• Apr 7, 2011
Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence pickup truck - Click above for high-res image gallery

We've seen Jeep Wrangler pickup trucks before that never had a chance at production. They're the kind of teasing that many die-hard Wrangler lovers just can't handle, so the folks at Mopar are giving owners of the four-door Unlimited a chance to make their own Jeep pickup.

Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence pickup truck bedThe Wrangler JK-8 Independence is a new Mopar kit that provides a 50-inch pickup truck bed with 44 inches of width between the wheel wells. The folks at Mopar aren't ready to talk price just yet, but they promised two variants of the kit. One is a weld-free bolt-on setup that mechanically inclined Jeep owners can put together "over a weekend." The second is a show-ready kit that can be fitted at the dealership or a specialty body shop. The parts for both kits will reportedly cost about the same, but labor costs for the show truck version will cost extra. The kit will reportedly be available in every color that you can currently get the Wrangler Unlimited.

In all, Mopar tells us the kit includes a bed floor, all the necessary body panels, the fiberglass cap and a new bulkhead. To build your own JK-8 Independence, you'll need to remove all the interior parts behind the front seats. The new body panels will cover the second row entrance, and a short fiberglass cap provides enough covered space for your gear.

The bright yellow JK-8 show truck, which is based off of a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, features a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and a stock 44 rear axle with 4.88 gears. Thirty-seven inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires and a 4.5-inch long-arm suspension kit make sure this makeshift truck doesn't get stuck even in the most inhospitable terrain. Special off-road capable bumpers round out the modifications, and all of the above modifications are available straight from the Mopar catalog.

Click on the gallery below to check out the official Jeep Wrangler pickup truck that you've all been waiting for.


Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL

[Source: Chrysler]
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Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence
Taking cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980's, Mopar has designed a kit for do-it-yourselfers that converts a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup truck. The bed length is 50 inches and the width between wheel wells is 44 inches. The team created body panels to cover the second-row entrance and removed all of the interior parts behind the front seats-transforming the vehicle into a two-seater with just enough room for gear inside, and a pickup style bed to be used for outside cargo.

The JK-8 drivetrain is fitted with a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and stock Dana 44 rear axle, both spun with 4.88 gears. Linking the axles to the frame is a 4.5-inch long-arm suspension kit and 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires make the connection to the ground. A fresh coat of yellow paint and Mopar's off-road bumpers for the front and rear were utilized along with a new fuel door and slush mats.

The JK-8 kit includes bed floor, inner/outer body panels, half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Those are General Grabbers, not BFG KM2's....
        • 3 Years Ago
        They also aren't 37s, they don't make the DOT Grabbers in 37s. Biggest is 35s, I know cause I have a set on my rig.
      • 3 Years Ago
      River Raider has had JK pick up conversion out for a while.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep it under $5K and i'll order it for my JK. Now Jeep just needs to come out with a wrangler diesel.
        • 3 Years Ago
        AEV Brute Kit costs about $9000, but it includes frame extension.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You don't honestly and reasonably expect this to cost under 5k do you?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @moa: The AEV Brute kit also includes a complete pickup truck bed w/tailgate, and a new rear 1/3 of the body tub.
        • 3 Years Ago
        True Dat.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, I expect this to be under $5K. You don't need the buy the bed like you do with the AEV brute. A new hard top, half cage, body filler panels.... Your telling me that will cost more than $5K? If it is then its because you're paying for the "Mopar" name and not quality products.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FuzzyFish: Considering it's just a half cab top and a few body panels, yes, I absolutely expect this kit to run under $5k for the parts.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not bad, looks factory. Why is Jeep not making pickups since the early 80's?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not that this isn't cool, but I'm going to be really disappointed if this is the 'Wrangler Concept' that was shown/talked about a couple months ago.
      • 3 Years Ago
      AEV has had their Brute Pickup Conversion kit out for a few years now, which (I think) looks better. Guess Mopar wanted in on some of the action.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was wondering if anyone was going to mention the Brute - I've wanted one for several years now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They could have the compact truck market to themselves since the aging Ranger will not be in production much longer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see that Sergio's finally ended the hiatus on Jeep trucks and isn't listening to Dodge's whinging anymore about how it would destroy the brand.

      My only criticism is that the dimensions of the bed aren't very useful. 44 inches isn't very good for plywood, 50 inches long is barely longer than what you get with the Explorer Sport Trac. I would have liked an extra ten inches in length and four inches in width. I would consider it at that point.

      I'll be honest, what with the bed dimensions the way they are, I'd just buy the standard Wrangler and keep the useless back seats. If I needed a bed, I'd fold down the back seats and take down the roof.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time for Chrysler to make a official Wrangler truck. Or at least put the Gladiator into production.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Screw the RAM guys. A Jeep pickup is not going to compete with a fullsize pickup trucks.

        Jeep, just build the darn thing already and start selling it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rumor has it the RAM guys are putting the brakes on an Jeep truck. Corporate infighting FTL.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree, Jeep needs to just build the Gladiator.

        @Pummers

        If what you say is true about the Ram guys , then Chrysler needs to grow a backbone and let them know who's boss.

        The Gladiator would not take hurt Ram because it would basically be a Wrangler with a pick-up bed. That means, it likely would not have the towing capacity, cargo room, or ride quality of your typical Ram. Plus its styling would be vastly different.
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow! im having all kinds of ideas about what i can do with this truck.
      • 3 Years Ago
      gota admit, as a TJ owner I always looked down on these new JK Jeeps (re: too much plastic and rides like a sedan) but I'm kinda jealous right now...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time to grow out my mullet.
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