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SuperStreet Project Solara: TRD Supercharger Install

SuperStreet Project Solara: TRD Supercharger Install

Postby PhreakdOut » Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:57 pm

Copied from SuperStreet's website. Rather than just pasting a link, I thought it important to cut and past it in in case the links die.

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Toyota Solara Project, Part 2
The Solara Gets TRD’s 247hp Bolt-On Blower

By Donald Nosek
Photography: Donald Nosek

Sure, it's the best-selling car in America two years running. And, yes, the Toyota Camry is largely regarded as a family car driven mainly by moms. But don't let any preconceived notions about its driving characteristics fool you, the V-6 engine available in the Camry, and its coupe cousin the Solara, can be one potent powerplant. In the hands of legendary tuner TRD, it can become a First Class performer.

We've been covering the buildup of a Solara Project Car. After taking delivery of the stock Solara, the Super Street team began work on transforming its coupe into a serious showstopper. The first real performance modification was the installation of TRD's latest tuning masterpiece: a 50hp supercharger. The beauty of all TRD aftermarket parts, including this supercharger, is that they are available at Toyota dealers and come complete with factory-backed warranties. Oh, and did we mention the Eaton-based supercharger boosts power from 197hp at 5,200 rpm stock with 217 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm to 247hp at 6,000 rpm and 242 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm--all a completely emissions-legal with a conservative boost level (4-5 psi).

As always, we strive to bring you the latest in tuning technology, so we headed down to TRD for the installation of the supercharger kit. Our Solara was privileged to receive one of the first preproduction units, so being that it was their first time installing these kits, having only done a few prototype installs beforehand, some of what we're about to tell you about the install and in which order it was performed may change. Likewise, there may be some minor alterations made to the components we show you here compared to those offered in the final production kits.

One more aspect we should mention about the TRD supercharger kit is that it is a straight bolt-on designed to go on easily, but it also comes off easily so that the engine can be returned to stock form if desired. All told, the install took less than four hours.

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Doubtlessly sweet.

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Candy for the soul...

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Before: Bare and naked, the stock V-6 awaits the power infusion.

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After: The TRD Supercharger fits so nicely in the engine bay, it looks like it belongs as an OEM item. Note the stock strut tower brace had to be removed to fit the supercharger manifold. By the time you’re reading this, TRD will have designed a new brace that will work with the supercharger.

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To get to the stock manifold TRD’s technicians had to move the vacuum switch valve. Because it helps regulate the plenum for high- and low-end torque efficiency in stock mode, the vacuum line on the stock manifold is eliminated with the supercharger. As with everything in the TRD kit, the manifold and vacuum can easily return to stock if needed.

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Before TRD’s technicians removed the stock manifold they had to unhook the EGR and throttle body on the right side of the manifold. All the hoses atop the stock manifold are completely replaced with the TRD manifold.

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Hmm. Let’s see. Eenie-meenie, minee-mo...ah hell, the choice is easy. Gimme the charger.

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By using the supplied pre-fabbed brackets (including a slightly bent EGR tube and idler plate assembly), the TRD manifold and supercharger drop right into place. The main wiring gets rerouted from the pulley side of the supercharger then it’s just a matter of attaching the hoses and throttle body, tightening all the bolts, and hitting the road. The kit even utilizes the stock lower studs on the manifold for bolting on the TRD kit. And because all the wires, hoses and brackets line up at the same locations as stock, an aftermarket or the stock air intake can be used with the TRD kit--and no additional plumbing is required. Note: Whenever the belts are loosened on a car they should be reinstalled and tested for proper tension (for that particular application) with a tension measuring tool.

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One small but important component of the TRD supercharger kit is the inline one-way valve between the injectors and throttle-body. This valve ensures that while at boost the air/fuel mixture can’t return--it can only be atomized.

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Again, I have not proofed or edited the above information.

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for the above text and images. This is taken from SuperStreet.com. http://www.superstreetonline.com/projectbuild/3322/index.html
Please check this information against professional advice and service manuals for proper safety procedures and installation instructions. This is an intermediate level installation and basic knowledge of automotive repairs should be acquired before attempting. (Or you can hire out Milt if he's local to you.) Bring lots of cash. :wink:
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Postby Solaragirlon18s » Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:18 pm

Is this in Superstreet's recent issue?
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Postby lilm » Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:22 pm

NO THIS IS OLD OLD OLD........REPOST?
[quote="PhreakdOut"]Nice Jeff. I can't even get fat chicks to pose with my cars. [/quote]
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Postby PhreakdOut » Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:23 pm

Solaragirlon18s wrote:Is this in Superstreet's recent issue?


I couldn't find a date on the articles. I did a search on their website and sifted through 10 pages of results.

I hope this information is useful to you Gen 1'ers :wink:

lilm111 wrote:NO THIS IS OLD OLD OLD........REPOST?


I figured it was really old. Perhaps prior to the change in SolaraGuy servers. Now it's a sticky for future use and ease of finding.
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Postby crispone » Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:34 pm

Man!!! I saw the thread and thought MAYBE it was for a GEN 2!!! :o



.......not...... BUMMER!


Nice post, Phreak. I wish I could apply the tutorial on mine....


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Re: SuperStreet Project Solara: TRD Supercharger Install

Postby epinkiert22 » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:30 pm

can you still use a short ram air intake with the supercharger installed or is it not possible?
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Re: SuperStreet Project Solara: TRD Supercharger Install

Postby epinkiert22 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:16 am

is it correct that while using the TRD supercharger you can use a ingen short ram air intake?
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Re: SuperStreet Project Solara: TRD Supercharger Install

Postby ToyoSolV6 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:18 am

epinkiert22 wrote:is it correct that while using the TRD supercharger you can use a ingen short ram air intake?

you can use the intake even if you dont have the supercharger.
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Re: SuperStreet Project Solara: TRD Supercharger Install

Postby Gregtrd » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:39 am

ToyoSolV6 wrote:
epinkiert22 wrote:is it correct that while using the TRD supercharger you can use a ingen short ram air intake?

you can use the intake even if you dont have the supercharger.

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You can use the intake even if you don't have a solara!
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Re: SuperStreet Project Solara: TRD Supercharger Install

Postby TheMack » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:35 pm

Gregtrd wrote:
ToyoSolV6 wrote:
epinkiert22 wrote:is it correct that while using the TRD supercharger you can use a ingen short ram air intake?

you can use the intake even if you dont have the supercharger.

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You can use the intake even if you don't have a solara!

You can use the intake even if you dont have a car!!!! lol (too much?)
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