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Chrysler has finally released a few more details on its Mopar Jeep JK-8 pickup conversion. Wrangler Unlimited owners can purchase the kit for a $5,499, though installation by the dealer will set you back additional coin. Fortunately, the automaker says that any skilled do-it-yourselfer can stitch the pieces onto their vehicle with a little patience.

The conversion includes a steel bed, inner and outer bed sides, sport bar extensions and a fiberglass half-top and bulkhead among other necessary pieces. Jeep says that the kit should help satiate brand loyalists who also want a pickup truck.

Considering that a base Wrangler Unlimited will set you back $25,545, those customers will likely also find themselves wanting a winning lottery ticket. All told, buyers are staring down the barrel of a $31,044 entry price – if they do the work themselves.

It's fairly clear that the JK-8 is meant to share more blood with the CJ-8 Scrambler than a legitimate mid-size pickup, but that doesn't stop it from being pretty cool in our book. Maybe Chrysler will let us help put one together sometime. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Mopar Answers Call for Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Pickup Truck

Brand Announces Pricing for New JK-8 Kit

Priced at $5,499, the Mopar® JK-8 Kit enables owners to transform their Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited
into a pickup

Kit now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships

Dealership or skilled do-it-yourselfers may do the installation

Major components of the Mopar JK-8 kit include steel bed, inner and outer bedsides, sport bar extensions, Freedom panel assemblies, fiberglass hardtop and bulkhead

Kit shipped in JK-8 and Mopar-stamped wooden crate (85.25-inch by 62.25-inch by 30-inch), instructions included

July 14, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Jeep® enthusiasts now have the opportunity to transform their four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a two-door pickup truck.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Mopar® JK-8 kit is $5,499. The kit, which comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, is now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships. The warranty covers kit materials and workmanship performed at a Chrysler Group dealership.

"Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are some of our most accessorized vehicles," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "New Jeep Wrangler owners typically spend more than $500 on Mopar accessories. For Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners, our new Mopar JK-8 kit answers the call for even more radical customization. And it's yet another example of how Mopar will continue to support our brands with innovative features."

Prior to the introduction of the JK-8 kit, Mopar introduced numerous industry-first features including in-vehicle Wi-Fi, off-road camper trailers, vehicle-information apps and an Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS). Most recently, the brand introduced its Ram Runner off-road desert-racer kit.

Mopar first revealed its JK-8 kit at this year's Moab Jeep Safari. The kit takes cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980's. Major components include a spacious 44-inch by 50-inch steel bed, inner and outer bedsides constructed from stamped sheet metal, sport bar extensions, Freedom Panel assemblies, a removable fiberglass hardtop with a sliding rear window, two fixed side windows and a fiberglass bulkhead.

Staying true to the Jeep brand, the JK-8 kit offers Jeep Wrangler Unlimited capability in the form of a mini pickup. In addition, the top may be completely removed for an open-air experience.

A special badge is featured on the left rear quarter panel of each kit, celebrating the heritage of the Jeep Scrambler CJ-8, along with design implementations that were adopted from original J-8 military Jeep pickups.

For ease of purchase, the kit is available as a single part number (77070049) with all hardware and body panels included. The kit may be purchased and installed at a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge or Ram dealership.

Conversion Process
Two processes are involved in the conversion from a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to a two-door pickup truck: disassembly and reassembly.

In disassembly, each rear door is removed. Next, the rear-bumper assembly, hard top and Freedom Panels are removed, followed by the rear portion of the interior, which includes seats and carpeting. Exterior trim parts are removed and preserved; inner and outer body panels are removed by drilling out the spot welds, which allows the panels to fall away and avoids having to cut into the sheet metal. The rear sport bar is cut away and removed along with B-pillars.

Reassembly into a two-door pickup truck begins with installation of the B-pillars, cross member, floor-pan assembly (truck bed), and the inner and outer quarter panels (welding is involved in assembly). Next to be installed is the bulkhead reinforcement assembly and sport bar extensions, and finally the installation of the fiberglass bulkhead itself. The kit, with components delivered e-coated, is then prepped for paint. Windows are installed to the hard top, which is then installed on the vehicle. Exterior trim parts are then reinstalled.

Following is information regarding some of the main components included in the Mopar JK-8 kit.

Mopar JK8 Body Weld Kit Complete (All parts are sold together in one complete kit)

Freedom Panels: Fiberglass panels over front seats.

Hardtop: Made from fiberglass, the hard top may be removed and features a sliding rear window.

Bulkhead: The bulkhead for the kit is made of fiberglass and separates the cab from the bed of the truck, and permanently attaches to the vehicle.

Bed: The spacious 44-inch by 50-inch bed features strong steel construction.

Inner/Outer Bed Panels: Bed panels are stamped sheet metal and provide durability and functionality.

Sport Bar Extensions: New sport bar extensions replace the rear portion of the sport bar that is removed for the conversion. These bars complement the structure of the vehicle.


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      WhoMeWhere
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if this kit could be purchased piece-meal and use to make a modern Scrambler LWB 2 door Wrangler
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Jeep released a production Wrangler pickup with the 2.8 diesel that was reviewed here at autoblog with a stick, I absolutely would trade in for one. I'd die and go to heaven. Please hear me Jeep, I love Jeeps, and I actually could afford the above (with a trade in, my pockets aren't quite that deep lol). Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease build it!
      YaSo
      • 3 Years Ago
      From what I see in this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW3Z783PPMM it doesn't appear to be all that hard to install. They mention in the video that it is for 2007-2009 Jeeps, so that seems to leave out newer owners. I kind of understand the kit vs. factory (with the crash testing and all of that) but $5500 is too much. 2-3k seems about right to me. I just noticed that you need to cut the back of the rollbar off. So it seems that once you go to a pickup, you would have a hard time re-converting it to a four-door. MAYBE if the dealer offered a 'stripped' new four-door with some pieces already removed, then sold the kit to be sold after the initial sale, (to get around having to crash test a pickup) the price could come down to a couple of grand.
      iKingston
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems that a lot of people are not understanding that offering this as an option is not really an option for Chrysler right now. This is essentially creating a whole different type of vehicle. Do you know what happens when a new vehicle comes to market? It has to be tested... Crash tested, EPA tested, etc. etc. In short, it would cost a lot of money that Chrysler really does not have to get this its own assembly line and send it through the paces of getting it NHTSA worthy. You all should be happy that this mod is even being offered by the OEM.
        Colin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iKingston
        I'm really happy with how right you are.
        imoore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iKingston
        That's total bullcrap and you know it. Chrysler has the option of building this, it's just that the Dodge Division is calling the shots. Seems that the assembly workers aren't the only Chrysler employees who love to "drink a little drink, smoke a little smoke" at lunchtime.
        JaredN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iKingston
        Most manufacturers these days are able to build more than one vehicle on the same assembly line. For example, the Ford Taurus and Explorer are built on the same assembly line. So I see no reason why this could not be built on the Wrangler assembly line. Yes, it would have to be EPA and crash tested. So? That's not a huge amount of money. If they've already done the engineering to build the kit, the extra engineering can't be that expensive. This isn't like creating an entirely new platform.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        LostBoyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or they did the math and that in the current market an off the line version would be a net loss, but they wanted to give the option to those that really wanted it. Damned if you do, damned if you don't
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        Jeep doesnt have an alternative like the Expedition has the F150...and I'm pretty sure they would mass produce this if the demand was there. personally I'd rather have the back seats than the small truck bed...but it does look cool.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is HUGE demand for a Jeep pickup. The same was said about the 4 door wrangler. Nobody is producing a small, decent truck right now that's a modern design. No diesels either. Combine those 2 and they would sell a ton. This is about the Ram brand and protecting it. Period. p.s. - Chrysler can't afford NOT to take the chance. Everyone acts like it's going to the moon. It's a minor investment compared to everything else and easily would pay huge dividends.
        Colin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I'll give you the diesel remark. The rest is rubbish.
      toyslacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      You should just be able to factory order this. Like DUKEISDUKE said, what are you suppose to do with the rear half of the body parts? Make it a custom factory order only option for $2K, and people will be happy. Well more happy than having left over parts and spending another $5K+
        MintzBuck
        • 3 Years Ago
        @toyslacker
        A custom factory order would be way more than $2k. Making cars is pretty difficult, you can't just add major body variations on a whim.
          toyslacker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MintzBuck
          I don't think it would be "that" ridiculous... I mean just put a fork in the production line once the chassis is complete, where the 4 door wranglers go one way and the pick-ups go another. It's not like there are major changes with this variation, it's just different body panels. No different that 2 and 4 door Ram pick-ups.
          Colin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MintzBuck
          Toyslacker has no clue how expensive assembly lines are to even slightly modify.
      LesPaul1
      • 3 Years Ago
      wutta POS. over $30k for a wrangler? I can get a Tacoma or Ranger for far less.
        jayhawkjeeper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LesPaul1
        Base price for a Wrangler Rubicon is right at $30k. Off the pavement it will drive circles around any model Tacoma or Ranger
        sirjaysmith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LesPaul1
        your tacoma and ranger have 'far less' drivetrain and suspension, thats why you can get them for far less. Good luck not tearing out your under carriage on the rubicon!
      AngeloD
      • 3 Years Ago
      This kit is completely underwhelming. $6k for a kit, on top of the price for an unlimited? No thanks. Another missed opportunity for Chrysler to demonstrate that they actually listen to their customers. How much effort would it have taken to build a JK Scrambler? Too much for Chrysler apparently.
        LostBoyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        The problem from what I heard and I can't disagree with is that offering a wrangler pickup from the factory isn't going to bring many new sales, it would dominantly people who were going to buy a wrangler already.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is such a bad joke, it's not even funny anymore. Obviously Chrysler's not going to do the right thing and build a proper truck. The Dodge Overlords win again.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      LoL, let me check the calender to make sure it isn't April 1st. A kit? Really? My gosh.
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