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Old 05-16-2014, 09:59 AM   #1
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!Superchargers VS Turbos!

!!Ups and downs of both! Best & worst!!

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Old 05-16-2014, 10:49 AM   #2
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Super chargers are no where as good as turbos.

Superchargers - Pros, better than NA, can be nearly instant torque, typically cheaper than a turbo setup and can make the same sounds as the passengers in the vehicle - a WEEEEEE sound, more upgradable than turbos, much less knowledge required than turbos (much simpler system with less variables), that's about it.

Cons, produce heat - the more heat generated, the more power is lost (Heatsoak), cost horsepower while creating it (more friction for the engine), superchargers are not as reliable as turbos, produce much less power than a comparable flow turbo.


Turbo - Pros, POWER that is free as they run on exhaust gasses and not a pulley/belt system, no heat soak anything near what a super charger does, more reliable, more options (large single, small single, twins, sequential, etc..), Cheaper to upgrade once the piping is complete, able to achieve much, much higher boost levels, better MPG.

Cons, expensive initially (at least on a car that doesn't come turbo'd to start with), piping is a PIA, boost lag (spool times) - power is not instant like a supercharger, traction issues - once boost is starting to be built it will quickly spool thus possibly causing loss of traction, doesn't go WEEEEEEE - just goes PSSSSHHHHFFFF ... PEW (which is still pretty cool), turbos are much more complicated than superchargers for tuning and selecting the proper turbo.

Things you need to understand for turbos are: compressor maps, internal or external wategates, compressor sizes, single scroll, twin scroll, variable-geometry, ball bearing or journal bearing, understanding engine flow and a few other things.
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Supercharger for fun

Turbo if you really want to go fast
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They both are great. I like turbo more for everything its soo fun to have it just kick in and feels like power just came out of nowhere. Supercharger is basically instant which is good too. But if u not racing the car i would go with a turbo
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