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Ive read SOOO much about this (WRX and Mits forums too). I want A FMIC and for 350, WOW! Some guys are claiming its a steal, others its a knock off that will fail long run. Some guys need to file down welds, drilling bigger holes into the sensor (i hate to do this because if i want to go back to stock im not sure how this will affect it), guys having to go to Autozone for bolts and brackets. CPE posted on a WRX form a picture for picture reason why a "competitor's" brand is not only stealing a design but doing it and cutting corners (this was for a down pipe), another guy on here had a complaint logged it on the the reviews and says someone at depo edited it and removed pictures. Some guys are swearing by it others condemning it; I just want to make sure what im bolting onto my car isnt some cheap knockoff that will end up costing me later because it was built from inferior materials and done in a rush. Or is it a a well made piece that has a budget customers in mind.
 

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When have you ever heard it will fail long run...? lol. If there is an issue like the filing or drilling, he fixes it for the next batch after publically addressing it. Yes, it's essentially a copy of CPE's intercooler. That's a clear thing you can see...but at the same time, it's an intercooler...they all look basically the same anyway, so he has a little foothold to argue that point. That being said, ALL his stuff is incredible quality for an incredible price. That's entire true and most will agree. I haven't seen a single horror story about his stuff. If someone has an issue, reach out to him and he fixes it. If you get one of his pieces on a budget you'll be totally happy with it guaranteed.

The welds on the catless DP I got from him looked better than stock, were perfect and beautiful. Fitment was great and had no issues. Intercooler was going to be ordered but sold out so I went with a used CPE lightweight I found off a forum member.

The reviews that got edited out happened in the early stages (years ago) of him entering our platform and he edited them and admitted publically he did it because when you make an official thread on this forum to advertise your way of living and someone publically slanders you without contacting you first to have the issue fixed, it ruins your image unnecessarily. He's a good guy who makes good stuff.
 

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I went with the Depo Racing 3.5" FMIC and catless DP on my ST build, the fitment and quality of both pieces were great for the money. I did have to file a weld on the FMIC and cut(1/2") the bottom hangers on the DP, each adjustment took about 1-2 min and were very minor. I had them installed for about 7k miles on a full bolt on e30 tune with no issues at all. When I removed the parts to trade the car in everything went back in just fine, you do have to drill out the collar in the MAP sensor(FMIC) but it still reinstalled just fine in the stock IC. I also sold the FMIC and DP together for $400 locally, I recouped most of my money and gave the next guy a good deal.

IMHO they were well made parts I would purchase again. Depo Racing 3.5" FMIC $350 + Depo Racing DP $200 + Cobb AP w/e30 tune $550 = Stage 3 e30 tuned for $1100! Best bang for the buck out there.
 

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I went with the Depo Racing 3.5" FMIC and catless DP on my ST build, the fitment and quality of both pieces were great for the money. I did have to file a weld on the FMIC and cut(1/2") the bottom hangers on the DP, each adjustment took about 1-2 min and were very minor. I had them installed for about 7k miles on a full bolt on e30 tune with no issues at all. When I removed the parts to trade the car in everything went back in just fine, you do have to drill out the collar in the MAP sensor(FMIC) but it still reinstalled just fine in the stock IC. I also sold the FMIC and DP together for $400 locally, I recouped most of my money and gave the next guy a good deal.

IMHO they were well made parts I would purchase again. Depo Racing 3.5" FMIC $350 + Depo Racing DP $200 + Cobb AP w/e30 tune $550 = Stage 3 e30 tuned for $1100! Best bang for the buck out there.
Not totally stage 3, but yes. Totally worth the money for what you get vs other brands available. Best bang for buck for sure.
 

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Not totally stage 3, but yes. Totally worth the money for what you get vs other brands available. Best bang for buck for sure.
Intake systems are a waste of money on the ST, you are correct though...i forgot the drop in filter @ $60 and colder plugs @ $40!
 

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I'd say somewhere in the middle. Every company has an acceptable rate of failure. I have a Depo Catless DP, and it looked awesome imo. I do have a friend whose welds on their DP separated and Depo said "eh, it's out of warranty, so it's on you." You can't expect to pay 1/3 the price and get the same product, there's always a compromise.

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The only problem I have found with mine is the mounts where it connects to the radiator are getting rusted. Other than that my intercooler has taken 52k miles of abuse and been more than adequate enough to handle my GTX2971 and I plan on keeping it for my 2.3L stroker setup unless I reach a point where it becomes inefficient.
 

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When have you ever heard it will fail long run...? lol. If there is an issue like the filing or drilling, he fixes it for the next batch after publically addressing it. Yes, it's essentially a copy of CPE's intercooler. That's a clear thing you can see...but at the same time, it's an intercooler...they all look basically the same anyway, so he has a little foothold to argue that point. That being said, ALL his stuff is incredible quality for an incredible price. That's entire true and most will agree. I haven't seen a single horror story about his stuff. If someone has an issue, reach out to him and he fixes it. If you get one of his pieces on a budget you'll be totally happy with it guaranteed.

The welds on the catless DP I got from him looked better than stock, were perfect and beautiful. Fitment was great and had no issues. Intercooler was going to be ordered but sold out so I went with a used CPE lightweight I found off a forum member.

The reviews that got edited out happened in the early stages (years ago) of him entering our platform and he edited them and admitted publically he did it because when you make an official thread on this forum to advertise your way of living and someone publically slanders you without contacting you first to have the issue fixed, it ruins your image unnecessarily. He's a good guy who makes good stuff.
Was me that made the review that got edited. I didn't take the time to write a fair review with lots of pictures for depo to go and cut and edit it for their benefit. That's sheety business practice that people need to be aware of.
 

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I just put on a 3.5. I wouldn't say it fit like a glove and I did have to take 3 mins to source new bolts and nuts for the lower support but I paid like half of what big names are asking and it is working GREAT. No regrets at all. I'd recommend to anyone moding on a budget.
 

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I have the Depo FMIC and I did have to file down two of the welds (maybe it was one), but It didn't bother me. It fit great, works great, and for the cost it was well worth it. I had the depr catless DP and the welds were superb and I have zero problems. I have since gone back to the stock DP, but I think their products are fantastic for the price.
 
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I mean, with anything you buy, you get what you pay for. That being said, I bought a depo 3.5" used for my car. I sourced all new hardware for it (cost less than $5). I also had to drill out my map sensor, and those brackets are rusty on mine as well. Its not the prettiest, but it gets the job done, and cost me $250. If I had the money I would've got the cpe no doubt because its nicer, but now that I saved some money I was able to spend money on other parts.
 

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I really dont care how premium manufactures justify the costs they are charging. If there is a demand for it, it will sell. That being said for the amount of money they are charging on new intercoolers or downpipes, I wouldnt be in the market for a new one of theirs anyway. For the money depo catless downpipe, intercooler, intake and charge pipe were the way to go for me. The fit and finish on the down pipe exceeded my expectations. Charge pipes are charge pipes but there were no quality issues there imo. The intake pipe was a little wavy between where there were straight pipes and elbows welded together but that is being a bit picky imo. Intercooler hardware had its issues, but it was no secret and easy to resolve. One of my mounting brackets interfered with a weld, yes i had to dremel it but $350 vs $700 plus im happy to deal with it. My bill for all that hardware was close to what a premium retailer charges for the intercooler alone. If competitors are butt hurt, well that's capitalism.


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Ok that was in bad taste lol. I had the CPE 5.5" and the brackets were rusted also. I have a couple buddies that have used the depo 3.5 and 5.5 intercoolers and for the money they work well. Had a issues with a intake tube once but got a replacement quickly from Depo. In the beginning the parts they put out were absolute crap. They have come a long way over the last couple years.
 

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I really dont care how premium manufactures justify the costs they are charging. If there is a demand for it, it will sell. That being said for the amount of money they are charging on new intercoolers or downpipes, I wouldnt be in the market for a new one of theirs anyway. For the money depo catless downpipe, intercooler, intake and charge pipe were the way to go for me. The fit and finish on the down pipe exceeded my expectations. Charge pipes are charge pipes but there were no quality issues there imo. The intake pipe was a little wavy between where there were straight pipes and elbows welded together but that is being a bit picky imo. Intercooler hardware had its issues, but it was no secret and easy to resolve. One of my mounting brackets interfered with a weld, yes i had to dremel it but $350 vs $700 plus im happy to deal with it. My bill for all that hardware was close to what a premium retailer charges for the intercooler alone. If competitors are butt hurt, well that's capitalism.


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People tend to forget about overhead. That includes payroll, lights, water, equipment, building (the structure everything takes place in), etc. So a company like cp-e that manufactures everything in house in the USA is going to cost more than those who outsource to places like China.

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Ok that was in bad taste lol. I had the CPE 5.5" and the brackets were rusted also. I have a couple buddies that have used the depo 3.5 and 5.5 intercoolers and for the money they work well. Had a issues with a intake tube once but got a replacement quickly from Depo. In the beginning the parts they put out were absolute crap. They have come a long way over the last couple years.
I want to say they were changed from steal to machined aluminum for the brackets. The intercooler end tanks, tops and bottoms are also now coated.

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