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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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What's it cost?

What does it cost for a good top of the line supercharger? I have seen everthing from $1,000 to $5,000. What is the best and how much does it cost? This would be for a 4.6L T-Bird.
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Originally Posted by MadeInDade
What is the best...
I hope you don't seriously think this is a valid question. There are many options out there and you have to choose what's best for YOU and not ask "What's the best..." I hope you've learned you lesson...
Top of the line??? All of them can be considered that...
Browse the SC forums and read...a lot. If you have some more educated and specific question...please ask.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 04:42 PM
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what ever the price of the kit is, DOUBLE it for future transmission, rear end, driveshaft, and half shaft upgrades......... plus the cost of injectors, MAF, SCT TUNE

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I agree on the transmission upgrades. The rear end doesn't need to be upgraded for a mild blower kit, nor do the halfshafts have to be upgraded. Mike Siska has crossed into the 10's with the IRS and the stock half shafts. Not that the stock half shafts will get everybody into the 10's, but certainly they'll hold up for 13's and 12 second 1/4 mile passes. If the car was a stick, then I'd say the half shafts would need addressing, but with an automatic it's easier on the rear.

If a higher numerical gear and a Traction-Lok constitiutes "rear upgrades", then I agree there as well. Although if he choses an AED kit, switching to 4:10 and 4.56 gears is just not required. Considering a dialy driver of course as there is tons of torque down low to help move the 2-tons of fun. I'd say 3.73:1 gears at the most with an AED kit. My car has run 13.3 with 3.27:1 gears, so the possibilties are there.

The driveshaft upgrade is a smart idea and I've had good luck with my MMC shaft.

"plus the cost of injectors, MAF, SCT TUNE"

Again, if he choses an AED E-Tuned REV-I kit, then it will already have the 80mm MAF, 30 lb./hr. injectors and an AED/SCT tune. The good thing about the e-tuned kit is it eliminates the fmu from out of the box. I can't comment on any other supercharger kits out there and to my knowledge AED is the only company to offer an MN12 specific supercharger "kit".


Check out Allen Engine, they offer a very well engineered 4.6L MN12 kit. Many members here run the AED kit and they can make anywhere from 250-500 REAR WHEEL horsepower depending on your kit selection and drivetrain.

Plus it's 50 state legal!

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if you just want to put a blower on it, then get the allen.

If you are on a budget, I would drop a 02+ explorer engine in there and put a svo blower on that. You will be much happier with the latter.

The question is how deep are your pockets, because sure you can put a blower on the car, then you will want to build a forged shortblock, then you will want to upgrade the driveline (rear end, driveshaft, transmission).

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Of the three Justin mentioned, I'd say Transmission is going to be your most important "beef up." Because these stock 4R70Ws just do not like to handle power. A driveshaft from Denny's Driveshafts ( I think that's how it's spelled ) is also a good idea. You'll also want to stiffent your drivetrain up. Transmission mount, trans cross member mounts, solid differential mounts, etc. We're spongy from the factory.
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