Thank you for your feedback. I will definitely keep it all under consideration.Definitely pull the filter from the turbo feed banjo, right away. Then:
Start by getting a Cobb AccessPort. Cobb's off-the-shelf Stage 1 tune, with no hardware mods, gains you substantial power and is actually much healthier for the engine than the stock tune, which burns the #4 exhaust valves due to excessive leanness.
Drive it for a while. Want more power? Get a catted 3" downpipe and run Cobb's Stage 2 tune, or preferably a pro tune. A stage 2 pro tune is the optimal balance of power and engine safety.
Want more power? That's a whole different conversation.
Until then, no other hardware mods are beneficial, and most are inadvisable.
What are your thoughts on an exhaust, oil/air separator, cold air intake, and intercooler?