There has to be an easy way to make power on a reasonable budget. Any ideas?
As for intake I'm running stock box with 1 1/2 inch holes drilled throughout. Filter is speed by spectre. Cats are hollow and exhaust is stock cant find one that sounds quite right. Ko4 was good investment I think and probably a good start but indefinitely need a good ecu. I really appreciate all the feed back. I wanna post pics but having all kinds of problems doing it.
The air intake is the LAST place you should be looking for performance. This isn't a 70's Dodge - or a Honda.
A bigger intercooler (front-mounted or not) can have some downsides, too. The idea of it is to reduce heat soak and loss of charge air density. This would happen on hot days with sustained high-RPM operation. Rarely happens with the stock turbo, or in street use. What you WILL get in ALL circumstances is a lack of throttle response - it takes longer for the turbo to pressurize all that piping. It's only a reasonable compromise with a larger turbocharger and/or for track use.
And as noted, this will all be going into a 3300lb. family sedan. If you weren't kidding about autocross, you really, truly have picked the wrong car.