I definitely am. Hard piping would help quite a bit.
Metal charge pipes help with heat over plastic?Because I live in one of the hottest climates in the country and my own research shows that the stock unit performs just as well as aftermarket ones. I cruise at about 8-9 degrees over ambient no matter what the temp is, and during a pull in 100 degree weather, I have actually had IAT2's go down a degree or two. The upgrade to metal charge pipes should help those temps another degree or two.
I dont think anyone really tested the stock unit very well, and those that did IMO while very reputable companies wanted to build a FMIC anyways. the only time i heat soak is at idle for more then 5 minutes. And even then, i am back to normal temps 5 minutes into my drive.
I used 2.25" diameter piping because ZZP & CXRacing chose to use 2.25". I assume they chose 2.25" for a few reasons, but the bigger you go, the less lower end torque you'll have. I even noticed a little less lower end torque with this upgrade. It's subtle, but slightly noticeable. I don't think I'd go over 2.25". There's not much room to navigate the pipes. 2.5" may be too big for the available space, especially with the couplers and T-Bolt clams and drive ability may suffer on the lower end.what is the diameter of the piping you used? would you happen to know what the max diameter would be to use? thinking of using bigger piping with the BNR turbo upgrade if I could....thanks for any information
I didn't really notice any more sound. It definitely spools quicker and pulls harder. I was actually pleasantly surprised. However, I did have to go back to the OEM plastic elbows. There's just not enough plastic on the OEM intercooler inlet/outlet, so the couplers were blowing off under high boost.thoughts on sound/performance?