Crosshair Delete / Custom Front Grille

I received my Grille pieces from – these pieces just showed up to the party!

Here is the link to my exact grille.  I used XXL Perforated Aluminum Mesh, and then painted it black (like the song.)

You have to remove the entire front fascia to do this – total PITA, but worth it!  Once you have the piece cut and bent, it fits into the area where the old plastic was.  I used a dremel tool to cut out the old plastic, leaving several tabs on the top and bottom.  These tabs were used as mounting points for the new piece.  Once the fitting is perfect, use black tie wraps to secure the new grille to the existing mounting tabs.  You cannot see the zip ties, and it is completely secure.


I cut out the plastic grille mesh, but left the outer portion for support, and to have a place to attach the new mesh:

and now cut & painted:20150814_225110

and bent:20150817_182544

rough placement:


This is the inside of the front fascia, needed for crosshair delete, in case anyone needs this pic:

As you can see above, I left the border of the black plastic intact, then re-assembled it.  This have the structure more rigidity, and left me a solid foundation to add the new grille mesh.

(Re)painted the front fascia center piece: (plasti dip)20150820_003410

The bottom half is covered up by the license plate, FYI.

Finished bending and molding the grille last night. This pic is just a mockup, but afterwards, i attached the bottom piece using self tapping screws, and I will finish it up this evening. I also received my Unichip to USB cable, so I can backup my tuning map and make a few changes. I’m going to adjust the throttle response, and then re-use the second map for the higher throttle response and more boost. My AFR’s are good, so only minor changes needed, here!



FMIC and Intercooler (IC) Pipes

I asked my wife if I could bring this to bed…20150727_233900
Needless to say, she was not nearly as excited as I was about the new FMIC!

FMIC time! ! ! ! It’s time to do some installation fun! I got some tips from some very helpful members on the .org, and the DRP pipes arrived in the mail, too! Yippee!

So I am using my buddy’s garage, and I’m doing all of the final mods at once, so I don’t have to keep pulling the front fascia off. I have the front end off, as well as the aero panels and intercooler shrouds, and now I’m ready to tackle the challenge before me!

I also now have full 2.5″ coming in to the engine, the intercooler & pipes, as well as going back out through the exhaust.

This is the weak, stock FMIC:

FMIC – how to / installation / part list

@jrobmsu (at asked me about the FMIC on Facebook, so I’d thought I would elaborate, as I spent a ton of time doing research on this topic with people who know more about it than myself. First of all, the stock FMIC is 27 X 7 X 2.5, or 337.5 cubic inches. You don’t really want one twice the size, or larger, as others have confirmed that it takes the turbo a lot longer to spool up, and you would lose precious low end torque. On the other hand, the stock IC is pretty weak, so even a third party unit would likely be more efficient at the same size.

There are kits out there, but quite expensive. I put in one from ebay, that is 28 X 7 X 2.5, or 490 cubic inches. IMO – this one is perfect. Perfect fit, good width, and everything connects pretty solid. If you stick with 2.5″ I/O you will have the best possible air flow, but it is tight to fit in there, so you have to massage the hoses to fit them in a bit. I took some images of what I purchased last year, so hopefully, this will help someone else out, too. I didn’t know jack-squat before this car, so I’m learning as I go, as I fix other stuff for a living, so this is very interesting to me.

Here is an example shopping cart from ebay of everything you need, assuming you have 2.5″ IC pipes, such as the DRP. You need two of the 90º couplers, & several clamps. I cut the aluminum pipe in half, one for each side. Remember to put the clamps in a direction where you could access it without the fascia off the car, in case you have to change something later.

intercooler part list


Experimenting with Mockups (hood & fascia)

  1. A little Photoshop action with the MPX Carbon Fibre Hood (My wife doesn’t like it) – what do you think? Seems like it works better on the red one below:
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Plasti Dip Door Handles and Fascia & EZ Lip

  1. Plasti Dipped the crap out of my door handles. I used a brush and painted between the handle opening area, then sprayed the rest.
    I should have taped it differently, but we live and learn. What do I know, I’m just a music producer!





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    I had some Plasti Dip leftover, and I had been photoshopping the front grill/fascia black – I thought it would look ok, and boy did it ever! It turned out fabulous!  I also added the EZ Lip on the front and sides.  (Both the plasti dip and the EZ Lip were later removed / upgraded.)