No doubt. If only I could have benefited from hind site. “I wish that I knew then what I know now, when I was younger...”19t will be all of 3 banjo bolts 2 hose clamps 3 downpipe nuts 4 turbo nuts and 2x t25 screws on the oil return line. Hour to get it out the first time you do it.
K24 will be a thousand bucks more minimum and probably a full day to bolt in due to everything else required just for physically mounting/plumbing/oiling/cooling the new frame.
"as of now, i have a cold air intake, boost controller, and a boost gage. i care about going fast in a straight line, and dont wanna spend a fortune"
Throw that boost controller in the trash if its anything other than a stock or R pierberg unit. This is how you blow the motor up.
Seriously dude everyone heres really genuinely trying to help and figuratively holding your hand through how to do this fast, easy, cheap and right because we've all done it too many times the wrong way ourselves and wish someone would listen to the extremely valuable advice you're getting for free.
In ten years of ownership I have gone from the stock 16t to an 18t to a k24 to an iPd 4t4, and finally now to a Garrett 3071r. If I had it to do all over again I would have kept the 18t until I was ready to go all in with built motor and large frame turbo and skipped the k24 and 4t4. I *still* had a higher fun quotient with the 18t than with anything else until I moved up to the Garrett. The k24 felt similar to the 18t, and the iPd 4t4 only marginally better, certainly not worth the cost in retrospect. Some of my experience had to do with tunes and hardware, so it’s not quite that simple, but the 18t/ 19t makes for a very fun and streetable turbo.