BUYER’S GUIDE: Turbo Systems
Turbochargers are nothing new in the powersports business. Drag racers and duners have been sticking them on their quads for decades. More recently, snowmobile and watercraft manufacturers are outfitting new models with them at the factory. In the last year, both Can-Am and Polaris added forced-air induction on their flagship UTVs with much excitement.
But what if you don’t have a brand new machine and want the power increase a forced air-induction system offers? Here are the turbocharger and supercharger companies who have designed machine-specific kits that produce the most power your stock engine can handle without catastrophic failure. In these kits the proper springs in the wastegate control the amount of boost that can be forced into your engine. We talked to seven manufacturers to find out what products will work best for you.
MCX-USA has been in business for nearly a decade developing turbo kits for popular UTV’s and recently changed owners in December of 2014. With the change in ownership, MCX-USA is proud to announce they will continue to offer great products and customer service out of their Lake Havasu, Arizona based shop. MCX also offers a few products for the Yamaha Raptor, such as a turbo kit and gauges. When adding a turbo, you need to let your engine have more fuel; MCX offers a new fuel controller to make sure your engine can get all the fuel it needs. To contact MCX-USA, give them a call at (208) 821-2314 or visit www.mcx-usa.com.
Arctic Cat 1000 …$4,995
Can-Am Commander …$4,995
Can-Am Maverick …$4,995
Polaris RZR 1000 …$4,995
Polaris RZR 900 Race Turbo …$5,500
Kawasaki Teryx …$4,995
Yamaha Raptor 700R …$4,995
The Idaho-based Boondocker has been in the power game for decades, experimenting both with turbos and nitrous in snowmobiles and ATVs. In 2003 we tested their nitrous-powered Polaris Predator 500 at St. Anthony’s, and it was the fastest Polaris we had ever ridden. These days the guys at Boondocker are building clutch and turbo kits for the Polaris RZR XP 900 and 1000. They also have an upgrade for the stock Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo system, which increases boost. To contact Boondocker, give them a call at (208) 542-4411 or visit www.boondockers.com.
Polaris RZR 900 Stage 1 …$4,795
Polaris RZR 1000 Stage 1 …$5,725
Aerocharger has been producing turbos since 1976, and their products have been used by the military, automobiles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and UTVs. Each of their kits includes all the needed parts and hardware for a complete install without the need of outsourcing parts from other companies. They only sell complete kits to prevent catastrophic engine damage from an improperly designed turbo kit. All turbos are built in-house at Aerocharger to ensure the best quality, and if any repairs are needed on your setup, you can send it back without having to go through another company to be repaired. Aerocharger turbos are designed to be a self-contained oil system, so there is no need to tap into the engine’s oil system for lubrication. To contact Aerocharger, call (913) 829-3400 or visit www.aerocharger.com.
Polaris RZR 1000 …$6,000
Polaris RZR 900 …$5,600
Polaris RZR 800 …$5,500
Can-am Maverick …$6,000
K&T Performance has been racing ATVs and UTVs for many years, and they manufacture custom parts and offer dyno tuning and turbo kits for most popular UTVs in today’s market. When building a turbo setup, K&T sells all the needed parts and accessories to make a complete kit. They also offer a complete line of custom parts, such as pistons, rods, cams, valves, and custom chain tensioners to prevent the chain from skipping with the added horsepower. In the past, K&T Performance installed a turbo onto a few Yamaha Raptor drag quads that would go 85 mph in 3.51 seconds. To contact K&T Performance, give them a call at (801) 825-5870 or visit www.ktperformance.com.
Polaris RZR 800 2008–2010 …$4,600
Polaris RZR 800 2011 …$4,800
Polaris RZR 900 water to air …$5,600, Air to air …$4,600
Polaris RZR 1000 …$5,700
ProCharger offers a supercharger-style forced-air induction system for many automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and UTVs. Superchargers are belt-driven instead of from your exhaust pressure, like a turbo spinning the turbine for boost. Their kit offers a 45–50-percent power gain at 6 psi. The ProCharger system can be easily installed with simple hand tools in 4–6 hours. This kit produces instant power, with no feeling of turbo lag and zero exhaust heat transfer. Added benefits of supercharger systems is that they provide “altitude compensation,” and a highly effective air-to-air intercooler is integrated into the system design. To contact ProCharger, give them a call at (913) 338-2886 or visit www.procharger.com.
Arctic Cat Wildcat & Wildcat X …$5,999.99
Polaris RZR XP 900 …$5,495
Polaris RZR XP 4 900 …$5,599
Polaris Ranger XP 800 …$4,599
Polaris Ranger Crew 800 …$4,599
Polaris Ranger Crew 6×6 800 …$4,599
Polaris Ranger 800 …$4,599
TEAM ENGLISH RACING
We found a turbo kit for the Yamaha Raptor 700 from Team English Racing. This kit is capable of over 100 whp, and features an upgraded fuel pump and boost reference return-style fuel system with dual injectors, allowing you to push the boost over 16 psi and can be ran on E85 fuel as an option. Team English Racing prefers that they do the install on your machine to prevent any malfunction; installation cost is included in the kit price. You can contact Team English Racing at (360) 210-7484 or visit www.shopenglishracing.com.
Yamaha Raptor 700 …$4,500
JSR Performance has been installing and tuning turbos for over a decade, along with building performance motors producing high-horse-power numbers. Currently, they only offer turbo service for UTVs. If your current turbo kit isn’t running properly, they can get it tuned correctly to produce optimal power. They also offer complete engine rebuilding, repair of damaged cylinders, along with dyno tuning your machine for optimal power. Contact JSR Performance at (316) 2694465 or www.bigboremotors.com.