Go Fast Bits Diverter Valve Installation

Discussion in 'Renegade Write-Ups' started by Robot Penguin, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. Robot Penguin

    Robot Penguin Active Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I have a 2016 Renegade Sport 1.4L 4x4 Manual.

    As I am sure most of you out there who got the 1.4L noticed a rather lumpy power delivery, and shifting from first to second can be underwhelming. I also had this weird rumbling from the engine when on the highway at around 2000 rpm.

    Putting in a K&N filter helped quite a bit with the rumble and the power delivery, and made throttle response a lot better. So I decided to see if a diverter valve upgrade would help.

    I also have trust issues with European OEM Diverter Valves (I blame VW/Audi). I ordered the GFB DV+ from Madness Autoworks.

    Here is how to install it without removing the intake hose.

    Step #1: Remove cover by removing 10mm bolts (NOT CAPTIVE BOLTS!!) and pulling up on the cover.
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    Step #2: Disconnect plug (red circle) from the diverter valve. You need to gently push the yellow locking tab to unlock it, then push down the black clip to disconnect. Thing is on tight.
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    Step #3: Using a 5mm Hex Socket loosen the bolts (green circles). I found that these bolts were JUST BARELY SCREWED IN!! In fact the top one wasn't even tightened down. So even if you are not going to replace your diverter valve, it may be a good idea to check these things. Also the metal hoses with the red silicone tubes do bend and move, but be careful, no need to test how far they can go.

    Step #3a: The third bolt is behind the body of the diverter, it is a bastard. I actually had to use one of these: 20170121_090601_31627626573_o.jpg
    to get to it. Now I have small hands and was able to do this from the top, but if you get under the Jeep, you can reach up and loosen the third both from there from there.

    Step #4: Rebuild your diverter valve! GFB provides you with good instructions, but if you want something more detailed go to and skip ahead to 0:55. 20170121_090938_32439302025_o.jpg
    Step #6: Reassemble! Personally, I put some Blue Loctite on the new bolts to help them stay put. Dont forget to plug the solenoid back in or the ECU will freak out will throw a code and you probably wont get too far down the road. Don't forget to put the engine cover back on!

    This is the final result: 20170121_092728_31596355914_o.jpg


    In the quick test drive I took, I noticed that the first to second shift was definitely better, and accelerating on to the highway was a lot smoother. Power delivery definitely smoothed out and it felt like things pulled a bit harder after the shifts thanks to the turbo staying spooled for longer. Also there is now a little "whoosh" sound while accelerating too. I have to go for a long highway drive to see if the rumble was taken care of. In any case, I have a diverter that is not going to fail. Enjoy!!
     
  2. butj2

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    My next project <<<<< thanks for the write-up, I need this bad :)
     
  3. WarEagle1

    WarEagle1 New Member

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    I installed one of these about 3 weeks ago, and although the difference was subtle to me, I do think it smooths things out a bit.

    I'm wondering if anyone else has seen a decrease in mpg's with this mod? I seem to have dropped 3-4 mpg's (like from 29-30, down to 26-27) on the last couple of tanks. I suspect my issue is with my right foot, as I've been driving it a little harder since the last couple of upgrades....


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  4. Robot Penguin

    Robot Penguin Active Member

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    Same here. I was more fun to mash the pedal. Get the Madness autoworks Maxpower ECM and you will destroy your mileage for a couple of weeks while having a lot of fun. You get back to normal pretty quickly though.

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