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Vortech initial impressions

I've been blabbering about getting this thing for a while now, and it's finally in and working properly. As far as the install goes, it went fairly smooth.. but it would be nice to get molded hoses instead of hacking up the existing coolant/pcv hoses. Regardless, it's a nice kit and you are getting alot for the money. The instructions were clear, but make it seem a little easier to pull off than it is. Overall it took me roughly 20 hours to install with my dad's help and a few hours of my cousin lending a hand. It is probably more involved than the procharger kit (mark that up as a win on their part), so leave a long weekend to do it at a comfortable pace. On the first run out I kept blowing off the coupler that connects the 120 bend from the throttle body to the 90 bend. I replaced the clamps with t-bolts and aligned the pipes perfectly and it hasn't blown off since. It really scared me the first time I nailed it.. the hose popped off loudly, my CEL went on and the car died. I though I blew #8 lol.

The first real drive was somewhat uneventful, putted around town, revved it up to make sure the coupler was holding and it seems good. Did a couple 2nd gear pulls in sport mode and was kind of dissapointed. It felt very much the same as the diablosport canned tune when I pedaled it to avoid wheelspin. Got on the parkway on the way home and gave it a little gas in 3rd and 4th.. yep, thats where the power comes in noticably. It feels great, and I'm happy with the purchase. I will say now I know what people mean when the say the canned tune will leave you wanting more. The car isn't frighteningly fast (kind of what I'm looking for), it's very smooth power.







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That's one bad 5.0 you got there

Theres nothing like a supercharged 5.0 I remember picking up my 2011 GT after having a Kenne Bell blower installed.The acceleration was just wicked and it would just keep pulling like a freight train lol

Both Vortech and KB are local for me and I have nothing but good things to say about both.My friend had the first Vortech supercharged 5.0 and they did a lot of R&D with his car.

congrats and start saving up for some tires

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really it should be dyno tuned for best results, also you are seeing kinda the drawback on centris...lots of top end, not sure how useful that is for a daily...the twin screws make that great low end power that is so much fun , and top end...
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I think when you get a dyno tune your gonna see even more fun down low!

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That's one bad 5.0 you got there

Theres nothing like a supercharged 5.0 I remember picking up my 2011 GT after having a Kenne Bell blower installed.The acceleration was just wicked and it would just keep pulling like a freight train lol

Both Vortech and KB are local for me and I have nothing but good things to say about both.My friend had the first Vortech supercharged 5.0 and they did a lot of R&D with his car.

congrats and start saving up for some tires
Thanks! The Kenne Bell is nice too, but a little more than I was willing to spend and I'd be worried about all the torque grenading my driveline.. I like how the centri isn't there when you don't want it to be. I'll be getting some RTS's and M/T DOT slicks soon enough so I can really see what it's made of

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really it should be dyno tuned for best results, also you are seeing kinda the drawback on centris...lots of top end, not sure how useful that is for a daily...the twin screws make that great low end power that is so much fun , and top end...
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I think when you get a dyno tune your gonna see even more fun down low!
I think with a tune it will be exactly what I wanted, the vortech tune isn't as responsive as the diablosport was.. I'm just enjoying the whistles going WOOP WOOP lol, I'm almost never in the throttle during my daily commute so no regrets here.

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Damn 2Many, dont rain on his parade.
The weather for my 1 man parade is lovely lol .. I'm driving around with the windows open and the heat on just to hear it

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Congrats Spiral looks great. Nice write up!!!

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Congrats Spiral looks great. Nice write up!!!
Thank you!

Little update: Romped on it pretty good today, had it misfire twice up top (3rd + 4th at high RPMs) with proper AFR's in the high 11's. It threw a p300 code which is random/multiple misfire. I shut it down for the night in fear of blowing something up. One of my spark plugs looked a little worse than the others so I am going to try a plug change, and will be calling vortech tommorow to see what they suggest. I want to try clocking the MAF and see if it helps the surging/hesitation I have felt. I guess it's progress though lol..

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Don't even listen to the knuckle draggersputting down your centri! You did good with the Vortech. Centris ultimately make more power. It is smoother. Torque down low does not help you go faster no matter what the troglodytes say. You will get plenty if you dyno tune. Gotta dyno tune. We should not even be having this conversation. Always dyno tune. Always. Good Luck. Be careful and Right On!

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Don't even listen to the knuckle draggersputting down your centri! You did good with the Vortech. Centris ultimately make more power. It is smoother. Torque down low does not help you go faster no matter what the troglodytes say. You will get plenty if you dyno tune. Gotta dyno tune. We should not even be having this conversation. Always dyno tune. Always. Good Luck. Be careful and Right On!
Thanks! No need for name calling lol.. I feel I made the right choice with the centri too, it does its job . I know a dyno tune will put a smile on my face, I just dont want to get it tuned if I'm having non-tune related issues.. no sense in doing it twice

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I'm jealous! I'm am looking at yours and the procharger. Haven't decided yet, but I know I want a centri.
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the vortech paxton kits on these cars are hands down, the best bang for the buck

nothing compares

i have more 10 / 9 second cars out there than just about all the other brands combined

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I'm jealous! I'm am looking at yours and the procharger. Haven't decided yet, but I know I want a centri.
Thanks Either kit is nice, I don't think you'd be dissapointed either way. The gentleman below (beefcake) knows alot about both setups, and sells the **** out of his very nice paxton kit (bigger head unit).

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I haven't driven or been in a PD 5.0, but completely agree. I don't need any more low end torque, frying the tires in 3rd is a sign that I'm making enough lol. I have my reasons (pretty much your reasons) I chose the Vortech, but the Procharger's ease of install would have been nice. I'm very happy with my 2F above ambient temp IAT's.

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Just a quick question for you. I'm beginning to research supercharges for our cars and I like what I see. I like the centri's better, but can you actually hear it when your driving? I used to own a supra and one of the things I loved about that car, other than the power, was the sound of the turbo spooling and the BOV, etc. Out of all of the videos I've watched of the vortech or procharger I can't ever hear them just the exhaust.

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Just a quick question for you. I'm beginning to research supercharges for our cars and I like what I see. I like the centri's better, but can you actually hear it when your driving? I used to own a supra and one of the things I loved about that car, other than the power, was the sound of the turbo spooling and the BOV, etc. Out of all of the videos I've watched of the vortech or procharger I can't ever hear them just the exhaust.
You can hear it trust me. The bov on this things sound crazy without the little filter.


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