Just looking for some advice with a little problem I have with front bar/intercooler pipe clearance. I currently have a HKS intercooler kit and GTR front bar fitted to my car and the return pipe from the core interferes with the front bar drivers indicator slots. To get around this I have done what many others seem to have done and sand back a small portion the front bar to accommodate this return pipe, although as a result have made it impossible to fit GTR indicators (see picture).
I am going to replace this front bar very soon with the same style GTR bar and would like to avoid cutting the bar to allow the fitment of the GTR front indicators and avoid pipe sticking out. One way I can see getting around my clearance problems is to shorten the U-bend intercooler return piping by about 4cm, after measuring it all up cutting the pipe it would allow just enough clearance without requiring modification to the front bar. My only concern is if I cut 4cm of the pipe I will lose the raised "lip" on the end of the pipe and am worried if this is removed will I be asking for a leaking intercooler pipe or having the pipe come off under boost? This "lip" is obviously there to help prevent the hose clamp/silicon pipe from shifting under boost.
I can't see any other way around this problem apart from cutting the pipe, getting a new U-section fabricated (don't know how much this would cost) or just modifying the bar and living with intercooler pipe slightly protruding from the from bar. Can I get away without the lip on one section of the pipe and still get a sealed connection between the intercooler pipe and silicone hose with hose clamps alone? Any ideas or advice?