Do Lightweight Aluminum Pulleys FREE Horsepower?
We’ve all heard it before, “Do lightweight aluminum pulleys free horsepower? Do they make your car faster? Are they really worth it?” At NonStopTuning we’ve been designing and testing pulley kits of various types for the past decade, and have posted our results on various outlets. We’ve decided to consolidate these results into one post, with several links, for your review.
Why are NST pulleys a popular choice for many of our customers?
Crank pulleys, attached to the outside of the crankshaft, are the source of power for a car’s accessories. The alternator, power steering, water pump, and air conditioner are all belt driven units, attached to the crank pulley, that use horsepower from an engine to provide their own services. Underdrive pulley systems increase an engine’s horsepower by reducing the power required to drive the external engine accessories. By replacing factory pulleys with carefully resized units, the accessories are slowed enough so that their performance does not suffer, but just enough so that more horsepower is sent to the wheels and put to the ground. Where horsepower should be.
Normally, underdrive pulleys like the units found at NonStopTuning will increase engine output by 10 to 12 horsepower, with even better power levels yielded from turbo models than seen in naturally aspirated engines. This increase results in quarter-mile time and road course lap improvements, easily making this modification one of the best “bang for your buck” modifications for any sport compact car.
Another great benefit in replacing factory pulleys with NST units is reduced weight. Factory units, also referred to as OEM, are generally constructed from steel or cast iron. Pulley systems like those found at NST are constructed of aircraft quality aluminum, making them extremely durable while at the same time much lighter than their steel counterparts. This weight reduction (aproximately 70%) results in less rotating mass on the engine’s crankshaft which drastically increases the engine’s ability to rev to speed faster.
Better throttle response, better horsepower and torque delivery, and better fuel economy can all be had when using NST pulleys.
DYNO TESTING AND LINKS TO DATA:
All dyno testing performed by third party installers and dyno operators. Baselines and pulley dynos all performed on the same dyno, on the same day, with no other modifications. All test cars were “bone stock” models.
2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, lightweight crank pulley, for full article CLICK HERE
2015 Hyundai Veloster n/a, lightweight crank pulley, for full article CLICK HERE
2014 Scion FRS / Subaru BRZ, lightweight pulley kit, for full article CLICK HERE
2013 Nissan 370Z, lightweight pulley kit, for full article CLICK HERE
2011 Scion tC, lightweight crank pulley, for full article CLICK HERE
2009 BMW 335i Turbo, lightweight crank pulley, for full article CLICK HERE
2007 Infiniti G35, lightweight pulley kit, for full article CLICK HERE
Conclusion? In a nutshell, YES, lightweight aluminum pulleys do free power and torque.
The dyno charts consistently prove that lightweight pulleys improve power, torque, and response across the entire power band. If you look at the area under the power and torque curves you will notice positive gains in the low, mid, and high range when an NST Pulley Kit is used. No other modification in the same price range can offer similar gains across the entire power band.
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NonStopTuning Infiniti G35 (Nissan 350Z) Pulley Kit Dyno Testing
At the time of its debut, the Infiniti G35’s refined styling and sporty performance made a loud statement. Among other items, the G35 shared its VQ35DE engine with the 350Z, and was a legitimate performer on the street and track. We recently had the opportunity to test the NonStopTuning Underdrive Pulley Kit on one of these cars and were pretty impressed by the results. Jessica’s G35 came to us as a completely stock car and provided us with a perfect blank canvas for testing.
All before and after dynos were performed on the Carboy Racing Dynojet in Houston, Texas. Before and after dynos were performed on the same day, with pulley install in between, with NO other modifications of any kind. Dyno graphs and max values are listed, temps and humidity are also listed. All photos were taken during this testing session.
NonStopTuning Toyota JZ Tensioner Pulley
NonStopTuning offers a full variety of lightweight anodized aluminum pulleys and adjustable cam gears for the Toyota JZ engines, including the 1JZ and 2JZ. The newest pulley to be added to this lineup is the NST Tensioner Pulley.
The NST JZ Tensioner Pulley includes a serviceable bearing and is designed with extended edges to ensure excellent belt fitment. Thrown/slipping belts will never be an issue when the NST pulley is used.
You can order the full line of NST JZ Pulleys, or individual pulleys, from our online store.
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