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breckiam said:
Something that I can DD and not have my engine blow up on me
Keep it simple:
Turboback exhaust
A good custom tune
Quality gauges to monitor (Defi for analog, AEM for digital)

A good S2 tune should have no real impact on reliability (e.g., if the car blows up, it's likely it would've done so stock). Boost / WBO2 gauges will help you monitor everything is in line; EGT / Oil Temp / Oil Pressure would be three more I would recommend if you'd like a broader picture.
 

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From the engine failures ive seen thus far, most of them seem to be due to bad tunes or lack of tunes and people pushing over the 350 mark. There are of course plenty of failures from all stock cars as well but the harder you push it, the more you risk. It seems like between the fa20 in the brz and the fa20dit in ours, the rods start bending over the previously mentioned 350 mark.

im currently at 280/305 and plan to stop power mods after getting an intercooler and tgv deletes since this is my daily driver. id feel more comfortable pushing more out of it with e85 or water meth only if i had a built short block.

Just my 2 cents
What is your set up for what you have now?
 

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If the OP hasn't posted or even looked at this, then disregard.

1) A good J-Pipe that is CATTED
2) TGV Deletes
3) EGR Delete

That right there will be enough to get you close to, or right at the mark of about 300, but like many have said and I will echo the same, anything higher than 300 and you really start to get into reliability issues.

Other facts:

1) You don't need a CAI of any kind, just a drop in filter that is washable and reusable, AND NOT OILED, and you're good. I recommend GS Panel Filter or AEM Dry Flow.
2) An Air Oil Separator from a reputable brand such as IAG, or Crawford will help with longevity.
3) DON'T GO CATLESS! WHATEVER SOME JOE SHMO TELLS YOU ON THE STREETS! If you want boost creep and an engine that goes boom, then go for it, or if you go catless then get external wastegates and a Killer B header which is well over 1200 if you want catless.
4) Definitely go with a reputable E-Tuner or ProTuner. For an E-Tune I would recommend Ron Watson and Phatbotti any day of the week.
 
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