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Old 11-19-2012, 04:09 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, 04:34 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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