The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just released ProCharger with an update to the EO model year, so all 2020 6.4L Hemis in STR8 models (you know, the HOT) are now fully approved for legality in all 50 states! Yes, even if you live in California, it`s perfectly legal to add a ProCharger Supercharger system to your hot Hemi! Radzins also notes that while not currently available, the carb legal ProCharger kits are also on their way to pickup trucks from the 2019 and 2020 GM model years. “Basically, we apply, and then we wait our turn to go through this certification process, and sometimes it takes a while. However, they are currently being tested and we expect them to be added to our catalog very soon. The Edelbrock E-force is an excellent competitor based on performance and versatility. However, it is difficult to put versatility and compressors in the same sentence without talking about centrifugal compressors. It ultimately boils down to performance and efficiency by following the path of least resistance. Which begs the question: are turbochargers more environmentally friendly? And if so, can we expect them to push the compressors out of the race? Read on to find out who offers the best of the legal boost. Although turbochargers seem to have dominated the boost segment, they are not yet pushing compressors. The current aftermarket is not only there to support compressors, but as we learned from Will Woodington at ROISH, the manufacturers of these devices do their best to produce not only powerful devices, but also environmentally friendly. Whipple, baby. You probably already know what I`m talking about: these are advertised as the most powerful and emission-friendly compressors. While ROUSH may be exclusive to Ford products, the guys at Chevrolet and Mopar are far from running out of options when trying to compete with other drivers and appease green-minded executives.
(And it will cost them about the same money as roush units, so two inches up right there.) One segment that always seems to be on the rise is forced induction. Of course, any mod that powers an engine will be subject to emissions standards, but legal push is an area that brings additional concerns to the table. This is especially true for customers dealing with areas subject to California Air Research Board (CARB) regulations. ProCharger`s expansion into California with an office in the San Francisco Bay Area was due in part to our close collaboration with CARB, and success went a long way with most Californian compressor systems on the market! ProCharger has just received a handful of new OOs that cover a strip of cars and trucks from the 2019 and 2020 model years, making them legal for road use on OEM warehouse vehicles (production engine, production exhaust, etc.). The standard base dyno test (left) gave rear wheel power figures of 260 horsepower and 281 pounds of torque. Even though it only runs at 8 psi and there are no other support mods, the ProCharger system greatly increases things, distributing 419 hp, 422 lb-ft. Nevertheless, we think this system should be good in similar conditions for 440 hp or even a little more, so we will soon return to the test bench to see if we can not choose this a little more. We expect that by adding octane, fighting for unruly transmission, and applying other emissions tricks, we will be able to accommodate additional ponies. These figures do not only apply to legal boosts such as compressors or turbochargers. In fact, they can be found on almost any power change for an engine.
So, if you live in a state that enforces emissions compliance, or if you`re concerned about the environment, you should pay close attention to that number. However, the Edelbrock E-Force Stage 1 and Stage 2 systems are emission-friendly compressors. “Level 1 and Level 2 calibrated kits are 50-state compliant,” adds the manufacturer. “Our Stage 3 kits are for racing applications only and are not intended for use on public roads.” “We`ve had CARB jurisdictions for some time, but it`s really become one of our main areas of focus in recent years,” said Erik Radzins of ProCharger. “And perhaps the best news is that since we`ve been working a lot with CARB lately, the process has been streamlined considerably. I think it`s helpful that our systems tend to produce cleaner results than the basic factory parameters. In the end, everyone wins – CARB is happy, our customers` vehicles are emission-legal and power gains are exactly where they should be. In short, CARB ultimately determines whether the replacement product you want to install in your engine meets emissions standards for all 50 states. Products such as compressors are subjected to intensive testing. This is not only because they screw to the engine, but also because of the amount of extra power they bring to the table and how that power is made.
Our most recent CARB OOs are listed below, but note that we have many more years and models with 50-state legal OT systems – check them out HERE. Beware of other compressors and engine parts that don`t have an OE, as they`re probably NOT legal to be attached to your car or truck. To be legal in 50 states, a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) number is required, which is the CARB approval stamp indicating that a component such as a compressor or part, such as a pair of headers, meets the state`s strict emission standards and is approved for sale and use in the state of California. Since California`s standards are the strictest in the country, if it goes to Cali, it goes everywhere! If you live in California and you`ve had to bolt the power of your recent model car or truck, you know it`s not just about finding a part number in an online catalog and clicking the “Buy” button. While other parts of the country supposedly see no difference between a modern everyday driver and a custom-built race car when it comes to emissions compliance, it`s a different story in the Golden State, where every gasoline-powered vehicle from 1976 or later must pass regular smog checks to be legally registered.
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