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2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited That Is No Mall Crawler

Posted in Features on May 12, 2015
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Steve Casci is one of those guys who change rigs more often than most of us change socks. He is constantly selling old projects to make room for something new. After his 2009 JK Unlimited sat dormant for eight months while Steve was out enjoying trails in a Polaris RZR, he decided to unload the Jeep. Shane Doherty snatched up the 5-year-old JK with less only 9,000 miles on the odometer for a bargain.

After bending the factory axles, they were replaced with Currie Rock Jock Dana 60s with 5.13 gears, ARB Air Lockers, and eight-lug F-450 outers. The axles are located by a custom long-arm suspension fabricated by Trent Fabrication with radius arms in the front and a three-link configuration in back.

Shane has his own project, a CJ-7 that he is restoring, but the four door JK is ready to wheel right now and has more room for Shane’s son and other passengers. Plus, Casci had already put the first (and second, and third…) scratch in the Jeep, so Shane can wheel it hard without worrying about putting the first dent in his new (to him) Wrangler. On the contrary, the hard work has been done and the money spent, and now Shane can just enjoy the ride.

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Drivetrain
Engine: 3.8L V-6
Transmission: 42RLE 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Advance Adapters Atlas II
Front axle: Currie Rock Jock 60 with 5.13 gears and ARB Air Locker
Rear axle: Currie Rock Jock 60 with 5.13 gears and ARB Air Locker

Springs & Such: Trent Fabrication long arm with King air bumps and front Fox coilovers and rear Synergy lift springs
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.5R17LT Maxxis Trepador radials on 17x9.5 Raceline Monster beadlock rims
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist
Other: Poison Spyder front bumper, Rigid Industries LED light, Warn XD9500i winch, Masterpull synthetic winch line, Shrockworks rock sliders, Shrockworks rear bumper and tire carrier, Synergy Mfg. skidplates, Bayshore 1350 drivelines, AEV snorkel, Optima RedTop battery, York air compressor, sPOD switch panel, Xenon fender flares

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The 3.8L V-6 has less than 10,000 miles on it, so it hasn’t given Shane any reason to change it. The engine breathes through an AEV snorkel and is equipped with a York belt-driven air compressor, dual Optima RedTop batteries, and a sPOD power distribution block.

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