Forced induction has been around for decades, but it’s a relatively new concept when it comes to building a lowrider. Of course, our cars have always been built as cruisers, but over the past decade the use of LS motors has changed the scope of our builds and while we don’t need the power, it adds a level of customization that’s downright necessary.
It’s not uncommon to have people ask us why we put LS motors into our lowriders. They don’t understand why we’d need gobs of power on a car that rolls on 13-inch or 14-inch wire wheels and we understand their curiosity. The bottom line is that we do it because of the pride we take in our builds. For us, it’s about building the best vehicle we can with the best components we can source and, in short, dropping in an LS motor is much like having a gun in your closet because it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
The addition of a supercharger will not only give you increased performance, but the whine of the pulleys and the aesthetic look it provides is worth its weight in gold. We can also assure you that forced-induction systems of any kind are sure to become the next major upgrade for the big dogs in the game of lowriding.
That said, we stopped by Magnuson Products to take a look at a few of their offerings and we were more than impressed. In particular, we were interested in their “LS” series of superchargers, so here’s a breakdown.
How does a supercharger increase power?
A supercharger adds significant horsepower gain by compressing more air into your intake. The supercharger runs off of a belt that is spun by your motor, and while it uses power to create power, the amount gained is much greater than the amount used. Now when you couple more air with a correspondingly greater amount of fuel, and the proper timing and spark, this results in bigger spark and boom, resulting in more horsepower.
Why choose Magnuson Superchargers?
Magnuson Superchargers builds the world’s most popular aftermarket Eaton TVS superchargers for late-model muscle cars, sports cars, and trucks. At Magnuson, they believe that each of their customers should be given the ability to have big horsepower, drivability, and a long-lasting, reliable product. They’ve been in the business for well over 30 years and they have not only learned to master their craft, but backed it with numbers, which has given them the title as “the best-selling, most complete line of bolt-on superchargers anywhere.”
Each Magnuson Supercharger is also tested before it leaves the factory, and they stand behind their product with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.
Supercharging to OEM standards
It’s going to run like it was factory installed because Maguson manufactures and calibrates to OEM standards. Just ask their OEM customers. They also use Eaton rotors exclusively, the same supercharger rotors found in virtually all of the OEM supercharged applications from Audi, GM, Jaguar, and Ford. Most Magnuson Supercharger kits carry a CARB EO# and are 50-state emissions legal for on-road use.
Magnuson kits are known for their drivability and reliability, achieved through their Powertrain Integration approach. Simply put, this is the process of recalibrating the engine and transmission control programs to work with the altered induction path and boost pressure of the supercharger. This results in a seamless and consistent delivery of power over the entire rpm range, not just high end. It also means that your vehicle will continue to meet emissions and fuel economy standards.
About Magnuson Supercharger?
Magnuson Products, LLC promotes and distributes hybrid roots-type superchargers to the automotive aftermarket industry worldwide. Magnuson’s R&D team combines more than 60 years of system designing experience with state-of-the-art engineering and the latest in computer design and fabrication technology.
Magnuson is capable of developing a complete supercharger system and taking it through every facet of design, fabrication, testing, and production. The goal of Magnuson’s R&D team is to create the most durable, quiet, powerful, and efficient supercharger system possible utilizing the “roots-style” blower.
Design & Engineering Perfection
Utilizing the latest in computer design technology, Magnuson creates the initial designs and drawings to begin development of the essential supercharger components. With the use of solid modeling techniques we are able to utilize original designs in our CAD/CAM software to create full-size models and patterns, loose run samples for prototypes, and production parts.
The Perfect Fit
Magnuson has a complete model and pattern shop. They specialize in casting technology, and generate their own match plates and core boxes. No mods, no shaving, no grinding, unless of course you have modified your engine or engine compartment in ways that would interfere with the system.
Is it legal?
Since we’re talking lowriders, most of them don’t have to abide by emissions laws so you don’t have to worry. Now if you’re planning on supercharging anything newer than a ’75, than you’ll be pleased to know that many Magnuson supercharger kits carry a CARB E.O. number thus making it legal to have. So whether you’re driving a Corvette, Cadillac, Silverado, Hummer, Camaro, or a Mustang, Magnuson supercharger kits deliver maximum performance, while continuing to meet emissions and fuel economy standards!