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.
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.
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!
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/Ttires. 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 aFlowmaster 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!
Jeep Beach 2017 is here! This huge event spans this entire week featuring festivities like a beach cruise, obstacle courses, vendor shows, firework displays and more. Superchips will be there displaying our top of the line products for Jeep. We have sponsored this event for years and it is always a great time.
We will have our 2016 Jeep JK on site that is fitted with our TrailDash2 performance programmer as well as a host of other upgrades. Stop by and check out this awesome rig and learn more about our new products like the TrailDash2, TrailCal, Flashpaq and more. We’re running 37″ Falken Tires on this Jeep and the TD2 helped us calibrate that into the Jeep to have this rig running right. We’re also running a light bar setup on this rig that is entirely controlled with our digital power switch accessory system on the TD2. Our 6″ ReadyLift lift kit, Metal Cloak fenders and sliders, Kargo Master Safari rack, Mule/Expedition One bumpers and more make this rig ready to tackle whatever lies ahead!
Did you know we support Jeeps from 1998 all the way to 2017? Whether you have a JK, TJ, LJ, WK, or anything in that range, we’ve likely got a product for you! Check out our website here and configure your vehicle to Discover More with Superchips!
Team Superchips Pro Mod driver, Jake Hallenbeck, came from behind to win the WE Rock Grand Nationals in Farmington last weekend. In the Unlimited class. Jesse Haines lost another tight battle with rock crawling legend, Tracy Jordan, and finished 2nd in the 13 car field.
After a mechanical issue shut his car down on his last course of day 1, Hallenbeck lost the solid lead he had over the pro mod class. He went into day 2 with a 13 point deficit to overcome. Hallenbeck chipped away at the lead with each run, but going into the last course still trailed by 12. On the final course, Hallenbeck dominated the course and finished with an 8 point win!
In the Unlimited class, Jesse Haines finished day 1 only 3 points out of the lead. Day 2 started out with 2 great runs that kept the pressure on the first place team. On the 3rd course, Haines took a risky bonus that would have moved him into the lead. Unfortunately, the gamble didn’t pay off and resulted in a rollover. Although it took him out of contention for the win, Haines was still able to hold onto 2nd place.
See both Superchips cars in action again at Supercrawl, September 24-25 in Reno, NV.
Team Superchips Finishes 2nd in WE Rock Western Series
The Broken Boulder Ranch in Goldendale, WA was the site for a weekend long battle for the WE Rock Western Series Championship. After multiple lead changes, Team Superchips driver, Jesse Haines, finished just 6 points behind eventual champion, Tracy Jordan. Haines said -“We were able to put on a great show for some of the best rock crawling fans in the country. It was a successful weekend even if we didn’t take 1st place.”
The win allowed Jordan to win the series championship, while Haines took 2nd in the 4 event series.
On August 20-21, Team Superchips will be in Nampa, ID for the Idaho X Rocks finals. Three weeks later, the nation’s top teams will be in Farmington, NM for the WE Rock Grand Nationals.
The industry leading TrailDash monitor has been the go-to premium Jeep tuning, monitoring and control product for years. We know that our fans have been waiting for the TD2 to be available for 2015 and 2016 model year Jeep and now, the wait is over! Superchips is thrilled to release coverage for the 15/16 Wrangler. Now 15/16 Jeep owners can tune their vehicles with the best Jeep performance device in the industry. The TD2 will feature the crowd favorite mileage, towing and performance tuning that Jeep owners have come to love. The CRAWL tune is also pre-loaded in the device to give you more precise control of your rig as you tackle the toughest off-road trails.
The TD2 is more than just a tuning and monitoring device as it also features our exclusive EAS Power Switch options. You can add any 12 volt accessories to the vehicle and control them right from your TD2. That means no drilling holes in the dash or running extra wires for every accessory through the firewall as you can daisy-chain up to 8 of the EAS Power Switch accessories to control up to 16 switches! The TD2 is the definitely the cleanest digital control solution on the market and pair that with the best monitoring and Jeep tuning!
ECM Swap Options:
The 15/16 Jeeps do require an ECM swap or modification in order to tune and don’t worry, Superchips has that all taken care of!
Option 1: Cross-ship ECM swap (subject to availability of ECMs)
After your stock files have been read with the 42051 TD2 and then saved into the Fusion update software, contact Superchips tech support and they will send you an unlocked ECM and provide a return shipper label to send back your stock ECM.
Option 2: Send in your factory ECM to be unlocked
This free service will be available to you anytime. Once we receive your stock ECM, we will quickly unlock it and get it back to you so you can tune with your TrailDash2.
Superchips is thrilled to release the highly anticipated Mileage Coach feature for the TrailDash2. This new and innovative feature will help you learn how to drive conservatively to help get the best mileage possible. With awesome graphics that will change as your mileage increases or decreases, this new screen will turn heads as much as it helps low fuel bills.
Is this feature now available?
This feature will be built into any TD2 unit that ships from Superchips.
I already have a TD2, how do I get this feature?
Simply update your device on the Fusion update software and this option will become available on the pull up menu.
What does this feature do to help me get better mileage?
Along with keeping track of your mileage parameters it helps you understand if you are hurting or helping your overall mileage average. If you get into the red or yellow poor mileage zones, you know you are hurting your overall average economy. The trick is to stay in the green as much as possible and that will continue to help you obtain higher mileage.
Our friends at Off Road Xtreme put together a nice piece on the TrailDash2. They seem to enjoy the product and we think you will as well. Check it out today here.
Getting the most out of your vehicle is always important, but when you start adding off-road accessories they all may not work correctly with the factory system. Larger tries throw off your speedometer which then does not give you accurate fuel mileage.
To help combat this problem the folks over at Superchips  have a product that helps Jeep owners over come problems like this and some. Their TrailDash2  (TD2) is a touch-screen programmer that is loaded with features. To find out everything that this product does we got the lowdown from Matt Barker.
The TD2 includes everything you need to control your Jeep.
“The TD2 is a high-definition, large screen interface programmer for the Jeep. You can control a lot of things with the TD2; like the factory lockers, sway bar disconnects, and TPMS. The TD2 also offers towing, economy, and crawl performance tunes. The crawl tune decreases the throttle sensitivity so that when you are off-road you will not be throttle bouncing,” Barker said.
The EAS Power Switch allows you to control accessories from the TD2.
Another great feature and add-on to the TD2 is Superchips EAS Power Switch . “The Power Switch allows users to connect additional accessories to the TD2 and control them on the unit. There are customizable digital rocker switch layouts that give the same feel as analog switches, but does not require the owner to drill holes. No addition wires need to be ran up to the TD2, because all the connections are down by the OBDII port,” Barker informed us.
The TD2 has plenty of layout options for all your gauges and switches.
The Power Switch controls two separate accessories, but a total of eight Power Switches can be daisy-chained together to control a total of 16 different accessories. This does not include the features that the TD2 already controls.
The TD2 coupled with the Power Switch allows Jeep owners to sync some of the modifications they have done together and control them all with one unit.