How to Install a Supercharger

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The installation of a supercharger is something you can anticipate with enthusiasm, not dread, because of the awesome power that will be added to your engine. By following a few simple steps, you can make installing a supercharger kit a relatively easy task.

Clean or wipe off the inside of any hoses or parts before attaching them to prevent debris from contaminating your newly installed supercharger.

Install the oil drain hose onto the drain fitting and secure it with a hose clamp.

Place the supercharger on the car, making sure the oil drain line points down. Then get underneath your car to attach the oil line to the drain in the oil pan.

Attach the idler assembly to the supercharger with 12 mm or 3/4-inch bolts. Use a wrench to secure the bolts.

Push the intake elbow gently onto the supercharger. This won't be easy. You can use a mallet to add some force without causing any damage.

Insert the black elbow so that it goes from the fender to the inlet.

Cut a hole for the air temperature sensor before you install the back elbow. The hole can be made with a drill bit. The sensor should be placed near the outer part of the elbow bend.

Attach the elbow to the tube that is connected to the airflow meter.

Place hose clamps onto the end of the inlet tube. This will allow you to slip on the blue rubber hose that will go on the end of the inlet tube. This blue hose is between the inlet tube and the back elbow.

Tips

  • check Most superchargers you purchase will come in a kit, which includes the essential hoses. They will require some assembly.
  • check Installation of a supercharger is not necessarily complicated, but the components may not go in easily. Some gentle force is all that's needed to help you get all the parts in place.

Warnings

  • close Do as much as you can to align the parts as you install them. While you may not get perfect alignment, you can at least prevent difficulties that come with components that do not fit well together.
  • close If you purchase your supercharger used, you may need to purchase the additional parts that would otherwise come with a new kit.

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