10-27-2011, 11:12 AM #26
Quick update... im at the install shop and they are putting on the FMIC as we speak. It does require a bit of cutting of the radiator bracket and the mounting holes do not match up, so new holes are being drilled into the bracket on the car. The amount of cutting is minimum and the CPE size is about 50% larger (volume) then the OEM as well as about twice as heavy (which tells me it has way more cooling fins then OEM).
I've got pictures of the install, cutting and new hole locations and will write up a much more detailed account of the install, but it's a good news/bad news scenario. Good news is it fits without major rework. Bad news is there is some minor cutting. More to follow....2008 BMW 535iA | Cobb Stg2+ | FBO | Meth
10-27-2011, 11:13 AM #27
10-27-2011, 11:24 PM #28
Ok.. I'll make a seperate thread with the FMIC data but I wanted to writeup the short & skinny of a working 2008 535i FMIC!
The install went great - took about 4 hours with minimal hassle. As these become more common, it could easily be done it 2-3 hours. The bottom part of the radiator bracket was cut out a little to make room and two strips of aluminum were bent and formed into brackets to mount the oil cooler (using the OEM brackets) to the top part of the FMIC. The transmission cooler lines were relocated and bundled back up nice and tight. Overall, the install is very clean and the oil cooler is actually in a better place I think.
So, onto the stg2 +fmic initial thoughts.
Wow! On a very quick 0-60 run (little time to play tonight), no brake boosting at all, I ran a 4.78 0-60. When the boost kicks in hard, around 4k, the tires will break traction in first. It was 66 degrees when I ran it and the IAT's actually went down (which was never the case before under similar conditions). I'll post more logs and dyno information once I get a chance. The car has yet another kick in the ass that I got when I first installed stg 1. Even though it's an expensive proposition to do on a 5'er, so far the the catted DP's (I went with high flow cats) and FMIC are really shining.
2008 BMW 535iA | Cobb Stg2+ | FBO | Meth
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