What Do You Need to Know About Adding a Supercharger to Your Vehicle?

August 25, 2021

Think about the last time you built a fire, either in your fireplace or outdoor fire pit. In order for the fuel (i.e., wood) to burn, it needs oxygen and plenty of it. The same is true for your vehicle. The more oxygen that is pushed through the engine, the better the combustion. This results in better fuel efficiency and an increase in power to the power train. The stock engines of most vehicles typically have a low breathing efficiency. Fortunately, the supercharger was developed to combat this issue and is a great upgrade if you're looking for more power!

What is a Supercharger?

A supercharger aims to improve the breathing efficiency and create a higher engine output without increasing the amount of fuel used. It is crucial to note that this mod is ideal for everyday vehicles but is not suited for race cars.

supercharger engine

What are the Benefits of a Supercharger?

Installing a supercharger on your ride offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Increase in power output
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Better combustion process
  • Improved cold starting capabilities
  • Decrease in the production of exhaust smoke
  • Reduced knocking (in diesels)
  • Quicker acceleration
  • Increased torque
  • Efficient mixing of fuel and air

The biggest draw of superchargers is that they improve the power of vehicles while using the same amount of fuel. With gas prices the way they are, this is a definite plus!

How Do Superchargers Work?

It is easiest to think of superchargers as air compressors. A belt is attached from the supercharger's rotor to the crankshaft of the engine. The engine's own power is then used to spin the supercharger. The supercharger generates more and more power as the engine's RPMs increase. Since it is attached directly to the engine, there is no lag. The amount of power produced correlates with how hard you step on the gas pedal.

supercharger inside engine

Which Type of Supercharger is Right for You?

Superchargers are not one size fits all. There are three primary types of superchargers to choose from:

  1. Roots supercharger - This is the first kind developed and probably what comes to mind when you think of a supercharger. It is mounted on top of the engine. A pair of rotors blow air into the intake port at high speed, compressing the air, and generating more power.
  2. Twin-screw supercharger - This type uses two rotors to bring in air, compress it, and send it to the engine.
  3. Centrifugal supercharger - An impeller fan is used to draw air into the supercharger. Unlike the other two types of superchargers, this one does not use rotors to move air through.

Supercharge Your Ride!

Unlock the full potential of your ride with Carolina Custom's exclusive superchargers! Professional installation of superchargers is difficult to find, but our specialized team offers this incredible service alongside any and every other mod you can think of. Whether it is a simple bolt-on supercharger installation or more complex customization that requires grinding, welding, and cutting, we've got you covered.

As the largest customization shop on the east coast, Carolina Custom offers the biggest brand names such as ProCharger, Ripp, and Magnuson, which will expertly control flow, temperature, sound, torque, and improve performance. It doesn't get much better than this! Are you not sure what you need? That's okay! Our team is happy to walk you through the options for your ride so that you can make an informed decision. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have or schedule an appointment today to get your ride supercharged to the max. Don't waste another minute!

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