- Methanol FAQ
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The Stage 3 Diesel Boost Coolers are the most comprehensive Lower EGTs 100-300 degrees and increase HP by 65+ with a cleaner, cooler running diesel! The Snow Performance POWER-MAX is available for all turbo diesel applications. The POWER-MAX diesel water methanol injection kit uses a progressive controller that commands two stages of water-methanol that proportionally inject more or less according to boost pressure. Start and full points on the Powermax kit are adjustable for engagement and delivery curve to match what the engine requires. Proportionally injecting according to boost pressure gives an accurate delivery of water-methanol and allows cooling and performance improvements over a wide range for improved drivability.
New for 2015, the POWER-MAX introduces the VC-50 Controller. The VC-50 offers the functionality of a boost gauge and water-methanol controller all in one! Highlighting a adjustable 7 color (Blue, White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Green) OLED screen displaying boost, percentage of injection, secondary nozzle activation, prime button, and 2 fault codes directly on the screen.
The part number for this item is Snow Performance 450 and it is a universal kit for Turbo Diesel Trucks.
1. What are the benefits of Water/Methanol injection?
Boost Cooler Benefits (Gasoline):
1. Low cost - where else can you get up to 70-100HP for as low as $519?
2. Greatly reduced EGTs - Decreases of 250 degrees F are common using a 50/50 water/methanol mix. Increased EGTs are an engine killer in today's performance diesel world.
3. Efficiency - Fuel economy increase - increase your fuel economy up to 10%-15% (1-3 mpg).
4. Greatly increased air charge densities - 3-5 psi boost increases are common with liquid intercooling.
5.Allows you the ability to greatly increase boost on turbos and superchargers (if you have one).
6. Ideal for heavy loads and towing!
2. If I don't have a turbo or supercharger, can the Boost Cooler be applied to naturally aspirated and or nitrous engines?
YES! 1.Naturally aspirated/high compression engines:
In this application, water/methanol injection allows the use of pump fuel in all but the most extreme situations which effects tremendous cost savings as well as horsepower increases due to air density increase and realized timing potential. The system is activated by a boost referenced switch so that injection takes place only during high engine loads when needed.
2. Why is Water/Methanol injection so effective on Diesels?
Unlike gasoline engines, the power in a turbo diesel is largely a function of fuel. The problem with continually adding fuel is that you create an overfueling condition and reach a point where the exhaust gas temperatures become prohibitive (over 1500 degrees F). A Snow Performance Methanol Injection kit, using a 50/50 water/methanol mix will decrease EGT's approximately 200-300 degrees F while increasing power 70-100HP safe and effectively.
Power is increased through:
A. Air charge cooling - Water/methanol will lower air charge temps over 200 degrees F in this application. Low air temps makes denser air charge which provides more molecules of oxygen for combustion.
B. Combustion conditioning - the methanol acts as a combustion catalyst as well as a cooling agent. Water increase torque and power output through "the steam engine" effect.
3. Is this technology new with Turbo Diesel?
Water/methanol injection has been used extensively for years in high performance truck/tractor pullers. With the elevated boost levels required for peak power, water/methanol is a common means of cooling the intake charge and reducing exhaust gas temps. Also, truckers have used water injection for years to increase fuel mileage.
Where else can you get this kind of power with cooler EGT's, reduced emissions, and more fuel economy?
In most instances our standard 2 quart reservoir works well to provide the required amount of fluid. We have seen that a 2 quart reservoir provides enough fluid for a 400-500 hp car to make 12-15 full throttle quarter mile passes.
For those looking to get more range out of their system, they can tap into their factory windshield washer reservoir and use it to hold water/methanol. This is a good option because most washer reservoirs have a large capacity (normally at least a gallon) plus they're already methanol resistant (washer fluid has methanol in it). Also, the washer reservoir is already under the hood so it doesn't require having to add another bulky item into the engine bay.
Whats In The Box:
300 PSI Extreme Environment UHO (Ultra High Output) Pump
All Tubing Necessary for Installation
20 ft ¼ Inch High Temp Nylon Tubing
36 Inches High pressure Boost Line
Progressive VC-50 Controller (52mm gauge)
Pig Tail Wire Harness
Dual Nozzle Upgrade
Power Solenoid Upgrade
Bulkhead Fitting to Tap Into Stock Windshield Washer Fluid
2 Nozzle Holder/Check Valve Combo
3 Snow Performance Hypersonic Nozzles to cover a wide range of HP
Required Hardware Needed For Installation
Snow Performance Running S Decal
Comprehensive Instructions to Install on Any Turbo Diesel Vehicle
Snow Performance 1-Year Warranty