1. Thickness of 1mm at every section. One-piece construction, made of anodized aluminium, with 4 perfect-wave fins, each ending in a sharp pin. The colour coating is part of the metal and cannot peel unlike some sprayed imitations. It is perfectly smooth without any scratches, unlike some rough fakes made from cutting and bending from a metal pipe. The smoothness of the Surbo is very important as any roughness from uneven surfaces or paintwork can hold back air, thus nullifying the effect of the design. This makes a fake not worth buying, and you will also have to worry about the installation and integrity of the seller. There might be no after-sales or transfer service. Besides, even a real Surbo is tricky to install because we are connecting air, which cannot be seen. So it's better to leave it all to a genuine Surbo installer.
2. Stamped mark on the metal, stating in 3 lines:
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
When unsure, you can make a measurement of the mark and tell us the size for comparison.
3. One imitation is made of blue plastic. As plastic, if of the same thickness as the 1mm Surbo, cannot have much mechanical strength at the pins for jetting, the imitators have made this very much thicker for strength, but as a result, not only does it obstruct air flow, it will not fit in the air pipes of many models. The installer may end up cutting your air pipe and rejoining it later with the fake in between, thus making the air intake very fragile. Even if you do get one in, it will probably not fit into your next car. The real Surbo has been shown to fit most cars and has very good transferability. This is how the Surbo can be used for life.
There could be other imitations. If unsure whether a device you have encountered is manufactured by us, you can send a photo, and we will help you to check it. Another way to check is to quietly forward us the telephone number of the person trying to sell a Surbo to you. We will forward it to the distributor for that area to check and let you know as soon as possible.