FMIC opening

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Exterior Upgrades' started by Eric Hamann, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. Eric Hamann

    Eric Hamann Member

    Has anyone cut out the front section of bumpr to show FMIC? Kind of want to but no going back once it's done lol post some pics please

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  3. crzyworm623

    crzyworm623 Member

    If by cut-out the front means remove the black grill insert and cut-out the supports. Yes it has been done by a few fellas. Not my FiST but a damn good-looking one that has. A few others have too just don't remember who or what forum they posted on.

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  4. Eric Hamann

    Eric Hamann Member

    Lol that's the one I've seen!!! I want to see more to get a good idea of what it's going to look like
  5. razorlab

    razorlab Active Member

    Just popping the black grill in front of the FMIC frees up a bunch of airflow, you can do it with just your hands. Super easy to do.
  6. Eric Hamann

    Eric Hamann Member

    That's not screwed or held in by anything other than force?
  7. razorlab

    razorlab Active Member

    Nope, just tabs, I take it off at the track and put it back on before I leave. It protects the FMIC from large objects that could hit the front during normal hwy driving.

    Start at one side and pull forward, you will hear it pop and then work your way to the other side.

    You can see what it looks like on my car with it off here:
  8. Eric Hamann

    Eric Hamann Member

    I see but the vertical ones I would want gone too
  9. razorlab

    razorlab Active Member

    I got it, I was just saying it's fairly easy to get an idea of what the opening would look like freed up on your own car by just popping off the black part. :)
  10. Eric Hamann

    Eric Hamann Member

    Yea I am gonna try it for sure... That's for the heads up
  11. timboslice

    timboslice Active Member

    Not sure if I would want to remove the grill when daily driving... It protects the FMIC. Some of the aftermarket one have really thin fins that are susceptible to rock hits, road debris and probably large bugs.
  12. aar0n

    aar0n Member

    I know this isnt the best for style but you could always put a screen in front of the FMIC. I have seen people do it on radiators on their DD's and it prevents alot of junk from getting stuck in there.
  13. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I ran with and without the lower grille and noticed zero change in intake charge temps, but it sure looks good with it off. I put it on for the winter to protect the intercooler from large chunks of ice and debris flying towards the front of the car. I will remove it again in the summer. A screen is the best option to protect the intercooler from debris.
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  14. Carlos V.

    Carlos V. New Member

  15. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    I prefer the grille in there. Can't imagine it would block that much airflow either...
  16. FiSTofNoVA

    FiSTofNoVA New Member

    I just popped out the removable portion on mine, leaving the vertical rows. Looks sweet with the Cobb FMIC! :thumbsup:
  17. Steve@Tasca

    Steve@Tasca Fiesta ST Network Sponsor

    This car has been driven in Minnesota for more than ten years with the intercooler mounted exactly as you see it, they're really pretty tough.

    Granted the intercooler does take some abuse and won't stay beautiful but then again, it's a car, it's meant to be driven.

  18. m4ximusprim3

    m4ximusprim3 Member

    The horizontal slats just pull out as mentioned above. The vertical ones you have to cut, but I was hesitant to do so because I was worried that without them, the lower area might start to flap as it's not super thick.

    Here's a picture of mine with the verticals still in place. My IC is black, so they blend in good enough that it doesn't matter much.
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