Chris Burandt – Backcountry Expert Joins the Superchips Pro-Staff Team

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Quite possibly the worlds most well known snowmobiler, Chris Burandt has effectively turned a life’s passion into a career on a snow covered mountain. As an avid snowmobiler since the age of 6, he became a competitive Snocross rider in his teens, which morphed into a full blown career as a rider with Slednecks in 1999. As a Gold Medalist at Winter X Games in Freestyle, he was one of the first to pull off a snowmobile back flip in competition. He is an industry pioneer when it comes to freestyle and technical mountain riding. As an extreme backcountry rider, Burandt has made a living showing other riders how to improve their skills through his business, Burandt’s Backcountry Adventure.

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As an all out performance and outdoors enthusiast, anything with an engine can be improved. This motto stands true for Burandt’s fleet of Polaris® snowmobiles, with a host of lightweight parts, performance exhaust systems and even high-boost turbocharger kits his machines will literally take him anywhere he wants to go on the mountain, regardless of how steep or deep it gets. Of course getting those sleds to the mountain can be a tall task in of itself and Burandt puts his trust in Superchips to help make that happen. Whether he’s driving his F-150, 5.9L Cummins or 6.7L Powerstroke, Superchips is there to offer the increased power, fuel mileage, and towing performance he demands.

 

Building our 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL: It’s Wrapped!

Well boys and girls here it is, the big reveal on our freshly wrapped 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL. After much discussion within our team and listening to input from you guys, we’ve decided to go big and bold on this 2.0L Jeep, a throwback to the 70’s with a little vintage Hot Wheels twist. That bright and attention grabbing Bikini Pearl was just begging for some more flash and we Buzz Graphics nailed it on this one. Couple sweeping stripes, some matte black for contrast and even some graphics added to the hood puts this Jeep® front and center to hopefully grab everyone’s attention in our upcoming ad and video campaigns.

 

 

Now that it has it’s SC branding its time to really start installing some parts and get this Jeep® Wrangler® JL ready for the rocks and muddy trails. With a matching set of Trail Series 2 bumpers from Expedition One, we’ll be able to install our ComeUp winch and carry a our full size 37″ Fury R/T tire for a spare. Of course, first and foremost we’ll need to get our Terrain Flex 3.5″ lift kit from Readylift installed to clear those massive meats. Superchips tuning support for this 2.0L turbo engine is right around the corner, but until then we’ll be sure to put our Flashcal to good use to keep our speedometer reading correctly with the bigger 37″ tires mounted up. We also have our Amp’d Throttle Booster ready to plug in to improve the overall drivability, bringing tha powerband in a little sooner when we roll into the throttle. Checkout our latest video on the build below and make sure you visit our store to outfit your Jeep for the obstacles ahead.

 

 

 

Building our 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL: Baseline Dyno

Obviously, before our calibrations team can really dig into a new platform, we have to know what we’re starting with. With that in mind, we needed to get the 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL on our Superflow chassis dyno to see just how much that little 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo can produce. With the baselines recorded we can move on to the lift, tires, bumpers, winch and SC branded wrap for this Wrangler® JL. It’s got to be dressed to impress when our marketing and event campaigns kick off, but first we want to talk horsepower.

On the Superflow chassis dyno in our Ogden, UT facility, the completely stock 2.0L Wrangler® JL made 231hp and 310ft-lbs of torque. Jeep® rates this 2.0L engine at 270hp/290tq flywheel. Taking a 15% drive train loss into consideration (229.5hp), our 231 wheel horsepower seems pretty accurate. 310lft-lbs of torque is quite surprising however. Jeep® is either very conservative on their 290tq claim or that quick spooling turbocharger just runs really strong here. We expected to see closer to 245ft-lbs at the tire from this power plant, so 310ft-lbs is great!

 

 

Paired with the 8-speed automatic and the factory Rubicon 4.10 gears, this combination is actually quite sporty around town. There is some slight lag off idle, but that can be taken care of easily with the addition of our Amp’d Throttle Booster (p/n 48868-JT). While the Amp’d doesn’t add any power to the 2.0L turbo engine, it definitely brings that power band on sooner making it feel even more peppy for day to day driving. For an interesting comparison, we dyno’d our 2019 Wrangler® JL with the 3.6L V6, and it produced 204hp/220tq in stock form. So those of you concerned about performance from a ‘little 4-cylinder’, you may need to take a second look at Jeep’s® 2.0L engine. With our up and coming tuning support for the 2.0L Turbo, is that naturally aspirated V6 going to become a thing of the past? We don’t think so, but the 4-cylinder will be holding it’s own in the market for sure.

 

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Building our 2020 Wrangler® JL: Graphics

This week, our graphics team has been working on some renderings of our 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL project. With our plans of releasing tuning support for the 2.0L turbocharger applications soon, we needed a vehicle ready to make a big splash on launch. This JL needs something that’ll pop and take the Bikini Blue paint scheme up a notch. As the new marketing campaign vehicle for Superchips, we want to make the right statement and stand out in a crowd. This Wrangler® JL Rubicon is going to be used in our advertisements, YouTube videos and taken around the country to different shows and events (assuming COVID-19 restrictions allow) and the factory look just won’t do.

The general opinion around the office here is that we should go Retro. Get back into the 70’s with a Scrambler look, maybe some old school side stripes. The paint color on this JL Wrangler® already draws attention in traffic, so how to make it better?  Since that hard top is being swapped out for a black Bestop Trektop, maybe some blacks and grays will tie it all together nicely? But then we question playing along with the metallic in the paint and go totally ‘bass boat’ on the graphics scheme with even more bright colors. We’ve got the 3.5″ Readylift suspension kit and some massive 37″ Fury tires on 20″ Anthem Off-Road wheels, so big and bold will be the theme here. We have a few options drawn up but narrowing it down has been tough. The marketing team knows which way they’d go, but we aren’t just building this Jeep® for us. What do you guys think? The Wrangler® JL is scheduled for a wrap install with our friends at Buzz Graphics soon and we need your help. Bounce over to our @superchips_official Instagram and Facebook pages, shoot us a message with your thoughts and opinions.  Maybe you’ll win yourself a swag pack for helping us narrow it down.

So what’s it gonna be? Black and grey stripes? Yellow and orange stripes? Matte or metallic? Either way, you know this thing is going to look killer with our laundry list of parts bolted on and we can’t wait to get this thing out in the woods for some crawlin’. Click here to checkout our options for your Jeep!

 

 

Building our 2.0L 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL

 

Quarantine 2020 may have spoiled our Easter Jeep Safari fun and postponed Jeep Beach a few months but we won’t let all that ruin our plans on the build-up of our 2020 Jeep® Wrangler® JL. As a new vehicle to the Superchips fleet, this 2020 JL Rubicon runs the 2.0L turbocharged engine and will be the test mule for our engineering team for R&D and calibration development. We want performance tuning coverage for this engine platform and this will be the Jeep® to help us get there. While we use our fleet vehicles in the shop to develop new tuning and calibration features for our product lines like the Flashpaq, Trail Dash 2 and Pulsar modules, like you, we are all enthusiasts at heart. Testing our products in real world situations is key. Lucky for us, real world testing for a Jeep® means we get to spend time off-road. Crawling the rocks in Moab. Navigating rutted up muddy roads in the woods. Maybe even pushing some snow with the bumper on some mountain pass in the spring. Plus, this particular Wrangler® JL will make a great platform for our marketing team to  get out to events and shows to showcase everything Superchips has to offer the Jeep® crowd.

The Build Plans

The factory Jeep® Wrangler® JL Rubicon is a pretty capable off-road machine, but we all know how much aftermarket support is available for these. With so many options, it makes it easy to build something better suited for your specific needs. Like our customers, we want to be able to use our Jeep® for more than just a daily commute across town. We have every intention of getting this thing out in the sticks and that means stock just isn’t going to cut it much longer. So here’s the introduction to a 2020 Wrangler® JL build, we’re planning to document the process, share it with you, and hopefully get some input from you followers on where to go next.

We’ll be working with some of the best in the business on this project and already have a pile of parts here waiting to be installed. For suspension we’re going with a ReadyLIFT 3.5″ Terrain Flex 2-arm kit so we’ll have enough clearance for some 37×13.50R20 Fury R/T tires. We have a set of bumpers from Expedition One at powder coat, along with a set of their matching rocker guards for some cab protection when crawling. . To aid in off-road recovery, Comeup USA set us up with their Gen 2 winch for that new front bumper. Superchips LIT LED’s will be added for extra lighting at night and Artec Industries custom mounts will help make that an easy install. We also have a set of Artec’s front and rear inner fenders for additional tire clearance. To break up some of that shimmery Bikini Blue, the paint matched top is being replaced with a wicked cool fastback Bestop Trektop. Our graphics team is in the final stages on creating a vehicle wrap too.

Wrangler® JL Performance Upgrades

On the performance side of things, of course there will be a host of Superchips stuff finding it’s way in to the build, including our newly released Amp’d Throttle Booster for the 2.0L Turbo, maybe a Flashcal for tire size adjustments, and as we continue to progress in the launch of performance programmers we’ll get this thing tuned up as well. We have some tricks up our sleeve for a new cold air intake and we’ve got some love for the exhaust side with a Flowmaster Force II axle back kit. We’re going to start getting pretty open and honest on our experiences with this Jeep® Wrangler® JL build. Baseline dyno charts and video to share, installation pictures with some tips or tricks to make your own installs easier, and hopefully you can help us with some tough decisions like what we’re going to name this thing. Plus, all of this will make a great excuse to giveaway some swag or and SC product to you guys following along the way!

Click here to learn more about our current JL Wrangler® and JT Gladiator products

 

How to Install the Jammer Cold Air Intake on a 1998-2006 4.0L TJ Wrangler

Superchips Jammer CAI
97-06 4.0 Motors

Information on Jammer CAI

The Jammer intake system for the TJ Wrangler adds 8hp and 12lb-ft of torque. The kit outflows the factory intake by 97%! This air intake system features a washable/reusable conical air filter that improves airflow for increased horsepower and torque. The Jammer kit includes a one-piece heat shield that requires no assembly and the filter is constructed with 100% polyurethane for long life and multiple cleaning cycles.

Warranty

Comes with 1-year warranty from EGT to intake filter

Price

$299.95 on superchips.com

Install Time & Install Difficulty 

Install Time- 45 min to 2 hours
Install Difficulty 1 of 5 Wrenches (5 being hardest)

What Comes In Kit

 Air Filter
 Housing
 Intake Tube
 Coupling Hump
 Coupling Straight
 Mini Clamp #008 (2)
 Clamp #048 (2)
 Clamp #052 (2)
 Grommet
 M6 Hex Screws (2)
 M6 Wavy Washers (2)
 M6 Hex Nuts (2)
 ¼ Fender Washers (4)
 Rubber Grommet Trim
 ½ Cap
 12” Fuel Hose (Breather Hose)

Tools Needed 

**Only use ¼ socket set to help prevent overtightening of parts**

 ¼ Socket Wratchet Wrench
 ¼ Socket Extension
 8mm Socket
 10mm Socket
 13mm Socket
 Flat Head Screwdriver
 10mm Wrench
 Razor Blade
 Favorite Cold Beverage
 Towels

Install Guide

Step 1

Remove negative cable on battery

 Open hood and prop hood with hood prop. It’s easiest to open hood all the way back, place folded towel and windshield channel and let hood rest folded back.
 Check for (–) sign on battery but 99% of time it’s the black cable going to battery.
 Use ¼ socket wrench and 10mm socket to remove.
 Once removed, place negative cable away from positive side cable and let rest on a folded towel.

Step 2

Remove factory intake tube

 Remove temp sensor if your Jeep is equipped. Push in on harness adapter then pull towards you with light force disconnecting the harness from temp sensor. At this time don’t remove temp sensor from intake.
 Loosen all clamps on intake tube using flat head screwdriver.
 Once clamps are loosened, remove intake tube and cover throttle body with clean towel.

Step 2.5

Remove factory air box

 Remove vent hose.
 Open air box by flipping back the 5 clamps.
 Remove the filter and under filter, there are 8mm bolts to remove. (Instructions say 10mm). Use ¼ socket wrench, socket extension, and 8mm/10mm socket to move upper filter side. Look in the upper inner fender and you will see the 3 nuts that attach to these bolts. Use 8mm/10mm wrench to hold nut in place while removing filter side bolts.

Your factory intake should now be removed! 

Step 3

Remove strut rod on the passenger side of Jeep

 Use ¼ socket wrench and 13mm bolt to remove.
 Once removed slide on the supplied rubber grommet that comes in the Superchips Jammer CAI kit.

Step 4

Install Jammer CAI air box

 Remove upper radiator bolt using ¼ socket wrench, extension and 10mm socket to remove. Keep bolt to side as you will be reusing.
 Slide strut bar through back hole of air box, sit air box where factory air box was, and tighten down firewall side of strut bar using ¼ socket wrench and 13mm socket.
 Line up air box to factory holes and loosely fit the upper radiator bolt and lower 3 bolts.
 Once everything is loosely fit, tighten down upper radiator bolt, then strut bar, then the 3 lower bolts using the supplied bolt, washers and nuts.
 Radiator bolt 10mm socket. Strut bar 13mm. Lower air box 10mm socket and wrench.

Step 4.5

Install Jammer CAI Intake Tube and Filter

 Slide 2 clamps onto each side of intake.
 Install “straight” coupler onto throttle body side of intake and “” onto air box side of intake.
 Install intake tube into air box side first them remove towel off throttle body and slide intake tube into place. Once intake tube is adjusted and fit properly into place, tighten clamps using flat head screwdriver. DON’T USE SOCKET-DON’T OVER TIGHTEN.
 Reinstall new provided vent hose into place, remove hose, cut access length off, slide provided clamps onto hose, then reinstall using flat head or Philips screwdriver and tighten down. DON’T USE SOCKET-DON’T OVER TIGHTEN.
 Slide last provided clamp onto Jammer CAI intake filter then slide into place on air box and tighten with flat head screwdriver.
 Install provided Jammer CAI information sticker in a noticeable area on air box. Without the sticker, most inspection places won’t pass you without it.

Step 5

SKIP THIS STEP IF YOU DON’T HAVE AIR TEMP SENSOR

 Remove air temp sensor cap on the intake and twist off your air temp sensor from old intake tube and slide through grommet where cap was. Hold back of intake tube to keep from over forcing air temp sensor into place. I do recommend replacing the worn out air temp sensor with new. New runs about $11 from any auto store so it not anything overly expensive.

Congratulations!!!! Your new Superchips Jammer CAI Intake is now installed!

Look over your work and make sure all clamps, bolts and hardware are tightened down, remove towel under negative cable, and properly install negative cable using ¼ socket wrench and 10mm socket. After 100-200 miles check all hardware making sure nothing has come loose! 

Some Quick Tips for Towing the Boat with Glenn Browne

Can I Tow and Save Fuel?

Towing can be made easy with just a few quick tip.  While Superchips is known for power, drivers from all walks of life are also looking for ways to save fuel and optimize their driving experience.  Superchips excels in delivering meaningful power and fuel economy at an affordable price.  Now for just $349.95, you can purchase the most trusted performance programmer on the market.  The Flashpaq carries a two year powertrain warranty and is easy to use.

Over the years, recreational towers, professional anglers, and fleet owners have tapped Superchips to supply power, MPGs, and adjustable features like tire size, gear ratios, and more.  Learn more today.

 

Pro tip:

Take a look at how Superchips‘ angler, Glenn Browne suggests loading the boat, prior to towing.  For more tips and information on Glenn, his experience using his Superchips Flashpaq, and more product details check out the “team” tab and learn more about Flashpaq.

Professional Outdoorsman, Danny Devries, Adds Power & MPGs with Superchips’ Flashpaq

Power & MPGs

Truck and SUV owners rely on their vehicles as daily drivers, tow rigs, and their trusted method of transportation for vacations and trips across the country.  One thing Superchips had placed an emphasis on with performance programming is bundling a meaningful power with added MPGs.  Regardless of fuel prices, everyone is always looking to optimize MPGs.  Learn more about the Flashpaq programmer and take a look at the quote from professional outdoorsman, Danny Devries.

Power Made Easy

“As an outdoorsman, Superchips has become a staple in my day to day driving.  From towing 8000lbs, through the mountains of Arizona, to running around town to get the kids, the practical power and features offered by Superchips has met or exceeded ALL of my expectations.  One of my favorite features is how easy it is to use.  When I first got a tuner for my truck I was a little intimidated because the only modifications I had done was putting aftermarket wheels and tires on my vehicle, but Superchips has made their products very consumer friendly and now I can’t imagine driving without it.”

Danny DeVries

Whether you’re looking for power, added MPGs, or both, the lineup of Superchips products offers a variety of options for your gas or diesel truck.  You can learn more about Danny here to see how he fuels his passion for the outdoors using Superchips’ Flashpaq

Superchips’ Angler Glenn Browne Hits the Lake for the First Time in 2017!

All of us at Superchips would like to wish Glenn Browne the best of luck at he heads to Lake Chickamaugua for his first tournament of 2017.  Last year, after not being able to shake some fatigue, Glenn went to the doctor to discover he had colon cancer.  Early detection was key for Glenn and he was scheduled for treatment and surgery.  Glenn has reported he is getting each stronger each day and we know he has been itching to get back on the water.

We are extremely proud of Glenn.  He has kept an amazing attitude throughout his treatment.  Nobody really knows how they will react when they hear they’ve been diagnosed.  We love to promote our brand and align our company with tremendous brand ambassadors like Glenn.  Sometimes life-changing events like this help us all put things into perspective.  If you’re reading this article we encourage to always have something checked out with a doctor if you’re not feeling right.  Who knows?  It may be nothing at all, but it could also be detecting something early that makes a world of difference.  We’d like to thank Glenn Browne for his partnership, wish him the best of luck, and let him know that our entire team is pulling for him this weekend and beyond.

 

Glenn Browne's Superchips truck with Glenn's boat
Glenn Browne’s truck and boat

 

Take a look at the article below, courtesy of Colin Moore & FLW Fishing.  Full article and FLW site can be accessed here.

Walmart FLW Tour pro Glenn Browne has been caught in hair-raising thunderstorms, raced down windswept lakes in white-knuckle boat rides and dodged catastrophic interstate pileups going to and from tournaments. But the scariest thing that ever confronted him was the day a doctor told him that he had cancer.

Specifically, that was on the morning of October 12. The doctor said that Browne had colorectal cancer, which typically causes spreading tumors through a person’s bowels and could lead to death if not detected quickly and successfully treated.

“It was a Wednesday when I found out, October 12. You remember such days quite vividly,” recalls the Florida pro. “I like to have passed out. I probably would have if my mother [Beverly] hadn’t been there with me. I knew something was wrong down inside me, but I didn’t think it was cancer. When you’re 40 years old, you don’t expect to hear something like that.”

Browne first thought that he had some sort of stomach ailment. During the summer, his energy sagged. In practice for a tournament on the James River, he became so exhausted that he had to pull up under a shade tree and take a nap. He didn’t know it, but his body was already fighting the invading cancer.

Back home in Ocala, he went to a hometown doctor, who suspected that Browne’s fatigue wasn’t just the result of physical exertion. He ordered blood work done. The tests revealed that Glenn Browne’s red blood cells were way out of whack, and suggested that his body was under attack. A colonoscopy followed, and it left no doubt that Browne had cancer.

“My mother was an RN for more than 20 years, and it just so happened that the doctor she worked for was a radiation oncologist,” says Browne. “So we found out on a Wednesday, and by the following Monday I was starting radiation treatment. The doctor [Dr. Steven Bucy] said my mother was family, so that made me family too. That really helped ease my mind.”

Additionally, Browne underwent oral chemotherapy, which meant a regimen of pills in the mornings and evenings. More hurdles lie ahead, though the overall prognosis is good. His treatments are only intended to shrink the tumor inside him. During the third week in January he’ll undergo surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding area. As one who has never been under a surgeon’s knife, Glenn Browne isn’t relishing that prospect.

“The chemo and radiation affected me very little, but the surgery part scares me more than anything now,” admits Browne. “But it’s not end-of-the-world cancer. It’s not fun, very uncomfortable, but it’s only in the one place, and they’re confident that they can get it all. After that, for the most part, I’ll be good to go. It’s a bump in the road, and I’m sure there’s going to be some adjustments I’ve got to make in my life.”

For now, fishing is the best medicine. In between doctor visits, Browne plans to spend as much time on the water as he can, rotating through south Florida’s fabled bass fisheries with a buddy. Come January, he’ll undergo surgery, and the road beyond is unclear.

“I know I won’t be fishing the Tour next year. I’ll be on the mend through March,” he says. “If all goes well, I hope to be able to fish some Costa events later on. Really, I’m doing well. I’ve had a lot of support from my friends, and I’ve made lots of friends through the years through fishing. The phone calls and texts have been wonderful; it’s amazing and makes me feel pretty good about the future.

“There’s a bigger picture in store for me.”

 

Superchips 2014 Wrangler Rubicon Build

 

Superchips 2014 Wrangler® Rubicon®

 

The Superchips team attends Jeep shows and events all over the US, from Moab, Utah at Easter Jeep Safari to Jeep Beach in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Many of these awesome events feature off-road courses and crawling trails, so we need a tough vehicle to handle the job. Our 2014 Wrangler Rubicon has been a great part of our testing and development programs for some of the best products in the off-road industry including TrailDash2, Flashcal, TrailCal and Flashpaq!  This purpose built machine is designed and engineered to take us wherever we need to go just like Jeeps® all across the nation have done for their owners for many years.

 

What’s in the build?

Tuning:  Superchips TrailDash2 with Digital Power Switches

LED Lights:  LIT LED from Powerteq (release coming soon)

Lift: Readylift 6″ Kit

Wheels: BMF 17″

 Falken Wildpeak MT 37″

Gears: 5.13 Kit from Nitro Gear/Axle

Bumpers: Expedition One Front/Rear with Spare tire carrier

Rack: Kargo Master Safari Cogro Pro

Rock Sliders: Metal Cloak

Fenders: Metal Cloak

Headlights: JW Speaker

Winch:  SmittyBilt