Not sure I totally agree with that sentiment.. Sometimes there is value is buying something ready to install even if you do know how to fab, weld, and do general work like that, as I do. Time is sometimes worth more than money saved. Generally I would agree though, custom is usually better and cheaper.The choice is entirely dependent on how much time and $ you want to spend. By far the best AND CHEAPEST intercooler is going to be custom. However expect to spend LOTS of time cutting fabbing and welding. On the other end, a very high dollar aftermarket intercooler like the Elevate one is going to be a super easy install.
If you know how to weld, fab and do general bad8SS stuff -> custom IC
If you just learned how to use a screw driver -> $$$ + "engineered" option
Did you need to do any welding or it was just messing around with the mounting points and hoses? Sounds like a promising option.I have a Mishimoto J line intercooler on mine. Took a little bit of fiddling to get it in and right but it was less than half the cost of the Elevate etc.
If I don't find a used intercooler fairly soon or a universal that can be installed without extensive modification, I'm going the do88 route. Still expensive relative to the universals but it's a good 30% cheaper than the elevate.I have the ATP from Viva i think. Its the garrett core. fitment is good but it very expensive, cheaper than elevate but still too much. I bought my second hand so it was like $300.
If i had to buy one right now I would try out whatever do88 is selling for P1's. they are pretty cheap. how bad could they be?
Thanks for the offer! I'll let you know if I need to do a mockup. I live in Golden so we're prob not too far away.If you need a stock intercooler to use to mock up a custom one you can borrow mine for measurements.
Awesome posts! That's a beast of an intercooler you have there. I'm not planning on doing anything that intensive but those measurements will be helpful if I go the custom/universal route.[/URL]
No c30 crew account to see the links but all I can say for sure is I wish yall had a better name than do88 lolHi guys.
About that Elevate unit everybody seems so fond of, have a look here if you may:
Our has better air flow, considerably better heat transfer abilities, and a lower price. Comes with everything necessary for installation, along with instructions.
Give it some thinking.