I am also learning a good bit from this thread. I have absolutely nothing to do with either company. When I bought my ford almost exactly two years ago, I had never heard of confederate diesel or SPE. The guys at SPE seem like very knowledgeable people. I don't have any experience with the guys at CFD other than on this forum. The review of the CFD kit done by another member a few weeks ago was very positive and they seem pretty good at holding their cool here even though Alan at SPE seems like he really dislikes CFD for some reason.
I also agree that there is absolutely nothing wrong with calling another company out about their products. I am not a professional welder, but have some experience with MIG welding on steel. It is not fair to compare a mig weld on steel to a tig weld on aluminum or stainless steel. Mig welders splatter much more and the welds do not look as pretty. Having perfect looking welds is great, but not nearly as important as customer service or how a product actually functions.
I'm not sure which kit I'm going with yet, but I'm not impressed with the kit from SPE and I'm even less impressed that they are not willing to participate in a straight up comparison like this. If someone did a ford vs chevy comparison and ford said they weren't going to play, that looks bad for ford. They all participate and we find that each has its own advantages and disadvantages. I might consider their system if they would get back on here and explain in detail why they think it's better and why it costs more and comes with less. They can say they have more r&d, but do they really? How many hours has their kit spent in how many different trucks? Same question goes out to CFD. I actually like that SPE uses the stock exhaust manifolds because they have heat shields and are proven to not leak. I hate exhaust leaks.
Again, I have no affiliation with any company whatsoever. I just want the best product for my truck. It's our only vehicle and its currently not operational due to ford's woefully inadequate POS turbo system.
Questions for CFD: does your kit completely replace the stock plastic tube coming out (cold side) of the intercooler? I can see that part of the stock plastic tube is gone (the part shown in the SPE kit, that clamps onto the intake manifold), but is the lower plastic part still used? I'm concerned about heat build up in the engine valley when towing extremely heavy loads in high ambient temperatures. How much extra would you guys charge to put heat shields on your exhaust manifolds? Maybe wrap them like the up pipes? This turbo is oil cooled and while I really like your oil supply idea, it lives in an extremely hot spot with exhaust manifolds on both sides.
Question for SPE: do you have any plans to offer a replacement for the stock plastic tubing between the intercooler and the intake manifold?
Anybody wondering why I'm asking these questions, refer to my earlier post showing pictures of failures of this particular part.