Huw Evans
February 1, 2009
Photos By: Keith Keplinger

A division of Magnuson Products, Magnacharger is another company that specializes in the development of positive-displacement superchargers. Company founder Jerry Magnuson has over 30 years of experience in developing supercharging technology, and today Magnachargers are available for a wide variety of different passenger car and light truck applications. The company has developed very close ties to Original Equipment Manufacturers and offers a number of its blowers from the factory on certain vehicles, including premium-branded European cars such as Jaguars and Mercedez-Benz models.

However, for folks reading this article, Magnacharger systems of most interest revolve around those designed for Mustangs and F-150 pickups.

For Mustangs, the company's latest product is MP112, which incorporates a built-in bypass valve designed to minimize detonation risk while maximizing fuel economy. The twin-rotor design is also aimed at longevity and reliability, based on the company's OE development programs (the surface of the rotors are Teflon-coated). It also comes supplied with an air-to-water intercooler assembly and a cast-aluminum intake manifold that replaces the plastic setup on the 4.6 Three-Valve V-8. According to Magnacharger, the complete kit (including fuel system upgrades) can be installed on an '05-'08 Mustang GT in less than one full day. There's also a standard three-year warranty system on the Mustang supercharger kit, with an optional three-year, 36,000-mile powertrain warranty available. Besides the V-8 kit, a Magnacharger system designed specifically for the 4.0L V-6 Mustang ('05-'08) is also available, dubbed the X-Charger and sold through Explorer Express, a company that specializes in forced induction for V-6 Mustangs, Explorers, and Ranger pickups.

Besides the Mustang kit, Magnacharger currently markets a blower for '04-'06 and '07-'08 {{{Ford F-150}}} trucks equipped with 5.4L Triton V-8s. These are similar to the Mustang kits and come as a complete package, featuring a built-in bypass valve, an air-to-water intercooler, and a cast-aluminum lower intake manifold that replaces the stocker. In addition, the truck kit has been certified by the California Air Resources Board under directive EO 481-11, meaning it is officially 50-state emissions legal, something not all aftermarket supercharger systems can achieve.
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