"Contemplating a V8?Why spend weeks pulling the frame off your new chassis to put in an old motor
Why spend up to $25000.00 to have a shop supply parts and labor
Why worry about emission laws and custom exhaust
Why spend more at the pump, with our kits you can still use 89 octane
Why add 500 pounds to your Jeep
5.7L HEMI’s only make 270whp & 280ft/lbs of torque"
All right guys I got a chuckle out of this and think it's going a little too far.
You don't have to pull the body to do a V8 swap. BOR and many of our customers don't pull the body; however, it does make for an easier swap and gives you the opportunity to clean up the chassis. With a V8 there is no cutting the fenderwells, core support, patched tunes, etc. With our V8 there is no relocating the steering shaft, battery tray, spring spacers etc. When we remove a SC we end up restoring the JK back to stock, our V8 swap is clean and the only fab work is the frame mounts.
Our LS swaps start in the high $13's turnkey. To be fair most Hemi swaps are less than $25k.
Properly done V8 swaps are legal, even in California.
Our 4.8 and 5.3 swaps can run on 85 octane, practically any low grade gas you can find. With Gen IV OS's dual KS's, dual spark tables, scalers and modifiers a V8 can run hundreds of thousands of miles on low grade gas.
500 pounds? Really? I'll even defend the Hemi here
The Hemi adds a couple hundred pounds and the suspension and handling are affected. An all aluminum LS weighs LESS than a SC V6 and there is no intercooler to block the airflow or whine to scare away Bambi.
Drive a V8, any V8, then a SC 3.8, it is a very different experience. Numbers are numbers and we are removing SC's from JK's as I write this to put in 5.3 and 6.0's. Most V8's are capable of 300+ RWHP with little stress and good durability and reliability. 400, 500, 600 and even more RWHP can be had with a V8.
I feel the SC is a viable low cost option to the V8 and I give credit to those who have developed and marketed them, but let's keep it real. Both the V8 and SC have their advantages, a V8 JK is awesome and a dream to drive but more costly than a SC, in the end a V8 should go hundreds of thousands of miles making it the better ROI vs a V6 with a power adder. Another consideration is a SC 3.8 is still burdened with Chryslers transmissions which drive me nuts on the highway. Watch my recent videos where Mo and I drove to Houston and back in a 5.3 LS JK with 115,000 miles on it. We cruised at 80 mph up hill like being in our living room and got 19 mpg over 3,200 miles. We did 1,000 miles the first day with the 5.3 V8, with the V6 on the same trip we were done at El Paso, about 700 miles, the engine revving, transmission downshifting and not being able to hold the speed limit is stressful. Even with a SC the drama is there. The V8 JK can become a highway cruiser.
So again the SC has it's place but let's be fair to the V8.