Just thought I'd share this here as well for those that dont frequent another Lexus forum.
Nothing new, just another supercharger on a car thats not meant to be fast. :uh: Thats not entirely accurate in that this isnt a "kit" S/C build and the IS350 is kind of sort of fast at 5.5 - 7 psi! Respect to the guys who have ventured down this path but its time to add more names to the list. I've come from a long history of car A.D.D. and customization on various platforms. I have in my possession a 2006 IS350 that I've decided to tear into and make my own at the cost of some blood, sweat and $.
The fact is these cars are becoming more and more affordable as the years and miles add up. At some point, we are bound to see more tuners finding themselves in this car and wanting to achieve more power and "fun" factor if you will. For me, its not about $ per $ gain, all out speed, etc.; its about enjoying the car and wanting just a bit more power from it with all the reliability Toyota intended. Having said that I'm sure the hating will surface but too bad, I'm doing what I want because I can.
Goal is simple; I really dont have an end goal... My one stipulation is that the car will remain 100% factory in terms of all accessory function, no CELs and complete drivibility in all aspects. I have started out with a centrifugal supercharger originally badged as a C1 Procharger. I've overhauled the blower with ceramic bearings, new flange, seals and blasted gear/shaft. These little blowers are actually quite nice but not so much at the price tag ATI wants to sell them at...more on that later.
Any way, I started out by observing the car's behavior on 5 lbs of boost just like LMS did some time ago. I've made several adjustments in terms of pulley sizing and of course meth/water injection. I'm also running a larger FMIC and other piping tweaks. It was quite a struggle to bridge the gap from 5.5 psi to 7psi but I have it figured out and the car is exactly where I want it as far as feel and butt dyno. The stock ECU in one word is amazing.
This car handles 7lbs of boost like it came that way from the factory. The stock ecu does everything right in terms of compensating for the added air. The only thing its overly sensitive with (and this is a good thing for most) is knock....knock detection is spot on and the ecu completely cuts to prevent damages. Too much of anything and you will knock!!
For the time being, above is my intro. I'll let the updates and pictures do the talking in the very near future. I'm crunched for time with work and family but I have a lot of pics to share. Also have a few other ideas that will prove out right or wrong in which I'll share as I encounter.
For now heres some blower work. This is a C2 Supercharger I acquired prior to my C1 that needed over haul.
Necessary tools include a bearing puller/seperator and *ton press. Theres no way in hell you can complete this without a press. :egads:
Inside of a C2 with bad bearings...it "looks" fine...
But wait, arent there supposed to be ball bearings inside of this cage? Its a bearing with a flange with a bearing inside,,but no balls! LOL
More missing balls! :eek2:
New bearings on top-
All new bearings and seals straight from the source. Dont pay marked up prices from "Rebuilders" as these parts are easy to locate if you know what to search for!
Pressing on fresh ABEC-7 bearings
All new bearings installed and gears properly cleaned!
New viton CR seal vs inferior nitrile-
Random pics as I started digging into the various pieces parts of the install:
Oil catch can needing modified for giant sized hose our motors use
FMIC mounting mock up
Synapse BOV tucks nicely
Assortment of billet spacers I had cnc'd by my machinist
Which coolingmist tank can I fit in the engine bay!? I ended up with a 4qt. (not pictured)
Major milestone***S/C mounting bracket final alignment with spacers and studs-
And oh yes look at that perfect alignment of pulleys!