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Old 04-23-2018, 10:57 AM
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ESS Supercharger DIY Installation

I received my ESS Supercharger last week and started the installation over the weekend. I will post my pictures and lessons learned for any of you who want to do the installation yourself. My car is completely stock including air filters and I did a Pre Installation dyno test of the car and I will have a Post installation dyno done on the same machine. I will post pictures with comments as I make progress. My first impress as I opened the box and inspected the parts is that this is a very high quality kit with all the hardware and hoses as good or better than OEM quality. Very different than my experience with a Paxton kit about 15 years ago! The first step is to remove the intake manifold and that is pretty straightforward.

Three dyno pulls. Stock motor and tune, P30


Remove air boxes and reach behind to undo the plastic tab on each side of the rear air intake. Make sure you vacuum out all the dirt around the 10 intake bolts before you remove anything. You can leave all the FI parts in place. Unplug all the vacuum hoses front and rear and the wiring pugs in the front, and the fuel line.


There you have it! Now you need to remove the throttle bodies


Remove the screws and the bottom comes off. You need to feed the rubber grommet through the pan


There are the two throttle bodies. You need to remove the plastic surround to get at the 4 bolts mounting each TB. The plastic rings are held on by two plastic clips you need to release with your fingers or a small screwdriver.


Next comes the fun part!
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Beautiful build!!! Any desire to unload your stock manifold?
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Thanks for putting this together. Can't wait to see your after results! We can also help with any install questions people may have
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Thanks for sharing! My P31 coupe had about the same power stock so this will be good to see the end results.
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Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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More progress!

I have had other chores but have still made good progress. The supercharge unit is now ready to put on the engine after I finish installing the new power steering reservoir and the tank and pump for the intercooler. I thought the PS tank was plastic but it is TIG welded aluminum with the nice black coating. I have been very impressed with the quality of the kit and the hardware. Here are some updated pictures of my progress.
Throttle Bodies, new injectors and fuel rails installed


Drive snout installed with the 6# pulley. The 8# is also included in the kit


Pulley system installed
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Good stuff jumbo, keep those pics coming in. Especially interested in some of the plumbing to the cooler and the blower. Well done.
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Really appreciate the time your taking to update us.
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Thanks. I installed the coolant and PS reservoir behind the front right headlight and both fit right in without problem. They look like factory parts. I will post more pictures later. I am going to install an ESC catch can before installing the SC and am trying to figure out where to mount it. I will take lots of pics as I think many are interested in a less costly can than Weistec. After I figure out the mounting I can drop in the SC!
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Ready to install SC Unit


When installing the drive snout line up the three drive dowels and gently tap the shaft and it slips right on


View from the rear. The brake vacuum plugs in green, the other hard vacuum line in orange, the right nipple fits hose to the adjacent bypass valve, left nipple takes hose to front of engine, and I have plugged the intake air temp sessor into its hole
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Jimbo thanks for the updates and the pics. Look forward to seeing the progress and the remaining diy pics.
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The factory PVC after removing the hose


ESC catch can


Inside filter and dip stick for can


PVC and hose before mounting SC


PVC hose on supercharger


I had to use my engine hoist to install the SC as my old back just wasn't strong enough


Finally settled in place! Now I can hook of the wiring and hoses and put things back together before I remove the front bumper to install the intercooler radiator
Made some good progress yesterday and got the unit on the engine! Took me some extra time to figure out where to put the catch can. Will place it on the right side next to the new coolant tank. I purchase an ESC can that appears to be very high quality and similar to the Weistec. I used 3/4 ID hose as that is the closest fit to our PCV valve fittings. I am working on it again today so will have more pictures.
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Nice job!

Did you have a part number for the ecs catch can? Nothing seems to come up on their site.
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Kick *** thread, always wanted to do a supercharger to my w204 but didn't. Will watch along with the rest of us, keep up the great post and information. Looking forward in seeing some awesome increases.
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Nice job!

Did you have a part number for the ecs catch can? Nothing seems to come up on their site.
It is from ESC Tuning and the catch can part number is 2816993. They also have a universal mounting kit 2918376. They seem to be very high quality parts and should be a nice addition to the supercharger.
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Awesome thread!
Will subscribe to keep up with your progress. Really nice of you to share all these details.
Now waiting to see the outcome on the Dyno!
Congratulations

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Great progress! Let us know if you need anything
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If starting a weekend job 3 weeks ago is great progress, I wanna work for East Coast Euro.

No offence Jimbo, we all know this is a side project.
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If starting a weekend job 3 weeks ago is great progress, I wanna work for East Coast Euro.

No offence Jimbo, we all know this is a side project.
Yes, I am lucky to get one day a week to work on this project. And I do want to thank Ahmad at East Coast Euro for his great advice whenever I have had a question when the directions were not clear.
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Originally Posted by Big Jimbo View Post

Yes, I am lucky to get one day a week to work on this project. And I do want to thank Ahmad at East Coast Euro for his great advice whenever I have had a question when the directions were not clear.
You're welcome. Happy to help!
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I installed the gen3 kit a few weeks ago on my brothers 2012 c63 performance package coupe. This is a very nice kit. I've installed a handful of weistec m156 superchargers and I can honestly say this a far superior kit in every way. One quick tip is to go to a mercedes dealer and buy 8 of the m272 cam magnet solenoid harnesses that were part of a service campaign part# 271150015605. You can use the one end on each harness to make a quick plug and play harness adapter for the injectors that come with the kit. Makes it way easier to install when you don't have to solder in new injector wiring connectors on the car. Other highly recommend things to add to this setup is sls AMG spark plugs gapped to .028 and a set of row airboxes. My brothers car is all factory exhaust except the secondary cats are removed. Currently running the 8 psi pulley on a mix of 5-6 gallons e85 and the rest 93octane. It's an absolute beast! You will love this kit and the power it makes. I would never recommend a Weistec kit over the ESS. His car against a 507 c63 with a stage 1 Weistec kit would be no constest. The ESS is hands down the winner! Enjoy your car when it's done! Here is a picture of the harness for the injectors
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Thanks for the FI harness tip. Ahmad from East Coast Euro suggested that when I ordered the kit so I made them while I was waiting for delivery. The lowest price I found was $8 per harness but $64 well spent. I soldered on the included pigtail and covered with marine grade heat shrink with the glue. I am using the stock air boxes and have to trim the inner edges to clear the supercharger. I will have time to work on it this weekend so will have more pictures. Will also mount the catch can and run the hoses and hopefully finish up in the engine compartment. I installed the serpentine belt which is always a lot of fun.
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Based on the image in post #10, the IAT sensor appears to be reading the air temp directly after the throttle bodies. Is that the position ESS recommend?
If my interpretation of the image is correct, it would be wise to relocate the sensor to be after the charge air coolers - place it close to the head ports. If not, the ECU/tune is only going to recognise the IAT pre-boost which would be way less than ideal - the IAT's after the coolers is the relevant temperature... especially with a twin-screw (unless you are willing to melt engine internals).
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Based on the image in post #10, the IAT sensor appears to be reading the air temp directly after the throttle bodies. Is that the position ESS recommend?
If my interpretation of the image is correct, it would be wise to relocate the sensor to be after the charge air coolers - place it close to the head ports. If not, the ECU/tune is only going to recognise the IAT pre-boost which would be way less than ideal - the IAT's after the coolers is the relevant temperature... especially with a twin-screw (unless you are willing to melt engine internals).
The iat position is the same on the weistec and ess kits. I can tell you from experience that ess has the tune setup very safe for the m156. I usually vacuum fill the intercooler systems on all cars because I don't want any air trapped in the system which can cause high iat's in boost. Of course I didn't realize another tech borrowed my vacuum filler and broke it so I didn't use it figuring I would just fill it the old fashioned way. Long story short, their was a large air pocket that worked it's way through the intercooler system on the kit I installed and when I was driving it, I noticed some slight pinging once in a while. On a wot acceleration, the car would feel great through one gear and then the next it would fall on its face and seem to go into a fixed safe mode. Once I realized the air pocket worked itself through, the coolant level was actually just below the inlet of the intercooler pump. So the coolant was not circulating through the system causing the IAT to most likely skyrocket. The ESS tune monitors the engine knock sensors really well and the second they detect anything you notice it and it puts the engine into a safe mode. "Melting engine internals" is not something I'm worried about with this setup. As long as you are not running **** 87 octone, and you use your brain when something is obviously not right with how the car feels, you most likely will not have issues. But if you do, you need to remember: you pay to play and **** happens. Also, most tuning companies compensate for the IAT sensor located on the inlet of the supercharger knowing that the boosted air temp will be higher than what the sensor shows. If you relocated it after the blades you will need the tune adjusted.
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