I wouldn't count on making a contingency plan for crappy parts/assembly. While you are correct, the better option is to take your time and assemble your car properly with good parts. There are plenty of factory turbo cars that use MAFs and don't blow pipes off left and right. Only the rice bois have janky stuff happening to their cars that leave them broken on the side of the road.Yes, the physical size of the AFM can be a restriction, but honestly, imagine this: You’re ripping down the road, full boost, having a grand ol time... then POW! You blow off an intercooler pipe because you’re an idiot and didn’t tighten the clamps properly, or your pipes don’t fit the best... with a VPC you can keep cruising to the next gas station, or your home maybe. With the AFM setup, you’re dead in the water until you reconnect those pipes. Sometimes it’s raining. Sometimes you’d rather not lie on your back in the rain to fix your shit to drive home.
Just assemble your vehicle properly. Use beaded pipes and wd-40 when you assemble your intercooler pipes and good luck trying to get them off when the clamp is completely removed.
If you are unsure of if your intercooler pipes are connected well enough to not blow up after hauling ass for hundreds of miles then your car is not ready to be driven. Address the issue with your assembly first, then drive the car, not the other way around. Basically don't allow for any "i'm an idiot who can't put my car together properly" scenarios.