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Supercharging the 1.8L and 2012 Cruze LS restoration

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So welcome to my build log, this is sort of a build log slash restoration log, I'll make a list of things I want to do and things I've done. My goal is to restore this car as I can with better upgraded parts and eventually install a supercharger. I'm open to any and every comment or suggestions! I also want to thank all my sponsors, I really appreciate the support!

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A 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS with
2002 Mercedes C230 Kompressor supercharger

2006 Mini Cooper S bypass valve
2003-2009 Nissan 350Z CF intake vent
2019-2021 Mazda 6 front lip

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General things done
General things done that have been replaced or removed
Things to do
  • Bedline most of the underside of the car to prevent further rust (steel brush, rust inhibitor, then undercoat)
  • Install dual 3.5" double wall exhaust tips
  • Aluminium braze portions of the charge pipes together (budget TIG welding anyone?)
  • Install Boost Gauge (2nd post)
  • Install AFR Gauge
  • Design and make SC mounting bracket
  • Design and make SC in/out ports plate (Part 1)
  • Design and make bracket for extra pulley
  • Cut out new gasket for the SC in/out port plate
  • Repair drivers side rocker panel (Post 2) (Post 3) (Post 4)
  • Repair rust above rear wheel well where the rear bumper mounts
  • Change transmission oil with the good AMSOIL stuff
  • Fix defrost
  • Change engine oil
  • Check toe alignment
  • Check headlight alignment
  • Check for exhaust leaks
Things I'd like to do
  • Light tint on rear windows
  • Swap to LEDs (everything but headlights)
  • Coolant flush
Supercharger specific things to-do list | Excel log : Supercharged Cruze
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That's right, you read that right. I'll be updating the OP a bit more later, but here goes nothing!

Eaton M45 from a Mercedes will be used :)

Parts list
  • [_] Air fuel ratio gauge (AEM? Glowshift? other?)
  • [_] boost gauge (AEM? Glowshift? other?)
  • [_] fuel regulator
  • [_] supercharger (Eaton M45 from Mercedes C230 or SLK230)
  • [_] intercooler (2.5" tubing variant)
  • [_] Charge piping (2.5") - Sponsored by AEM Intakes (
  • [_] Intake piping (3") - Sponsored by AEM Intakes
  • [X] Cone filter (3") - Sponsored by AEM Intakes
  • [_] hptuner + 2 credit
  • [_] serpentine belt
  • [_] Extra pulley for better supercharger pulley
  • [_] custom designed brackets to fit the supercharger where the AC compressor is and have an extra pulley for more contact area
  • [_] custom in/out plate (cheaper version of the creative spridgets one)
  • [X] spark plugs (NGK Iridium)
  • [_] injectors (Bosch green #42)
  • [X] big 3 power kit
  • [X] gauge pods, custom 3D printed (2" (52mm) single gauge pod. by oldmatedave)
  • [_] bypass valve (Mini Cooper S)
  • [_] Plate for adapter BOV (Supercharger bypass valve adapter for all A-series engines or universal applications — Creative Spridgets)
  • [_] Tubing for bypass (2" rubber)
  • [_] Charge pipe for bypass (to connect 2" tubing)
  • [_] Mercedes gasket no. A 111 098 03 80

What I've done so far

  • Installed new plugs (NGK Iridium)
  • Installed big 3 Cruze kit
  • 3D Printed and finished gauge pods
  • Fitted gauge pods
Seems like a fun project. Take a lot of pics and make a decent write up of what you did. Only thing I can’t agree on in the placement of your gauges. Someone out there makes an “A pillar” with built in gauges.
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