I'm a firm believer that a Procharger is the right power adder for most people. Who car argue with a simple bolt-on installation, power where you need it, and a kick ass whistle noise?!
We first met Daniel August 2019; He had just finished installing shorty style headers, a bigger throttle body, and a JLT series 3 cold air intake on his Mustang. With the added flow of these new components, his mustang wouldn't start and drive! He had found us on Google, and called us hoping to get his Mustang running again.
On our way out of town for the weekend, we met up with Daniel at the shop, and got to see his super clean 2009 Mustang for the first time. This thing was fully optioned, and even had a glass roof! We only had a little bit of time before we had to get on the road, however we also had some good data for the JLT intake to start from, and were able to get Daniel's car running again.
A couple of weeks later, we were able to meet up with Daniel again for a street and dyno tune, producing 270whp on our Land and Sea Dyno. We got to talk to Daniel about his goals, and how he had always hoped to Supercharge the car. It's a car he wants to keep indefinitely, and wants to build right.
When we were accepted as official Procharger dealers, Daniel was one of the first to know. It was awesome to be able to help hook him up with a great deal on a P1-SC, installed and tuned at our shop. Daniel's dreams of having a boosted GT were coming true. Later that week, a huge box of "Awesome" showed up at the shop! Un-boxing new racecar parts is always one of the best things in life.
Daniel dropped off his car on Saturday; We put it on the lift and got to work.
I always advocate working on a car in stages, so that you can test and validate your work. In this instance, started with the fuel pump upgrade first, so that if we had trouble, we would have known that it was a fuel pump issue rather than a Procharger plumbing issue.
With the back seat removed, we were able to remove the factory fuel pump and basket for disassembly. Though not one of my favorite components of this kit, the Aeromotive pump satisfied the need for a drop-in replacement. Unfortunately, the included filter did not clear the basket.
We picked up a new OEM filter, completed assembling the fuel pump basket, and were able to start the car to confirm a successful pump upgrade.
We removed the JLT series 3 intake and bumper cover to fit up the "MAFtercooler". For several years, pro-charger and many other brands moved the Mass Airflow sensor into the outlet of the intercooler / aftercooler. Often on higher power setups, the Mass Airflow Sensor will max out, unable to read any more airflow. By putting the MAF in the intercooler, less air travels across the sensor, and it can accurately be used at higher flow rates.
Fitment of **ANY** kit will leave you understanding that "Some assembly is required". Procharger puts together one of the most complete kits you can buy, and manages to cram tons of piping into engine bays that were never designed to accommodate them. As an installer, it's important to do what we can to make sure that the parts we install fit as well as possible.
After the initial fitment of the intercooler -- MAFtercooler.... -- there was interference between the core of the IC and one of the AC lines.
Rather than let the line and the MAFtercooler wear over time, we opted to split a piece of hose, and use it to insulate the contact surface between the two components.
During the MAFtercooler install, we also ran into some less than favorable gasket sealing on the MAF. In a practical sense, this shouldn't have caused any appreciable issues, however, I prefer to cut the gasket to fit.
The MAFtercooler install was completed, and we started to mock up some of the charge piping.
The Procharger Bracket installation is fairly straight forward. We removed four bolts, assembled the bracket, and on it went.
It was time for the exiting part; the head unit install. 2019 is Procharger's 25th anniversary, and Daniel's head unit had special Anniversary branding. I thought it was a really nice touch. The details make all the difference.
With the head unit installed, it was time to resolve any fitment issues remaining with the charge pipes. It's no simple chore to tuck all of the pipe into the engine bay, and keep it as high off of the road as possible.
To give a little more clearance between the throttle body inlet tube and the radiator's surge tank, we loosened the radiator mounts, and clocked them counterclockwise as much as the slots in the bracket would allow. This effectively pulled the radiator further forward, and moved the mounting points for the surge tank further to the passenger side of the vehicle.
We moved onto filling the supercharger with oil, installing the inlet tube, and modifying the PCV system. I'm picky about hose routing, and sticking the hose straight on the passenger side PCV barb wasn't going to cut it for me.
We sacrificed an old PCV line, and used the quick-connect fitting for a much cleaner look. Again, it's the little details that really set things apart.
This installation concluded beautifully, and really gave Daniel's Mustang some character.
It was awesome to see Daniel's face light up, coming into the shop and hearing his car whistling on the dyno.
With 8psi of boost, we saw a power increase of 130hp!
I really enjoy building and tuning cars, and seeing the differences in their character along the way. The best part of my job, though, is seeing our customers' excitement, reaching their goals. I know Daniel is out having way too much fun in this car, and I look forward to seeing both of them again soon.