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 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!
|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|