Turbo vs Supercharger?

Discussion in 'Performance & Fuel' started by Silverado1500, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Silverado1500

    Silverado1500 New Member

    what would be best for a truck? i hear superchargers can take some power off the engine and turbos just use free energy. my question is, what would you rather have?
    i have just always wondered about this one
  2. Kyles03

    Kyles03 New Member

    Either one I would take. But if i were to spend the money I would get a turbo.

    TYMBOM Former Member

    This is an age old debate. IMO, a centrifical supercharger is the best of both worlds, ie, an ATI Procharger. Yes, superchargers do take some power to operate but it is nothing compared to the gains. For instance, if you just added a blower and got a 150rwhp gain, that's all that matters, who cares if it took 60 or so in the process, you still got 150!!!!!!!!!!

    So, in my first hand opinion, a supercharger is the way to go. Here's my proof :great:

    YouTube- Track day Sept, 2009
  4. Gambit

    Gambit New Member

    I agree with TYMBOM. Supercharger is the way to go because it is instintanious power. You step on the throttle and you are gone. A turbo uses "free energy" by using the exhaust gases that your engine already produces to spool up the turbine to provide the forced air. the problem with this though is that to get a turbo big enough to really do anythng for you V-8 truck it takes some time to spool that thing up this is called "boost lag." The fact that the supercharger is belt driven means that it spools up with your engine revving.

    They both have their ups and downs. You can get more psi and boost from a turbo but you have to wait for it and you have to get modified exhaust manifolds to get the turbo set up. The ones that attach to your talipipe are pretty useless in my opinion if you are going to spend that kind of money get a supercharger that is made for your truck and bolts right on.

    Just my Opinion. Dont want to start a Turbo Vs. Supercharger War. I have owned both and installed both. Turbo was better for the 4 banger import that is meant to revv higher.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2010
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    I have one truck running a turbo and one truck running a supercharger and a boat that has used both, the boat originally had a turbo but I changed it over due to reasons previously mentioned.
    A supercharger creates HP from idle to the top of the RPM scale, a turbo starts higher in the RPM band depending on how its set-up, but it will never pull HP from idle on, it cant be set-up that way.
    The real decision between a Supercharger and a Turbo is what your planning on using the truck for, both methods of forced induction make lots of useable power, but in different RPM ranges.

    TYMBOM Former Member

    To a certain extent. A centrifical supercharger will continue to make power into high rpm like a turbo. That is why I chose a Procharger. Other types like twin screw blowers are instant power but do drop off in high rpm.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2010
  7. Silverado Junkie

    Silverado Junkie New Member

    i would choose a supercharger because they make instant power and you dont have to wait on it like a turbo and in my opinion, superchargers are easier to install. And plus they make more low end.

    TYMBOM Former Member

    Twin screws are def easier to install. Once you get into custom setups they are all a PITA, lol.
  9. JennaBear

    JennaBear New Member

    We have superchargers on 3 of our vehicles, love them! :great: Perfect for a DD, and can make some serious power at the track :rules:
  10. Silverado1500

    Silverado1500 New Member

    what do you mean by DD?
  11. adampaul1964

    adampaul1964 New Member

    DD = Daily Driver
  12. AJ 98 vortec

    AJ 98 vortec New Member

    superchargers dont take time to spool but they do take away power from ur engine in the long run is wat i heard. turbos take time to spool. i would go with the turbo
  13. TYMBOM

    TYMBOM Former Member


    It is not an issue nor something to base a decision on. Especially from someone who "heard" something. Here is how I'll explain it.

    I will just make up numbers for the sake of having them to work with.

    Turbo-lets say 150rwhp
    SC- we'll also say 150rwhp

    Now, if the end result is the exact same number, where is the arguement? Both get the same number but do it differently.

    If I told you that I'd give you $220 but you had to give me $70, you'd still have $150 more than when you started.
  14. dsfloyd

    dsfloyd New Member

    Here is a good informational site on supercharger vs. turbo

    My $.02 is that a supercharger is better for the truck. makes the hp from idle through. turbo has some lag time. the hp draw is a non factor ( you are still seeing a huge increase as stated by tymbom and others). In a drag race sense not much different as those with turbos spool while staging. I thought the article pasted above does a very good job explaining things. I would love to add a supercharger to my truck but once I mentioned the price the wife laughed at me and said not a chance:slap:. She says she already spent enough lifting my truck and that I was cut off for a while
  15. HawaiiKid

    HawaiiKid New Member

    I have always felt that turbos make a better daily driver because of the fact that they don't make all their power at idle...I have always been a fan of ridiculous power and pure excess, but now that I'm payin for gas I am starting to consider a little bit of economy too. The fact that a turbo takes a little while to spool up means that unless you are stepping on it, the turbo wont spool up very much...less spooling means less air being sucked in, which means less fuel being used. Thats just my opinion though, I have never owned a supercharged or turbocharged car or truck...I have just spent years reading 5.0 and Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords and drooling over my dream mustangs hahahah.
  16. TYMBOM

    TYMBOM Former Member

    That is a big misconception about ALL superchargers. That is what I'm trying to explain here. A centrifical supercharger, (Procharger), builds power in the same sort of rpm range as a turbo. The screw type blowers, (Maggies), hit hard out of the hole but drop off at high rpm. It is not as cut and dry as comparing turbo vs super because there are different types of superchargers.
  17. zubbiez

    zubbiez New Member

    Im just going to say supercharger because I have one! :glasses:
  18. TYMBOM

    TYMBOM Former Member

    That's a good enough reason isn't it ;)
  19. zubbiez

    zubbiez New Member

    In my honest opinion absolutely!
  20. jeffz0rz

    jeffz0rz New Member

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