If there’s one thing we love, it’s a good-old fashioned LS swap – and not just into an old muscle car either. Recently the Guys at Victory Racing Engines (VRE), in Detroit, Michigan sent us over some pics of an awesome LS-powered Jeep they are building up for a good cause and some off-road fun. VRE is the same shop behind the Passionately Pink Camaro, so when the owner of this 1995 Jeep Wrangler, Matthew Limes, decided he wanted to build the Jeep into an off-road beast to raise awareness for the Wounded Warriors Project, he knew just who to call.
The Wounded Warrior Jeep features the driveline from a 2005 Silverado, including the stout iron block 5.3L LS engine and 4L60E 4×4 transmission with a Precision 2,800 stall converter. A wiring harness from Painless made using the stock ECU a breeze and the tough little 5.3L gets a significant “boost” in power thanks to a Kenne Bell Supercharger. The guys at VRE tell us when all is said and done, the combo should land the Jeep somewhere in the range of 400 horsepower and the same amount of torque at the tires.
Mark Hayosh, Head Fabricator at VRE tells us, “We caught some grief from people about not using a Mopar engine, but in the end we decided, ‘Why compromise?’ and went with the LS.” Now that’s our kind of thinking.
To put that LS power to use and handle the rigors of off-roading, the Jeep is outfitted with a 3-link front, and 4-link rear suspension from GenRight, and heavy-duty Dana 60’s with 5.13 gears and ARB lockers in both the front and rear. The King 2.0 coilovers currently are set to give the Jeep around 7” of total lift, and have 14” of travel built right into the shocks. Of course, what’s an off-road machine without a set of massive tires and tough wheels? The Wounded Warrior Jeep rolls on a beefy set of 40” Nitto Grappler Tires mounted on a set of 17×9 Raceline Monster Wheels. A heavy duty steering box from AGR gets the duty of keeping those big rollers in line.
VRE tells us the Wounded Warrior Jeep will makes its debut at the 2012 SEMA show, and after that be sure to keep an eye out for it at a show or sand dune near you!