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Old 10-04-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Centris in Winter

I just wanted to check in and see who is daily driving their Vortech/Paxton cars in cold weather. Vortech states their V3 blowers should not be operated below 20something degrees at risk of killing the head.
My car is my daily and only car, and other than this cold issue it is the ideal kit for what I want.
Being in NJ I often see below 20 degrees during winter
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You are seriously contemplating cramming 550+ horsepower and a low 2wd car into winter driving conditions? That's ludicrous. If you can afford the blower kit, you can probably manage a winter beater and some good snow tires.
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Snow tires are already on order for the mustang. Unfortunately the beater is more of a space limitation than a money limitation.
Another reason the centri is desirable - the power really isn't there unless you get on it.
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I ran a Vortech S-trim on my daily driven fox body from 1999 till 2007 in cold Pennsylvania with no issues what so ever, Id say let the car warm up to normal temps before building boost and youll be fine
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No snow tire in the world is going to contain this. You ever had a supercharged car like this before? In winter the car is so alive with power from the good air and low charge temps there's no crack throttle light enough to ***** foot the car around. You may not need to woody about space limits if you try this.
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5LHO with due respect the title of this thread is not "talk me out of driving this car in the winter"
I will be running a winter tune with reduced throttle response and power. I will be avoiding snow at all costs but I will still need to drive on dry cold days. Weight will be added to the rear in the form of bags of kitty litter. Smart driving and keeping the rpms below 3k will keep it out of boost just fine and that is why a centri is what I'd really like to go with.

So back to the main question, has anyone had luck with running a V3 vortech in temperatures below 20 degrees?
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Mmm hmm....you're gonna do what you're gonna do. Hell, anything's possible. Maybe you get lucky and nothing goes wrong. It's still unwise to drive a 600 horse, rwd 3700 pound car in conditions like that. I'll sign off now, good luck with your question
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So back to the main question, has anyone had luck with running a V3 vortech in temperatures below 20 degrees?
dude, did you even read my reply? I drove a Vortech for over 8yrs year round, it was a V1 yes, but if anything Vortech's are even better now, as I said, don't get into boost before reaching normal operating temperatures


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Old 10-04-2014, 08:01 PM   #10
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I'm in VA at the moment and I'm freaking out about driving my n/a mustang in cold temps/snow. I wouldn't drive it if I were you. That's a lot of money to waste if something goes wrong.

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I don't get why people freak out when they think about power and cold weather... It's nbd, just be responsible. I know a guy who drives a ctsv wagon year round. Manual trans and he never has issues.
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I don't get why people freak out when they think about power and cold weather... It's nbd, just be responsible. I know a guy who drives a ctsv wagon year round. Manual trans and he never has issues.
lol not to mention, centrifugal blowers don't make low end boost like a PD blower, therefore drive with a light foot on cold roads and you'll be fine

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Old 10-05-2014, 10:53 AM   #13
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Scott I did read your reply. The V1 didn't have warnings about seizing in cold weather. I was hoping to get some more people with the current kit.

As for the risk... I drive my car on the road course. If anything happens there I am 100% screwed. If I break my car in the snow, at least insurance will cover it.
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You think insurance is gonna cover your Centri freezing?

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*facepalm*
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*facepalm*
No
You're a face palm guy huh?

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I never said insurance would cover the blower. That's obvious. I meant the car would be covered from the other risks of winter driving.
And given the uselessness of the responses I'm getting I think I have a right to facepalm.
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Wow lots of ppl here either got no skills or are just plain afraid of a higher hp car... I drove a 600 rwhp camaro year round in the Chicago weather and that car was only 3300 lbs. Ur foot decides how the car acts. OP, let the car warm up to operating temperature before you leave and you should be fine.

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He should have been asking prior to the purchase. That would have made more sense. Now he's just stuck with the fact that he has to drive it in the winter. Call me negative...but that's just stupid.

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Maybe I am asking before the purchase. Please stop trolling my thread.
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Maybe I am asking before the purchase. Please stop trolling my thread.
I hope so. I'm not trolling your thread. I'm expressing my opinion. My opinion is that you shouldnt drive a centri in freezing weather when they warn you against driving it in freezing weather. The beauty about it is you don't have to take my advice. Good luck.

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I'm in VA at the moment and I'm freaking out about driving my n/a mustang in cold temps/snow. I wouldn't drive it if I were you. That's a lot of money to waste if something goes wrong.

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Driving your NA mustang in cold in VA? Dude, I've driven mine when it's 20 degrees out in VA before. It's not that bad. At all. I kept it in sport mode TC and didn't have any issues.
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Boost loves cold weather. My 03 cobra was 18 psi. In cold weather it would hit 20.

My supercharged 08 was 9 psi and would hit 11-12 in cold weather

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