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Old 06-14-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
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Turbo vs. Powerworks Supercharger?

I was just about to order a Powerworks Supercharger kit, but I thought I should get some info before I did. Which would be better all around, a turbo kit, or the Powerworks Super? I'm looking for hp (I'd like to be in the 300 range after a few more mods), tq, longevity (I don't want to fix my car all the time or have it die in a year), 1/4 mile, speed, etc... Any input would be great, thanx. If anyone owns a Powerworks setup, how do you like it, and are there any potential problems to look out for?


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Well turbo will give you the best hp tq for you're money and it is always upgardable unlike most superchargers. You'll get at the max on a stock zetec with a turbo around 215-240 depending on the tune and turbo you run and also wat psi you run.

I personally would get a turbo since turbos are using exhuast to spool the compressor unlike superchargers which need to motor to turn the belt.
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I know turbos have great hp, but I'm a little worried about maintenance and the life of the engine with a turbo, it is still a daily driver, any idea on how well turbos hold out over time?
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id just go supercharger
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I know turbos have great hp, but I'm a little worried about maintenance and the life of the engine with a turbo, it is still a daily driver, any idea on how well turbos hold out over time?
Well the SC will put more stress on your motor then a TC at the same power levels. But it's really all in the tune.

The SC is belt driven which takes away some power from the wheels, so say you've got a turbo'd car at 220whp and a supercharged one at 220whp, well the supercharged one is making more at the crank then the turbo'd one, so more stress.

Get a turbo and get a professional dyno tune, a good tune will be the most reassuring thing to have if you don't want to worry about killing your motor.
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Here's why you go TURBO... you'll NEVER see numbers like this with a SuperCharger

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both have pros and cons. so dont listen to all these guys until you do some homework and find out which best suits your application. some things you may want to know...

turbo... has lag. no matter how minimal it may be all turbos lag due to the fact that the engine has to get revved up and pushing out plenty of exhaust to spin the compressor wheel. then it has to build pressure inside the intake tube and force it into the intake. turbos get HOT. like thousands of degrees. they create a ton of heat inside the engine bay and heat = bad. thats just a few things.

s/c... there are several different types. centrifugal (ATI procharger, vortec) and roots type (powerworks, jackson racing). the powerworks is a eaton roots type blower which is one of the more efficient of the 2. it has no lag. it is instant power at the throttle. it uses less hp from the crank than a centrifugal. and it also produces a ton less heat. the powerworks can be installed with regular tools in a drive way in about 6 hours and its completely reversible.

i for one am a big turbo fan but i have been seriously thinkin about leaning towards the powerworks myself. mainly because it put down 220whp on a nearly stock zx3. and its on sale for $2999. a good turbo kit will cost you at least a thousand bux more.
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Yea and how much TQ did it make at that 220hp

Screw HP its TQ that you feel and TQ that you want to make to go fast , Now how much TQ was that pw at 220HP a turbo would of made about 225TQ at 220HP

The pw wont get you to 300HP or no one has yet and a few have spent a TON of money trying to get it there when i say a TON im talking in the 7500 to $10,000+ range and still not at 300

A Turbo will get you to 300 much easier and quicker

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everyone has different desires. if you wanna get to 300 you should go turbo
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