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Old 04-14-2004, 01:50 PM   #1
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Question turbo or supercharge?

just want to get some opinions on the subject from those who want to, to those who already have. which is better, turbo or supercharge? why or why not?


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Old 04-14-2004, 01:58 PM   #2
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Turbo... IMO there's more potential for more power.
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Old 04-14-2004, 02:05 PM   #3
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there is more potenital but the kits are hard to find. The Vortech puts out some good #'s.
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I like supercharger cause it is constant power, always their. A turbo you have lag. But it dont seem like their is very much, or jus rev the engine. Plus you can stay emissions legal with a supercharger.
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It is kind of a trade-off; with a turbo, you will probably get lag, but it depends on the system; a well-engineered one will give little or no lag (but this also depends on power being made, size of turbo, etc.), but with a blower, there is basically immediate power. However, there is more potential for power (as well as breakage) with a turbo; all the supercharger kits I've seen for the Zetec look to be pretty safe as the kit, but thats not to say its perfect; however, a turbo system, even as a kit, needs to be very complete. A good turbo kit will also cost you a bit more (~$1000), but if you have a well-engineered system, there is way more potential; superchargers max out pretty easily, even with the smaller pulley, etc. A turbo is also more complex, but again the idea of potential comes into play. Basically, you can get about the same hp for a turbo or blower to begin with (using the available kits out there), but can go much farther with a turbo, ultimately for only a little more money. Anyway, thats my long-ass response, lol

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yeah i dont know what route to take, the vortech puts up good power, but is alot of work, not just a bolt on. i have seen many turbos, and nopi.com has a turbonetics kit for the zetec for a lil more than 3300. they claim over 100 horse gain and its a complete system. its tough, i guess it depends on what plans you have for your focus.
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Im looking into the jackson racing supercharger for next year....You have a constant Peak hp right from idle with it which is pretty nutty...Only the superchargers that bolt right up to ur block do that tho...The vortech is basically a turbo inspired supercharger...Its spools up in a turbo lookin thing and the goes to ur intake manifold. So it basically puts out power just like a turbo sept it uses air intsted of exhaust.
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But ud have to Get everything forged in ur engine if wanna go over 8psi with the charger...Idk bout turbos...I know that 2 pounds of turbo boost is equal to 1 from a charger...Thats what i heard anyway.
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no no, pressure is pressure, 8psi from a blower is the same as a turbo; you might be thinking of power delivery, which is a different story. Anyway, the Jackson blower is a good low-end blower, but it really can't put up the power; a Vortech will smoke it
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