Steve, thansk and appreciate the info. I am just confused on why a business selling a kit has not yet dialed the product and service in yet. I really would like to be able to recommend Todd's business. He is a cool guy and does some good work. But I can not expect to pay a godo chunk of cash for a swap that will still have issues. Sure if I was talking about a DIY approach or building stuff myself I woudl expect that.
I am hoping the DIY "Kit" from JSS addresses that now. I would love to hear from anyone that has bought the kit and has done the conversion themselves on how things went (including getting it through smog). That woudl be a good selling point.
I bought the JSS kit for a manual transmission. It took them eight months to send me everything; five months for the first shipment. I also ordered the Northern radiator through JSS but sent it back because it looked poorly made, and others on this and other forums have complained about it leaking after a fairly short time. As of today, it's been about six months and I am still waiting for the $800 refund for the radiator.
I haven't tried starting the Jeep yet (still need to finish up a couple things) but I did find that the auto gear indicators on my dash are all lit up. Todd said the PCM will probably need to be returned to him for some reprogramming; not looking forward to that. The PCMs can be modified using HP Tuners or there's another small business out there competing that looks good. I may try that route first, rather than potentially waiting another several months on JSS.
FWIW, I spoke to Hotwire Auto a few months back (they make the JSS kits' harnesses). They said they could do a replacement PCM for the JK manual trans, 392 but not cheap. Also, there are other places you could go for the engine and trans. brackets. After those major items, there really aren't any other things that most folks can't do at home.
Bottom line - even with a kit there are a plethora of details that must be addressed. After working through most of them, I feel like the stuff covered by someone's "kit" could also be accomplished by most folks on their own.