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NewsSupercharged, Nitrous-Equipped, LSX Jeep Runs Mexican Drag Races

Supercharged, Nitrous-Equipped, LSX Jeep Runs Mexican Drag Races

Jeep gets LSX V8, two power adders, wheelie bar for grudge night at the strip

  • Owner was tired of waiting for one LS Jeep, found another shop to build this one

  • LSX 7.0L V8, ProCharger, 400hp Nitrous, four Hoosier slicks


While we wait and see if Jeep decides that it wants to put the corporate FCA 6.2L Hellcat V8 into the tiny Wrangler, other people aren’t so patient. Like the owner of this Jeep Wrangler that’s wearing Hoosier rubber on all four corners in an effort to contain the supercharged 7.0L LS V8 that lurks under the hood.

The owner of this one, as told by LSX Magazine, had sent a 2015 Wrangler to a shop in California to get a tube chassis and LSX turbo setup, but after a year and a half of waiting, little had been done to the Jeep. So he bought a new one, a 2019, and sent it to Bueno’s Racing in Mexico to finally get that LS swap finished.

First up, everything not needed was dropped. That means the engine, transmission, transfer case, rear axle, seats, even the wiring. A GM Performance LSX 427 block was fitted with a Callies crank and rods plus a set of LSX heads and Edelbrock intake with Holley engine management.

Built for drag racing, the owner wanted more power added and went with a ProCharger supercharger with air to water intercooler delivering 24-pounds of boost. On top of that is a Nitrous Outlet wet shot that can feed the V8 400 hp more on-demand.

Putting that power to the ground is an FTI TH400 automatic with a custom driveshaft and a Hero transfer case. Which, if it can handle all that power and traction, is an apt name. Custom headers, a wheelie bar, King shocks, and 28-inch Hoosier slicks complete the Jeep.

How fast is it? It runs no-timing grudge races on the 1/4 mile, and the owner’s not saying. We’re guessing nines. And unlike every Facebook or YouTube racing story, this one really does live in Mexico.

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