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So, where I'd go from here is get the inverter out of the way and pull the battery modules back to the firewall to give yourself a bit more crush room in the event of a frontal. Makes for a slightly smaller polar moment as well if the project manager ever decides to enter it into Formula 1.

Lay the inverter down on the pack near the firewall. A bit lower CG from this as well or maybe same - hard to eyeball, even with the colors 😛
I agree with your suggestions except the main purpose of this is for public awareness, training, and education to show the different parts of an electric vehicle so I need them easily seen and so we can explain and point to everything... So, I need to be able to easily see the e-motor, inverter, the OBC/DCDC, etc... I also agree with the rear tank area but I need to put some modules there... I am already getting a very substantial bumper and a tank skid plate to give some armor there... The nice thing about Jeeps is a lot of this kind of stuff is off-the-shelf...
 

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Yeah, agreed that you really can't give up the old gas tank area. Are you worried at all about the rear pumpkin hitting that module above it in flex?
Yes...

We will be putting a 2.5" or 4" lift on it which would help but we may still put in some physical stops... Or I add a 3-4" body lift kit but then that raises the CG even more and looks even more silly...
 

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Just my opinion, but I'd rather just move that module to lay crosswise the two in the engine bay near the firewall. You still have tons of vertical in there. The fewer module groups you have the less wiring and coolant routing you have to worry about too.
 

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I agree with your suggestions except the main purpose of this is for public awareness, training, and education to show the different parts of an electric vehicle so I need them easily seen and so we can explain and point to everything... So, I need to be able to easily see the e-motor, inverter, the OBC/DCDC, etc... I also agree with the rear tank area but I need to put some modules there... I am already getting a very substantial bumper and a tank skid plate to give some armor there... The nice thing about Jeeps is a lot of this kind of stuff is off-the-shelf...
Good thing you lowered that front battery.

Now you can put the Cascadia motor on top of the front battery stack (you know...so you can point to it for educational purposes) and run a roller chain down to the driveline...

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Have you considered working with your 4X shop to have a custom frame made? There are suppliers that make after-market frames for other jeeps. With a custom frame you could maximum the battery space in the center, lowest position of the frame. With your contacts, maybe you could develop a design with the frame suppliers that they could market to other people doing conversions.
 

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Have you considered working with your 4X shop to have a custom frame made? There are suppliers that make after-market frames for other jeeps. With a custom frame you could maximum the battery space in the center, lowest position of the frame. With your contacts, maybe you could develop a design with the frame suppliers that they could market to other people doing conversions.
Hmmm....now you have me thinking...
 

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Have you considered working with your 4X shop to have a custom frame made? There are suppliers that make after-market frames for other jeeps. With a custom frame you could maximum the battery space in the center, lowest position of the frame. With your contacts, maybe you could develop a design with the frame suppliers that they could market to other people doing conversions.
I’ve been talking to Art Morrison frame shop for custom installing into their irs system. They said a few others have been asking the same question and have figured it out, except my old truck may be too narrow. Gotta get the measuring tape out.

The point is that with the right jeep frame supplier, they may work it out for you and the next ten customers coming through the door.


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Traditional Jeep frames are pretty straightforward, so custom fabrication to adjust frame rail spacing or to provide suitable crossmembers should be feasible. There are several aftermarket suppliers and it could even make sense to buy one of their off-the-shelf frames and modify it, rather than substantially modifying the stock frame.

You can also build a custom frame to hold a salvaged EV battery, and while you're at it the drive units and complete suspensions from an AWD EV as well, using the EV's subframes of course. By the time you're done you've put a Jeep body on an EV, the way Ford paid some custom car builders to put an old F-100 pickup cab and box on a Mach E chassis using a custom frame (the 1978 Ford F100 Eluminator). That's nice... but is it a Jeep, and is it what you're trying to do?
 

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Veronika's latest video at Ford's Rouge plant was good. You both got access on F150 Lightning I didn't see on other channels like Transport Evolved. Congrats on being taken seriously as "press".

Meanwhile, the jump zoom at the beginning is annoying AF (doesn't mean autofocus), so please avoid doing it in future if possible.
 

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Full Throttle Down also makes jeep frames that could be applicable for your project. They can be ordered with or without engine, trans, mounts and would be much easier to customize.
 
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