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      05-20-2015, 06:16 PM   #1
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DIY Turbo Inlets - N54 (Solid gains)

There are a few turbo inlet kits and can't help but feel these are pretty simple and wish they were less expensive. Any thoughts on how easy it would be to source hoses/couplers and associated parts? I'm thinking these can be done for less than $200.

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1.75 to 2 inch elbow x2
2 inch aluminum tube (4in) x4
2 to 2.25inch coupler x2
6 feet 2inch mcmaster Carr high strength hose

That's literally all you need to make a vtt replica, won't be as smooth inside or pretty outside as theirs but will have similar flow characteristics. I have mine waiting to be installed
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Could you post pictures of your setup when done? Where did you source the parts from?

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1.75 to 2 inch elbow x2
2 inch aluminum tube (4in) x4
2 to 2.25inch coupler x2
6 feet 2inch mcmaster Carr high strength hose

That's literally all you need to make a vtt replica, won't be as smooth inside or pretty outside as theirs but will have similar flow characteristics. I have mine waiting to be installed
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anyone done a dyne on their DIY setups?
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Bump for more results. Looking forward to putting this together!

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anyone done a dyne on their DIY setups?
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Anyone? Still interested in doing this.
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Anyone? Still interested in doing this.
If you wait it out you can probably get inlets for around $250 or something soon...
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Well now that RB is coming out with his inlets at a much more competitive price point than others, and VRSF has said theirs will be out soon even cheaper, I'm thinking the DIY route is close to pointless. For my car I'd need to weld on 3 barbs for the DV's and PCV, and I am no welder at least not of thin aluminum. So figure the basic DIY parts including filter(s) $200 plus another $100 or so for welding it's getting close to a wash. Plus to do a DIY with filters on the hot side, you need to relocate a bunch of stuff.

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It will be interesting to see the results of VRSF and RB inlet products. Turns out VTT & RB are lashing out at each other like dogs, the truth couldn't be more clear. These guys are laughing to the bank with overpriced products. Neither will earn my business nor support with their awful attitude. I still believe we can get these done under $200, sick and tired of being taken advantage of just because. THESE REMAIN TOO EXPENSIVE.

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BTW, there is not just money to made… there is a TON of $$$ to be made.

Got to admit though, we would love to see those margins on anything (aside for a winning lotto ticket) so hats off to you for extracting it all from this community.

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For the person above, I do not believe our price point had anything to do with Rob knocking these off. He did so to spite us, and he saw money to be made. We are more than willing to do a group by as well. If you guys can put 10 people together. I will do $399, plus $25 shipping in the US. Put a thread together, and were in.

This does not agree with several customer accounts, but the vid illustrates great fitment.
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So if that is all good, next up is just chopping about 40% off your price.

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It will be interesting to see the results of VRSF and RB inlet products. Turns out VTT & RB are lashing out at each other like dogs, the truth couldn't be more clear. These guys are laughing to the bank with overpriced products. Neither will earn my business nor support with their awful attitude. I still believe we can get these done under $200, sick and tired of being taken advantage of just because. THESE REMAIN TOO EXPENSIVE.
The RB GB price is 279 plus another 60 if you want CNC'd recirc/PCV fittings. VRSF has said theirs are coming in a bit lower. RB's go to stock location and could be used with stock airbox. VRSF not sure what their config is.
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Ours will have the filters located at the turbos rather than the oem location. Relocation brackets will be included for the coolant reservoir and vacuum canisters and our kit will be compatible with every chargepipe unlike the other guys.
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Ours will have the filters located at the turbos rather than the oem location. Relocation brackets will be included for the coolant reservoir and vacuum canisters and our kit will be compatible with every chargepipe unlike the other guys.
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Ours will have the filters located at the turbos rather than the oem location. Relocation brackets will be included for the coolant reservoir and vacuum canisters and our kit will be compatible with every chargepipe unlike the other guys.
Tiago, when can we expect pictures?
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I'm ready and waiting VRSF/ i like the filter locaton.
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We'll have some pics up by Thurs/Fri once our production kits come in and we have them on the car!
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Cant wait for the VRSF kit !!
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I was going to build my own but now I have to wait and see what the VRSF kits looks like. #STOKED
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How do you service the filter?
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Still considering the DIY route but looking forward to what VRSF has to offer.

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We'll have some pics up by Thurs/Fri once our production kits come in and we have them on the car!
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