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Installation of the Ripp Supercharger on my 2015 SXT+ went relatively smooth. My son came down to help with the install and did most of the underneath work. The instructions Ripp provides are not 100% complete. They say to remove the horns, but do not mention reinstalling them: things like that. There are no torque specs given in the instructions. We were able to work it all out just fine.

Ripp should also provide a part list so you know what should be in the kit. It turns out there were “extra” bolts/nuts and a bracket that were not called on to be used (!?). Otherwise, the kit was complete (no missing parts!), well packed, and even came in a little before expected date. I had ordered it in January, hoping for a Memorial Day week install. It arrived in mid-April.

I had ordered a 3pk of Vortec SC oil since I knew it needs a change at 500-1K miles and then every 3k afterwards. The Ripp kit comes with 2 bottles, and the head unit comes loaded with oil. So I am good for about 15k miles worth of oil changes.

Prior to the install, I decided to paint the Intercooler and the piping. I taped off the fins on the intercooler and used the same paint I had used on plastic parts in the engine bay previously. It turned out as good as the rest, passable. Looks great from the front! (IMHO – see below)

Ripp has you scrap the shroud/bumper support in front of the radiator. It is used to mount the ambient temp sensor as well as divert air to the radiator. We were able to cut the plastic back to have the piece fit.

Also, in the lower chin, there are 2 pieces that block off part of the outer edges of the air dam (near the fog lights). They would normally hit the intercooler and pipes if not removed. We ended up removing them, but keeping the mount for wiring. It actually exposes the intercooler piping more. I did not expect the intercooler to “pop” as much as it does through the front grille. I thought, maybe only if you crouched down and caught it straight on, I guessed. I had painted the pieces expecting only the last piece that plugs into the throttle body to show. The rest would fall under the “I know it’s there” category. I am pleasantly surprised with how it looks.

I was able to get a 5.5 (with slippage) and 5.3 sec 0-60 run with 1 passenger in the car and a full tank of 93 octane gas in 80 deg weather.

I did take it a few days later (car was mostly sitting) to the performance shop for a dyno tune, but I discovered a coolant crossover leak! Ripp has you use a RTV gasket you make yourself. After some discussion with the shop, I decided to take it back and redo the RTV coolant gasket (we did not allow enough cure time prior to adding coolant and running engine). So off comes the SC, and applicable hoses, and rework of the RTV gasket and then reinstall everything, including the most difficult of pieces (SC Hat). That part is a P.I.T.A. to take off and put back on! Friction fit and ½” of room to wiggle it on.

I then went for a ride and on my 1st WOT pull, I popped off the downspout elbow (hose) to the Vortec head! I was able to gently get home. I checked for coolant leaks, reattached the charge hose better this time and did another run. This time solo, I ran a 5.1 for my 0-60, with some traction slippage and 80 deg weather and later a 5.0 in 74 deg weather again with some slippage.

So…tires will be on a future upgrade, but the ones I have now are low miles (Eagle Sport A/S) so I can’t justify the money yet. Maybe I’ll look into summer tires, since I do run winter tires on a 2nd set of rims. Maybe at that time I can get wider rims, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. I am not racing for pink slips, I just wanted to have more fun from time to time. It won’t be driving WOT 24/7 by any means.

I still have a couple of things to finish/ touch up. The engine cover was painted on the vertical stripes (2 left and right). That needs to be cleaned up. I also want to paint the air intake tubing that I tried to polish, it doesn’t fit as a polished piece anymore, with the airbox and elbow now removed.

At this point I am waiting to hear back from the dyno shop to get a reschedule date. So now I have to get a time to get back in for a tune and go from there. Once I have a fresh dyno tune, I can post up final numbers here.

Below are some pics from the install. We did the install over 3 days, but most of day 2 was me replacing all of my Hose Candy hose covers with Flex PET covers. And the first day was really a half day of actual work.
 

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Now some pics:
 

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Mock up of Idea:
Grille Product Wood Rectangle Flooring


Rectangle Font Pattern Parallel Wood


Execution and result:

Wood Rectangle Wall Flooring Floor


Automotive tire Wood Sleeve Collar Beige


Gas Wood Rectangle Auto part Hood


Orange Wood Gas Tobacco Cylinder


Rectangle Orange Wood Grille Brick


Grille Automotive lighting Rectangle Wood Orange
 

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Day 1 Install pics:

Car Land vehicle Tire Vehicle Wheel


Motor vehicle Grille Automotive lighting Hood Automotive tire


Automotive parking light Vehicle Car Hood Automotive lighting


Grille Vehicle Automotive tire Automotive lighting Hood


Vehicle Hood Light Car Blue


Hood Motor vehicle Automotive design Bumper Automotive exterior


Font Engineering Motor vehicle Machine Metal
 

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Day 2-3:

Hood Motor vehicle Automotive tire Automotive exterior Automotive fuel system


Hood Motor vehicle Vehicle Automotive design Automotive air manifold


Car Vehicle Hood Motor vehicle Automotive design


Vehicle Car Land vehicle Automotive parking light Grille
 

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RIPP supercharger, so that was the secret 0 ~ 60 sauce you were referring to! :)

Please let me share this with you, I did a lot of research into the RIPP supercharger and if you are OK with the out of the box results being good enough you should be OK. If you press for more and more power, things will begin to break and the entire SXT engine and drive line will become a money pit.

If you are ready for the money pit, keep pushing for more, if not be satisfied, this is my 2 cents is all, please don't take offense.

For rear traction you don't need wider tires, just better gripping tires like the Mickey Thompson ET Street S/S, they will blow your mind and not add additional wide tire stress levels to your drive train.

You are already knocking on the door of stock 5.7L 0 ~ 60 times, but trying to get to Scat Pack level will break things, but this is up to you not me, be careful. Ry

Paint jobs are immaculate! (y)
 
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RIPP supercharger, so that was the secret 0 ~ 60 sauce you were referring to! :)

Please let me share this with you, I did a lot of research into the RIPP supercharger and if you are OK with the out of the box results being good enough you should be OK. If you press for more and more power, things will begin to break and the entire SXT engine and drive line will become a money pit.

If you are ready for the money pit, keep pushing for more, if not be satisfied, this is my 2 cents is all, please don't take offense.

For rear traction you don't need wider tires, just better gripping tires like the Mickey Thompson ET Street S/S, they will blow your mind and not add additional wide tire stress levels to your drive train.

You are already knocking on the door of stock 5.7L 0 ~ 60 times, but trying to get to Scat Pack level will break things, but this is up to you not me, be careful. Ry

Paint jobs are immaculate! (y)
Thanks for the compliments! I had done some mods in the past with an eye on doing this supercharger install. Namely, the BBK Throttle Body, Ripp Coil Packs, PUG LIM, and the LSD rear end. Whatever the tuner comes up with, I'll be more than happy.
I'm not sure what else I could even do? Transmission ($$$=nope)? Lightweight pulleys (already nixed that idea)? Stroker? Overbore? Nope. Nope. The Ripp comes with the High Altitude pulley. I'm not interested in making boost levels higher (still need to find out what exactly they are now), so I don't need to do the forged internals that are available (via Prodigy Performance). Really, this was the final engine performance step I was going to take.
When I need tires, I'll upgrade, but probably not before I need them. Otherwise after the tune, I think I'm done! :p :D
 

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Congrats on a good-looking install... Enjoy!
 

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Kudos and congrats... 👍👍
 

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Nice job and I think you are right where you need to be so yup, I agree. Call this one done.
Thanks. The only other item I will install is a driveshaft loop. So Safety, not performance. I just have to make a mod to get the one I have to work.
 
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Car is at the Tune shop!

They said they build their own tune, not just tweak the Ripp tune.
 

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Nice work. Will they dyno it?
 

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Your install is awesome, well written and I was able to follow along easily. Thank you so much for sharing. It is great to see someone do something with the fine V6's that are out there. I am 61 years young and believe me when I tell you it is about the fun factor not the money that you throw at it. Keep sharing with all of us here on the forum.

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Nice, definitely makes your car unique. Looking forward to the final dyno numbers. One part I would have done is the Dorman aluminum oil filter housing. See I needed to complain about something😁.
 

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Nice, definitely makes your car unique. Looking forward to the final dyno numbers. One part I would have done is the Dorman aluminum oil filter housing. See I needed to complain about something😁.
Uhhh.....the what now!? :D (Interst piqued!)
 
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