Originally Posted by scoobycoupe
What would you consider to be the best way to go stage 2 and be as reliable as possible, say for a DD?
Stage 2 itself does not consist of much besides intake exhaust and a tune, so what else would make it better?
A new downpipe is the one mandatory part before the tune. Add the intake, but understand each one needs tuned to the car it's on. Intakes have other considerations as well that should be fully understood before chosing one.
That said, for the most reliable possible, only the downpipe is needed... and then the tune. If you're willing to ride herd on what an intake introduces, which for optimum reliability should be a part of any driver,s responsibility anyway, you can minimize the negatives an intake brings. Either case requirs monitoring and logging your car. Regularly.
But understand... once you change that downpipe and flash the ECU, you've crossed a line. You don't want to be caught with your pants down over that line, and the best way to do that is to always ensure your car's performance is either KNOCK FREE, or within established boundaries. If you do not keep on top of your tune by logging and analysis you are betting you can get away without it... betting a motor.
IMO, that downpipe and that super tune should have come on the car new.