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Old 11-25-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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how to route powerworks supercharger coolant bottle?

Hey everyone. I will start off by saying this will NOT be a stock bottle. I am (with the help of a friend who will weld it) making a custom coolant bottle on the other side of the motor where the battery sits.

I already relocated the battery to the trunk and now it's onto the bottle. I am trying to think of a few different ideas on how to route the lines for the water pump. Codesvt said they routed it so the water would first go through the heat exchanger before hitting the water pump so it would be a bit cooler temps on the water pump to make it last longer which makes sense.

Now I have a couple ideas on how to route, but please let me know which is better or if there is another idea. First let's start with pics.

Disappearing battery:


Routing line pics:


Motor now:




From what it seems whoever installed this kit before me put the water pump a little higher than it should be per the install manual.

What if that pump was flipped upside down? Is that ok for the pump or no?

Now if the pump is or isn't flipped here are my ideas.

First: I was thinking of keeping the pump lines the same so it would go from my new bottle right down maybe 3 or 4 inches into the pump which will route it into the supercharger and then down the side of the motor where the bottle is now into the heat exchanger and then up to the top of the new bottle. I'm wondering if the pump would be able to handle that?

Second idea: Have the bottle drain into the heat exchanger (side where it pumps out of now) and then through the other side up into the pump and through the supercharger into the bottle. I'm wondering with this idea a couple things:
A-I'd have to route the coolant line from out of the heat exchanger and basically run 2 90 degrees and then in between the rad and the heat exchanger to the pump. Would gravity fail me since the water would have to be gravity fed through the heat exchager up and into the pump basically? Too much lines?

Any more ideas? Thanks everyone.

PS: Does anyone know where I can get 3/4" ID coolant hose lines anywhere for cheap but good quality? Do they make them pretty flexible so you can make 90 degree bends with them or no? If they do NOT make flexible hose then would I have to get custom lines made or could I splice a couple together with couplers or should I not do that and I should only have solid lines? Thanks again.


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Old 11-26-2012, 07:19 AM   #2
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Either way should work , as long as there is no air in the system and you pump is located lower then your highest hoses then drain back will keep fluids in the pump and will make it self priming every time you start the pump , as always the lower the better but if it is working at the height its at then you know it can be that high

No heater hoses are not good for 90 deg bends but if you go to a store like advance you will find ready bend 3/4 hoses that are not to costly that are 4-5 feel in length and have a 90 on one end , I walk in and ask to go look at there heater hose rack and and measure and pick out what I need , if you go to a mobile home supply place you can find plastic 3/4 barbed fittings that work well and I have used them over the years for up to 250 deg hoses with no issues

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cool thanks. So you WOULD use the fittings to connect them if need be and I can't get a size I need? Thanks!
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Not sure what your asking in the last part , yes you can use fittings to connect the hoses as needed , make sure you use clamps as well

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