Yeah the manifold adapter is made of two pieces of stainless stock water jet cut to the t3 dimensions. He has done this to his car and he knows about the preheat/post-heat to avoid cracking of the welds but yes of course I will keep an eye on it haha. We decided not to make a bolt on adapter because the nuts always back out, cost more money, more weight, cause turbo to hit the oil line, etc. I was thinking about the ats machined adapter if we were to do otherwise but it was $$$$$$.
The downpipe was also done with no cheater bends so we were proud of that. Also utilizes a diffuser to reduce pressure drop which I havent seen featured on any turbo kit d/p available for the 3s.
Dump is open to the atmosphere but you dont even hear it because I run open midpipe. I do still need to add a few inches to it so it extends closer to the ground. I might have to change it a bit and make it angle tighter to the downpipe b/c it might hit the ASI radiator I just got.
The turbo is also water cooled but I currently dont have the water lines hooked up. I needed to get it running asap so we can run the car and gather the information because we only had the testing equipment for a few hours.
Thanks, we are proud of the kit. We didnt cut any corners and the quality is on par (if not better, dare I say lol, than other kits out there) and we did it for less than a 1/3 for the cost. I still have to get it ceramic coated so the packaging will look better even though the funky color the stainless steel turned after a few hours of hard boosting looks pretty cool. I think the coating will make it look more professional plus the obvious benefits.