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post #1 of 65 Old 10-15-2015, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Savvy General - LS3 Badboy

So the Red 2014 Savvy JKU went to live at it's new home in Texas. I decided to do something different but very much the same.

Take a salvage 2014 with 5500 miles and make a have fun JK. 40's, LS3, 3 link front, bypass shocks.

This would mean a lot of work but I think you'll like how it turns out.

So full front collision was how it came. We quickly pulled the body off and assessed the damage. A new frame was ordered and everything transfer over.

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post #2 of 65 Old 10-15-2015, 12:21 AM
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Looking forward to watching the build. That is if you’re going to document it here as it comes to be.


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Looking forward to watching the build. That is if you’re going to document it here as it comes to be.
It's nearly done. I just need to organize the pictures and write the story.
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So once I had it back to nearly stock it was time to upgrade the power plant. I had a LS3 376ci 480HP motor on the rack that came from my KOH EMC Jeep that overalled the last two years. I picked up a Bruiser Conversion Kit. I sent Jeff at Bruiser the LS3 and they do magic to it and freshen it up.

The cool thing about the Bruiser kits is it uses the OEM wiring harness and computer. Everything works like it it suppose to. The frame work was done in anticipation of the LS3 and 3 link front suspension. I really like the front 3 link as I have installed them in the last 2 JKUs i've owned and built. The 3 link has proven the best of the best for us.
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I'm really looking forward to seeing this build progress.

I have an off topic question about springs. Is there any plan to offer spring options on the JK, JKU Currie springs like are offered on the TJ, LJ springs?
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post #6 of 65 Old 10-15-2015, 09:34 AM
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Is it an engineered 3 link or just removing an upper arm?

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I'm really looking forward to seeing this build progress.

I have an off topic question about springs. Is there any plan to offer spring options on the JK, JKU Currie springs like are offered on the TJ, LJ springs?
Currie makes different JKU springs now and I really like the way the work. The latest thing going on for JKU suspensions is the bypass shocks in the OEM location. These can really be dialed in easily and the valving in them is really close to start. We have some that are plush (DD) and some that are harsh (better for hi-speed stuff.) Depends on what you want to do.


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Both, since we have install RockJock6 60/70 which has an engineered upper link point we set the geometry to match that and OEM. We really like how the OEM geometry works and try to keep our Jeeps as close to that as possible. You'll notice in the upcoming pictures all of our arms are 7075 aluminum and straight. This really can't be achieved properly without wider axles.
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The LS3 get mated to the NAG1 (OEM) transmission. The NAG1 has proven to be a very stout box and is utilized across the automotive spectrum. From BMW to Jeeps. Bruiser provided the adapter plates so you have can use the NAG1 behind a LS motor. This tranny really wakes up the LS3. I feel it is more peppier than my Ultra4 KOH rig with the same motor.
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The body is taking shape here. Put the front clip on and the obligatory big tire shot!
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Alright, someone please tell me how to make the pictures format correctly. My Mac shows them fine but when they download on here they are 90 degrees off. In the past I would use the URL from other source and they would lose the pictures links. I like to leave the builds here for everyone to see and replicate.
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Pics appear fine on my ipad/iphone

Edit: theres a couple that look off 90*, but most are fine
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Pics appear fine on my ipad/iphone

Edit: theres a couple that look off 90*, but most are fine
OK, then I'll continue!
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Here we set the tub back on and are connecting everything up. Since this was a wreck it was a pain in the butt because a bunch of parts were damaged so I had to scavenge and buy a bunch of parts.
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