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Bolting on a Supercharger

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Bolting on a supercharger can be either an adventure of a lifetime or a long series of nightmares. We’ve seen both. Whichever card fortune deals you, the result is the same: big power and the ultimate speed part singing a tune only the experienced ear can recognize. This yarn is about the V-1 centrifugal supercharger from Vortech and how much fun it was to install one on our 305-powered 1991 Camaro.

The V-1 is the Vortech supercharger for domestic machines that will see street duty. The base model is the S-Trim that produces around 6 psi right out of the box (depending on engine displacement). The beauty of the V-1 is its versatility and upgrade capability. In the past, the next step up was the R-Trim, a fairly heavy-duty piece that was more race than street. Now the T-Trim is available, filling the gap between the S and the R. We didn&8217t even try to talk Vortech into sending a T-Trim for the Camaro because it is simply too much for a stock 305. Instead we used the V-1S-Trim; it is a real-world, anyone-can-do-it, bolt-on kit. It comes with everything but tools, and the instructions are simple to read. There were a couple of minor surprises and the standard bonehead maneuvers on our part, but otherwise the project went well with minimum chopping.

Vortech Engineering Inc.
Channel Islands
Hooker Headers Morse Muffler
1022 W. Burbank Blvd.
CA  91506
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