Calling out Bruiser Conversions!
Well I cannot keep silent any longer. Bruiser Conversions, located in Clearwater, FL, known for some radical JK engine swaps as well as their truck conversions, is NOT A GOOD COMPANY.
Well I am here, as someone who has spent a boat load of money with them, to CALL THEM OUT.
In October of 2014, my I contacted Bruiser about an engine swap for my 2012 JKU. I originally wanted an LS3 but decided to go diesel instead. We decided on their ISF 3.8 Cummins conversion, which is their most expensive and complicated diesel conversion. In the end, the conversion cost me $30,762.50. They told me that the conversion would take 2 weeks but it ended up taking about 2 months and I was even yelled at over the phone for calling and asking for an update. After my waiting though, they called me and told me that it was ready to be picked up. So I made the trip down there and picked up my Jeep.
And ever since it has been a NIGHTMARE.
Firstly, on my way home from their shop after picking it up, the engine started blowing oil out of the valve cover and leaking out of the bottom of the motor. 2 weeks later I took it back down to their shop for the weekend and they claimed to have fixed it.
A week after I got it home, I noticed again that it was leaking oil. I took the Jeep back down to them and they kept it for around a month and a half. They claimed it was fixed, so I went and picked it up. I got it home and she ran well for a few months, but then my ECU and whole electronic system fried. So I took it back down to them again and they kept it for another couple of months and then I got it back. Ever since then I have had problems with coolant leaks and the fact that it blows coolant out of the coolant breather and oil is blown out of the catch can breather every time I drive it. In addition, the Jeep overheated every time I sat in traffic for too long.
In addition, the torque converter is screwed up and only locks in overdrive. The Jeep has no power and can barely hold 60 mph, and the EGT’s are way too high.
Then came EJS 2016. I towed my Jeep all the way to Moab from Florida for the Easter Jeep Safari. The day I arrived in Moab, the Jeep overheated going up the road to Sand Flats Recreation Area at 15 MPH. Then the next day it overheated again, and I had to bail from my Seven mile rim ride. Bruiser ended up taking a look at it and determined that the electric fan had stopped working. I ended up running Top Of The World with the people from Bruiser, and my power steering pump blew. So I was stuck on the 2nd day of EJS with no Jeep and Bruiser told me that there was nothing they could do about it. I asked them if I could ride with them since their conversion had failed in my Jeep. They left me behind and told me that I wasn’t “invited”. So EJS 2016 was ruined!
And this is where things get interesting…
So I have since learned from some insiders from Bruiser that they don’t have money to complete customer vehicles so they accept money from customers and put it towards another customers build or their own build, so many customer’s projects take much longer than they should. I have 2 friends that ordered JK Crews (Their pickup conversion) and one of them took 2 years to complete and the other one has been in their shop for almost 2 years and they still have not completed it. They refuse to talk to the customer and if the customer gets a hold of them on the phone they will yell profanities at the customer.
In addition, I have since learned that while I was promised and paid for a brand new Cummins crate engine, I received a used engine that cost a lot less than they told me. And i’m not the only one, I know of many more people that I have been in touch with that have had the same problems. They use the cheapest parts they can find, hoses and clamps that should never be used on an automobile. The motor mounts are 2 pieces of angle iron that have some 80’s style pancake mounts. They will not last 5 years. The problem is all the customers, including me, pay top notch prices and in return, they either refuse our phone calls or yell at us on the phone. And we pay for promises that they don’t keep. They will tell you that you are getting brand new top notch parts and they use the cheapest parts possible on their builds, and put all the money towards top notch parts for their own show builds.
I am not sure if there is anything else you can call it other than a SCAM. I am now taking my Jeep to a local Cummins Mechanic to have the whole conversion redone the RIGHT WAY. I am posting this to tell people out there that you should not be doing business with these people, you will find yourself in a bad hole.