Choosing The Right Supercharger

Supercharger Buyers Guide

The popularity of superchargers has created overabundance of options in the way of supercharging. With this in mind a lot of supercharger enthusiasts are confused on which way they should go. You’ve got Centrifugal, Screw, or Roots type superchargers, with drive systems consisted of gears, belts, screws, etc….


The best way to narrow down your options, are to create a balance between budget and performance requirements.

What’s Your Budget?

There are a few supercharger options for under $2000 but supercharger systems can run anywhere from $1900 up to $8000, and averaging $3400.

Budget: $1700 – $2500:
Manufacturer Options: Paxton – Vortech

Budget: $2500 – $3400:
Manufacturer Options: Jackson – Paxton – ProCharger – Vortech – Whipple

Budget: $3400 – $7000:
Manufacturer Options: Edelbrock – Magnuson – Paxton – ProCharger – VF-Engineering – Vortech – Whipple

What are Your Performance Requirements?
No matter what your budget is, you don’t want to purchase a supercharger that doesn’t meet the requirements of your performance needs. From casual street driving to all-out racing, the supercharger industry has something to meet your needs.

Street Use (for more power around town)
Supercharger Requirements: Ball driven, belt driven, gear driven, & screw type superchargers are all acceptable for light duty use.
Manufacturer Options: Edelbrock – MagnaCharger – Jackson – Paxton – ProCharger – VF-Engineering – Vortech – Whipple

Street / Strip Use (around town & for weekend racing)
Supercharger Requirements: Gear driven, & screw type superchargers are both acceptable for Street / Strip use.
Manufacturer Options: Edelbrock – Magnuson – Jackson – Paxton – ProCharger – Vortech – Whipple

Commercial Use (for all day driving or towing heavy loads)
Supercharger Requirements: Gear driven, & screw type superchargers are both acceptable for commercial use.
Manufacturer Options: Edelbrock – Magnuson – Jackson – Paxton – ProCharger – Vortech – Whipple

Race / Off-Road Use (for severe duty use on race tracks or off- road applications)
Supercharger Requirements: Gear driven superchargers are recommended for Race / Off-Road use.
Manufacturer Options: Paxton – ProCharger – Vortech

 

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