I wanted to give you a heads up on the LS kit availability. We hope to ship 5 beta kits in the next few weeks.
The kit will support GM Gen IV LS engines and the 6l80e transmission. AFM/DOD (4cyl mode) and VVT are also supported. With this kit there is no need to relocate the steering linkage, bash the firewall, relocate the battey, etc.... The only fabrication required is removing and replacing the engine frame mounts.
We have decided to offer a Basic kit which will include what you need to get the LS in and running. The Basic kit will retail for $3,295 and will include:
- LS-JK engine harness
- GM E38 computer pre-programmed.
- Motor mount frame set.
- Alternator bracket set.
- A/C compressor bracket set.
- P/S bracket set.
- Transmission crossmember bracket set.
- Accelerator position sensor and bracket.
- Radiator hose set.
- Aluminum expansion bottle.
- Transmission cable adaptor bracket.
- Air Filter and mount.
- Serpentine belt.
- LS-JK Harmonic balancer.
- Emmision kit.
- Decal set.
- Instruction manual.
With this kit you wil use the alternator, P/S pump and A/C compressor off your JK. This not only saves $$$ but allows proper integration of the can-bus. We engineered the kit to place these accessories close to the stock location so the original hoses and wiring simply plug in. The A/C lines do require slight mods.
Many hours went into the design of this kit, from the placement of the engine to the most reliable accessory set up. We found the hydraulic engine mounts are a must for AFM and smooth operation. Our prototypes used 1/8" and 3/16" steel brackets for testing, and while there were no failures we are making the production brackets from 1/4" cold rolled steel - CAD designed, water-jet cut, chemically treated and powder coated. Here are a few pics.
Engine mount driver side.
Engine mount driver side bottom.
Engine mount passanger side with Hydraulic mount.
P/S bracket set.
Alternator bracket set.
A/C compressor mount.
Transmission mount set.
Options will include a heavy duty radiator (Griffin) meant for the LS engine with a steam port; although we find the 5.3 runs cool with the stock radiator in most climates. OE cruise control and 6-speed tap shift are also available. As far as I know we are one of the few companies to fully integrate the 6l80e with the BCM.
We will need to re-program your Jeep NGC4 ECU, if you choose we can supply a new Jeep ECU flashed with your VIN but there will be a core charge.
The stock NVG 241J transfer case may be used with our adaptor. You may choose to get a NVG 241C and add a SYE. Rubicon models cannot use the NVG 241OR at this time. Another option is the Atlas 2 or 4 speed which can be built to spec. and requires no mods.
Most Gen IV LS engines can be used with this kit, we prefer the 5.3 aluminum engine. The 6.2 is a great choice if your JK is loaded down with bumpers, winches, etc.
As a side note the current E-rod package in NOT CARB or US EPA certified for OBD II vehicles, which JK's are. At the same time most Hemi swaps are not CARB or US EPA certified unless they run a calibration from a certified US EPA production vehicle. The E-rod calibration has not been certified in a production vehicle even though the LS-3 is almost identical to the 2010 Camaro. In addition the E-rod package will not support the electronic shifting of the transmission, it is intended to be used with a stand alone transmission controller.
We have designed the kit to be CARB approved if the correct components are selected. I have been a Class 2 Emmision inspector for 16 years and I work closley with the State lab here in Nevada and spent many years in California as a shop owner dealing with the BAR and CARB.
The LS-JK runs great, gets good gas milage, runs cool and is very reliable. Here are some links to early vids while testing Cruise Control and ESP.
‪Jeep JK with Chevy LS engine cruise control‬‏ - YouTube
‪Jeep Wrangler JK LS engine Goodsprings test outside view.‬‏ - YouTube
Thanks and please ask questions