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The Final Product - 350+ rwhp

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A good repertoire of tools is a plus
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Special thanks to my two
ace mechanics, Rick and Bryan
(it would have taken me forever without them)
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Installation is the second phase
How to Install
ATI ProCharger (supercharger)
on a 350Z ('03 or '04)

Preface: The Owner's (installation) Manual supplied with the ATI ProCharger is very complete (61+ pages) including photos for almost every step, so the information here is intended to supplement or clarify errors or omissions in the manual. If you print out the information (a Word file is included at the end of the article for downloading), then make notes in your manual at the appropriate spots to reference these installation tips, all should be well. If you DIYers run into any snags in your installation, you can e-mail me at Tere@ZChickz.com. The manual is divided into three general phases: preparation, installation, and tuning/maintenance.

Caveat: Before attempting this installation, you should fully understand how intake, fuel, electrical, and PVC/vacuum systems work on the 350Z. One small misstep or oversight could result in disaster. This sort of installation is not one to be rushed—a good installation takes patience and time. Your first 350Z ProCharger installation will take a good 16 to 20 hours or more depending on how mechanically adept you are. Given enough time, even a novice could install the ProCharger kit successfully. For this particular installation, three of us worked on it, and all of us are relatively familiar with automotive mechanics. Some parts of the manual require a good bit of interpretive analysis (as in figuring out what ATI is trying to say in the manual), and we did re-engineer a few things.

Tools and Materials Needed (the manual also lists items needed, but this list is more complete):

  • Jack (floor jack preferable)
  • Jack stands (pair)
  • Full metric socket set (deep and shallow)
  • Socket ratchet wrench
  • Jointed socket wrench
  • Nut driver for sockets
  • Torque wrench (7 to 160 pounds)
  • Socket wrench extensions (to 6")
  • Full metric box/open end wrench set (ratcheting is helpful)
  • Large US standard Allen wrench set
  • Large, medium, and small Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
  • Pliers: needlenose, regular, and channel-lock
  • Wire cutter and stripper
  • Electrical connection crimper
  • Volt meter or electrical continuity tester
  • Electric drill and bit set
  • Hack saw
  • Jig saw or variable-speed shaping tool
  • Grinder with cutting disk (can use other alternate tools for metal cutting)
  • Metal snips
  • Metal file
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Heavy and fine grit sandpaper
  • Electrical tape
  • WD-40
  • Bolt anti-seize
  • Loc-Tite 262
  • Silicon grease
  • Epoxy (5 minute)
  • Lots of large, medium, and small wire ties (we used more than supplied, but we're tie fanatics)
  • Quart of fresh power steering fluid for 350Z (see owner's manual)
  • Temporary hood prop
  • Power steering fluid catch container
  • Storage trays for nuts, bolts, and other small items that will be reused

Other Items Possibly Needed:

  • 6 NGK LFR6A-11 spark plugs (IF current plugs have more than 10,000 miles or more than a year old)
  • Fuel filter (if it has more than 30,000 miles on it)
  • Various gauges: wideband O2, fuel pressure, and boost
  • Depending on how vacuum lines are routed, you may need additional 3/16" hose and in-line connectors (we needed three feet more for the run to the EMFU in the glovebox)
  • Electrical T-connector for FMU ignition tie-in (use in lieu of manual's method)
  • High quality electrical connectors (supplied connectors are not highest quality)
  • Soldering iron and rosin core solder if you choose to solder your electrical connectors
  • Self-tapping screws for power steering cooler remount
  • Oil drain plug with a thicker head


  • Do not install on Z with other than factory compression ratio—consult ATI techs
  • Do not install on a badly worn engine (repeated use of NOS can lead to premature engine wear and failure)
  • Engine damage can result if PCV/vacuum lines are misrouted/misconnected, or crimped

Note: You will find that the kit contains extra parts that are not addressed in the manual. Some of these parts are for optional connections. Others, at this point after installation, are for completely unknown uses.

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ProCharger Installation Manual
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350 in the operating room
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Preparation is the first phase
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Tuning is the final phase
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Last updated: Sunday, January 14, 2007 8:45 AM