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Old 03-21-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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ZL1 with Kenne Bell supercharger????

I have an opportunity to have a Kenne Bell 2.8 supercharger installed at a reduced price. Wondering what the majority of users out there think. It will take my stock ZL1 from 465rwhp to 565rwhp @ 13lbs of boost. On race gas and 18lbs, it will make 635rwhp. This is with the engine in stock configuration, and if I ad headers and other bolt on's, it has the ability to make more.

What do you guys think, is it worth it? Oh, and the extended warranty I paid extra for, I guess I can throw it out the window!!
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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The KB will be more effcient for sure. I do not know what the reliablaity of eaton vs KB is.

without a ballpark price though it is hard to comment. It is not hard to make 565whp witht the 1.9 for ~3k or so including hx upgate.

You can get your extrended waranty pro-rated refund most likely.

I am big on $$$$'s spent. I mean the KB price list has the tuner kit listed at 6k. for 6k I would not do it I don't think. $4500 or so I might be all over it.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #3
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I prefer the TVS over KB, but that's just my opinion.... Just not a fan of KB fit and design...
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:52 AM   #4
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I have an opportunity to have a Kenne Bell 2.8 supercharger installed at a reduced price. Wondering what the majority of users out there think. It will take my stock ZL1 from 465rwhp to 565rwhp @ 13lbs of boost. On race gas and 18lbs, it will make 635rwhp. This is with the engine in stock configuration, and if I ad headers and other bolt on's, it has the ability to make more.

What do you guys think, is it worth it? Oh, and the extended warranty I paid extra for, I guess I can throw it out the window!!
no, it's not worth it. the sc on your car may be smaller but it's a far superior package.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:17 AM   #5
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The Kenne Bell have not been that great on the gen 5 cars. Your 1.9 is awesome and extremely efficient Super Charger. It is not far at all from the bigger 2.3 on the ZR1. If the ZL1 had the same cam shaft as the ZR1 the horsepower on the Zl1 would be very close to the ZR1 with a 1.9 SC. I think ADM did the same modes to the ZR1 and ZL1 the horsepower on the ZL1 was just a tad higher and torque was a bit lower. So if you remove the your 1.9 I will purchase it from you.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:42 AM   #6
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ZL1 - Graph

...here is one of our recent Zl1 builds....

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:52 AM   #7
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I have an opportunity to have a Kenne Bell 2.8 supercharger installed at a reduced price. Wondering what the majority of users out there think. It will take my stock ZL1 from 465rwhp to 565rwhp @ 13lbs of boost. On race gas and 18lbs, it will make 635rwhp. This is with the engine in stock configuration, and if I ad headers and other bolt on's, it has the ability to make more.

What do you guys think, is it worth it? Oh, and the extended warranty I paid extra for, I guess I can throw it out the window!!
I thought everyone here was pulling about 500 rwhp +/- ~10 HP stock.
That's what I've seen in all the baselines.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #8
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I thought everyone here was pulling about 500 rwhp +/- ~10 HP stock.
That's what I've seen in all the baselines.
That's what we see...
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:08 AM   #9
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That's what we see...
Now I feel I'm starting to ask the stupid questions. (I'm sure you will all let me know)

Could 465 be pre-breakin? And maybe expect the numbers to rise after the engine has a few more miles?
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:32 AM   #10
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If you have an auto that is in the normal range. I think the manuals are approximately 20+/- higher.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:42 PM   #11
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I'm starting to think that the Kenne Bell kit is not what its cracked up to be. I was told that they can make up to 750rwhp. But for 1/2 of list price, I am only getting an extra 100rwhp from stock. I'm thinking I can get that kind of power from my 1.9 blower. Charlie, what can you do for me?
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:12 PM   #12
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A KB 2.8LC should out do a 2.3L TVS in peak HP + create less heat while doing so.

Or am I mssing something in this instance?
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:51 PM   #13
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Just call the Guys up at Livernois and they will give you the best direction to go. I am certain it will not be the Kenne Bell for your ZL1.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:44 PM   #14
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Contact Ted at Jannetty Racing as I believe he will give you an unbiased opinion about any mods He has gone out of his way to answer alll my questions.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:52 AM   #15
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I'm starting to think that the Kenne Bell kit is not what its cracked up to be. I was told that they can make up to 750rwhp. But for 1/2 of list price, I am only getting an extra 100rwhp from stock. I'm thinking I can get that kind of power from my 1.9 blower. Charlie, what can you do for me?
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:01 PM   #16
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kennebell is good on paper and crappy in real life...
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:20 PM   #17
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I used them back in 1995 -96 when I was running the 4.6 modular platform from Ford in my Thunderbird and Mustang Cobra. Mark Sanchez (modular engine builder) who ran Advanced Performance introduced me to them. I have visited their shop before since they are nearby. I remember back then they were slow at times to answer questions about development and offer support needed for said product. But then again that was many years ago! Their "Boost a pump" brought them notoriety. That product is still in use. I want a shop with lots of experience on the engine platform I'm using. They focus on Ford primarily. Maybe I'll cruise by there again in the ZL1 but actually go in and ask questions this time.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:25 PM   #18
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no, it's not worth it. the sc on your car may be smaller but it's a far superior package.
Agreed. You can attain over 700 wheel with the stock blower on pump gas. And the kb is NOT a direct bolt on and is just not worth it.. for 5000 you can do almost every mod to your zl and make big power on pump gas.
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