Rimmer Engineering Supercharging Systems

Q. Will the Rimmer Supercharging System fit my pre-1989 Land Rover, or non-V8, carbureted or diesel engine?

A.  Systems are applicable to port-fuel-injected (EFI) engines only; 1989 and later. Each vehicle model installation must be tested for hardware and software compatibility before it is released for sale. All Range Rover and Land Rover systems offered have been verified and have received California Air Resources Board (CARB) exemption orders (certification).

Q.  Do the injectors or the ECU (computer) need to be changed to install the system?

A. The Rimmer Supercharging System uses the maximum number of original equipment components, including the fuel injection system and engine controls. Supplementary fueling and spark control (knock sensor) equipment are included in the system if needed for a particular engine. These modules are designed and programmed to work with the factory fuel and ignition timing controls, providing adequate adjustment characteristics to accommodate the supercharger installation as supplied in the package.

Q.  How will installation of the Rimmer Supercharging System affect my new vehicle warranty?

A.  An auto manufacturer cannot legally void your new vehicle warranty merely because you have added other equipment to your car. For example, they cannot void an engine warranty unless they can prove that the supercharger was the cause of the problem or failure you are attempting to have repaired under warranty. However, a supercharger is considered "speed equipment" and therefore, you are putting it on your vehicle at your own discretion and liability. (The supercharger unit is warrantied by the manufacturer for three years. The other components of the Rimmer Supercharging System are warrantied by Rimmer Engineering, Inc. for a period of 12 months or 12, 000 miles. Consequential damage, personal or property damage is not covered under this warranty.)

Q. Does the Rimmer Supercharging System require upgrading of the engine or other parts of the powertrain?

A.  The supercharging system is designed to work with the existing factory powertrain as supplied by the vehicle manufacturer. Your personal driving style or vehicle use profile may make certain upgrades desirable in order to take full advantage of the power and performance increases that become available when the Rimmer Supercharging System is installed.

Q.  How reliable is the supercharger?

A.  The Eaton supercharger has been designed to qualify as original equipment by manufacturers of new vehicles. Because of the very high standards necessary to meet these requirements, the Eaton supercharger has very high reliability. Eaton says, "... strict customer durability test criteria have been achieved. Successful completion of numerous 500 hour durability tests established a firm grasp on achieving a reliable product. In addition, numerous vehicles have successfully completed 100,000 mile, OEM (original equipment manufacturer), vehicle durability tests. Improvements in bearing and seal designs also aided in a product which meets all OEM durability criteria."

Q.  How difficult is it to install the Rimmer Supercharging System?

A.  The mechanical installation process is a true "bolt-on" and does not require any engine internal modifications, welding or fabricating. Typical installation times should be in the four to six hour range for a moderately experienced installer.

Q.  Does the addition of the supercharger require use of premium grade gasoline/petrol?

A.  It is possible to run the vehicle on a lower grade of fuel, but the engine control computer will automatically dial back the ignition advance to eliminate knock (pre-detonation) in order to prevent engine damage. To obtain the designed power potential of the Rimmer Supercharging System, premium fuel should be used.

Q.  What is the effect on fuel economy?

A.  The biggest effect on fuel economy is caused by greatly increased driver enthusiasm. Because the supercharger is equipped with an automatically-actuated bypass valve, loads on the system are drastically reduced during low power demand conditions (such as at cruising speeds or while idling). Eaton Corporation, the supercharger manufacturer, states that "a typical domestic vehicle ... shows no fuel economy penalty for highway driving and only a one mile per gallon penalty for city driving." And that "during typical driving conditions, the engine is under boost around 5% of the time, which means the remaining 95% of the time the engine is under vacuum..." Our experience is that the "grin factor" will result in your engine being under boost more than 5% of the time, so there will probably be some fuel mileage penalty but this will occur mostly under city or heavy off-road driving conditions, is usually nominal, and can be adjusted easily by decreasing the driver’s right foot pressure.

Q.  What about "throttle lag"?

A.  The Rimmer Supercharging System uses a mechanically-driven, positive displacement supercharger, which is coupled directly and proportionally to the engine’s crankshaft speed. The bypass valve system, which opens automatically when boost is not needed, also closes immediately when you press the accelerator pedal. Unlike a turbocharged engine, boost is right there when you want or need it...no lag.

Q.  Is an intercooler required?

A.  While desirable from a performance standpoint an "intercooler" (or, more properly, an aftercooler) is not a necessity. The Rimmer Supercharging System is designed and configured to work very well without one. We expect, however, to offer an optional charge air cooling system in the near future, for those who want even more power.

Q.  What comes in the package?

A.  The Rimmer Supercharging System is a complete installation package, except for tools, skill and labor time. It includes the supercharger assembly with bypass valve, belt-drive equipment and accessories, manifolding and plenum components, necessary sealers and gaskets, hoses and clamps, hardware, etc. required to connect the package components to the engine, to each other, and to the factory air filter and inlet system. Complete, illustrated installation instructions are provided. Fuel controller and knock sensor modules are included as required by the particular vehicle application.

Q. Where is the throttle control valve (throttle body) located?

A.  The original Rover factory throttle control valve assembly is remounted on the "upstream" side of the compressor, providing air inlet control for the entire supercharging system. This design eliminates the driveability, reliability and safety concerns present in arrangements that place the throttle control on the "downstream", or outlet, side of the supercharger. Combined with the automatically-actuated bypass valve, this configuration results in precise control of power levels.

Q.  What sort of performance improvements can I expect with a Rimmer Supercharging System?

A.  Results will vary, depending on the driver, the condition of the vehicle, gearing and other factors. Our test results show an average reduction in 0-60 MPH acceleration times of approximately 2.5 to 3 seconds, more as altitude increases. You can imagine what effect a 30% increase in torque will have in off-road operation.

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