Note: Some pictures may be blurry, but will become more clear when enlarged.
The Stillen/Vortech V2 Supercharger was installed by Turbo95Max and I (with some help from mingo) over a few days. I bought the kit used from My 4DSC (thanks for the kit).
Different angles of the supercharger.
On the left is the supercharger (stock pulley in background). On the right is the fuel pump and Vortech fuel management unit.
Different angles of the Vortech FMU.
On the left is the fuel pump. On the right is the Bosch recirculation valve and coolant relocation bracket.
On the left is the oil drain back plate and stainless steel braided oil lines. On the right is another angle (you can see the idler pulley).
On the left is the intake and pressure piping, Blitz super blow-off valve, and cone filter. On the right is the (dirty) cone filter.
On the left is the Blitz super BOV. On right is a bunch of nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
Here are pictures of the supercharger on the car.
A full screen of the supercharger.
Click to hear what the supercharger sounds like upon startup
Click to hear what the supercharger sounds like while the car is reving (outside of car)
Click to hear what the supercharger sounds like while the car is reving (inside of car)
The stock SC pulley wasn't installed, but a smaller pulley was. The stock pulley is 3.60" and the smaller pulley is 3 sizes lower (3.25"). The boost should increase from 6 PSI to 10 PSI. Not on car anymore
In the search for more boost, the 3.25" pulley was swapped out with a 3.125". Jane97SE and I swapped the pulley and reinstalled the supercharger in about 3 hours. The supercharger should be boosting about 11 PSI.
The Blitz super blow-off valve was already on the pressure piping (in place of the Bosch recirculation valve) so nothing had to be done except connect it to a vacuum hose.
Here's what the Transmission Control Module looks like. I bought the TCM (31036-3Y160) from Courtesy Nissan and did the install with Turbo95Max. Check this out to see why I wanted the new TCM
The TCM is located behind the center console. We needed to take the climate control, head unit, and air vents out before reaching the TCM. The little box labeled M7 is where the TCM sits.
I also bought a new shift solenoid from Courtesy Nissan. The old shift solenoid was one of the causes of slippage when shifting gears, so I definitely wanted to swap in the new one to prolong the life of the transmission. The new solenoid's part number is 31940-85X04.
Here are some more pictures of the solenoid.
The MobileTek Valvebody Recalibration was done by Don Cooper (a.k.a. Don in Texas). He was kind enough to fly to San Francisco to do two valvebody recalibrations (Jane97SE's and mine). I'm glad to say I was the first 5th generation Maxima to get this modifications... basically, I was the guinea pig. This is a picture of the valvebody, not the recalibration process. Check out MobileTek to see what this mod does.
Since the valvebody recalibration increases line pressure, the fluid gets hotter than normal. The transmission cooler is used to cool down the oil. Check out MobileTek for more info. This is a front view of the transmission cooler.
This is a top view of the cooler.
The Place Racing Cold Air Intakes draws cold air from outside the engine bay. A hole needs to be cut in the car for the tubing to route outside. Not on car anymore
Here is a picture of the filter and tubing outside the engine bay. This picture was taken with the black plastic liner moved aside (in the wheel well). Not on car anymore
These are the parts that come in the Place Racing CAI kit. Not on car anymore
The y-pipe is the bolt-on mod that will give the most horsepower. It is light compared to the stock y-pipe because this y-pipe does not include something that's on the stock y-pipe. :)
I choose the Stillen y-pipe because San Francisco doesn't have harsh weather, so I don't have to worry too much about it rusting.
I replaced the stock muffler with the Stillen muffler. The nice, deep tone sounds nice and it isn't too loud. I'm currently waiting for the GReddy cat-back to become available for purchase. Not on car anymore
The Unorthodox Racing Underdrive Pulley is very light compared to the stock crank pulley. People say their air conditioner and other electrical components are affected by this mod, but I didn't notice any changes. Not on car anymore
These are the belts that will need to be purchased because the new pulley is much smaller than stock. Turbo95Max and I installed this the ghetto way. :) Not on car anymore
The Random Technology Hi-Flow Catalytic Converter replaced the stock cat. The installation kit wasn't purchased, so new nuts, bolts, and washers were needed. Some 5th gen Maxima's needed to rip the heat shield off because of rattling, but luckily, my cat didn't have that problem. Turbo95Max and I did quite work when installing this.
Front 1991 300ZX Twin Turbo 4 piston calipers replaced the front 1 piston calipers for better stopping power. This project took some time because Turbo95Max and I didn't prepare before the installation.
This is the finished caliper project. The stock 17" rims didn't have enough clearance for the larger calipers, so 17" X 8" Konig Tantrums were used.
What would better compliment the larger calipers then slotted rotors? 300ZX Power Slot rotors were used. These rotors were much larger than the stock rotors, thickness-wise.
Again, what would better calipers and rotors do without better brake pads? 300ZX Porterfield R4S pads (on the left) were used for the front and Maxima Porterfield R4S pads (on the right) were used for the rear.
To fully complete the brake conversion, Goodridge Stainless Steel brake lines were used. SS lines prevent swelling under harding braking.
A K&N breather filter was installed for looks.
The Vortech 8:1 fuel management unit was installed because the more air the car gets from the supercharger, the more fuel it will need.
The GReddy cat-back, which includes the b-pipe and muffler, was the key to completing the exhaust. Since this includes a muffler, the Stillen muffler had to be replaced. The diamter of the GReddy tip is 4.5 inches.
The Stillen aero kit had to be shaved a little because the GReddy muffler was touching it. Mingo wanted to be destructive in a constructive way, so he had the honor to shave the kit.
The GReddy cat-back made the car much louder because of the smaller resonator on the b-pipe. Hopefully I won't be harassed (the GReddy is still under the legal limit of 95 decibels).
Click to hear what the GReddy, Stillen y-pipe, Random Technology catalytic convertor, and Stillen supercharger sounds like
The A'pexi exhaust temperature gauge did not give stable temp readings so I decided to wrap the entire exhaust (minus the catalytic convertor) with exhaust wrap. Wrapping the exhaust will keep the gas hot, thus making it exit faster. This is a picture of the y-pipe with exhaust wrap.
This is a picture of the b-pipe and catalytic convertor. As you can see, the cat did not get wrapped.
The piping for the GReddy muffler was also wrapped. Mingo wanted to wrap the b-pipe and muffler. Thanks!
I have talked to members on Maxima.org and we all came to the conclusion that the intake piping on the Stillen supercharger is restrictive. The intake piping routes from the supercharger all the way across the engine bay and downwards to the transmission. The red vacuum hose is the swirl valve control line, which needs constant vacuum (California Spec cars). The ECU will throw an error code if the swirl valve control is not getting vacuum.
Since changing to the custom cold air intake, I regained one more pound of boost and getting much colder air. The intake hose now routes through the hole you see in this picture. The mass air flow sensor and K&N filter are at the end of the intake hose.
The new piping took the place of the intake piping that came with the Stillen kit. Notice that there is only one piping now. Yes, the custom cold air intake is a little ugly, but it serves its purpose.
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