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      01-17-2010, 12:18 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Nate@IND View Post
The customer with the Green ESS SC is a member here on M3post. We had the kit installed and running within two days. What we loved about the ESS kit was that fact that it was not over engineered like many other kits we have seen on the market. Less is more. right when we get the brakes back from Brembo we will go to the dyno and post a full review on the ESS kit.

The customer with the Red ESS kit will be installing it here in a few weeks. He is also a M3post member.
+1 on bolded text.

It is definitely possible over-engineer a supercharger kit, by adding a large number of unnecessary parts to mask a engineering and/or fundamental design flaw. ('super-sized' air-to-water or air-to-air intercooolers, water/methanol injection, nitrous oxide, etc.)

These 'extra' parts make it more difficult to properly diagnose (troubleshoot) an issue with any forced induction kit. That typically translates into longer down time for the customers vehicle, if there is a performance related issue to sort out.

In some SC kits, large bulky intake piping and/or intercooling parts are incorrectly designed (and routed) inside the engine bay. This reduces the overall cooling efficiency of the engine, since the path of the incoming airflow is blocked or restricted to key cooling components like the radiator. The more obstructions that are placed in front of the radiator, the less effective it can be in dissipating heat. (which is the purpose of having a radiator in the first place)

This will ultimately hinder your ability to make horsepower as you increase the boost. The performance potential of your SC kit will be 'capped' until those heat related issues are resolved. (since unmanageable HEAT related issues start to work against you)
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