There's no ride sweeter than one with power. When you can back up your appearance with performance, everyone will respect you on the street. And power makes your ride a ton more fun to drive. That's where a supercharger comes into play. The OEs have been offering them for years, but we can never seem to find one for the lowriders that we want to drive.
So, for our latest creation we went to the aftermarket specialists to find a blower for our 2003 Chevy Avalanche. We knew that we wanted a blower because the Avalanche's small 5.3L V-8 was struggling to move our crew from show to show. It needed a boost, so to speak. The crew at Magnuson Products (in Ventura, California), who make the "Magna Charger" line of Roots-style blowers, had what just we were looking for. Their Radix supercharger lineup is a bolt-on kit to fit under our hood and boost power up to 50-percent more than we had before!
What is a blower?
The term "blower" is confusing when spoken in "lowriderese." Although the big, polished aluminum superchargers, (known as "Roots-style" blowers) which you've traditionally seen poking through the hoods of hot-rods at the fairgrounds were once used to actually "blow" air in the literal sense, when they're bolted onto an engine their purpose changes entirely.
The history of the Roots blower can be traced back more than 125 years when it was first patented by the Roots brothers back in 1860. Their original bi-rotor blower was not very successful in its intended purpose of driving a water wheel at their woolen mill. But they later found it to be very good at pumping large volumes of air into a local foundry's blast furnace. Since then, the Roots air blower has been used in many industrial applications, as well as being fitted to internal combustion engines since the early 20th century. The first recorded example of supercharging an automobile in the United States and the first supercharged car to win a race both date back to around 1907 at a blistering top speed of more than 100 mph!