Originally Posted by jh3
hey NUKE,is the cost justified on the S/C?
Hmmm, that might be tough to answer objectively, but I'll try.
I think a lot of people expect V8 results. That ain't gonna happen. If you have 5 spd you still have to shift, you can't lug it around in 5th gear and expect it to have V8 response when you mash the gas. It will climb hills in 5th gear where before you were in 4th. You can comfortably and confidently accelerate into traffic and passing someone is less stressful, to you and
IMO, yes, it's worth the cost. The S/C (or turbo) is the highest cost in terms of hp per dollar but, IMO, gives the best horsepower return per dollar invested.
An intake will give you maybe
5 hp, in some cases it will cost you hp for about $150+, or a cost of at least $30 per hp.
A header will give you REALISTICALLY
about 10 hp for anywhere from $250 to $450. A dollar to hp figure of about $25-$45 per hp. Add a complete exhaust, gain maybe 3-5 hp more for $50-$300 and the cost is now $25-$50.
A supercharger running at 5 psi should give you a solid 50 hp with no other mods
. I paid $2550 so the cost per hp is about $51 per hp. About the same cost per hp as a header and exhaust but over 3 times the power.
The response is much better and the driveability is greatly improved. Fuel economy is affected very little since you can now operate most of the time in 5th gear with only part throttle instead of 4th gear with your foot in the crankcase.
It's been a long day, did any of this make sense???