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  • JeepLab Prodigy Install LIVE

    Ok, So the install went pretty much off without a hitch.

    The plan was for us, JL guys, who had never seen a turbo before, install it with the Prodigy guys watching for issues as we went. Our ace, Carolina Pete lead the charge, as usual. Like any true mechanic, it was hard for Wes from Prodigy to watch from the side lines and not get dirty with the rest of us.

    Wes was a master mechanic before he was 21. He owns 2 garages in FL. The guys knows cars, and he knows forced induction.

    Jessee is one of our guys, who offered to put his jeep on the operating table in the name of science. LOL. Jess was an excellent sport and was just as busy with the install as the other guys.

    Here's a shot of Jessee as he opened the Turbo.





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    1. UselessPickles's Avatar
      UselessPickles -
      I wish I could be there. I'd like to see how they accomplish things compared to how I did them. How many things did I do wrong, or just the dumb/hard way? How many cool little bits of info about the kit are being discussed?
    1. UselessPickles's Avatar
      UselessPickles -
      Well? Have you driven it yet? Initial driving impressions?
    1. jeepsking's Avatar
      jeepsking -
      Wow intercooler . Any updates of availability. Thanks ross for the posts
    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      Yea I drove the hell out of it.

      Its an impressive until. Full article coming.
    1. UselessPickles's Avatar
      UselessPickles -
      Quote Originally Posted by JeepLab View Post
      Its an impressive until.



      Do you have an ETA on dyno results? Can't wait to see the torque curves on the same chart with the superchargers.
    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      Quote Originally Posted by UselessPickles View Post



      Do you have an ETA on dyno results? Can't wait to see the torque curves on the same chart with the superchargers.
      Jessee is on vacation for a few days. He left direct from here.

      He has the dyno location set up and we should have the numbers as soon as I can get him to spin it.
    1. Yoinkers's Avatar
      Yoinkers -
      You guys should post the instagram photos here.

      it was cool that you instagramed the whole install. I was watching to see if you got hung up anywhere.
    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      Ok, So the install went pretty much off without a hitch.

      The plan was for us, JL guys, who had never seen a turbo before, install it with the Prodigy guys watching for issues as we went. Our ace, Carolina Pete lead the charge, as usual. Like any true mechanic, it was hard for Wes from Prodigy to watch from the side lines and not get dirty with the rest of us.

      Wes was a master mechanic before he was 21. He owns 2 garages in FL. The guys knows cars, and he knows forced induction.

      Jessee is one of our guys, who offered to put his jeep on the operating table in the name of science. LOL. Jess was an excellent sport and was just as busy with the install as the other guys.

      Here's a shot of Jessee as he opened the Turbo.

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    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      More turbo shots.

      This was happening the night before the turbo install.

      The next morning, we started at 8am and finished about 12 hours later.

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    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      Jess drove from MD to NJ with no grill on the jeep.

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      Dan and Wes from Prodigy show up around 8am... With an intercooler.

      Turns out, this is going to be the first public Stage 2 Installation

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    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      Once the pleasantries were exchanged, it was go time.

      In these situations, I stay out of the way mostly and try to get the camera in where I can. Pete and Wes start tearing the jeep down. Intake, out. Manifold out.

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      Got to get the gaskets out intact.

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    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      This is Pete addressing the coolant hoses that run into the firewall. New prodigy hoses will be rerouted to include the turbo.

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    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      Cover the cylinders with painters tape to keep dust and anything else out.
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      Wes, commanding the troops
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      Here is Pete re routing the fuel line with the injectors
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    1. Gunner's Avatar
      Gunner -
      I bet it's gonna be a rocket ship. Its gonna beat the Maggie and be close to the Ripp. Which is on top will have to be seen. But done right it should have a fat torque curve.
    1. Snarf77's Avatar
      Snarf77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gunner View Post
      I bet it's gonna be a rocket ship. Its gonna beat the Maggie and be close to the Ripp. Which is on top will have to be seen. But done right it should have a fat torque curve.
      Jesse's Girl is pretty darn quick. I'm amazed at how problem-free the install and first 200+ miles went by. I drove home right after install, just over 200 miles at highway speed. Even with 37s and 4.88s I have passing power well past 80mph. Nasty!

      it sat for a couple days after I got home and parked it. I went out to inspect everything this morning and still leak-free. I figured I'd be losing some fluid somewhere with the new routing of pipes and heat cycling of all of the system components. Definitely pleased with it thus far.

      I burped the cooling system, which had air in it after install. This is an iterative process that I think I'll be doing a couple more times. The running temperature did drop a bit after a ride this morning so I think I have it mostly air-free. I'll check in a day or so and repeat the process.
    1. ljvsnyder's Avatar
      ljvsnyder -
      Looking forward to the numbers on this. Snarf77, what kind of fuel mileage did you get on the way home? And how did it compare to before the install?
    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      Here's some silicone spray on the fuel line

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      We also modded the bracket for the stock intake to make room for the turbo
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      Here's a shot of the scene from outside. All power modded jeeps accounted for. BB with the RIPP, Sweet Pea with the Mag, and Jesse's Girl on the operating table.

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    1. JeepLab's Avatar
      JeepLab -
      Next we tackle the oil pan. The system is drained, and we unbolt the pan, Then we get a chisel in there, and break it away from the underside of the engine.

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      Once removed, we needed to clean the pan's surface that touches the engine, and the engine's surface that touches the pan. Get it ready for new RTV

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      The step drill comes next to mod the pan to receive the oil back from the turbo. Forced by gravity.

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    1. Pznivy's Avatar
      Pznivy -
      It was cool the way you did this on instagram and facebook.

      Is there a sound byte coming?
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