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2009 Jeep Wrangler JK - Slimer

Posted in Features on January 24, 2013
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We all remember the hungry ghost, Slimer, from Ghostbusters. Unlike that ghost, this Slimer is real and works so well it’s scary. Yes, it’s an honest-to-goodness 2009 JK Wrangler with a 2.8L VM Motori CRD mill, six-speed manual transmission, and NVG241OR Rock-Trac transfer case. Dan McKeag of Dakota Customs in Rapid City, South Dakota, bought the diesel driveline from an overseas customer who replaced it with a 6.4L Hemi in his JK. He built the green Wrangler using other JK Rubicon parts. Besides the Rock-Trac transfer case, the Gecko Green Jeep sports front and rear Rubicon Dana 44s.

The 2.8L VM Motori CRD was available in JK Wranglers everywhere but North America. Dan purchased this one from an overseas customer, who had swapped it for a 6.4L Hemi at Dakota Customs.

The Teraflex 2.5-inch budget boost is simple, yet works. Old 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM tires mounted on heavy Hutchison beadlocks clear easily. Dan modified a Smittybilt XRC front bumper for a custom look and mounted a Warn VR8000-s winch. The Poison Spyder Customs’ rear bumper is clean and simple. Nemesis aluminum flares and rockers look great and work well.

We’ve watched Slimer perform and it’s outstanding. The torque afforded by the little diesel mill allows the Jeep to crawl over almost everything. The build quality is indicative of the excellent work performed by Dakota Customs. It returns 20 mpg on the trail and 25 mpg on the highway! Slimer is real and delivers scary performance. We ain’t ’fraid of no ghosts!

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Vehicle: 2009 Jeep Wrangler
Owner/Hometown: Dan McKeag/Rapid City, South Dakota
Engine: 2.8L VM Motori CRD
Transmission: Jeep six-speed manual
Transfer case/low range ratio: Jeep NVG241OR Rock-Trac/4.0:1
Front end: Jeep JK Rubicon Dana 44
Rear end: Jeep JK Rubicon Dana 44
Ring and Pinion: 4.10:1
Front Differential: Tru-Lok Rubicon electric locker
Rear Differential: Tru-Lok Rubicon electric locker
Suspension: 2.5-inch Teraflex Budget Boost with Elka Shock absorbers
Tires: 37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM
Wheels/Backspacing: 17x8 Hutchinson beadlock/4.5 inches

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