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Stinger FMIC Install with pics
BradM Offline
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Sharing my experience installing Stinger's FMIC. Bottom line, it's not perfect but I would recommend.

Pros:
Tubing is washed (no mandrel lubricant)
T-bolts are good quality (USA made)
Silicon couplers are good quality (unbranded)
The kit get's you 90% of the way there but some fabrication/modification is required
Best known solution for DIY install

Cons:
Some tubing bends were not correct (90 degree was not a 90 degree) and tubes also needed shortening
Cutting/welding was required
You'll need to make you're own intercooler brackets (the ones supplied are useless)
No instructions other than center the intercooler and don't drop it below the bottom of the core support
If you have A/C, you'll need to modify the secondary hood latch brace

I made the bottom bracket using 1-1/4"x1-1/4"x1/8" angle steel from Home Depot. It mounts to 3 existing holes in the core support using 1/2" U-nuts. The top brackets were made from 16 gauge sheet metal and were mounted to existing nuts already found in the core support. No modification to the core support was required. The intercooler is heavy so the bottom bracket should be stout. I eliminated one silicon coupler by welding the joint. Stinger only cut the joint to make it easier to ship. I still need to mount a BOV.

The upper radiator hose can be a problem depending upon which version you have. One is a simple 2-bend hose and the other has about 5 bends. The 2-bend works better.


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1965 Mercury Comet Caliente; 1968 Mercury Monterey; 1969 F100 Ranger; 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
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Kuch Offline
Senior Member
#2
Brad,
These are great pics and gave me some great ideas for mounting mine. Do you have some better pics of the bottom brackets? I was also thinking these would take the majority of the weight and I wasn't sure where to mount them to. Which seem did you weld instead of using the coupler?
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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BradM Offline
Junior Member
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I ran a single section of 1.25x1.25 angle across the bottom of the core support and used 3 existing holes and 1/2" U-bolts to mount it. With the leftover angle, I fabricated two arms for the FMIC to sit on. I welded these arms to the section I mounted to the core support. The top two supports just keep it from moving front to back. The FMIC is heavy so for the arms, make sure to keep a portion of the inside corner of the angle iron in place for strength. In my picture you'll see I cut mine in a step-like shape and kept the inside corner of the angle.

As for the tubing, there are three sections that come out of the output of the FMIC. The last two sections which connect to the intake are cut by Stinger at the vertical section which sits in front of the engine. I welded that joint. The Stinger kit is good but I wasn't happy with some of their bends not being 90 degrees, as they should have been. It would have looked like a dogs hind leg if assembled as received. I fixed this when I welded them together. It may be a different experience if you don't have an A/C condenser.

You'll need to modify the vertical bracket that's used as the hood safety catch (cut and re-weld) so it clears the FMIC.


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1965 Mercury Comet Caliente; 1968 Mercury Monterey; 1969 F100 Ranger; 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
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Kuch Offline
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Perfect Pics, that looks excellent, mine is going on this summer
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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