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A&A Corvette C5 Supercharger Kit - Standard Vortech Si/Ti (AA C5SCstd)

A&A SUPERCHARGER SYSTEM FOR C5 CORVETTE 

This is where it all started for A&A back in the 1990s. 
 
C5 continues to be a great platform for supercharging due to the affordability and number of vehicles available. While some manufacturers have stopped supporting C5, thgey not only support, but continue to improve existing parts and design new ones. C5 is, and will continue to be, a great hotrod platform for some time. 

A&A’s C5 supercharger systems have benefited from all the innovations implemented in our C6 and C7 research and development. Each time they found a way to improve the C6 and C7 systems, they went back to C5 and did the same. The other guys just sat back and said “Our C5 systems are good enough” and have not updated their C5 systems in years. 

As with C6 and C7 they offer 50 State Legal (CARB EO# D-707) systems all the way up to 1000 RWHP race only kits.  


A&A SUPERCHARGER SYSTEM FOR C5 CORVETTE 

EACH COMPLETE A&A SUPERCHARGER SYSTEM INCLUDES 

  • Proprietary Vortech head unit in Si or Ti Trims (other sizes available) 
  • Full width Ram Air Intercooler with replaceable scoop and mounting brackets 
  • Large 4 ½” inlet duct with re-usable high flow filter 
  • 60# Siemens injectors (larger sizes available) 
  • Racetronix or Lingenfelter fuel pump (03-04 uses Kenne Bell Boost a Pump) 
  • 38MM or 50 MM Raceport blowoff valve. (52 MM “Big Bubba available) 
  • NGK TR6 spark plugs pre-gapped to .035” 
  • Crank pinning kit with new OE bolt 
  • Our superior bracket system with fully adjustable billet tensioner 
  • Aluminum surround panels to enclose the radiator cavity 
  • 4 ply silicone hoses formed specifically to navigate the C5 engine compartment 
  • Stainless steel “constant tension clamps” for secure connections 
  • Mandrel bent polished aluminum MAF tube with bead rolled ends (black powder coat available) 
  • Upper radiator brackets to support radiator, fan and condenser assembly. 
  • Powder-coated top shroud 
  • Hardware kit with vacuum hoses, fittings, screws etc. 
  • Also included is a build sheet showing each part as it was boxed for shipping and initialed by our shipping manager. 

C5 is a “Bottom Breather”. Incoming airflow is drawn in from under the car, rather than through a large grille opening as in later models. This requires a different approach as to how to get adequate airflow through the intercooler.

Just putting an intercooler in front of the radiator does little more than block the radiator. The factory shroud (that large plastic piece that slopes down from the top of the radiator to the front bumper) is gone, so what is there to force the air through the intercooler and radiator? Furthermore, with that shroud gone, what is there to stop the airflow from just going off into the fender wells on either side of the radiator as well as up into the bumper itself? The straight answer is NOTHING! 
 
A&A is the ONLY system that looks at this problem and actually does something about it. They have CNC formed aluminum panels that seal this whole area off so the airflow is trapped in the radiator cavity and forced into the radiator. This approach helps engine cooling tremendously. 

RADIATOR SURROUND PANELS KEEP AIRFLOW WHERE IT BELONGS 

The full width intercooler is sealed tightly against the front panel and has its own “scoop” to grab the airflow and force it through the intercooler itself. Again, A&A is the ONLY manufacturer to do this or, for that matter, anything at all to enhance airflow through the intercooler.  

FULL WIDTH “RAM AIR” INTERCOOLER- STANDARD IN EVERY SYSTEM 

LARGE GAP BETWEEN THE RADIATOR AND INTERCOOLER- MUCH BETTER ENGINE COOLING! 

INTERCOOLER AND FINS ARE ATTACHED TO FRONT SURROUND PANEL TO SEAL IN AIRFLOW 


THE BELT TENSIONER IS ANOTHER AREA WHERE A&A IS KING. Each tensioner is machined from 9.6 pounds of 6061 Aluminum bar. The shaft is precision machined 4340 Chromoly steel. The tensioner rotates on German manufactured bearings that are precision fit much like an engine bearing. The bores are set for a certain amount of “crush” so that the shaft to bearing clearance is within the range specified by the bearing manufacturer. Each one is hand assembled at our facility and checked for proper spring tension with a digital torque meter. NOBODY else does that but A&A! 

NOW THAT’S A TENSIONER! 9.6 # OF ALUMINUM BILLET BEFORE MACHINING! 


That’s the quality side of the tensioner assembly. On the practical side, they have 3 internal spring settings. A 1000 HP drag racer obviously needs more spring pressure than a 600 HP daily driver, right? This can be accomplished with just one tensioner! We even have an optional spring for super high horsepower drag racers. There is also a “lock pin” so the tensioner can be rotated to the slack position and locked in place. This is a huge help when installing a belt, changing an alternator etc. Fighting the spring tensioner is a thing of the past. 
 
No other manufacturer has a tensioner that is even close to theirs in both quality and practicality. 

THE MOUNTING BRACKET ASSEMBLY IS ALSO STATE OF THE ART.  Each plate is machined on both sides to assure absolute flatness and accuracy. Super strong bracing, Grade 8 hardware, all steel pulleys with dual bearings, stainless or aluminum stantions for proper bearing support and our billet tensioner are all standard. The brackets are also set up to use 6 or 8 rib drive pulleys without modification, right out of the box.  

A&A’s bracket assemblies have often been described as “jewelry”. Look at the overall quality of the machine work and components. It really is a work of art. 

STANDARD BRACKET WITH BILLET TENSIONER- INCLUDED IN EVERY SYSTEM 


COMBINE THIS MUCH BELT WRAP WITH THE BILLET TENSIONER AND YOU HAVE A WINNER! 


MAXIMUM BELT WRAP ON THE CRANKSHAFT AS WELL 


SUPERIOR PLUMBING IS ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT OF THE A&A SYSTEM. 

Look how the plumbing is routed through the engine compartment. To get from the supercharger outlet to the intercooler you must go behind the sway bar, over to the right side of the radiator, and then up and over the front part of the skid bar assembly. Others use 90-degree rubber hoses connected with aluminum tubes. Their rubber hoses need to be contorted to make the odd angles needed. Not A&A. The silicone hoses are manufactured with the correct bends to get from the supercharger to intercooler without twisting or kinking. They are also extremely strong and oil resistant. 

Look at the picture below. Do you see any 90-degree bends? 

A&A also uses stainless “Constant Tension” clamps on our charge tubing. These clamps expand and contract to keep the connections tight at all temperatures as well as provide 360 degree clamping force. 

THESE ARE THE PROPER ANGLES NEEDED FROM BLOWER TO INTERCOOLER INLET 


A&A OFFERS THE LARGEST INTAKE DUCT in a standard system. They designed it to clear the stock and most aftermarket radiators while maximizing airflow. There is 4 ½” on the supercharger end with appropriately sized silicone couplers for the different head units available. The oversized end allows us to have a much larger cross sectional area at the pinch point where it crosses over the radiator. This area is about 35% larger than other designs. 

HUGE INLET DUCT WITH OUR HIGH FLOW, WASHABLE HIGH FLOW AIR FILTER 


NEW RADIATOR HOLD DOWN BRACKETS:  Manufacture laser cut, CNC bent brackets to securely hold the radiator, fan and AC condenser assembly in place. These brackets, in conjunction with the top shroud and mounting brackets make for a very stable and professional looking installation. 

NEW RADIATOR HOLD DOWN BRACKETS WITH THE TOP SHROUD 


NEW RADIATOR TOP SHROUD MOUNTING BRACKETS


HEAD UNITS 

VORTECH ENGINEERING 


Clearly the components and engineering they put into their systems is far ahead of the competition, but you need a powerful, efficient head unit to put it all together. 

A&A uses Vortech head units in all of their systems. Vortech builds the head units to their specifications under a private label agreement. We offer head units of varying sizes to accommodate different horsepower levels.  

The Si Trim head unit is best suited for stock engines and is the only one available in our C.A.R.B. Certified kits. (available in engine oil fed or self-contained) 

The Ti Trim is better suited for those with headers, moderate camshafts, Methanol injection etc. and is a NO COST OPTION. (available in engine oil fed or self-contained) 

The YSi is the KING of this family of blowers. When combined with a properly built engine, 8 or 10 rib belt drive, their Secondary Drive and Dual Pump Fuel System, the YSi is capable of over 1000 REAR WHEEL HORSEPOWER in a late model Corvette. 

SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE BEFOAND AFTER THE SALE 

We want you to have the best experience possible when dealing with us both before and after the sale. You can always talk to a FI Performance sales manager, the owner and head designer of A&A, or one of their top techs who is infinitely knowledgeable on how the products operate and are installed. You won’t get a minimum wage customer service rep that knows nothing outside his or her script. You’ll get great advice based on many years of experience every time.

Whether you are looking for a 550 horsepower street car that drives like a stock car on steroids or an 8 second drag racer. We can put a package together for you to reach your goals. Combine that with the unparalleled customer support they are famous for, there is no reason to go anywhere else.  With fast ship times, you can expect your kit to be on the road within 1 week in most cases.  Custom builds add to delivery times, when we put your custom quote together, we will have a rough delivery window laid out.

$5,650.00
East Coast Supercharging Paxton NOVI 1500 (ECS C5 Novi 1500)

East Coast Supercharging 1997-2004 5.7 Liter C5 Corvette Supercharger Systems 

With the ECS C5 Supercharger System, you get a system designed to work with your factory cooling system, and retains provision for factory, or after market oil coolers. Including things that greatly add to reliability, such as heavy duty belt tensioners and steel double bearing idlers, as well as stainless steel hardware, high quality silicone hoses and high grade, stainless steel t-bolt clamps. All things, that are more often than not, considered upgrades on some other systems. 

Belt System 

When you install a SC System on your C5, you dramatically increase the load on the vehicles belt system. That’s why they start their C5 system by addressing one of the most critical aspects of a centrifugal supercharging system – not addressed by some other SC manufacturers. Including a super strong, custom belt tensioner designed, specifically, to handle the increased belt load by providing zinc coated steel, double walled ball bearing idlers to replace the factory plastic idlers that are expected to handle the belt load in lesser systems. 

Strong and Functional Brackets 

ECS uses a proprietary bracket system that provides the most belt wrap possible, while still being user friendly enough to enable easy and fast belt changes when necessary. The ECS brackets are made in house from 3/4 in billet aluminum and include steel idlers along with a stout slide idler, allowing maximum belt wrap and traction. 

The Highest Efficiency Intercooler 

The C5 Corvette is a “front breather”. Meaning all the air that cools your radiator and AC condenser passes through the nose of the car. That’s why ECS started from scratch when designing our intercooler. The large 17 x 3.5 x 8 in core has proven to support more than 1000 hp, and still provides adequate airflow across the front of the car to allow your AC and cooling systems to keep the car operating as it should, without the added cost of a larger radiator and fans. With the ECS intercooler you won’t need to scoop additional air from the bottom of the car in the attempt to manage heat. Doing this only causes lift on the nose of the car and disturbs the air flow as it was designed in the C5. The Intercooler features a 3 inch inlet and a 4 inch outlet to maximize cooling and airflow that so critical to your supercharged Corvette. 

Top Rate Materials 

Stainless steel hardware, brand new flow matched injectors, zinc coated steel idlers, 6061 aluminum ducting, stainless steel t-bolt hose clamps, high quality 4 ply silicone hoses, lifetime air filters…. Other kits in the market will use modified stock injectors, plastic idlers, factory belt tensioners, steel ducting, and lesser quality materials, then give you options that are available to cure a known issue or present revision after revision to try and offset shortcomings in design. At ECS we do our best to do it right the first time. Not offer revision after revision in an attempt resolve known shortcomings in design. 

Head Unit Options 

The Paxton Novi 1500 has been the core of our C5 system for a number of years. This head unit features a self contained oiling system, and super quiet operation making it the top option for most customers. While many customers choose the ECS Supercharging System for its unmatched features and reliability, others choose the ECS Package because it presents far more growth potential that any other supercharging system for the Corvette. Almost any system can deliver 500 rwhp on a factory LS1/LS6, but how many of them can exceed 700rwhp? ECS can. 

Possibly the best feature of the Novi 1500, is the scalable power it provides. It will provide 500-600 rear wheel horsepower on otherwise stock C5’s, but when uncorked, it can provide enough boost to generate more than 800 rear wheel horsepower on a properly set up engine. Other manufacturers start off with less expensive, and smaller head units that don’t present nearly the power output of the Novi 1500 leaving you in a situation that when you want more power, you will need to purchase a completely new head unit ($3000+) or a blower cam package ($2500+) to come close to the power the base ECS kit provides. 

If you are looking to support above what our base Novi 1500 can support, our bracket system is compatible with several Novi head units to support upwards of 1,300+ whp depending on the application. Our brackets will work with the following head units: 

All available in Black or Polished finishes. 

System Contents & Features: 

  • Kit adds approximately 200hp to otherwise stock vehicles, and the capability to deliver far more on modified Corvettes. 
  • Belt driven NOVI centrifugal superchargers provides unmatched reliability and power delivery 
  • Fuel management upgrade includes a ECS Fuel Pump Booster and 60# injectors for safe, reliable operation 
  • Complete system fits under stock hood 
  • Crank pin kit and new GM Crank bolt included 
  • PCV oil separator to eliminate oil vapor from intake 
  • ECS Valve Cover Breather 
  • Billet aluminum supercharger mounting bracket assembly includes idler, drive belt and all necessary hardware 
  • High-flow, reusable air filter 
  • Air inlet restrictor plate integrated into system provides greater low RPM hp & torque while maintaining safe peak RPM boost levels 
  • Inlet and discharge duct connections utilize heat-resistant silicon sleeves and premium quality stainless steel t-bolt clamps 
  • Genuine Tial Q or Qr Blowoff Valve 
  • Compatible with factory OBD II engine management systems 
  • Heavy duty belt tensioners and fixed idlers with double walled ball bearing idlers to ensure proper belt tracking and traction 
  • Kit comes with new NGK TR-6 spark plugs LS2/3 Cars or TR-7IX LS7 Cars 
  • New 160 degree thermostat to ensure adequate cooling 
  • 6061 aluminum ducting with proper MAF locations 
  • All Kits available in black or polished finish 
  • One year limited warranty on 1500SL and 2200HD Superchargers 
  • Two year limited warranty on ECS Kit Components 

ECS C5 1500 Kit Instructions Click Here 

ECS Belt and Pulley Sizing Guide Click Here 

ECS C5/C6 Belt Swap Video Click Here 

Please note: These systems will require ECM programming. Tuner kits do not include the fuel pump, fuel injectors, or ECM tuning. 

Power output could be much greater with custom tuning and/or on higher octane fuel. 

Recommended power support for belt drive: 

6-Rib: 500whp to 700whp 

 

 

 

$5,995.00
East Coast Supercharging Fixed Idler Kit (ECS Fixed Idler)

Restore confidence in your idler with the ECS Custom Fixed Idler Kit.

It's easy to install, and a must have item for your Paxton, Vortech, Procharger or Magnuson Supercharged car. Includes additional mounting holes for easier belt sizing.

$249.00
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