BoonDocker Launches New Turbocharger, Ushers In Next Era Of Technology

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For more than 15 years, BoonDocker has been synonymous with big performance. It’s something the company perfected over the years by focusing on technology development.

In the early 2000s, BoonDocker pushed the envelope of nitrous technology with its airbox injection system. However, what really made that system perfect was the electronics. Immediately, BoonDocker recognized how this technology, in combination with fuel injection, would make turbochargers a consumer product.

Over the last 16 years, BoonDocker has been the trailblazer and continues to pioneer new technology. Each time, the product gets better, meaning higher performance, along with a more consumer-friendly feel.

 “Our mission has always been to take complete control of the technologies that we develop so that we’re producing products that are optimized for powersports,” Rocky Young, Jr., BoonDocker product director, said. “We started with nitrous, and developed a patented method of delivery that was specific to the powersports application. We took a turbocharger and leveraged our electronic fuel control to again meet the specific demands of powersports. The current piece of this puzzle is taking control of the turbocharger and building something that exactly meets the needs of our customers in the powersports industry.

“Developing a turbocharger isn’t an overnight process. It starts with bringing a manufacturing and engineering partner that brings the experience and technology to produce the highest quality components manufactured in North America is truly what makes it all work. We’re at the point where the volume of chargers we’re using makes us very attractive to top-tier partners.”

Young continued, “The first complete internally-developed turbocharger, the Dominator turbo upgrade (a direct-replacement turbocharger for the factory-turbo RZR) was produced in very high volume, with great success. We’ve validated the gains and performance advantages of a specifically-designed turbo. We’ve reflected on what’s made BoonDocker successful, and it only furthered the passion that BoonDocker must expedite the creation a turbocharger for the snowmobile market.”

BoonDocker expects its products to exceed the needs of the highest-level athletes and builders like Erik Woog (VOHK), Chris Burandt, Dan Adams and the entire BoonDocker race team.

“We evaluated what we liked, along with what we’d change about previous model chargers,” Young said. “What we did was to use our historic performance as a benchmark for the first generation of snowmobile-specific turbos. We expect a performance level that is on par with what we used in 2018, while fitting in the same envelope, but with a feature set that begins to set BoonDocker apart, again.”

BoonDocker is focused on performance. While it set the benchmark of maintaining historic performance, the company specifically wanted to address the internal wastegate.

“The new turbo has a larger, more efficient wastegate that has had significant development and engineering,” Jared Sessions, tuning & calibration lead at BoonDocker, said. “What BoonDocker customers can expect is a smoother, more linear power delivery, coupled with more precise electronic boost control, and a reduced risk of pre-detonation and a more drivable, high-quality feel. You’re going to see a wider range of boost control capability, and that opens the door to even more riding areas.”

“Behind performance, one of the top things I wanted to address was that the exhaust housing is prone to corrosion,” BoonDocker owner Allen Mangum said. “Although this is purely cosmetic we can appreciate the fact that our customers are spending thousands of dollars building a custom, high-performance machine and expect a certain level of fit and finish.”

Mangum added, “After that, the next biggest task item was a turbo that is completely rebuildable, beyond what we have traditionally used. Our customers are among the most demanding in the industry. They ride harder than the normal consumer and are harder on equipment. These guys are banging their way through the tight trees, and that can lead to foreign debris entering the intake and ruining a turbo. Instead of replacing the entire center section, it makes much more sense to replace only the wheel and is an ownership value to our customers.”

BoonDocker BD F47 Turbo Specs

  • Performance and size match the GT 2860RS
  • Larger, more efficient wastegate
  • Improved boost control range
  • Corrosion-resistant alloys, across the entire kit
  • Rebuildable components
  • High-quality, ball-bearing construction
  • Built in North America

BoonDocker Timeline

2002 – Patented nitrous delivery technology

2003 – First world championship hillclimb title using BoonDocker technology

2005 – First snowmobile turbo kit, Yamaha RX1, carbureted

2006 – Industry first, snowmobile-specific, EFI fuel control (BoonDocker control box) was born

2007 – First electronically controlled turbo kits for EFI snowmobiles

2010 – Z1 project leads to the development of electronic boost control (EBC) and ECU tuning

2010 – Patented deep snow exhaust technology

2014 – Began utilizing ECU reflash with RZR 1000 kits

2016 – Release of SideKick (pre-calibrated, pump-gas, no tuning needed) turbo kit for snowmobiles

2017 – Release of industry first, complete UTV-specific aftermarket turbocharger

2018 – Release of industry first, snowmobile-specific aftermarket turbocharger

2018 – 15 consecutive world championship hillclimb titles

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