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post #1 of 6 Old 04-08-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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EV conversion 07 JK

We are in the process of converting my 07 JK to hybrid EV. We took the boat anchor (3.8) out and replaced the trans with a TH350 using the novak adapter, coupled to an 11" forklift traction motor. I will post the complete build shortly and then you can start asking all the "why the hell would you do that" questions but my first question to everyone is:
The Jeep currently has a BDS 3" and 35's and I love the ride height. the shocks need to go cause it sways a bit, but we are adding a net 1300 lbs to this thing and I know its going to squat back down to factory ride height. Any suggestions for a new lift to counter the weight?
I still want to wheel a bit with my toy so it needs to be beefy to climb around comfortably after its that heavy.

thanks in advance for any and all ideas.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-08-2013, 09:24 PM
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Cool concept, curious to see how many miles the range will be, but if I am correct it will be very limited and a trailer queen?
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Tossed the boat anchor and made it a land yacht huh?

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I like EV's, although I am partial to Volt style 'hybrids' where you have a gas or diesel engine that can run as a generator.

As for a lift to support the extra weight - OME lifts are built to carry a fair bit of extra weight for overland style rigs. I would give OME a ring/email, but it would also be worth talking to a shop that specializes in some type of off road racing that has experience doing custom valved shocks and custom rate springs for a given weight and intended use. I don't know if Marcus at RCO or Jason at Krawl could help, but they are both great guys, so I would drop them a PM or email to see if they have any advice.
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1300 pounds is alot. I dont think there are any JK specific springs out there to account for that large of a difference.

Go to coilover and then you can play with almost any spring rate you want.
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