CREATIVE SPRIDGETS is an interactive design workshop for performance and reliability modifications requiring ordinary shop tools, commonly available auto parts, and where necessary, CNC-machined core components. Our goal is to provide Spridget owners with the least-expensive route to desirable upgrades.
We provide shop-tested, on-line instructions for each project with photos and videos. However, if you can improve on any aspect of an installation, please contact us and we will post your comments and photos or videos of your refinements. Many have already done so.
We particularly appreciate learning about cheaper sources for a project's parts list to maximize savings for Spridget owners.
REAR DISC BRAKES
Inexpensive (1/3 the cost of packaged kits)
Quicker stops & fade-resistant brakes
Retains stock parking brake actuation
Simple to install & completely reversible
Zero adjustments & easy pad replacement
Widely available parts
Click here for an overview of the project.
serpentine belt conversion for a-series engines
Simple installation, smooth operation
Automatic spring tensioner eliminates slippage and enables instant belt changes using a 3/8” rachet driver
Use either a compact, dual internal fan 90-amp CS121D Saturn alternator, the popular CS130-style early Saturn alternator, a late model stock Spridget alternator, or (pictured) a converted generator.
DIY intercooled SUPERCHARGER conversion for a-series engines
Inexpensive (40 to 60% the cost of packaged kits)
40% to 50% increase in horsepower (at flywheel)
Compatible with fuel injection (shown) or SU HIF44 carburetor
Intercooler, unavailable with existing 'draw through' kits, avoids need for internal engine modifications, retarding advance
Straightforward installation w/moderate fabrication
Near-zero maintenance (we recommend changing the blower’s gear box oil at least every 25,000 miles)
Uses widely available Mercedes/Eaton M45 supercharger from 1999-2004 Mercedes Benz SLK230, and 1999-2000 Mercedes Benz C230 (without electronic clutch).
To get started, click here to read FAQs on supercharging your A-series engine, click here for an overview of the project, click here to purchase the CNC-machined components and free downloadable diagrams, and click here for online instructions.
'NO TUNE' ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION
Instant cold starts
Improved throttle response at any altitude
Widely available, inexpensive GM and Hitachi parts