The time has come, I think, for me to upgrade my turbocharger. There are three viable options that I can find, and I was hoping for some advice on what I should get. I currently have an FMIC, intake, DV+, ported throttlebody, highflow catpipe, and 2.5inch catback exhaust installed on this car with an OFT stage 2 generic tune. I have a mechanical boost gauge installed and if that gauge is accurate, then my car currently has no problem holding about 24 PSI boost. It's not bad, but I want more speed and more power without too much lag.
The three options that I am aware of are 1446+ stuffed turbos, 1752 turbos, and one that SpeedMotive offers called the 1700s which is claimed to be the "biggest" and most powerful of the three turbos. I know that there are TD04 kits around but that seems like too big to me. I'm trying to improve my 0-60 more so than my quarter mile. I will never take this car to the track. I was sort of leaning towards a stuffed 1446, but if the other options are superior or not so laggy then I would like to know. Also, a few different vendors offer stuffers and I do not know if there is any major difference between the offerings. Eventually I want to upgrade my injectors and run E85 in this car fwiw. Should I upgrade my exhaust manifold to the ported option? Now would be the time to do it if I was going to make it happen. It's going to take quite some work just to get to the turbo! Do I really need to buy an install kit?
Anyway, I am here seeking advice, opinions, and input. Thank you.