Re: Rough picture of blower inside:
> Wouldn't the supercharger be a more
> efficient and more reliable upgrade though?
> That is, over the turbo...??
For once, I finally don't know what to tell ya.(Sort of.)
I have heard the argument of Super VS. Turbo, for years, and I just don't know.
I know guy who put a super charger on his Camaro, and gas milage went up, power went up, top speed went up, and there didn't seem to be a down side. Then I have seen guys put a Turbo on thier imports, and the **** thing lasted for OVER 100,000 miles. I've never seen a super charger do that. In fact I've always seen in increase in fuel milage go up with a turbo, and down with a super, except in one case. The super chargers from what I've seen, always seem to be bad-ass torque monster down low, buut they loose the high end punch that a turbo has. Possibly dou to compression, amoung other things.
From personal experience, I have seen Domestic cars do better with supers, and imports do better with Turbos. I have always been pleased with the reliablity that I've seen with turbo owners. There is also a lot more flex in the area of adjustability with a turbo. It takes less power to run a turbo, boost pressure is capable of higher numbers, and you can still run a low compresion motor around town, but just bring the big numbers when you need it. Supers have a pretty complex system at times, ans you can get alot of adjustments out of some of them, but they just seem to rag out an engine faster. (Gaskets, boots, rods, etc) There are times when I wish I would havewent with a turbo, but. . .I just can't forget that look on the guy in the Firehawk Formula, when I pulled 2 car lengths, out of the hole. Turbo motor will never do that, due to compresion numbers.
There are ups and downs of all of the motor set-ups that someone can come up with. That's why all of us seem to have distinctly diffrent engines. If there ws one way that was best, I think that everyone would save up $3000, and do it. But, instead everyone goes there own way, and has an engine that is diffrent from everyone elses.