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Hey guys its been a min since ive been here. ive been talking to Garm at Micro Image about getting an Intake Manifold made for us. he said he needed 5+ people on a group buy for about $50 and an OEM one shipped to him. well the OEM one is on its way to CA for eval and potential. Unlike dynatek or other flakey companies we can trust that if he finds this a worth while mod for everyone to spend the money on he will bring it into production and give us a great product. so all in all when the time comes im wondering if we will have enough people here willing to drop $50 to help get it off the ground and if any SoCal versas close to him would be willing to help him test it out?
 

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this is a real project, i purchased the OEM manifold myself and it should be in his hands in 3-7 days :D
 

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I'm interested if its going to be aluminum and look like this SR20 manifold (shown Below). I have a few questions.

What is the final cost going to be? Most aluminum manifolds are not cheap anywhere from $500-$1,500 dollars.

What is the $50 going towards? Is it just a donation to help the R&D or does it also go towards our cost of the manifold?

And is it going to a direct swap from oem to aftermarket and plug & play?



 

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I'm interested if its going to be aluminum and look like this SR20 manifold (shown Below). I have a few questions.

What is the final cost going to be? Most aluminum manifolds are not cheap anywhere from $500-$1,500 dollars.

What is the $50 going towards? Is it just a donation to help the R&D or does it also go towards our cost of the manifold?

And is it going to a direct swap from oem to aftermarket and plug & play?



he said were looking about $700 for the finished product (thats no custom powercoating or anything)

the R&D but im sure we could work something for those helping gettin it join

this will be a direct swap. keeping it simple
 

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he said were looking about $700 for the finished product (thats no custom powercoating or anything)

the R&D but im sure we could work something for those helping gettin it join

this will be a direct swap. keeping it simple
I'm glad that someone is taking initiative in our community to try and get some new products, so hear me out when I say this.

I have never heard of a company taking money from is potential customers to produce a product that they are going to buy. They do the research and development on their tab not ours and when its finished we purchase it. Which company is this?

The $700 should include their R&D.
 

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I'm glad that someone is taking initiative in our community to try and get some new products, so hear me out when I say this.

I have never heard of a company taking money from is potential customers to produce a product that they are going to buy. They do the research and development on their tab not ours and when its finished we purchase it. Which company is this?

The $700 should include their R&D.
im thinking the $50 is really assurance that if time and money is spent on this that it will be actually purchased and installed on cars. not just a bunch of people saying they want it and never buying it. so youre probably right. Garm wouldnt take people's money for no reason and not give back to the community.

Yes its for the MR18/20
 

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sorry its been awhile, they have the intake in their hands and will be getting to work on it soon. will update when i get some more info
 

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I would like a different intake only because I can't stand the design over the engine. But I assume this is for the MR series motor.
 

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yes MR18/20
 

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what would testing it entail? I'd be happy to lend a hand if i could, i currently go to school in LA.
 

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daily driving it to ensure its a good solid product, refined tuning and of course dyno numbers
 

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I would never pay a company cash to test and develop a product.....

That is their job, profession, and responsibility when creating a new item for the market. If they sell the intake manifolds for $500-700 they already are making a very very large profit from the product itself after they sell only a couple which would cover the R&D.
 

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^We're paying them for a service, R&D is a service. Unless you wanna do the R&D yourself. That's why we pay them to do the R&D for, because they know what to do.
 

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Any body has a picture of our stock intake and exhaust manifolds. If you can just post em here and I'll copy them. Thanks
 

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I had to pay for the development of the seat brackets from wedge, but the development cost was put towards my purchase. I'm assuming it will be similar with this. I agree with what major said though. Garm is worried well have 10 people say they want one, he'll make ten, and then sell 2. Huge loss of finances for him.
 

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So what is the progress on this manifold?
 

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I would buy one depending on the final product, Ive seen Garms manifolds and they are well made.

The prototype manifold a few years ago claimed 17whp gains. I'm interested to see some dyno sheets before and after
 
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