Originally Posted: March 10, 2011 in
This is a Public Service Announcement brought to you by people who actually care about cars. I’ve added a few pictures below of a turbo manifold we had to repair recently. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking “ah sure metal is metal, it’ll do the same job”. This particular manifold wasn’t even welded all the way round the outside (must’ve been a friday evening or a monday morning with a hangover job ).There is a reason that motor/tuning companies spend thousands if not millions developing parts and manufacturing processes. Unfortunately the costs get passed on to us but they actually save us money in the long run. We’ve seen over the years while doing thousands of pulls on the dyno and on the road the difference between quality parts and cheap tat. Brand new cheap manifolds that lose power over the stock one (yes the stock one not even an uprated aftermarket part), wastegate pipes that have fallen off on the road (that one was actually funny because the car was in France at the time lol), flanges that wobble on a flat surface and ones that crack because of the lack of adequate bracing.
So all we’re asking is that the next time you see a deal that is too good to be true, think twice before the impulse takes over and you whip out the credit card. Do a quick bit of research like checking out car specific forums, it’ll save you a lot of time money and hassle in the long run. Remember “buy cheap buy twice”, “never buy a pig in a poke”, “penny wise pound poor”, “never accept candy from strangers” and “kitchen pickers wear bigger knickers”. Okay you don’t have to remember the last one unless you work in a restaurant. Right so class is over, no more meandering lecturing for today go home and do your homework