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Griptec Blower Pulley Sizes: BOOSTing Performance on LSX/LTX Engines

Introduction

Supercharger pulleys play a significant role in maximizing the performance of LSA, LS9, LT4, and LT5 engines. By changing the size of the pulley, you can control the boost level, directly affecting the power output of these popular engine setups. In this article, we will dive into the impact of Griptec supercharger pulley sizes on the boost levels of these engines and discuss the benefits of modifying your supercharger setup.

Understanding Boost Levels and Pulley Sizes

Boost levels refer to the increase in air pressure created by the supercharger, measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). A higher boost level translates to a higher volume of air being forced into the engine, resulting in increased power output. The size of the supercharger pulley is directly related to the boost level, with a smaller pulley increasing the boost and a larger pulley decreasing it.

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The supercharger pulley is attached to the supercharger's drive unit, which is connected to the engine via a belt. As the engine turns, it spins the pulley, which in turn spins the supercharger. The speed at which the supercharger spins directly impacts the boost level. By changing the size of the pulley, you can manipulate the speed of the supercharger and, as a result, the boost level.

If you do end up changing your pulley setup you will need a tune after the pulley is installed and it's always a good idea to consult an expert on the installer/tuner side before you make any changes that could cause unwanted side-effects.

Griptec Pulleys and Their Effect on Boost Levels

Griptec is known for its patented supercharger pulleys, which offer enhanced grip and performance. Their pulleys come in various sizes, allowing you to fine-tune the boost level for your specific engine setup. Here's how the Griptec supercharger pulley sizes affect the boost levels of LSA, LS9, LT4, and LT5 engines:

  1. LSA Engine: The LSA engine is found in vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS-V and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. With a stock pulley size of around 3.0 inches, the LSA engine produces approximately 9 PSI of boost. By installing a smaller Griptec pulley, say 2.5 inches, you can increase the boost level to around 10-11 PSI, resulting in a significant increase in horsepower. Want to see how upper and lower pulleys affect LSA superchargers? Check out our LSA boost calculator/estimator.

  2. LS9 Engine: The LS9 engine powers the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. A stock LS9 engine uses a pulley size of about 3.10 inches and produces roughly 10.5 PSI of boost. Swapping to a 2.6-inch Griptec pulley can push the boost level up to around 12-13 PSI, providing a noticeable increase in power output. Want to see how upper and lower pulley changes affect LS9 superchargers? Check out our LS9/ZR1 boost calculator/estimator.

  3. LT4 Engine: The LT4 engine can be found in the C7 Corvette Z06, the Gen6 Camaro ZL1, and the V3 Cadillac CTS-V. With a stock pulley size of approximately 3.20 inches, the LT4 engine generates around 9.0 PSI of boost. By opting for a smaller 2.5-inch LT4 Griptec pulley, you can raise the boost level to around 11-12 PSI, resulting in increased performance. Want to see how upper and lower pulley swaps affect boost levels on your LT4 blower? Check out our LT4 boost calculator/estimator.

  4. LT5 Engine: The LT5 engine is exclusive to the C7 Corvette ZR1. With a stock pulley size of about 3.30 inches, the LT5 engine generates approximately 14 PSI of boost. Installing a 2.9-inch LT5 Griptec pulley can push the boost level up to 16-17 PSI, offering a substantial increase in power output. Curious about what other pulley combos do to your LT5's boost levels? Check out our LT5/ZR1 boost calculator/estimator.

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The Benefits of Modifying Supercharger Pulley Sizes

There are several advantages to modifying your supercharger pulley size with Griptec pulleys, including:

  1. Increased Power Output: By increasing the boost level through the use of a smaller pulley, you can significantly enhance the horsepower and torque of your LSA, LS9, LT4, or LT5 engine. This improvement in performance can provide a more exhilarating driving experience and improved acceleration.

  2. Customization: Griptec pulleys allow you to fine-tune your engine setup to suit your specific needs and preferences. Whether you're aiming for maximum power output or a balance between performance and reliability, adjusting the pulley size enables you to achieve your desired result.

  3. Enhanced Grip: Griptec's patented pulley design provides improved grip, reducing the chances of belt slip. Belt slip can lead to inconsistent boost levels and reduced performance, so the enhanced grip offered by Griptec pulleys ensures a more stable and reliable power output.

  4. Easy Installation: Modifying the pulley size is relatively straightforward, making it an accessible modification for most car enthusiasts. Griptec pulleys are designed for easy installation, so you can quickly upgrade your engine setup and start enjoying the benefits of increased boost levels. Note that depending on pulley size and belt length you may need to change your idler pulleys and belt as well.

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Choosing the Right Pulley Size for Your Engine

It's essential to select the appropriate pulley size for your specific engine setup. Going too small can lead to excessive boost levels, which may cause engine damage or reduced reliability. On the other hand, choosing a pulley size that is too large will result in minimal performance gains. To find the right pulley size, consider your goals for your vehicle, your engine's current setup, and any supporting modifications you have made or plan to make. It's also a good idea to consult with an experienced tuner or mechanic, as they can help you determine the ideal pulley size for your specific needs.

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Conclusion

Griptec supercharger pulleys are an excellent way to optimize the performance of your LSA, LS9, LT4, or LT5 engine. By adjusting the pulley size, you can control the boost level and enhance your engine's power output. With various sizes available, you can fine-tune your supercharger setup to suit your preferences and goals, enjoying the benefits of increased horsepower and torque. Just remember to choose the right pulley size for your engine and consult with an expert if necessary to ensure the best results.

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