"Bullet Proof" Top Mount Intercooler (TMIC) Mod for 05-09 Subaru Legacy GT and 08+ Subaru WRX



This site is dedicated to providing information about the "Bullet Proof" TMIC kit for modifying your turbocharged Subaru.

For those of you who read this post http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/bulletproof-tmic-mod-lgt-08-wrx-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.

***The kit will include all of the required aluminum pieces for the kit, plus 3 stainless zip ties to use in securing the rails (you will only need 2 zip ties for the kit, but I supply an extra in case you need it). Pieces in this kit will be straight-cut on each end and a “groove” will also be machined along the entire length of each piece to hold the zip ties in place; they will not be drilled. This kit should have everything you need to "bullet proof" your stock TMIC, aside from the banding tool required to sufficiently tighten the metal zip ties.

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
  • Three (3) stainless steel zip ties
  • Three (3) plastic zip ties for securing vacuum lines
  • One (1) corbin clamp for securing the BPV sense hose
  • Instructions for installing the kit

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.

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July 19, 2012: First batch of material should start production tomorrow!  ETA is approximately 3 weeks.

August 19, 2012: Kits are in stock and shipping!

September 24, 2012: All the material I have has been cut to produce Kit #2.  Kit #1 (standard hardware) is not currently in stock.

November 27, 2012: More kits should be available shortly.  As such, I'm putting the kits back up for sale.  The first 13 kits are available at the previous price of $77.  After that the price will be raised to $90 to cover some of the increased machining costs.

January 4, 2013: Kits are sold out again!  I should have more in stock shortly!

January 18, 2013: Kits back in stock!

October 11, 2013: Kits are still in stock and shipping, thanks everyone!  I may have a brief period of things being "out of stock" in the near future, but it should be short and I'll update the site as needed.

January 28, 2014: Kits are sold out, I hope to have them back in stock shortly!

March 6, 2014: I have material back in hand and will be finalizing kits to go out beginning next week!

March 9, 2014: Kits are officially back in stock and ready to ship.  Any orders placed should ship within 1-2 days.