those looking to beef up their stock intercooler (either for durability or for increased boost levels) for a reasonable price—not everyone has the cash or the need for an aftermarket TMIC in order to meet their needs. One of the problems with the kit up until now is that the fabrication of the metal pieces required for the kit is difficult, time consuming, and potentially dangerous to those without a reasonable amount of experience in cutting metal. While my second attempt and making my own kit was successful, the first attempt ended with a pile of bent metal and bloody fingers.

With SeeeeYa’s permission (Thanks, Jeff!), I have been looking at some scenarios to get a number of kits fabricated professionally by a machine shop and I believe this will prove to be the solution to providing these kits to those who need them at a reasonable price. I’m pretty confident that the machine shop is set to produce some kits for me, and I’ve been given the go ahead to move forward with this as a homebrew vendor to supply them.

Two kit will include:all of the required aluminum pieces for the kit, plus 2 stainless zip ties to use in lieu of any other sort of mounting hardware (bolts, threaded rod, etc). Pieces in this kit will be straight-cut on each end (instead of angled) and a “groove” will also be machined along the entire length of each of the longer pieces to hold the zip ties; they will not be drilled unless specifically requested. This kit should have everything you need to "bullet proof" your stock TMIC. It should be noted that the stainless steel zip ties will need to be tightened sufficiently, which may or may not be able to be completed with normal tools (read: pliers, vice grips, etc.). It's highly recommended that you purchase a "CV Joint Banding Tool" to use to sufficiently tighten and secure the zip ties--it will make things immensely easier and you can pick one up online for ~$10-15.
Video of zip tie installation with the tool: http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost....5&postcount=83

To confirm, here’s what will be included in the kit:

  • Four (4) pieces of aluminum channel designed and cut to fit on the top/bottom of the stock TMIC where the end tanks attach to the core
  • One (1) piece of aluminum channel designed and cut to fit on the front passenger corner of the stock TMIC where the end tank attaches to the core
  • Two (2) stainless steel zip ties
  • Three (3) plastic zip ties
  • One (1) corbin clamp
  • Instructions for installing the kit
ORDER YOUR KIT HERE: https://sites.google.com/site/bptmickit/



Where can I get the tool to tighten the stainless steel zip ties???

A few choices: NAPA Autoparts, Amazon ( , or I prefer ). I also think that some Autozone's rent them for "free" (you pay for it, then return it when you're done through their rental program).


VERY IMPORTANT CAVEAT: The term "Bullet-Proof" when used in referring to this kit is not meant to imply that installing this kit will make your OEM TMIC impervious to high speed munitions fired from any sort of projectile weapon, device, machine or similar. This kit is only designed to prevent boost pressure from causing end tank separation, and nothing more.

DISCLAMER
Neither I nor the original designer of this kit can take responsibility in the case of damage to anything on your vehicle that results indirectly or directly from the installation of this modification. If you doubt your capacity, do not undertake the installation of this modification; ask for help or have it installed by someone qualified.

laff79 07-18-2012 07:38 AM

bump for a good deal.

I'm the proud recipient of the first Barman kit and am very pleased to report that it shipped quickly and works like a charm.

Might need to do a little filing on the corners, but all-in-all a great, cheap way to ensure the life of the stock IC.

BarManBean 07-18-2012 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by laff79 (Post 3986229)
bump for a good deal.

I'm the proud recipient of the first Barman kit and am very pleased to report that it shipped quickly and works like a charm.

Might need to do a little filing on the corners, but all-in-all a great, cheap way to ensure the life of the stock IC.

This first kit was also a homemade version--the same type of kit is also installed on my car. It's my hope that by going through a machine shop for future kits that any extensive finish work will be unnecessary.

Pako 07-18-2012 08:07 AM

This saves me all sorts of trouble. Add me to the list, kit #2 please. Thank you for putting together this package!!

BarManBean 07-18-2012 08:18 AM

I should also mention that I would like for someone local to test the kit with the zip ties if possible prior to shipping all the remaining kits. Local means the Northern Virginia area. Let me know if you are interested in testing fitment / installation.

laff79 07-18-2012 08:43 AM

where do you get those 33'' ss zip ties if u dont mind me asking

BarManBean 07-18-2012 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by laff79 (Post 3986322)
where do you get those 33'' ss zip ties if u dont mind me asking

McMaster-Carr has 'em.

96r50 07-18-2012 09:10 AM

Thanks BMB for getting this done!

I may have read this in the original thread and forgotten, but why is there only one short piece (for the front passenger corner) and not four (one for each corner)?

BarManBean 07-18-2012 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by 96r50 (Post 3986365)
Thanks BMB for getting this done!

I may have read this in the original thread and forgotten, but why is there only one short piece (for the front passenger corner) and not four (one for each corner)?

As I've understood it, that corner is actually the most prone to failure. When I installed my kit I actually spoke to Jeff about possibly omitting this piece since it seemed wasteful to buy a whole 8' piece of aluminum just for a 3" piece to install. He let me know that the passenger side corner on the front is the most prone to failure so the piece is necessary. To my knowledge, the other corners are not prone to failure, especially with the rest of the kit installed. You should not have a problem as long as you install the kit PRIOR TO any sort of extreme failure. The tabs on my intercooler were starting to separate a little bit (from 60k miles at stock boost), but they easily pinched back down and the kit has performed well through my stage 2 install, tune, and subsequent driving (~5k miles so far).

96r50 07-18-2012 09:33 AM

Thanks for the explanation. I'm in for Kit #2.

.:Catalyst:. 07-18-2012 10:21 AM

Come on gang let's get a couple more commitments! I'm going stage 2 this weekend and need this to get me through until I'm ready to go with a PW TMIC (or the Grimmspeed if it's the right setup for me and is released in the near future). Cheap way to reinforce the OEM TMIC without the hassle or need for tooling to DIY!

famaya26 07-18-2012 10:31 AM

I hope this kit is still available next march. I hate not having money!

laff79 07-18-2012 11:05 AM

maybe BMB will do a layaway plan for poor people

BarManBean 07-18-2012 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by laff79 (Post 3986553)
maybe BMB will do a layaway plan for poor people

Layaway for mod junkies :lol::lol:

96r50 07-18-2012 11:13 AM

Doesn't this kit work for more than just the 05-09 LGT? I seem to remember SeeYa doing it on his current generation WRX. Would it be worth reaching out to some of those owners as well?


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