Kenne Bell Supercharger is in!
Well, it took me 5 days but I'm done. The good news is that the car started right up and drove 100% as it should right out the garage. The only hiccup was one of the KB clamps on the small elbow hose that runs from the intercooler pump to the heat exchanger was leaking. And since KB put those clamps on at the factory and they're not adjustable, I cut those suckers off and I put my own clamps on. Solved that.
The car drives perfect. Around town it's absolutely 100% stock... That is, if you keep your foot out of it. Jump on the gas and the car pulls like there's no tomorrow!! I'm completely 100% happy with the way it turned out. What a BEAST!
The bad news is that I threw the serpentine belt out on a road in the middle of nowhere. Going from 3rd to 4th at wide open throttle and all of the sudden when I hit 4th the boost was gone. "Hmmmm...that's odd." Then I realized my power steering was gone to. The belt was still intact, albeit slightly frayed on the edge in one place. I called a friend and went home and got a breaker bar and put the belt back on and limped home. I'll be calling KB tomorrow to find out why it may have come off. I assume that I can change the position of the idler puller on the new KB idler bracket and that may solve the issue. There's three holes on the bracket and the instructions said to mount the pulley in the top hole. I don't know how much play is supposed to be in the belt, but changing the mounting hole one hole lower might do the trick. I'll see what KB says.
There were a few things in the instructions that seemed a little out of order to me. For example, they had me put the splash pan back on and lower the car but then when it came time to put the belt on I had to jack the car up again and take the splash pan off again. The wires that came with the Boost A Pump were not long enough to mount the unit in my trunk so that it was out of the way when the rear trunk trim piece went back on. I had to lengthen the wires. I was not able to put the supercharger unit on top of the intake manifold because the fuel rail pressure adapter and fuel rail pressure sensor were in the way. It would have been simpler to have waited to put them on until after the SC went on. And the intercooler pump was in the way and I could NOT get the heat exchanger into position to mount it correctly until I took the pump off and then reassembled it after the heat exchanger was in place. I also had some problems keeping the metal heater hose properly seated against the fitting after I attached the "bolt from hell". I had to bend the mounting bracket to account for this, which made it VERY hard to reattach the BFH after bending the bracket as needed. And last but not least - and feel free to call me a moron - but the instructions specifically said to remove the coolant recovery tank cap and coolant crossover bleed plug and start the engine and let it run until the thermostat opens. Okay. The instructions failed to mention the geyser of yellow coolant that will shoot up like a fountain all over your engine once you crank it over. I thought it sounded strange, but the instructions were so specific about this that I followed it blindly. A practical joke by KB? They got me good! LOL
Overall though, complete kudos for KB by designing one heck of a nice SC system and writing what appeared to be the best set of instructions for how to install a SC.
Also, thanks for everyone's input the last few days when I got stuck and had some questions!!
06 Black GT Premium 5-Speed Coupe - Ford Racing Handling Pack - 20" Black Falken Koblenz Wheels - Kenne Bell 2.6L S/C