Finally got around to putting in the Apikol SMIC. The install was straightforward, set aside three or four hours and a six pack of beer for this one. The Apikol unit is pretty much plug and play. You will need to trim the shroud a little, and modify the small clamp that holds an A/C hose to the bottom of the core (It took me about 15 minutes to knock both out).
The Apikol Core is 8.1" x 8.1" x 3.5" or ~30% larger than the stock unit, and has cast end tanks instead of the oem plastic.
Before shots with the stock unit.
After shots with the Apikol installed.
Overall I am very happy with the intercooler. I couldn't ( and didnt expect to) notice any additional charge time. After driving hard on some back roads for about 15 minutes I didn't notice any real loss in power. Logging pre and post install showed some pretty substantial improvement in IATs. I will try to get those numbers up tomorrow. Overall I would give it a I hope Apikol decides to follow this up with an upgraded DSMIC setup, for now this is way more than enough for my stage 1+ setup though.