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Well I can now post pictures again, so here's the most current one of my Jeep:


I decided to get the aFe branded exhaust gasket, which was a mistake. This picture says it all:

I understand not all companies make all of their own products, but I would expect them to have their own branding on the product and not just put it in a big box with their corporate logo :surprise:

Anyway, I also received the Jet-Hot coated aFe exhaust manifolds:

They're coated both on the exterior and the interior of the part. And I'm going to take temperature readings from the original exhaust manifolds and compare them to the new ones. This will let me know if the ceramic coating works as they state it should. Here's to hoping :th_pray:
 

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Welp, it's time to get back to this thread as I finally have some time. I've actually been working on this slowly this past two weeks with a little progress.

Currently I've pulled off front bumper, already have it's replacement and may start a different thread for that, as it made it much easier to get the radiator drip pan off. I discovered a powersteering line that goes under a cross bar just in front of the radiator:



Unfortunately the instructions are incorrect for cutting the hole in the drip pan, so I had to elongate it:



This pictures also show the pitman arm may come in contact with the pump for the Magnusun supercharger. I'll be verifying clearance for it over the weekend.

As for the radiator install, find it funny they want foam strips on the back of the unit to help airflow through it which blocks two rows both top and bottom:


But as you can see with the following picture, the bottom on inch of the radiator is below the crossbar so it's not going to get much air flow anyways:


Another thing that picture shows is the mounting tabs with the rubber strips didn't fit properly. If the rubber strips were not installed, it would be flat across the that bar, but the instructions state the rubber strips should be there.

I can also say the plastic pin removal for the drip pan was a pain. It seems they only want them for one time use as once you get the damn things out, they are not really reusable.

In summary so far, although the instructions from Magnuson are detailed, unfortunately they don't match up once you install some of the components so not really impressed so far. After I get this all installed according to their instructions and parts, I will be reenginerring the cooling setup for both the included radiator, pump location, and the wiring. The radiator will definitely replaced with something that will fit better in that location and allow for the Mopar hood lock.
 

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Wow, sorry to hear this has been an epic saga compared to the as-advertised bolt-in dream. Custom shit always needs further customizing in my experience (but I screw with stuff that could be left alone, so consider the source :ROFLMAO: ).

FYI, that power steering return hard line is placed there because it's a P/S cooler.
It's under low pressure, but metal tube is used for heat transfer properties.
If you need to ditch it for a hose, be sure to run a P/S cooler of some kind.
 

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@ExWrench: I'm getting used to the not as advertised part here, so just going with the flow now. Of course hoping the end result will all be worth it.

Honestly everything done to my Jeep to date is not really necessary, it's really my compulsion just to make it better in my opinion. In doing so, I've learned that further customizing is always necessary no matter what you purchase for it.

As for that power steering hard line, with the factory bumper and everything else covering it I'm having a hard time understanding how good airflow would be achieved in that location to help cool anything in said line. If it does what you say it does, not that I don't trust you , there must be some negative pressure zone to force air to go by it considering the radiator drip pan is just behind it. Anyway I'm not planning to do anything to it at this time, but I do plan to go to a PSC big bore setup eventually :D
 

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When i installed my Ripp, the instructions were also a little off from tuning steps to the install and the included components.

Any update on the headers, quality, ease of install? I should of replaced mine when i had it all apart too
 

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@Chris85xlt: I'm hoping to do the exhaust manifolds next weekend. I'll be sure to update the thready when I do.
 

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Over the weekend I cycled the steering to verity the pitman arm interference with the pump, which there doesn't appear to be any. It just looks closer then it is. But, I will have to cycle the suspension to be sure the drag link won't hit the pump either. Better to verify now than finding out on the trail.

The more I work with the pump placement, the more I want to reengineer the the radiator and pump setup. Just need to get through the initial install.
 

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I believe I got lucky in purchasing the last new Magnuson supercharger for the 3.8L Jeep JK. I've been searching for it for some time now. But with Magnuson having discontinued the product and so many companies drop shipping everything, the companies that still list it on their site don't have it in stock. I can't blame them for not having it in stock, just wished they'd remove the item from their site since it's been discontinued which makes it difficult to find a company that actually has it. And if you're still searching for one and find it to purchase, congratulations and count yourself lucky.

I purchased it from Summit Racing about two weeks ago, the story was a shop ordered it for a client but never picked it up due to their client cancelling the order. I have already received it and although minor damage to the box, everything was intact from what I can tell.

This is something that'll be installed over the following 4 to 8 weeks, literately. I figured that I could install some of the parts before the main event therefor decreasing the downtime overall. This is due to job and ordering of parts/tools. For the parts, I figured changing the spark plugs, spark plug wires, and even the exhaust manifolds would be easier during this process then having to do it after the supercharger is installed.

I've discovered that aFe is making replacement ductile iron exhaust manifolds that I figure should stand the test of time compared to the factory ones. I don't care about their claimed performance, I care about them lasting and hopefully that will be the case. And also before someone questions, yes mine are cracked.

The post is not really going to cover the install in detail nor have pictures. Unfortunately I don't have an account at a social picture sharing site, nor am I going to get one. This is more of it being my ramblings as I go through the process of the installation along with thoughts after completion.

As to why I selected a supercharger instead of performing an engine swap, that came down to price and ability of doing it completely myself. I'm not expecting a race car here, it's a Jeep after all, however it will give me what I want in the long run.

Let the fun begin... >:)
I sure hope every thing works out for ya. I had a company put one on my JK an it begin a two year string of problems for me. Sorry to tell you all this and hope all works well for ya! Mine worked great for the 1st few weeks and the started throwing codes and wouldn’t run right! I finely took the hit (over seven grand) and put a Hemi into it!
 

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@DB: As I've read both good and bad about all of the supercharger companies out their, Magnuson had the least in unfavorable reviews as for issues after the fact of installation specifically on the 3.8L. So I'm not really expecting issue with all of the research I've put in to this.

I may not be having a favorable experience with the installation, but that doesn't mean there will be issues once I get everything completed. Time will tell in the end.
 
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