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Forced Induction - Reachin' Back

Tales From The Old School

Jul 1, 2009
Photographer: Courtesy Of Skunk2
Htup_0907_01_z+forced_induction+supercharger_kit_view Photo 1/1   |   Pictured next to the Rotrex unit, the original Eaton roots-type supercharger used in the Jackson kit was considered extremely compact and efficient during its reign as the import world's first street-legal bolt-on system.

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In case you didn't know, Oscar Jackson's been involved with Honda and the company's racing heritage since the early 1970s. When the CRX was first unveiled to the U.S. in 1984, Jackson wasted no time in purchasing the car that would capture countless titles and championships. And in the early '90s, as the import performance market began to bloom, Jackson developed the most complete supercharger kit the Honda world had ever seen. Heck, it just might have been the most complete forced-induction kit the import world as a whole had ever seen. It was compact, expertly engineered, and boasted an Eaton roots-style supercharger that replaced the OEM intake manifold completely, making it a perfect fit for cramped Honda engine bays. Off-the-shelf kits kept boost levels conservative, though the introduction of race pulleys allowed for an upgrade for those looking for a bit more power. Oh, and each Jackson Racing supercharger kit was 50-state legal, meaning enthusiasts didn't have to worry about emissions tests, referee tickets, or any of that nonsense. Jackson's innovative kit was a sensation to be sure; it appeared on numerous magazine covers and earned him countless awards, including the coveted Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) award. During the '90s, you simply couldn't go to a track event, car show, or pick up an import magazine without mention of the Jackson Racing supercharger.

Jackson has since severed ties with the company Jackson Racing, which was licensed to Moss Motors, and has begun a new chapter with his partners at Kraftwerks USA. With years of experience working with supercharger systems, Jackson has helped develop the next generation of user-friendly supercharger kits utilizing an all-new Rotrex-based unit. He's one of the few pioneers that holds a piece of history while making a run at creating another industry standard. Call it a "Reachin' Back first," if you will.

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