The following installation overview is designed to give you an idea of what is involved in installing a MagnaCharger RADIX Intercooled Supercharger System on a 4.8L, 5.3L, or 6.0L GM Truck. Special thanks to SuperchargersOnline.com customer Chris Sandman for his help in creating this article on MagnaCharger Superchargers.
Installer(s): Chris Sandman
Location: Brewerton, New York
Vehicle: 2002 Chevy Silverado ext. cab 4X4 5.3L
Supercharger System: Magna Charger RADIX Intercooled Supercharger System for 1999-2006 GM Truck/SUV w/ 4.8/5.3/6.0L (Silver Stardust & Polished) Selected Boost: 6psi
Ratings (Scale of 1-10, 10 being the best)
Installation manual: 8
Ease of installation: 9
Appearance of system: 10
Quality of supercharger: 10
Quality of accessories/hardware: 10
Overall value of system: 10
Performance (low-end): 10
Performance (mid-range): 10
Performance (top-end): 10
Overall Rating: 10
Step-by-Step Installation Overview
We asked Chris the following general questions about the installation procedure of the Magna Charger supercharger.
Question: Please provide us with a general overview of how the installation procedure went for the MagnaCharger.
Answer: The installation was very straight forward. I Just followed the directions to the letter and really encountered no problems to speak of.
Question: How long did the MagnaCharger supercharger installation take?
Answer: Approx 9 hours.
Question: What was the most difficult part of the supercharger installation?
Answer: Installing the assembled supercharger/intake manifold. Its heavy and a bit ackward.
Question: What was the easiest part of the supercharger installation?
Answer: K&N air filter.
Question: Was the MagnaCharger supercharger installation manual easy to understand?
Answer: Yes, and the color pictures definately help!
Question: Did anything about the supercharger installation process surprise you?
Answers: No, Its very straight forward. Everything fit like it should.
Question: Were any strange tools required for the installation?
Answer: No, but a die grinder is needed to clearance the alternator bracket. There is a list of tools required in the instructions, but nothing out of the ordinary. Torque wrenches are a must.
Question: Let’s say I have installed an exhaust system and air filter on my vehicle myself without much difficulty. I am not a mechanic, but I know my way around the engine. Should I attempt this installation myself, or should I take it to a professional?
Answer: If you’re confidant in your abilities I say go for it. Just take your time and follow the directions step by step. But if you’re apperhensive, I would have a professional do it.
Question: Please describe your first impressions of the supercharger’s performance after driving the vehicle for the first time with the MagnaCharger supercharger installed.
Answer: Holy cow! Its amazing that a 5000 lb. + vehicle can get up and move like that. It just keeps on pulling.
General comments: First, I would like to thank the team at Superchargersonline for their professionalism, and commitment to customer service. Also, I would like to thank Kevin Gunn and the entire technical support team at Magnacharger, they ansewerend all of my questions and actually ansewerd the phone when I called. nobody likes voicemail when you really need to speak with someone that has the ansewers. I thought the MagnaCharger supercharger kit was well thought out and built very well. That also goes for the accessories. The use of OEM gaskets, connectors, and seals was a welcome surprise. The components definately look like their built to last the life of the truck. Most of all, The trucks performance definately speaks for itself.