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Q1; If you manage to find a shop that can't get this figured, run as fast as you can.
Q2; Wow, I can't believe they are the same price, you would have to be a mental patient not to get the gen 2 if they're the same cost.
Q3; The block off and the up pipe perform the same purpose, adapting the system to run w/o the cooler. Once you no longer have the cooler, there would be a tee with a few inches of pipe blocked off (assuming you use the blockoff) en route to the turbo. Works fine I'm sure.
The perfectionist in me sees that tee causing turbulence and decreased efficiency/performance over a replacement straight pipe (up pipe). But in 99% of applications it probably doesn't matter. Other than the fact that you then have one more connection (and possible exhaust leak point) on said pipe instead of the replacement w/o.
Block off plate is easier to install.
I'd get the Up Pipe without really even considering the other.
2006 F250 CCSB - Full PMF Suspension (3.5" 3-Link, 5.5" Traction Blocks, Drag Link, Track Bar & Steering Stabilizer) Bilstein 5100s, Hellwig's F+R, Centramatics, 20" Harleys, 35" Cooper Disco STTs, Nuc Bypass, Marine Charger, DDEC60 Block Heater, ARB w/ HID Hellas, BPD Water Pump, 5" MBRP Straight, SCT-X3 w/ IDP, H11's w/ OEM Gaskets
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