Jeep JK-8 conversion kit from Mopar – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The folks over at PickupTrucks.com recently drove a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with Mopar's JK-8 conversion kit, and they got a Mopar engineer on camera to talk about it. To refresh your memory, one kit will be offered for the at-home "weekend warrior" tinkerer, a second kit will be offered for body shops to make the conversion look like it came from the factory. Pricing hasn't been announced, but the engineer said it would be "competitive," although we have no idea what he could be comparing the price too, it should be less than the "two arms, two legs and a testicle" suggested by a PickupTrucks.com commenter.

Finally, the JK-8 package will be available in every color offered on the Wrangler, meaning you won't get it in the concept car yellow. Follow the jump to see it in action and hear more about it.



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      AngeloD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The kit is nice for those who already own an Unlimited and have some spare cash. It isn't much of a substitute for a purpose built pickup however. The bed area looks like a mess. I'd like to see at least a new factory-built Scrambler instead of just a kit.
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Jeep actually builds one themselves, it won't have the crappy 3.8 that powers the Wrangler right now. Next year all of the Jeeps should have the 3.6 Pentastar that has more hp and torque. The real bread and butter though would be for them to build this and drop the 2.8 diesel engine (4 cylinders) that you can already get as an option in Europe. Or better yet, just drop a diesel V6 under the hood already. Of course, this is the sort of thing that the Jeep buying public has been asking Chrysler to give them for years...so Chrysler will probably not do it. They have a knack for not giving the public what it wants. That's why they went bankrupt in 1980 and in 2009.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        It's because Ram trucks would throw a little hissyfit if Chrysler allowed this to happen. It's why I say screw Ram trucks as not everyone wants some big gaudy behemoth that's only good for hauling, towing, and riding on annoyingly large rims. I would take the small, capable, fun to drive Jeep any day of the week. Chrysler needs grow a back bone by reminding Ram who is boss.
          Chris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          True. The people in the Dodge truck division were a big reason Chrysler killed off the Comanche after Chrysler took over AMC.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I'd give for Jeep to release an actual Jeep pickup! I think it would make perfect sense for a small / light duty pickup, since neither Dodge or RAM have one. The success of the S-10 and Ranger are more than enough proof people really like small pickups. Okay okay, so, what if...... Jeep released a light duty pickup with the diesel options reviewed by autoblog a while back? To me that screams "donate kidney for Jeep pickup"! Btw, if my XJ asks, I didn't post this...
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      What if ford decided to not sell F150s? instead you had to buy an Expedition and convert it to a pickup by buying a kit. WTF is wrong with chrysler?
        evans1396
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Yes but Chrysler is not stopping sales of the Ram and telling people that the only Chrysler option for a pickup is to convert an Unlimited Wrangler. Your point makes no sense. At the end of the day Chrysler has a fantastic product in the Dodge Ram. The Dodge boys do not want to lose ever one sale to the Jeep boys but the Jeep boys (and quite a number of Jeep fans) want and are demanding a pickup. Marchionne has gone on record saying that they are exploring bringing a Jeep pickup to market and if the Dodge boys have a problem that is too bad. Give Marchionne a little while longer. He has done a tremendous job thus far in less than two years in revitalizing a number of Chrysler's cars and trucks, not to mention, pushing forward on the new 8 and 9 speed transmissions and the Pentastar engines. I think when the dust settles Jeep will have their pickup and a diesel engine to go with it.
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @evans1396
          Excuse me, but who in their right mind is going to cross shop a Ram and a Wrangler pickup?! A better comparison would be the Dakota and a Wrangler pickup, in this case, the JK-8. But even THAT sounds like a bit of a stretch to me...
      Jtz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hello Toyota Recall Allow me to introduce myself I'm Jtz. Here is a list of cars you never thought in your life copied. So what you saying? You saying Toyota, Nissan and Honda don’t copy? So you saying the VW Oroc, Tundra and Lancer didn’t copy the faces? You saying the Mazda 6 and Acura ZDX’s side profile is original? You trying to tell me the Ridgeline, Tribute and 2011 Jeep Campass don’t have the same headlights? You trying to tell me the Pontiac Grandprix and Ford 500 don’t have the same tailights? You trying to tell me that the Lancer does not look like the IS? Side profiles Rave 4, Mazda 3 hatch, Jeep Campass, Outlander, Pontiac Vibe and 2012 Versa Hatch but only the 2006 Kia cee’d's side is the copy. Honda pilot and Scion XB hint backend. Chey Malibu And Mercedes C class hint headlights. 2010 Ford Tarus and 2000 Altima hint face. 2012 Ford Taris and 2011 Highlander hint headlights. Dodge Caliber and 2012 Subaru Impreza hatch hint exterior. Mazda CX-5, Infinti EX and 2009 Subaru hatch hint exteriors. Ford 500 and Audi A6 hint greenhouse. Prius, insight and Leaf. 2006 Ford Fusion and Caddilac CTS hint headlights. 2003 Toyota corolla and 2008 Chevy Malibu hint C Pillars. I’m jtz. If we are going to play the “It looks like” game let’s get Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Chevy, Ford, Acura, Mazda, Subaru, And Mitsubishi. Let’s Put all of the copies to the kitchen table.
        ravenosa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jtz
        Are your comments supposed to be readable? Paragraphs are your friend, man...
      Jtz
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what you saying? You saying Toyota, Nissan and Honda don’t copy? So you saying the VW Oroc, Tundra and Lancer didn’t copy the faces? You saying the Mazda 6 and Acura ZDX’s side profile is original? You trying to tell me the Ridgeline, Tribute and 2011 Jeep Campass don’t have the same headlights? You trying to tell me the Pontiac Grandprix and Ford 500 don’t have the same tailights? You trying to tell me that the Lancer does not look like the IS? Side profiles Rave 4, Mazda 3 hatch, Jeep Campass, Outlander, Pontiac Vibe and 2012 Versa Hatch but only the 2006 Kia cee’d's side is the copy. Honda pilot and Scion XB hint backend. Chey Malibu And Mercedes C class hint headlights. 2010 Ford Tarus and 2000 Altima hint face. 2012 Ford Taris and 2011 Highlander hint headlights. Dodge Caliber and 2012 Subaru Impreza hatch hint exterior. Mazda CX-5, Infinti EX and 2009 Subaru hatch hint exteriors. Ford 500 and Audi A6 hint greenhouse. Prius, insight and Leaf. 2006 Ford Fusion and Caddilac CTS hint headlights. 2003 Toyota corolla and 2008 Chevy Malibu hint C Pillars. I’m jtz. If we are going to play the “It looks like” game let’s get Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Chevy, Ford, Acura, Mazda, Subaru, And Mitsubishi. Let’s Put all of the copies to the kitchen table. Now what Toyota recall?
      Jtz
      • 3 Years Ago
      We going to talk about copying Toyota Recall let's put out on the table that the Honda Fit's side copied the Chevy Aveo. Let's put out the SUVs with slanted C pillars like the Iszuz Rodeo, Chevy Blazer, Buick Rendavous, Toyota 4 Runner, 1st generation Lexus RX, 1St Generation Saturn VuE, 1St generation Acura MDX, 2005 Honda CR-V 2012 Ford Explorer, Mercedes M class, 2nd Generation Chevy Equionox, Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, Ford Freestyle but only the 2003 Kia Sorento was the copycat. Next Mini Cooper, Ford Flex, Honda Element but only the Kia Kv7concept is the copycat. 2011 Infinti M, 2009 Lacross and 2005 Ford Taurus hint side. Acura TL and Buick Regal hint backend. I can go on forever. So Toyota Recall you get Kia and I will get the other cars. Now who's blind?
      Ferris Macau
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the payload rating? aren't PU suspensions purpose engineered to haul? that JK rear axle is awfully close to the rear bumper... pppposer I'm just sayin'
      canallurker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who the hell would want a pickup powered by the Wrangler's Dodge Caravan/ Chrysler Town & Country sourced minivan motor? I know three people with this same engine than cant seem to keep oil in them. Bring back the 4.0 straight six, which is true low RPM torque motor.
      Caecilius Iucundus
      • 3 Years Ago
      The seller noted at the bottom that it was sold locally this morning. Gorgeous car btw. I'm a JDM fan but these new Mustangs are really swaying me over. Kudos to Ford.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the styling of Jeeps but the bed on the JK 8 is just not long enough for my needs. If it had a drop down tailgate I could just about use it.
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