Review: VRSF 7" HD FMIC

zero2sixtyZ

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Nov 6, 2016
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E92 335i
Went from VRSF stepped 5” FMIC to 7” HD FMIC. Note: Replaced radiator during this install, so pictures may show extra room around FMIC work area.

What you’ll get:
http://www.vr-speed.com/vrsf-7-front-mount-intercooler-fmic-kit-135i-335i-n54-e82-e90-e92.html
  • 7” HD FMIC
  • 2 black silicone couplers
  • 4 T-bar clamps
  • 2 Stainless steel 18-8, #14 screws, 1-¼” (#2339 on boltdepot.com)
  • Lower charge pipe (if applicable)
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Where’d it go:
  • 07 E92 6MT, 113k
  • BMS DCI, VRSF DPs + Charge Pipe, MHD v7.1 Stg2+
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What to do:
Cliffs:​
  • Car: Raise car onto jack stands/ramps, remove front shield, remove radiator fan.
  • Old IC: disconnect stock couplers, remove lower IC air guide and screws, pull old IC.
  • Trim shroud and clean area. This needs to be cut out:
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and turned into this:​
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  • New IC: Install lower charge pipe (if applicable), couplers, and new IC.

Comparing the two FMICs:
  • The 7” HD core adds some weight, but the fin density is very noticeable. Fit and finish is decent. Solid piece. Mounted up perfectly, just like the 5” stepped.
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Logs: Datazap log: https://goo.gl/MdJi96
  • Log is 3rd gear shifting into 4th, then letting off at the bottom of 5th gear. IAT held pretty well. I overlaid two end points of each gear so you could see where the temps began and ended.
  • Started at 54 F, dropped to 50 F after 3rd gear, up to 59 F top of 4th, and reached 63 F as I was slowing down in 5th.
3rd Gear:
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4th Gear:
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Pics:
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Toothy face only a mother could love.
Huge shoutout to @doublespaces and @[email protected] for making this happen. Bonus points to Datazap in being able to show these logs easily.

Hope this helps anyone (still) shopping for FMICs or considering the 7" HD. Unfortunately before storage, I had a boost leak and a leaky radiator that prevented some good logs of the 5" on the way to the garage. If I have any relative logs that I dig up, I'll post them.
 

island road

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Nov 21, 2016
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535xiT 2010 M Sport
Nice Review, I have the non HD version of this IC it does its job good. Not to mention that wooden garage is pretty sick. Nice to see you have the car our of storage it was a long winter here in NE. Actually Killington just ended the longest season with people skiing today, crazy!

Can't wait to see this thing when you finally get it pro-tuned!
 
  • Agree
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Pull96333

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Jun 1, 2017
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Bmw 135i coupe
Great review, was looking to get one of these next. In serious need of an IC!