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Old 11-19-2012, 05:09 PM   #26
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Just get a downpipe and a good stage 2 protune. Tell the tuner you want it to be a bit more conservative. You'll be good to go with minimal mods. I'd skip the IC until you want to go further with the car. Spend the extra money on a wideband and boost gauge so you can keep tabs on things. Should be as reliable as stock if you take care of the car, don't drive crazy, and datalog things regularly.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #27
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how are you gonna have less heatsoak then a larger quality tmic? get a turbo blanket. not with a small oem tmic.
Larger intercoolers are much heavier with more mass that will absorb heat and be harder to cool once heatsoaked.

The smaller stock intercooler with the plastic endtanks flows pretty well and won't transfer heat from the turbo as easily as an all metal unit, and it's small enough that if it does heatsoak, say at a stoplight, it will cool back down almost instantly once air starts moving through it again. Unless you plan on tracking the car, the stock intercooler is fine at those levels and beyond.

The turbo blankets are definitely an awesome investment though. Every test has shown them significantly reducing underhood temperatures.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:01 AM   #29
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:02 AM   #30
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:02 AM   #31
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I actually received my PTP lava turbo blanket yesterday.

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Old 11-19-2014, 03:41 PM   #32
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Upgrading the intercooler certainly won't hurt you, but there are other mods you can do for much cheaper which will also fill that supporting role.

You could get a fuel pump, or as Unabomber mentioned, you can get an air-oil separator or catch can which will eliminate the blowby oil you will get in the intercooler, which will reduce the octane of your gasoline, potentially leading to detonation.

A richer fuel mixture will also allow help to cool the intake charge.

Neither of these mods require a tune, and both will help to support the longevity of your motor (the AOS moreso than the fuel pump). At stage 1 a fuel pump is probably not required, but it's cheap and easy to install. The AOS is a bit of a PITA to install if you've never done it before, but it certainly makes a difference.

Personally, I installed both an IC and a fuel pump at stage 1. I installed an AOS about a few thousand miles ago, but I'm running somewhere between stage 2 and stage 3. Probably should have done that sooner, but I never noticed any oil in my IC.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:25 PM   #33
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The best thing you can do for longevity is control the loose nut behind the driver seat.

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