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Nissan 350Z Supercharger & Turbocharger Comparison Guide

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Nissan 350Z Turbo Kit & Supercharger Kit Comparison GuideNissan has, yet, another one of the most popular sports cars now firmly placed under it's belt, however we all know that the Nissan 350Z never came from the factory turbocharged or supercharged.  We had all hoped it would, but it never got to that point.  Recently we saw THM's very own Brian “Nackers” Vrochticky compete at the NOS Midwest DriftUnion Pro AM in early May 2010! Our sponsored driver, Brian “Nackers” Vrochticky got a chance to test out his newly supercharged Nissan 350Z.  In a perfect world, Nissan would have given us a blown version of the 350Z, but since they did not, we have put together a Nissan turbocharger & supercharger comparison guide.

The Stillen supercharcher unit added the power Brian needed to surpass the competition and finally give him a car that was willing to fly.

So you want more power? Faster Times? Well, Turbos and Superchargers are indeed the way to go.

Everyone wants to know what is the difference between turbos and superchargers so we have done research on the two units and we have found differences and even similarities.

Nissan 350Z Turbocharger Kit comparison guide

can fit on any engine type, given the use of the appropriate exhaust manifold and a decompressed engine block. However, the turbo must be sized properly according to the application. Small turbos mean faster boost responses, but limited amounts of boost. Larger sized turbos take up more time to build up boost, but they give a lot of boost. Turbochargers are propelled by the exhaust gas velocity of the vehicle and are directly proportional to the temperature of the engine. Turbos feed on fresh oil constantly, so oils with high ratings must be used in the vehicle.

The advantages of turbocharging is the ability to increase horse power using boost controllers and changing turbo units. Turbos give you more power using a pulling effect type of forced induction. However, on the down side, turbos tend to produce more heat as the boost increases, therefore intake temperatures increase causing dense air that cannot be compressed. This usually happens after 5 psi.

To solve this problem, an intercooler may be added to help prevent detonation. The other problem with turbo charging is that it requires more maintenance because the amount of heat associated with the boost, this means the turbo must cool down after aggressive driving for about 2 to 3 minutes at idle. Installing a turbo timer is the best bet. Turbos must also be allowed to heat up before aggressive driving.

Nissan 350Z Supercharger Kit comparison guide
use the same concept as turbochargers in the effect that it also compresses air. Superchargers can also be made to fit on any type of engine, and only comes in two types of kits. Both are fanbelt pulley driven units. When it comes to horsepower and torque, superchargers can gain as much as 40 percent in horsepower and 50 percent in torque with the use of just a base kit.

The advantages of superchargers is, unlike a turbocharger that requires cool down time, or warm up time, the supercharger is ready to go when you are. At 2000rpm, boost is already available with a supercharger. When it comes to fuel efficiency, superchargers actually kind of help to improve your MPG. The reason for better mileage is the fact that you do not have to drive the engine at full throttle due to available boost. However, anytime that you drive aggressively, fuel efficiency will suffer.

Due to the fact that the supercharger is pulley driven, there is some strain put on the engine. Also, where as with the use of an intercooler with the turbo setup and you have the use of practically unlimited boost, you are limited to what the supercharger has to offer.

Installation of a supercharger usually takes about 6 to 8 hours... if you are mechanically inclined and there is no cutting or welding required. Superchargers also tend to last longer than turbo chargers because they do not require much maintenance and have a self contained oil supply.

Turbochargers and Superchargers are two of the best ways to accomplish your goals by producing more power and faster times. Both have great sounds, the superchargers with their aggressive whistling sound, and the turbos with their jet engine type sound.

In a nutshell, Turbochargers are efficient and flexible, allowing a wide range of swaps and upgrades to achieve the desired power output. They are not noisy and do not rob any power from the engine, however they do require a little more attention than superchargers. This setup is ideal for front wheel drive and lightweight cars, due to the lack of traction when you launch from a dead stop; the lag in boost is actually an advantage. You don't want your boost to kick in before you get traction.

Superchargers give you instant boost on demand and require very low maintenance. With boost available at 2000rpm. This setup is ideal if you have a rear wheel drive car with lots of horse power to spare, then the petty power it steals from the engine is well compensated for.

Based upon the previous information, you will normally fall into one of the following categories and choices:
1. Normal Street - Supercharger
2. Street and light track - Supercharger
3. Track - Small Turbo / Supercharger
4. Street & Drag - Small or larger Turbos
5. Drag - Larger Turbo

Your choice will also come down to personal preference and driving styles.  My suggestion is to drive a 350Z with a supercharger and one with a turbocharger before making your final decision.

Nissan 350Z  Supercharger Kit & Turbo Kit Comparison Guide

Nissan 350Z Turbo & Supercharger Kit Comparison Guide
Brand Description HP Gains / Dyno Chart Part # Price  Product Link
 Stillen  Nissan 350Z Stage 1 Supercharger Kit Flywheel - 82 hp / Wheel - 67 hp Nissan 350Z Stillen Installation Instructions
407350  $3,751.78
 Stillen Nissan 350Z Stage 1 Supercharger Kit
 Stillen  Nissan 350Z Stage 2 Supercharger Kit Flywheel - 95 hp / Wheel - 75 hp Nissan 350Z Stillen Stage 2 Supercharger kit installation instructions
407350IC  $5,083.38
 Nissan 350Z 407350ic turbo kit
 Stillen  Nissan 350Z Stage 3 Intercooled Supercharger Kit Flywheel - 123 hp / Wheel - 101 hp Nissan 350Z Stillen Stage 3 Supercharger Kit Installation instructions
407350IC3  $5,083.38
 Nissan 350Z Turbo Kit 407350ic3
 Greddy  2003- 2006 Nissan 350Z  Stage 2 Turbo Kit  n/a 11520095  $6987.49
 Nissan 350Z Turbo Kit
 Greddy  2007-2009 Nissan 350Z Stage 2 Turbo kit  Nissan 350Z Greddy 11520095 Turbo Kit Installation Instruction
            Guide 11520094  $7,208.00
 Greddy Turbo Kit Nissan 350Z Turbo Kit
 HKS  2003-2005 Nissan 350Z (VQ35DE) Full Turbo Kit GT-SS (56T)  n/a 11001-AN003  $4,675.00  HKS GT Full turbo kit Nissan 350Z Turbo Kit
 HKS  2003-2005 Nissan 350Z (VQ35DE) Full Turbo Kit GT2530 (63T) n/a 11001-AN005  $5,185.00  HKS Turbo Kit
 HKS  2003-2005 Nissan 350Z (VQ35DE) GT Full Turbo Kit Upgrade GT-RS (52T)  n/a 11001-AN007  $5,355.00  Turbo Kit Upgrade GT-RS (52T)
 HKS  2007-2008 Nissan 350Z (VQ35HR) Full Turbo Kit Upgrade GT-RS (52T)  n/a 11001-AN010  $5,355.00  (VQ35HR) Full Turbo Kit Upgrade GT-RS (52T)
 Turbonetics  2003-2006 Nissan 350Z Tuner Series Turbo Kit (Manual Transmission) Nissan 350Z & G35 Turbonetics Turbo Kits Available 350Z Stillen installation guide 15134-T  $5,518.15  Turbonetics
 Turbonetics 2003-2006 Nissan 350Z Tuner Series Turbo Kit (Automatic Transmission)  Turbonetics Nissan 350Z Turbo Kits Available  15156-T  $5,518.15  Turbonetics Nissan 350Z Turbo Kits 15156t

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