WEIAND SUPERCHARGER ARTICLE

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Superchargers

Supercharger Basics

There are currently three basic types of superchargers being
sold in the performance market today: the Roots type (all
Weiand Superchargers are Roots blowers), centrifugal, and
“screw” type. (Note that throughout this tech manual the
terms “supercharger” and “blower” are used interchangeably
since they mean exactly the same thing.)
The centrifugal supercharger is very similar to a turbocharger,
except the centrifugal supercharger is driven by a belt off the
engine, while the turbocharger is driven by the force of
exhaust gases. These type of superchargers (or turbos) run at
extremely high speeds. To achieve these high speeds in the
centrifugal supercharger, there is an additional internal stepup
drive inside the blower. Due to the design of these units,
the faster the impeller spins, the more boost the blower
makes. As a result, these units typically do not produce much
power at low engine speeds because the impeller is not spinning
fast enough to make much boost. If it were even possible
to gear the blower so that it would spin fast at low engine
speeds, it would then make too much boost at higher engine
speeds. Turbos employ a device called a “wastegate,” which
bypasses exhaust gas past the turbo when a certain boost
limit is reached. Turbos also have a “lag” at low RPMs.
The screw type blower appears somewhat similar to a Roots
type blower from the outside, but the internal rotors are quite
different. In a screw type blower, the rotors interleave one
another and as the outside air is drawn into the blower the
rotors progressively compress the air inside the blower as it
passes along the rotors. These rotors require an extremely
high degree of tolerance and, as a result, the screw type
supercharger is more expensive than a Roots.
The Roots blower is the simplest of all blowers and therefore
is also the least expensive. A Roots blower does not compress
the air inside the supercharger. It is actually an air pump. The
compression of the inlet charge (creation of boost) actually
takes place in the cylinders and the manifold.
Centrifugal superchargers and screw type superchargers are
called “internal compression” blowers because the air compression
takes place inside the supercharger. Roots superchargers
are “external compression” blowers because the air
compression takes place outside of the supercharger.
Roots type superchargers first appeared in automotive applications
as far back as the 1930s. The basic design of a Roots
supercharger has been developed over many years and has
resulted in a highly refined product offered by Holley under
the Weiand brand.
Roots blowers have been used on GMC diesel engines for
many years. In the late 1950s, Phil Weiand was in the
forefront of the development and adaptation of these superchargers
for racing and performance applications. The company
was active in producing manifolds and drive systems for
adapting GMC diesel superchargers, such as the 4-71 and
6-71, followed by the development of its own superchargers
that are completely manufactured by Weiand (including
8-71 models).

What a Supercharger Does

An internal combustion gasoline engine draws in air which is
mixed with gasoline. This “fuel/air charge” is drawn into the
cylinders as a result of the vacuum created when the piston
travels down the cylinder. When the piston goes back up, this
fuel/air charge is compressed to a fraction of its original volume.
If an engine has a 9:1 compression ratio, the fuel/air
charge will be compressed to 1/9th of its original volume.
When the spark plug ignites this compressed fuel/air charge,
the resulting combustion causes an expansion of the charge
which forces the piston down.
As you pack more fuel and air into the cylinder, the
combustion charge becomes more powerful and the engine
produces more power and torque.
In an unblown engine, when the piston goes down on the
intake stroke, atmospheric pressure tries to fill the void now
present in the cylinder. If the cylinder filled completely with
air, the engine would have a volumetric efficiency of 100%.
Due to the restrictions in any engine created by the air cleaner,
cylinder head and cam timing, all of the air that should
get into the cylinder can’t, so the typical engine’s volumetric
efficiency is less than 100%. By removing these restrictions, or
at least reducing them by improving the cylinder heads and
cam timing and using a larger carburetor, the volumetric efficiency
of an unblown engine can be improved.
With a supercharger, the amount of air and fuel that can be
packed into the cylinders greatly exceeds the 100% volumetric
efficiency of a highly refined unblown engine. Since the
air is now being forced into the engine, you can put a substantially
denser fuel/air charge into the cylinders. On most
street type blown applications running 6 to 7 pounds of
boost, approximately 40 to 50% more fuel and air can be
packed into the cylinders than in a comparable unblown
engine. The reason that larger displacement engines make
more power and torque than smaller ones is that more fuel
and air are available for combustion. As a result of super-
charging, a small displacement supercharged engine can
produce similar horsepower and torque to a naturally aspirated
larger displacement engine.
With a Roots blower, the carburetor functions basically the
same as it would on an unblown engine, except it now sits on
top of the supercharger. Although this is somewhat of a simplification,
you can think of a roots supercharger installation
as removing the carb and intake manifold from the engine
and reinstalling the blower and blower manifold in its place
and then bolting the carb on top of the blower. Then a belt is
attached to pulleys on the blower and the crankshaft to turn
the supercharger.

Explaining Boost

Boost is the amount of air pressure created by the supercharger.
Supercharger boost is largely misunderstood, even
by some experienced performance enthusiasts.
One important thing to keep in mind with respect to Weiand
roots superchargers is that throughout the RPM range, the air
ratio of the supercharger is consistent with the engine displacement.
Supercharger boost, however, is not totally constant.
This is because at lower blower speeds, the clearances
between the blower case and the rotors allows for air “leakage”
with some loss of boost efficiency. If your engine is not
as free-breathing as it could be (because it has a stock or low
performance cam, small valves, restricted ports, etc.) you will
typically see the boost readings go up in the higher rpm
ranges. This is because the boost the blower is making cannot
fully get into the cylinders due to these restrictions, and the
boost pressure starts building up in the manifold, which is
typically where the boost readings are taken, therefore, artificially
high readings will be observed. Interestingly, this means
a supercharged engine can make more power with lower
reading on the boost gauge.
Boost is a function of three things: the displacement of the
engine, the displacement of the blower, and the speed that
the blower is turned in relationship to the engine speed. There
are a few basics to remember. Assuming a constant speed
ratio between the engine and the blower, a larger blower will
make more boost than a smaller one on the same size
engine. As engine size goes up, boost goes down if the blower
speed and blower size remain constant. Conversely, as
engine size goes down, boost goes up. On a given size
blower and a given size engine, boost can be increased by
running the blower faster in relation to the engine’s speed
(overdriving) or it can be decreased by running it slower
(underdriving).
As a very rough rule of thumb, you typically want to run
larger blowers on larger engines. However, there is no reason
you can’t run a larger blower on a small engine, such as
a 6-71 on a small block 327, as long as you adjust your
drive pulleys to get the blower to run slow enough to keep the
boost down to a level that is appropriate for the compression
ratio you are running. Conversely, it is not practical to run a
small blower on a big engine, because you would have to
turn the blower so fast to make a reasonable amount of boost
that the blower would become very inefficient, particularly at
higher engine speeds. When Roots blowers are turned at
very high speeds, they actually can heat up the inlet air to
such an extent that the air expands substantially. This overheated
expanded air loses so much density that even though
your boost gauge says the blower is making boost, in reality
you aren’t putting any more air into the engine than an
unblown engine would get.
Running the blower very slowly in relation to engine speed,
such as would occur in our example above of a
6-71 on a 327, would result in inefficiencies at lower engine
speeds. A slow turning blower, especially a larger one like a
6-71, would have a lot of low speed “leakage” of boost pressure
past the clearances between the rotors and the blower
case. This leakage reduces low speed boost pressure, with a
resultant decrease in the amount of additional power produced.
This is why it is important to have a blower that is
sized in relationship to the engine displacement. In this
instance, if the blower pulleys were selected to make decent
boost at low engine speed, you would end up with excessive
boost at higher engine speeds. Additionally, keep in mind
that the larger the blower, the more potential for low speed
boost “leakage” to occur because the total clearance path is
much longer on a larger blower.
Many people assume a blower is making boost 100% of the
time. In actuality, the blower normally only goes into boost
when the throttle is opened substantially or when the vehicle
is under load, such as going up a steep hill or pulling a trailer.
In order to make boost, the blower must get air, and during
most driving you will only have the throttle open a slight
amount. Interestingly enough, even when not making boost,
the spinning rotors improve the volumetric efficiency of the
engine to the point where you can maintain high cruising
speeds at lesser throttle openings, and in normal driving
around town, you will notice that the vehicle is much livelier
even when not making boost. This phenomenon can improve
gas mileage under certain circumstances, although typically
on an overall basis fuel economy will decrease about 3%.
This isn’t much of a factor. If your car was getting 20 mpg
before the blower, that means you will be getting 19.4 mpg
after the blower installation but with a 40 to 50% increase in
horsepower.
Weiand Pro-Street 6-71 and 8-71 supercharger kits come
with drive ratios that will typically produce 11to13 pounds of
boost on a 350 cid engine and 5 to 7 pounds of boost on a
454 cid engine. See our additional drive ratio charts at the
end of this section. If your engine is smaller than this, your
boost will be higher. If your engine is larger, your boost will
be lower.
We state that your boost will fall within a particular range,
such as from 5 to 8 pounds, because a lot of factors can
cause boost to vary. Depending upon how well your engine
breathes, the amount of observed boost on a gauge can vary
substantially. If you install a Weiand blower and your
observed boost comes up on the low end of our estimated
range, it means you have a really good breathing engine.
Another factor that can contribute to low boost is a restricted
air inlet or too small of a carburetor. Remember that at full
throttle your engine is going to need about 50% more air
than it did before the blower was installed. Are your air
cleaner and carburetor capable of letting in 50% more air? If
not, you won’t make the boost that the blower is capable of.
The amount of boost that can safely be run is primarily determined
by the compression ratio of your engine and the gas
that you are using. As a basic rule of thumb, the 5 to 8
pound boost range that is provided by the standard pulleys
supplied in Weiand’s supercharger kits is suitable for compression
ratios in the 8 to 9:1 range. Example: 8 pounds on
a 9:1 engine would yield a 13:9:1 compression ratio. An 8:1
engine with 5-6 pounds of boost is safe with 92 octane pump
gas. If your compression ratio is higher than this, you will
have to run less boost. If it is lower than this, you can run
more boost. The key to any supercharger installation is that
detonation must be controlled. Detonation in a blown engine
is more destructive than in an unblown engine, and damage
to piston ring lands (or worse) will occur if you continue to
drive a blown engine that is detonating.
Many enthusiasts will experiment with increasing the boost
until detonation occurs and then back down to the last boost
level achieved without detonation. This requires purchasing
additional optional pulleys. Remember that rarely are any
two modified engines similar in how they react to boost and
compression ratio combinations, so don’t expect to copy what
someone else may have done and achieve a successful installation.
Unfortunately, as in many aspects of dealing with
modified engines, trial and error is about the only way to
achieve your ideal combination.
Please consult the charts in this Technical Section and the
replacement pulley section for help in determining the pulleys
and blower sizes that will best suit your specific application.
In most instances, this will provide you with enough information
to provide a workable and safe combination that will
provide substantial performance improvements. For those of
you who would like to achieve the ultimate in performance
from your particular setup, the data provided in our charts
will give you an excellent starting point on which you may
build to reach your goals.

Compression Ratio/Boost Pressure

The compression ratio of your engine has a direct relationship
to how much boost you can run. If you have a high compression
ratio, such 9.5:1 or 10:1, you will only be able to
run a small amount of boost.
The compression ratio that is built into your engine is called
“static compression.” When you combine the boost you are
running in conjunction with your compression ratio, the result
is known as the “Effective Compression Ratio.” Formulas have
been developed that convert your static compression and
supercharger boost to the effective compression ratio. Table 1
provides this information.
You can find your static compression ratio on the left side of
the chart. Then read across to the right under the boost you
want to run and the number in the box will be your “effective”
compression ratio. Experience has shown that if you
attempt to run more than about a 12:1 effective compression
ratio on a street engine with 92 octane pump gas, you will
have detonation problems. To some degree, this can be controlled
with boost retard devices, but we do not recommend
that you set up your engine and supercharger to provide
more than a 12:1 effective compression ratio. Please note
that all engines differ in their tolerance to detonation. You can
build what appear to be two identical engines and one will
detonate and the other one won’t.
How you plan to drive your vehicle is important because you can
set up your blower to be more efficient at high engine speeds
or more efficient at low engine speeds, or you can arrange
for the best compromise for the full engine rpm range.
For example, if your vehicle typically will be driven at speeds
under 4,500 rpm and will never, or infrequently, see high
engine speeds, you may want to select one of Weiand’s
smaller blowers. A smaller blower can be driven at a higher
speed, which will produce a substantial amount of boost, particularly
at lower engine speeds. However, this high blower
speed will be less effective at higher engine speeds due to the
overheating of the inlet air as discussed earlier.
Conversely, if you choose a larger blower for this same application,
in order to achieve the same boost level, the larger
blower will have to be turned at a relatively slow speed. This
combination will not produce the low end power that the
faster turning small blower will, but will significantly outperform
the small blower at high engine speeds. However, if you
never drive your vehicle in the higher speed ranges, you may
be giving up impressive improvements in the lower speed
ranges. You may choose to do this anyway because you want
the look of the larger blower and are willing to give up some
bottom end performance.
To be more specific, the Pro-Street/ Marine 142 makes an
excellent low to midrange blower for a 350 Chevy. The 6-71
is best for mid to high rpm ranges. The 8-71 is for all-out
competition style engines that will see high rpm usage. The
Pro-Street 177 is a good all-around compromise that will perform
well across the board, but it still won’t deliver as much
power as the 6-71 or 8-71 at extreme engine speeds. These
recommendations are based on setting up all three blowers at
a similar boost output.
For big blocks, Weiand offers the Pro-Street 177 for good
low to midrange power, the 6-71 for strong mid to highrange
power, and the 8-71 or large displacement, high
boost/rpm engines. The Pro-Street 256 is a good all around
compromise.
Again, the 6-71 will outperform the smaller blowers in the
high rpm ranges.

Supercharger Rotors

Weiand uses two types of supercharger rotors. The smaller
superchargers use new (not remanufactured) CAD/CAM
designed two lobe rotors. These rotors were designed to hold
their tolerances 360º for maximum boost pressure efficiency.
Two lobe rotors feature thick walls and a solid shaft, which
prevent flexing at higher boost levels. The supercharger case
is smaller because the two lobe rotor design takes up less
area in the case. This allows for a more compact package for
easier underhood installation in many applications.
Weiand’s 8-71 superchargers use three lobe helix rotors. The
helix style rotor was developed by General Motors for larger
GMC superchargers. They are more efficient than a two lobe
rotor because they use less horsepower to supply a greater
volume of cooler air charge to the cylinders. Helix rotors also
resist flex under extremely high boost situations. These superchargers
use larger cases, allowing for a greater volume of
air displacement per rotor revolution.
There is also a version of the three lobe helix rotor used in
racing called the “hihelix” rotor. This design has even more
“twist” imparted into the blower rotor and does provide more
power. These blowers were developed for Alcohol Dragster
and Funny Car racing and are extremely expensive, making
them impractical for anything but professional racing. The
increase in performance is not justified by the increase in cost
for street applications.

Expected Performance Increases

Installing a blower is one of the easiest ways to substantially
improve a vehicle’s overall performance. With one of
Weiand’s superchargers, here are some of the improvements
you can expect:
1. Improved starting. A properly set up blown engine typically
will fire instantly, usually before the engine has even
made one revolution. This is because the blower immediately
is pushing the inlet charge right into the cylinder, rather than
waiting for the engine vacuum to draw the charge into the
cylinder.
2. Substantial increases in bottom-end performance. While
this is true with all Weiand blowers, it is particularly attributable
to the smaller ones.
3. Substantial horsepower increases. Bolting one of
Weiand’s Pro-Street Superchargers on an otherwise stock
small block Chevy will result in an increase of approximately
100 to 120 hp. Usually with a mild blower cam and a larger
carburetor you can expect a typical small block to produce
anywhere from 360 to 400 streetable horsepower. The addition
of a set of good heads can boost this into the 440 to
470 hp range. Torque on an engine of this type typically will
be in the 400 to 440 Ib.-ft. range. All of these figures are
based on a blower that is producing about 6 or 7 pounds of
boost. A larger blower, such as Weiand’s 6-71, on a similar
engine to the one described above could push the top power
output well over 500 hp.
NOTE: It is important to understand that for all practical purposes,
an engine does not know what size supercharger is
bolted to it. The amount of boost that is being produced by
the blower is the critical factor. So our power output estimates
above are somewhat typical of any of Weiand’s blowers, with
the following exceptions: At very low engine speeds, the
smaller blowers will typically produce more torque than the
bigger blowers. At very high engine speeds, the larger blowers
will produce substantially more power than the smaller
blowers.

Other Engine Modifications

One of the big advantages of a supercharger is that it
can overcome many induction deficiencies in an engine,
especially in the low to mid-range rpm area. Weiand
Pro-Street and 6-71 superchargers can be installed on a
stock engine, as long as the static compression ratio is 9:1 or
less and engine speed is limited to 6,000 rpm. Most stock
engines are equipped with cast pistons, cast crankshaft, two
bolt main caps, and a small camshaft, requiring you to run
very low boost pressure of 3 to 5 pounds
maximum. Higher boost levels will cause detonation and
engine failure.
To run boost levels from 6 to 10 pounds we recommend the
following:
• Forged blower pistons with a static compression
ratio of 7.5:1
• Steel crankshaft
• Four bolt main caps
• Steel harmonic dampener
• Stainless steel valves
• Three angle valve job
• More aggressive camshaft
• Roller rockers
• Ported and polished heads
• Steel rods with good rod bolts
• Chromoly push rods
• High output ignition
• Weiand high flow water pump (cast iron or aluminum
available – see our complete catalog for applications)
• Minimum of a 2-1/2” diameter dual exhaust with
headers. Recommended primary tube diameters and
collector sizes are:
Small Blocks: 1-5/8” to 1-3/4” with 3” collectors
Big Blocks: 1-7/8” to 2’ with 3-1/2” collectors
For maximum boost and horsepower applications (12 pounds
or more), we recommend the following engine specifications:
• High quality forged or billet double keyed crankshaft
• Four bolt main caps with quality bolts or studs
• Steel double keyed harmonic balancer or crank hub
• High quality steel rods (H or I beam)
• Forged blower pistons
• O-ringing the block (mandatory)
• Severe duty stainless steel valves or iconel
• Fully ported and polished heads
• Solid or roller cam designed for high boost
• Roller rockers
• Chromoly push rods
• High output ignition management system or magneto
• Blueprinted carburetors or fuel injection
• High octane race fuel (112+ rating)
• Minimum of a 3” diameter dual exhaust with free
flowing street/race mufflers and large tube headers.
• Recommended primary tube diameters and collector
sizes are:
Small Blocks: 1-7/8” to 2” with 3-1/2” collectors Big
Blocks: 2-1/8” to 2-1/4”, with 4” collectors
• Maximum effective compression ratio on gas not to
exceed 24:1
It’s important to realize that there are no hard and fast rules
and the suggestions made here are general in nature.

Carburetion with a Blower

Choosing a carburetor is a very important step in building a
blower motor. Under boost, the engine could need up to 40
to 50% more fuel and air, so it’s key to pick a carburetor that
is up to the task. If your carburetor can’t provide enough fuel
and air, you can’t take full advantage of your supercharger
and you won’t be able to make maximum boost.
In addition to providing fuel for the motor, the carburetor also
is the restriction through which air must pass to get into the
blower and the motor. Running too small a carburetor therefore
means that you can’t flow enough air to produce maximum
boost.
It’s very simple: If a supercharger can’t draw the air and fuel
into it, you can’t get horsepower out.
The amount your carburetor needs to flow depends on engine
characteristics and on the amount of boost your blower will
be making.
If your carburetor is too lean, it will cause detonation, which
can destroy your motor. How do you know if it’s too lean?
You’ll have several obvious indications, like glowing red
headers, audible “lean pop,” or engine surging. Even if you
don’t experience these conditions, you should still read your
spark plugs for proper color. You want to see a medium to
dark tan color.
If you run one or more Holley carburetors, be aware that they
contain power valves. Power valves provide additional fuel
when there is no vacuum at the base of the carburetor.
However, in a blower application, there will always be some
vacuum, so the power valves will not function properly. You
will need carburetors that have a “boost referenced” power
valve circuit. Holley “Supercharger Carburetors” are specifically
designed with this feature. In addition, they also are
100% wet-flowed, equipped, and calibrated for the special
needs of a supercharged engine.
Weiand offers several components for use on carbureted
applications, including a stainless steel fuel line kit for sidemounted
Holleys and high performance carburetor linkage
kits for Holleys. To complete your supercharger installation,
use a Weiand air scoop (Hilborn or Enderle style).

Ignition Systems with a Supercharger

Many street supercharger applications will work fine with the
stock ignition system, because blown engines make so much
low and mid-range power, it is not necessary to rev to high
rpm’s. High performance ignitions are primarily required to
provide adequate spark at higher than normal rpm’s. If most
of your driving is going to be under 5,500 rpm, you probably
won’t need an aftermarket ignition. For optimum performance
at higher engine rpm’s, select an aftermarket performance
ignition system.
It is usually a good idea to run spark plugs that are one to
two ranges colder than normal with a blower. The more
boost, the colder the plug required. Colder plugs will foul
easier than hotter plugs, so in this instance a “hot” ignition
may be advisable.
The main thing that needs to be addressed with a blower is to
make sure that detonation is controlled. A handy device to
have is “boost retard control”. With the use of this unit, you
can run normal timing settings which will allow for easy starting
and reasonable fuel economy under normal driving situations.
However, when you step on the gas and the engine
goes into boost, this timing setting may cause detonation.
With the “boost retard control,” the driver can dial in ignition
retard with a dash-mounted knob. These devices usually
operate on a “degrees of retard per pound of boost” and are
typically adjustable from 1º to 3º of retard per pound of
boost. As an example, if the unit is set to deliver 1º per
pound of boost, that means that when your blower is putting
out 4 pounds of boost the distributor will be automatically be
retarded by 4º. When you reach 7 pounds of boost, it will be
retarded by 7º. Best results are achieved by driving the vehicle
under boost and adjusting the unit until any detonation is
eliminated.
NOTE: We do not recommend using these devices in marine
applications. Retarding the timing under boost increases the
combustion temperatures. On a street vehicle, this typically
occurs for short periods of time. In marine applications the
engine is usually in full boost all of the time. As a result, these
prolonged high combustion temperatures can burn pistons or
valves.
Most blown engines operate best on 28 to 34º of total timing.
Running more total advance will not provide any performance
increase.
Your distributor should have a centrifugal advance mechanism
that has been set up so that all of the advance is in by
2,500 rpm. The best way to set your timing is to put a permanent
mark on your harmonic damper that represents 34º
total advance. If your damper doesn’t go this far, you can
measure the timing marks on your damper and then, using
your measuring tape, calculate where 34º would be. 34º is a
very safe figure and should provide close to optimum performance.
After you mark off 34º, start your engine and rev it up to a
speed where all the distributor’s mechanical advance will be
in. This should be somewhere over 2,500 rpm. Then read the
new 34º mark like you would read TDC at idle speed. Adjust
the distributor so that the new mark on the damper lines up
with the “0” on your timing tab. This would provide 34º of
total timing or if you wanted 32º of total timing, you could
line up the mark on the damper with the 2º ATDC mark on
the timing tab instead of “0.”
Supercharger Engine Camshafts
The choice of camshaft can make or break a blower motor. A
legend in the industry, Lunati offers several camshafts specifically
designed to work with Weiand blower kits. In addition,
the following are a few basic guidelines for selecting the
proper cam for your motor.
Obviously, the amount of boost your supercharger produces
is going to be a factor in choosing a camshaft. Weiand offers
three different levels of superchargers, and each requires a
different type of cam.
The “mildest” of Weiand’s blowers are the Pro-Street superchargers,
which are set to produce from 5 to 7 pounds of
boost. The company recommends a hydraulic cam for these
applications – where the engine will not be spun past 6,500
rpm and has several grinds available. All of these cams are
ground on a 112 to 114º lobe center line, which helps maintain
cylinder pressure to maximize horsepower at these lower
boost levels. Keeping the cylinder pressure up also gives you
excellent throttle response.
The milder cams that Weiand offers are great for street performance
enthusiasts who want to gain about 100 to 120
streetable horsepower. The company also offers slightly “bigger”
cams for the next performance level up.
For 6-71 and 8-71 blowers, Weiand again recommends running
a hydraulic cam, as long as you keep the boost level
below 10 PSI. Weiand also offers cams for these type of
applications.
For your higher boost levels in gasoline burning engines, the
company recommends running a flat tappet or roller cam
with a 110º lobe center line. This cam design provides good
overall power on pump gas and also aids in engine cooling.
Plus, the 110º center line provides even sharper throttle
response and helps lower initial cylinder pressure (you won’t
miss the cylinder pressure with these blowers, since they make
plenty of boost).
In all supercharger applications, Weiand recommends running
roller rockers and chromoly push rods.
Table 4 displays a listing of supercharger camshafts for the
Chevrolet small-block (flat tappet hydraulic). For more information
on Lunati’s line of blower cams, consult the Lunati catalog,
or call Lunati and speak with one of their cam experts at 901-
365-0950.

Conclusion

Supercharging is an extremely effective way to reliably
increase horsepower and torque, particularly in the low to mid
rpm ranges where most street machines are operated.
Unfortunately, due to the wide use of superchargers in drag
racing, many people think a supercharger is an exotic race
component and is not truly suitable for the street.
Now that supercharging is becoming quite common on stock
factory vehicles, more people are realizing that a supercharger
is a safe, practical source of performance increases.
Superchargers are currently available on several Ford models,
as well as Buick and Pontiac cars. These are all Roots type
superchargers and operate on the same basic principle as all
of Weiand’s superchargers.
If you have additional questions regarding Weiand
Supercharger applications, please contact the Weiand/Holley
Tech Department at 270-781-9741.

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