EC Heavy Duty Blower Housing for Tillotson, WIldCat, Predator, and Clone Engines
Here at EC's, we are putting in constant effort, raising the bar for small engine and engine components performance. Our latest product is the reinforced blower housing designed to be paired with the Tillotson reinforced blocks and WildCat, Predator, and other clone engines.
Why a reinforced blower housing?
Regular Clone on the left and new heavy-duty version on the right.
While working on the Tillotson 225RS and the other Tillotson R-Series engines, we took inspiration from the Briggs Animal with its more robust blower housing. Many of the clone components, including the blower housing, were meant for throw-away power equipment engines. Therefore, their goal is to make them as cheap as possible. Since the Tillotson engines had higher expectations with them going on racing go-karts, we wanted to look the part and fit the bill. Tillotson agreed, and EC got to work.
The Tillotson 225RS uses a PVL digital ignition coil. It does not like to fit underneath the regular clone blower housing. Hence, the EC team had to develop a better design to fit the digital ignition coil. The new design is a relief to those already adapting the PVL ignition on their clones and predators to have a blower housing that will accommodate the digital coil.
Like the reinforced Tillotson block, having a more substantial blower housing will make the engine more rigid and stable. It will allow more supports to be used to prevent component flex. Supporting the block and crank increases the engine's reliability.
Engine failures and part failure, unfortunately, can happen. Anything you can do to prevent injury or worse is always a big plus. The stronger, thicker steel blower housing helps keep the engine together and keep components in the engine. While I've never personally seen a billet flywheel fail, stock flywheels often do. We do not entertain the thought of using any stock flywheel for ungoverned hot rodding. This blower housing isn't explicitly designed to eliminate the dangers of faulty or sub-performance components completely. The reinforced blower housing may help prevent or at least reduce the speed of parts and shrapnel, leaving the blower housing if a flywheel fails.
The reinforced blower housing is 3x thicker and 3x heavier than the stock Predator or Clone blower housing. The new housing is 3lbs vs. the regular housing is only 1lbs. Usually, I would be able to twist the blower housing or bend the tabs by hand. The new reinforced blower housing doesn't move at all.
The look of the blower housing is also slightly different. Our goal with the Tillotson 225RS is to make the engine look more like a race-prepped engine than a lawnmower engine. We removed the front tank mounts and cleaned the engine up with the added reinforcements. To complete the look or add more distinction, we smoothed out the blower housing's back taper. Like Henry Ford said, "You can have any color you want as long as it's black." Black is by far the most popular color sold for these little engines, and one of the main reasons the Tillotson 212R and Tillotson 225RS are black from the factory.
The heavy-duty blower housing is a great way to improve the look and function of your engine. It's a must-have if you are running PVL ignitions. The first place you can find and buy them is here at EC Carburetors. We have more components coming soon that we are very excited to release. To stay up on the latest news, follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages.