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Old 15 Jan 2008, 11:31 pm
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Default Multiple supercharger questions for 1998 Honda Accord EX?

What is best reccomended a supercharger or a turbo? Which is easier to install? Which is more likley to last longer and have fewer problems? Would they give around the same amount of horse power or not?
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Old 15 Jan 2008, 11:46 pm
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go wit turbo. supercharger is ran off a belt. u need alot of power 2 consider a supercharger. thats why there on bein put on muscle cars. a turbo is tha way 2 go if u got a honda.
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A low boost turbo I think would be best (and cheaper) than a supercharger. You don't see many Honda's with a supercharger anyways. As far as installing, I'm not sure which would be easier but I would assume the turbo.Keep in mind that you'll have to tune the car to have it run properly and efficiently. Be sure to save some funds for the dyno, and chipped ECU (unless you, or know someone, can road tune it) because dnos can get very expensive running at $120/hour.































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Old 16 Jan 2008, 12:16 am
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Unless you're willing to spend about 5,000 to boost 7psi, and maybe dyno 200HP at the wheels, don't bother.Accords aren't turbo'd as much as civics, therefore, there aren't too many kits for them, and a GOOD one ( always get a GOOD turbo kit when getting one, none of those on ebay) is about 2,500-3,000 dollars. These kits from DRAG or TURBONETICS are good for about 250hp, and will require not only a tunning which can cost a lot. You'll need a tuner to change the ECU settings or get a piggy pack to connect to the ECU or if you have a lot of cash, a stand alone system like Hondata, that cost about 600 bucks and still require a pro. to tune it, and dyno it.It's not cheap...Not to mention you need to get your car turbo ready...bigger injectors, etc, this can be a grand in itself.Honda's unlike DSM's ( Mitsubishi's) don't like boost (turbo)...you take the reliability out of a Honda by putting on a turbo or supercharger. do it if you have a lot of money, are sponsored, or just want to be different..otherwise...get a different car if you want turbo or supercharger.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 12:31 am
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first, it helps to understand how both work. both do the same thing, which is cram as much air in to the intake manifold as possible. more air=better combustion=more power. the difference is in how they work.a supercharger runs on a belt drive, just like your alternator, water pump, ac, whatever. it uses power from the engine to spin its turbine and cram air. very effective, and always providing power, but it takes power from the engine to run, so the overall gain is slightly lower, and your mileage will likely suffer a very small amount, since aspirating a gas engine doesnt necessarily increase efficiency.a turbo charger uses the pressure from the engine exhaust to power its turbine. it takes no power away from the engine to run. the drawback is that the power increase is only substantial at higher rpm's, since that is when exhaust pressure is greatest. the delay before the turbo kicks in is what people call turbo lag. its not actually a loss of power, its just the engine running at stock power before the turbo spools up. at its peak, a turbo produces more power than a supercharger, but a supercharger boosts power throughout the rpm range, instead of just in the power band.as for installation, usually a supercharger is easier to install, since you dont have to modify the exhaust system, only the intake. under normal usage, there really isnt any difference in the durability of either, but in racing and extreme tuning applications, a turbo will fail first because of high exhaust temps burning up the internal components.for a normal driver, a turbo is usually better, since it requires less regular maintenance, and the peak power is higher, along with the awesome turbo sound.for a racing application, it really depends on your driving style, car setup, skill level, and how much you plan on tweaking things later. superchargers are more forgiving as far as abuse and over-tuning, but again, turbos provide better peak power.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 12:46 am
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well a supercharger would be by far the easier power adder all you have to do is bolt it on and route some belts but it takes power to make power with the supercharger but you have more low end power cause you don't have to wait for it to spool up like a turbo you get instant boost a turbo on the other hand you gotta get a different exhaust manifold you have to plumb the exhaust and you have to run a inter-cooler for more power but you have more high end power and it doesn't take power away from the engine like the supercharger but it all depends on what your gonna use it for a supercharger would probably be better for if your just driving it around and i would think it would last longer cause half of it is not gonna be glowing red from the exhaust heat but if your gonna be doing alot of racing and are a good driver i would say the turbo but there alot to think about when you us one
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:01 am
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go with the turbo, superchargers are only for american cars
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:16 am
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A supercharger is the safer, more cost effective application.Turbo add a lot of heat to your engine and are more prone to problems. They also require a lot more turning.Superchargers are almost plug and play. They require very little to install. Are a lot safer for your engine than turbos. They dont have massive turbines so and run off cooled intake air (as opposed to turbo running off of hot exhaust air) so they keep temperatures in the engine bay down.Superchargers give you more power at lower RPMs.Superchargers generally give more torque gains that Turbos.
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