Sneak Peek: First Hellcat Powered Jeep JK Wrangler!Posted in Features on February 10, 2016
With all the buzz swirling around the immensely powerful 707hp Hellcat engine, it was inevitable that someone would plant one in a Jeep. Well, we saw the first running example of that reality, and the sound of that monster V-8 screaming in the engine bay of a customized Jeep JK Wrangler made the hair on the back of our necks stand up.
So here’s the deal. Back in early 2015, the guys at Wild Boar Off Road were looking to buy a crate Hellcat engine, but they were not available yet, so they had almost given up when a friend found a crashed ’15 Dodge Challenger with an intact supercharged 6.2L V-8 16-valve SRT motor. That was sent to Dakota Customs Rapid City, South Dakota, a company with lots of experience swapping in V-8s (especially Hemi V-8s), who developed a JK install kit for the engine. Dakota Customs also created did all the ECM programming and custom wiring to shoehorn the screaming SRT V-8 into the JK.
In addition, Dakota backed it up with a W5A580 five-speed auto trans that had been treated to Southern Hot Rods’ Viking Stage 2 upgrade kit. That brings in, among other things, beefier clutch packs and baskets, with trans valve changes that allow it to shift much firmer and handle the Hemi power. The stock JK T-case remains, as do the front Dana 30 and rear Dana 44 axles. To get a 6x6 configuration, a Ford 9-inch twin-screw through-shaft axle was used between the T-case and the rear Dana 44.
To accommodate the 6x6 drivetrain setup, Wild Boar extended the original ’12 JK Unlimited frame to create a 152-inch wheelbase. The factory springs were retained, but a quadruplet of King 2.0 adjustable-compression shocks are used in concert with King bumps tops to create a suspension system that can deliver as much as 2 inches of lift and allow for larger tires. Tucked nicely underneath the customized GenRight steel tube fenders are a set of 35-inch Toyo Open Country M/T tires wrapped around 17x9-inch Fuel “Lethal” wheels.
The custom JK Unlimited’s body is further dressed out with Wild Boar modular front and rear bumpers, a Wild Boar front bull bar and brush guards, and a Wild Boar Hawkeye front grille. The custom Hell Hog engine hood is a JK unit that has been augmented with a Dodge Charger scoop and a red Hell Hog hood logo. The custom logo, as well as the black and gray Kevlar paint job with a red separator stripe, is the handiwork of Exotic Cars & Design in Huntington Beach, California. Inside, the Hell Hog is replete with custom front buckets, and the Stitch Corporation of Norwalk, California, did a complete custom upholstery job in black and gray leather.
Not For Show
We first saw the Hell Hog a few weeks before the 2015 SEMA Show. It was the very first running Hellcat JK then, and it’s still snorting and pawing at the ground with all the power of the supercharged SRT V-8 under its hood. And if you think this is just another trailer queen meant for the car show circuit, you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s the fire-breathing progenitor of a line of custom Hellcat-powered Jeep Wranglers that Wild Boar Off Road is already taking orders for. Get in line.
Vehicle: Wild Boar Off Road Jeep Hell Hog
Engine: ’15 Dodge supercharged 6.2L Hemi V-8
Transmission: W5A580 five-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Stock Suspension: Stock springs, King 2.0 compression adjustable shocks, King bumpstops
Axles: Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, Ford 9-inch pass-through between T-case and rear axle
Wheels: 17x9 Fuel “Lethal”
Tires: 35x12.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/T
Built For: Scaring nosy neighbors, burning rubber, and having fun