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View Poll Results: Do you drive your S/C daily?
Yes, I drive it everyday and it's my primary vehicle 24 68.57%
Nope, I have another vehicle I use as my daily driver 11 31.43%
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Anyone S/C their daily driver?

Just curious if anyone who has actually supercharged their SS uses it as a daily driver? I.e. it's their primary vehicle.

I've love to add a Maggie but at the moment, it's my daily driver.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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can you afford the downtime of a blown engine? can you afford a new engine at any given moment? go for it, if so.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:08 PM   #3
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I'm more concerned with drive ability. A simple tune will void the power-train warranty so that point is moot. I don't track my car but I would like it to be a little more ballsy. Also looks like companies such as LPE offer a warranty.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:19 PM   #4
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can you afford the downtime of a blown engine? can you afford a new engine at any given moment? go for it, if so.
That seems a bit extreme. I have an 05 corvette with a maggie for 4 years and 75000 miles on it. Todays S/Cs are very reliable and streetable. Look at the ZR1, CTSV, and um . the next Z28 will have one. Nuff said.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:20 PM   #5
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There are many people that DD their SC'd cars. It's when you beat the crap out of it often or push for every last HP, that you get burned. Keep a safe tune on it and pay attention to what you're doing and your engine will last a long time.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:25 PM   #6
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why is what I said extreme? it's a good idea to have enough $$ laying around to either pick up another car (or rental) or engine if your shit blows up. throwing in FI into an engine not entirely designed around it is ALWAYS taking a gamble - good tune or not, FI is complicated and somewhat risky.
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:11 AM   #7
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mines my daily driver, car feels stock with the maggie if you want it to. If you want it to be bad then hit the gas pedal and welcome the chaos. With the way I drive, my gas millege is the same as it was stock, so no complaints from me. Personally, I say screw warranties, they will try everything to get out of it, save the money for a engine rebuild if needed.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:37 AM   #8
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why is what I said extreme? it's a good idea to have enough $$ laying around to either pick up another car (or rental) or engine if your shit blows up. throwing in FI into an engine not entirely designed around it is ALWAYS taking a gamble - good tune or not, FI is complicated and somewhat risky.
I respectfully disagree. These motors are more than capable of handling the added stresses of a low psi even moderatly boosted motor. You can drive them daily for a very long time with nothing more than regular oil changes.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:14 AM   #9
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Another thing to consider is the factory SC engines have a much lower compression ratio.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:02 PM   #10
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I respectfully disagree. These motors are more than capable of handling the added stresses of a low psi even moderatly boosted motor. You can drive them daily for a very long time with nothing more than regular oil changes.
I never said the motors weren't capable. I am trying to convince the guy that it would be best to have a nest-egg of some sort in savings if this is his daily driver and he will be boosting it. FI setup's are not as reliable as N/A setups, and owners should be prepared for any complications that may or may not arise.
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:12 PM   #11
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I never said the motors weren't capable. I am trying to convince the guy that it would be best to have a nest-egg of some sort in savings if this is his daily driver and he will be boosting it. FI setup's are not as reliable as N/A setups, and owners should be prepared for any complications that may or may not arise.

What complications are those? Have you ever owned a supercharged car?

To the op. Every gas powered car I've owned since 2004 has had a S/C on it. Everything from a Jeep Wrangler with a Kenne Bell to my curerent DD a 2010 A6 Camaro. I drive an average of 10-12k a year and have had no issues.

Buy a well designed and supported kit. If you don't have the mechanical skills to install it yourself, have it professionally installed by a reputable place.
Be conservative, avoid the temptation to eke out extra power with additional boost or other mods to add power.
Don't drive it everywhere like a mad man, perform your regularly scheduled maintenance and you'll have no more issues than if you were stock.
As far as driveability?
My Camaro is no different than stock except when I push the gas pedal down. It starts and runs hot or cold, it idles in traffic with the AC on and does nothing other than give me a big grin!
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:36 AM   #12
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why is what I said extreme? it's a good idea to have enough $$ laying around to either pick up another car (or rental) or engine if your shit blows up. throwing in FI into an engine not entirely designed around it is ALWAYS taking a gamble - good tune or not, FI is complicated and somewhat risky.
Sorry, but i've never had issues with going FI as well.
Doesn't mean that your friend's friend blew up their engine means it happens all the time or whatever else you've heard on the internet.

Had a previous car go 100k miles on an aftermarket turbo and no issues til the day I sold it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:22 PM   #13
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I just dropped my L99 off at Vengeance Racing this morning for a supercharger (see signature for details). It is a daily driver.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:15 PM   #14
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I've supercharged just about every daily driver I've owned in the last 10 years. Camaro got one of the early TVS Maggies installed on it, and the wife drives it almost daily. There is ZERO drivability change with a blower, the only difference is when you floor the throttle. These cars drive just like stock otherwise. Except they feel a LOT lighter
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