Robbie, I need to see the instructions first before I put an order in. As I think I stated before, I will be pulling the body off in a friends shop. I cannot just tie up his two post for weeks on end. I need to know that the instructions are clear, concise and complete.
When I did my AEV hemi conversion in his shop I was in and out in 5 days. And that included a day chasing a bad ground.
I don't need to be playing phone tag around "where does this plug into". I would expect phone support to be a last resort.
I have wrenched on 3 or 4 hemi conversions. I feel very comfortable with them. But the LS is a completely different animal and marrying it to the JK canbus will take some clear instructions.
Right instructions are important. In the 8 years we have been doing the LS JK swap the install has evolved faster than the instructions. Over the last 2 years not much has changed as the install has become rationalized so instructions make sense for the DIY install. We do offer basic instructions but they are not detailed.
We have already started on the Gen III kit instructions, both videos and written. Back in 2008/9 we worked on Hemi JK's, living in Vegas it was not for me. I embarked on the LS JK project. It was a challenge and there was nothing out there to help. Countless hours were spent in R&D, many long days and nights. I broke it up into projects, cruise control, AC, PRNDL, etc... I went through a half dozen engine mount designs before settling on the OE hydraulic mounts, they were not easy but are required for AFM engines. Early on we had full functionality but the interface was crude and complex. What's amazing with the current swap is how simple it is, the hard part was making it simple. I think you will be surprised how streamlined the kit is. You can count on one hand the wires that need to be tapped into the vehicle, otherwise it is plug and play. The wire count is down to near OE.
To answer your other concerns needs a little explanation. 8 years ago many said an LS would not work in a JK. When it was apparent it worked very well a lot changed. Many shops that specialized in superchargers and Hemi's wanted in. Performance guys know what the LS is and wanted it. Shop owners came to our shop and purchased kits. A few purchased the kit to backwards engineer it. They picked apart our harnesses and duplicated our brackets and mounts, surf the net, look at what is out there and I think you will agree. Some claim lower cost, others better service or improvements; any way you look at it it affects how we do business. Of coarse we have non competes but you know how that goes, I hate litigation. In fact we may have to go there again.
So we choose to forge on and move forward. When the competition starts to copy your old stuff introduce new stuff to stay ahead. This is one reason of many for the Gen V swap. We are not afraid of innovation and do not pirate anything. It's simple supply and demand. Guys want diesel's and newer engines and if we supply it the demand will be there, it's how we survive.
We also need the Gen V engines for emissions compliance and better mpg. I would like to offer the Gen IV swap forever, we have it rationalized, but we can't; we have to offer more. The competition does not have the development costs when they copy so it places us at a disadvantage.
It's all worth it too me, every time I get in my 09' Rubi with a 6.2 I get a smile. I'm proud of what we have achieved I feel the LS is still the best power option.
You may not understand why we are diversifying our product line but it is important. We could just install Hemi's with someone's kit and be like dozens of other shops fighting for customers. We would rather be known as the innovators where customers come to us since we offer a unique product. The copy cat's will continue and we will move on, it is the nature of the beast.
You can look forward to some innovative JK products from us, I haven't been as excited as I am with the Gen V engines in a while. It's really a step forward for all of us and pretty much making the other options less attractive IMO.
Keep an eye on our YT channel for new instructional videos.