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Old 04-18-2002, 18:41   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I have a 1998 Laser GLXI (1.8lt) with auto transmission. I want to add some more power and I'm thinking supercharger. But some people have said it will stuff the transmission. Is this true? Should I be looking elsewhere to increase performance?

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Welcome Griffyn.

Nice to see a Ford enthusiast that isn't just into Falcons and their derivatives.

Your transmission will have been designed to withstand a maximum amount of torque, though I have no idea what that might be in a Laser. It is possible that a supercharger could exceed this - are there cars built on the same platform in other markets with more power/torque than yours, maybe this could be a guide.

If its just a low pressure system for a mild increase you could probably get away with it. Keep up wih auto-services though.

You are certainly entering unchartered territory as far as I know.
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That's a tricky one. The Mazda side of things had a 2.5 V6 model but who knows if it was the same transmission. On the Ford side - no, my model is the most powerful released. Where would I start looking to find the max torque it can take?
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Workshop manual maybe?
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I would say that the auto will cope with the extra power you planning for. You would not expect the box to handle alot of power(double or triple) nor an impact (like dropping the clutch in a manual). The power from a supercharger gradually increases with engine revs.

However saying this, you may need to tweak the box. 1. You need to increase the band clamping pressure to stop the clutches slipping.
2. You need to install a transmission cooler to cool the trany oil.
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Hi blown EF 6,

In your opinion, should I be spending my cash on something else to get performance? And as an estimate, and doing the job right, what would the supercharger and the necessary add-ons set me back?
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I think it would be the first laser with a supercharger. However this is the problem, no one will have a kit made and so mounting brackets with need to fabricated escalating the price. Also the car has to pass the ADR test for emissions and noise. The 9psi kit for the falcon from CAPA is costing $6300. Is this how much you want to spend? Talk to other shops who fit chargers and get prices.
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Cripes! A friend of mine who builds cobras in his spare time had suggested a couple of grand. $6000 is way more than I'd spend.

What I'm really wanting to achieve is to speed up the 2500-3000 rpm area, because that's where I spend most of my time when accelerating. Is there some other way of doing this?
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Have a look in a ZOOM mag a few issues ago they fitted a toyota supercharger to a VN for around $1500. Maybe with a bit of help you could do the same. If you can't find a copy I will dig my copy out and send you the article. As for the 2500-3000rpm range the engine is not developing any power, give some revs!
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if you really want performance, i dont know if super charging a laser would be the way too go, especially if its going cost $6500!!

Its up to you, but if i wanted performance from a car, that probably wouldnt be an option i would be pursuing...
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