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Methanol Injection Systems $540.00 
Methanol Injection Systems

We are excited to offer a large array of custom Water Methanol Injection Systems for everything from Diesel Trucks, High Horsepower Turbo gas motors, Personal Watercraft, Snow mobiles, and so much more.

We have worked closely with Snow Performance to develop vehicle specific kits that will allow you to run standard pump gas with the octane of 115+ leaded race gas.

Please contact us directly for more information or to order a custom kit.

Being that every application is custom we generally do not offer a standard "one kit fits all" system and we hand tailor each system to properly match your components and use. We do however offer all snow performance vehicle specific kits as well as our own with discounted prices and excellent customer service and support.

Please contact one of our helpful sales staff today and we will be happy to assist you in ordering the system that is right for you!

Don't exactly know what it does? Well here is a quick, maybe lengthy, but informative read:

Knock Knock.. Who's the there? Detonation!
While that may sound funny detonation and pre-ignition are certainly no laughing matter when it comes to supercharged, turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines. As you probably already know, detonation (aka "knock") is a serious concern in the world of forced induction engines and can often lead to blown head gaskets, pitting of pistons, scored cylinders or even worse, catastrophic engine failure such as broken connecting rods and pistons if left untreated. With the addition of a supercharger or turbocharger, you must take additional measures to avoid it. Normally, the common solution is higher-octane fuels or some form of intercooler (i.e. air-to-air or air-to-water). But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let's start from the beginning.

What is normal combustion?
Before we can understand detonation and pre-ignition we must first discuss and understand the normal combustion process. Under ideal conditions, the common internal combustion piston gasoline engine burns it's air/fuel mixture in the cylinder in an orderly and controlled fashion.

Normal combustion is started at the spark plug some 15-40 crankshaft degrees prior to TDC (top dead center) depending on rpm and engine load. The spark plug produces an electrical spark that jumps a small gap from it's center electrode to it's ground electrode. This spark, if the air/fuel mix is within the ideal flammable range for the fuel, initiates combustion. The initial phase forms a small flame kernel approximately the size of the spark plug gap. For the first few milliseconds of the combustion process, this flame kernel is struggling to survive, producing only slightly more heat than is necessary to continue the combustion process. As it grows in size its heat output increases, allowing it to grow even faster. After this early slow burn phase passes, the flame kernel grows much faster, expanding rapidly across the combustion chamber. During this process, the flame kernel transforms from it's original small round flame kernel into complex fingers of burning fuel. These fingers have a much greater surface area than a simple spherical ball of flame would have, thus greatly accelerating the combustion process.

This is why ignition advance is necessary as it allows time for the flame front to travel and move throughout the air/fuel mixture and combustion chamber at a rate ideal for the engine at that rpm and load..

During this process, the piston is continuing on it's way to top dead center in which it is further compressing this burning air/fuel mixture and expanding gases. Cylinder pressures rapidly increase as the piston makes it‘s way up and over TDC (top dead center). It's at this point in which it begins to use this power to drive the piston down on what's called the "power stroke". Actual maximum cylinder pressure is achieved a few crankshaft degree's after the piston passes TDC. There by giving the piston a harder push when its speed and mechanical advantage on the crank shaft gives the best recovery of force from the expanding gases.

This is normal combustion.

What is detonation?
Detonation occurs when the air/fuel mixture that is ahead of the flame front ignites before the flame front arrives. It is believed the air/fuel mixture ahead of the flame front self ignites due to the pressure and heat of the advancing original flame front. Under these conditions, the combustion becomes uncontrolled and sporadic, producing a violent explosion that creates a "pinging" or "knock " sound. During this process, cylinder pressures can raise rapidly, beyond the limits of the pistons or rods, leading to engine failure. If your luck only the head gasket will blow out.

What is pre-ignition?
Pre-ignition is a different phenomenon from detonation as explained above. It occurs when the air/fuel mixture in the cylinder (or even just entering the cylinder) ignites before the spark plug fires. This pre-ignition is caused by an ignition source other than the spark plug. Such alternate ignition sources include, excessive heat and pressure. Spark plugs with a heat range too hot for the conditions. Spark plugs with to high of a heat range will run hot enough to burn off deposits that lead to plug fouling in a worn engine, but the electrode of the plug itself can occasionally heat soak, and begin glowing hot enough to become an uncontrolled ignition source on its own. Another common source is carbon build up in a combustion chamber. Carbon build up can also become heat soaked to the point where it is glowing red hot and ignite the air-fuel mixture before the proper time. Under these circumstances, known as "pre-ignition", the piston will be traveling up towards an on coming wave of exploding gases. This places a tremendous amount of pressure on top of the pistons and on down to the connecting rods and crankshaft. These are the most unfavorable kinds of conditions, which can bend and break connecting rods, score cylinder walls, break piston rings/lands, destroy pistons and worse complete catastrophic engine failure.

So What Does Water Methanol Injection Have To Do With All Of This?
In simple terms, water methanol injection protects your engine and the investment you have in it, by reducing and eliminating engine damaging detonation and pre-ignition, while safely allowing you to run more boost and timing for increased horsepower. How does it do it? Here's a quick summary below.

Benefits Of Water Methanol Injection:

Lower air charge temperatures by 40-200+ degrees
Increase your fuel's octane by 10-25+ points
Increase horsepower safely by 10-15%
Allows you to safely run more boost and timing
Removes carbon build-up from combustion chambers, pistons and valves
Longer more stable combustion expansion and progression
Reduces and helps eliminate engine damaging detonation and pre-ignition
No need for expensive racing fuel or additives

Lower Air Charge Temperatures By 50-200+ Degrees
By injecting a fine mist of water methanol directly into the engines incoming air charge has a substantial cooling effect. As the water methanol injection mixes with the hot incoming air charge, it quickly converts from a liquid state to a gas state (steam). In doing so, it absorbs significant amounts of heat from the air charge. Depending on the build of the motor, whether naturally aspirated, supercharged or turbocharged; intercooled or non-intercooled, decreases in air charge temperatures will vary between 50-200+ degrees with cylinder temperatures dropping as much as 300 degree's.

When combined with engines already out-fitted with air-to-air or air-to-water intercoolers, users will experience lower decreases (approx. 40-80+ degrees) in air charge temperatures due to the intercooler already removing a large portion of the heat from the air charge. While initial air temperature drops are not as significant as non-intercooled engines, lower overall air charge temperatures are achieved. Testing has shown that when combined with either air-to-air or air-to-water intercoolers on supercharged or turbocharged engines, nearly all the negative added heat from the supercharger or turbocharger can be removed. Imagine running 8-14 PSI without any of the added heat from the supercharger or turbocharger. That's safe reliable horsepower on pump gas!

Increase Your Fuels Octane By 10-20+ Points
Many of you will be surprised by this. When injected properly, water alone will not only significantly cool down the air charge temperatures, but will also act as a very high-octane booster. Read that again if you need too. Researchers estimate up to a 20-point raise in octane can be achieved by using water injection with 87-93 octane gas. No need for expensive racing fuels or octane boosters. A simple water injection system will significantly cool down your air charge temperatures, while dramatically increasing your fuels octane. The best part is, water is free and racing gas is notoriously expensive.

So, how does it work? Well, it's not as simple as hooking up a water hose and pouring it in to the intake of your engine. Wouldn't that be interesting? No, it must be sprayed in a controlled manner at the right time, into the intake air charge in a fine mist so that it can properly mix with the air/fuel charge. Since water does not burn, it effectively increases the fuels octane by increasing the fuels ability to resist self-igniting under higher pressures and hotter cylinder temperatures. Octane rating is nothing more than how much the fuel can be compressed before it spontaneously ignites. That's why pumping 116 octane racing fuel into your grandmas 1980 Toyota Corona won't turn it into a race car.What Sort Of Mix Should I Run?
Depending on your application, you can use anything from 100% water to 100% methanol and anything in between (i.e. 30% water and 70% alcohol/methanol). When using pure alcohol or methanol, greater decreases in air charge temperatures with higher increases in octane can be achieved. However, when used by them selves and not mixed with at least 40% water, alcohol and methanol are extremely flammable. For this reason, we recommend a 50/50 of water and alcohol/methanol mix, as it is no longer a flammable liquid, yet still achieves optimal results.

Increase Horsepower Safely By Up To 10-15%
Most significantly, initial horsepower increases are due primarily to the significant reductions in air charge temperatures offered by water methanol injection . Along with the initial cooler aircharge temperature, comes a denser air charge. This creates a greater expansion of power within the cylinder, since pressure is directly proportional to temperature. The combustion process also turns the water droplets into a vapor which also helps to create a pressure raise (much in the same way as does a steam engine) and prevents the temperatures in the combustion from rushing to a sharp peak (as it does in a standard engine) and then dropping off. Instead, the combustion heat increases more slowly, reaching a lower peak temperature and descending more gradually. In addition, the longer overall combustion duration creates more pressure than does a standard engine's cycle.

Allows You To Safely Run More Boost And Timing
Due to the significantly cooler air charge temperatures, cooler cylinder temperatures and dramatic increase in octane offered by a water methanol injection system; users can now safely run higher amounts of boost with more timing then ever before without it.

Removes Carbon Build Up On Pistons And Valves
One of the side effects of water methanol injection is the "steam cleaning" effect it has on combustion chambers, pistons and valves. With a water methanol injection system you can help reduce and remove carbon deposit/build-up in your combustion chambers. This reduces the chances of developing carbon deposits in the combustion chamber, which can become heat soaked and lead to pre-ignition as described earlier on.

The benefits from a simple water injection are so remarkable it's hard now to imagine running a supercharged or turbocharged system without one. Regardless, if it's equipped with an intercooler already. Below is a summery of these benefits.

Reduces air charge temperatures by 50-150+ degrees
Reduces cylinder temperatures by up to 300+ degrees
Increases your 87-93 octane pump gas by 8-20+ points
Allows you to safely run more boost and timing
Longer more stable combustion expansion and progression
Removes carbon build-up from combustion chambers, pistons and valves
Reduces and helps eliminate engine damaging detonation and pre-ignition
No need for expensive racing fuel or additives

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 April, 2011.
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