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NSFW 11-09-2008 10:13 PM

AVO FMIC Install Pictorial
 
So, 3 guys
+ 1 car
+ 1 FMIC
+ 10 hours

= 93 pictures, and...
Great Success!
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2103.jpg


The car runs fine, and the fog lights are still in place. Since I'm still running the stock turbo and tune, I can't really comment on the performance aspects. I'm pretty sure it will serve me well when the rest of the upgrades are in place, though.

It took a long time, and I have a lot of pictures, so I don't plan to post everything in one sitting...

NSFW 11-09-2008 10:31 PM

You'll want to pull the bumper and the bumper beam, and also the plastic tray you see below the radiator here. I tried cutting slots in that tray to allow the core's mounting tabs to reach their mounting points, but that didn't seem possible. Looking at these pictures again, I think it might be possible to keep that tray if you cut off the top inch below the radiator.

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2023.jpg

In fact, the tray wasn't the only thing getting in the way. The bottom of the core hit the bracket in the center of the radiator at the points where you see the two red dots. Easy19 and the man with the lift (hereafter, TMWTL Citka) taped up the back of the core, painted the tape red, and hung it from the top mounting point, transferring the red dots you see below. Also, to the right, note that the AC sensor has been mounted on the back of its tab, and still had to be bent back, causing some paint flaking.

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2030.jpg

Same thing, different angle:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2029.jpg

Unfortunately for Easy10, TMWTL Citka located an angle grinder before the Sawzall could be found:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2038.jpg

Result:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2040.jpg

I think there may have been more grinding after that, but I'm not sure. The bare metal was sanded and given a liberal coat of touch-up paint, as was the aforementioned AC temperature sensor mounting tab.

Tight fit:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2052.jpg

NSFW 11-09-2008 10:43 PM

Next problem:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2042.jpg

Unfortunately for Easy19, TMWTL Citka felt that this cutting wheel would be more appropriate than the Sawzall:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2045.jpg

Solved:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2055.jpg

NSFW 11-09-2008 11:05 PM

So, the core mounts, and that's enough pictures for tonight.

Does Easy19 ever get to use the Sawzall? Stay tuned...

lucas569 11-10-2008 01:52 AM

lazy sub...

snow05gtRI 11-10-2008 04:17 AM

is that the AEM CAI you have installed with the FMIC?

Tor 11-10-2008 10:52 AM

Wish I was there to make stupid comments and drink beer (citka and easy...recognize!)

NSFW 11-10-2008 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snow05gtRI (Post 2150055)
is that the AEM CAI you have installed with the FMIC?

Yes. The heat shield had to be trimmed to fit the turbo-to-IC pipe, but that's about all. I just realized that I didn't get any pictures of the trimmed shield, but I'll take one later. If you search for this site for AEM and AVO FMIC you'll find a picture of someone else's install.

JSaladino 11-10-2008 11:40 AM

the search results probably brought up my install.

NSFW, did you have a problem putting the bumper beam back in? my mounting hardware was screwed up a bit, so i just didnt put the bumper beam back in.

enthusiast 11-10-2008 12:20 PM

Looks good so far. It is nice when you have someone there to help out. :)

lucas569 11-10-2008 02:11 PM

*chants*

more pics!!!

JoeFromPA 11-10-2008 02:24 PM

I love the sawzall as much as the next person.....but I'm pretty much off using them on plumbing connected to important parts.

I cut a 3" PVC sewage pipe as I was re-routing the pipe in a new direction. The leverage action of the PVC pipe, connected to a toilet 5' feet away, caused the whole house to shake/vibrate. My toilet bowl broke it's wax seal (allowing it to "tinkle" down through the open ceiling), candles fell off walls in the house, and God only knows what other damage/aging I did.

Grinding wheel FTW so far :)

Joe

P.s. Am I the only one who thinks the engine bay looks SO much better with the intercooler relocated to the front and no plastic engine cover? I'm no detailed-engine freak, but I so want my engine to look like that with a nice new battery, black hoses, and a shined up engine bay.

NSFW 11-10-2008 04:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by enthusiast (Post 2150720)
Looks good so far. It is nice when you have someone there to help out. :)

Absolutely. I'm super glad I didn't end up doing this by myself. There are steps that really demand a person on each side of the car, and there were even times where it was useful to have a person on each side holding something (bumper, beam, core, etc) and a third person checking the fit.

Also, as a relative n00b to car work, it helped (enormously) to be working with two experienced people. There were plenty of times where if this was a solo project I would have just stopped and cursed, but their attitude was always, "we can fix that with..." and that kept us moving forward the whole time.

Quote:

Originally Posted by JSaladino (Post 2150662)
the search results probably brought up my install.

NSFW, did you have a problem putting the bumper beam back in? my mounting hardware was screwed up a bit, so i just didnt put the bumper beam back in.

That was one of the more aggravating tasks, but we did get it mounted. Our first problem was not reading the instructions. Our second problem was not really understanding the instructions even after we read them. And then, we did not quite believe the instructions even after we figured out what they meant.

We did get it back on though, and there will be pictures. :)

LittleBlueGT 11-10-2008 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NSFW (Post 2149897)

Isn't that going to have a small affect on the structural rigidity of the car?

NSFW 11-10-2008 08:21 PM

Here's that the pic again, since I moved it a minute ago:

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/FMIC2040.jpg

I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I wouldn't want to do that sort of grinding in the middle of that pillar, but right down there near the welds doesn't bother me.


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