As Ye tightened the last bolt on our intake production sample, we breathed a sigh of relief. Over a year of painstaking R&D came to a close with that bolt.
In all our years designing intakes, few have been as complex or demanding as our 2018+ Jeep Wrangler JL 2.0L intake. We’ve fought check engine lights, tested more variations than we could have imagined, and learned a lot along the way. But the time is finally here to see the product of our efforts in its final form.
The last post for our 2018+ Jeep Wrangler 2.0L JL intake ended on a low note. We had worked for months on our high-flowing intake only to find that it made the 2.0T Hurricane engine less powerful in the RPM range that counts the most. Instead of a torquey and responsive engine that made peak power at 3,250 RPM, our intake shifted peak power up to 4,500 RPM, making the JL feel laggy and sluggish. 1,250 RPM isn’t a huge gap, but when most of your driving is done below 4,000 RPM, it can make a huge difference.
It’s the challenges that make life exciting. Doing the same thing over and over gets tedious, but if you seek out challenges, life begins to get interesting. When we last talked about our 2018+ Jeep Wrangler 2.0L intake, things were starting to get very interesting.
The last post saw our prototypes hitting the dyno to see if our efforts had paid off. Despite a 20% increase in flow over the stock intake, there was no massive improvement in power with either prototype. Both prototypes did let out a little more sound from the turbo, however. … Continue Reading ››
Product design, like most of life, doesn’t always go as planned. We’ve learned to expect the unexpected and plan for unforeseen variables, but sometimes obstacles still catch us off guard. That’s when we need to step back, take a deep breath, and find a way to navigate back on course. Our 2018+ JL 2.0T intake has hit one of those obstacles.
Our last post ended with few surprises. The 3D-printed prototype flowed 20% better than stock. That sizeable increase in flow was expected, given the simplified intake tube and large filter. The one small … Continue Reading ››
We’ve reached a massive milestone in the development of our 2018+ Jeep JL 2.0T intake. After months of measuring, testing, printing and waiting, we finally have a functional prototype. Although it’s been a long road to get to this point, the development of this intake has also been a breath of fresh air; we’re trying a lot of new techniques and exploring new R&D methods. But before we jump into what’s new, let’s look at what brought us to this point.
We began developing our intake by looking at the stock intake. Our engineer, Ye, … Continue Reading ››