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Jeep enthusiasts have been asking for a Wrangler pickup for years, and 2011 is the year they finally got their wish – at least in kit form. The only thing that could keep the JK-8 Independence kit from being a success is the $5,499 price, which doesn't include assembly. But it appears that the serious Jeep fans are all-in, and Mopar is stepping up to meet demand.

Wards Auto reports that Mopar's original estimate of 200-300 kit sales was trumped by 400 dealer orders. Team Mopar is reportedly stepping up to meet the demand, as President Pietro Gorlier tells WA that more kits are on the way. Gorlier adds that Mopar continues to be cautious about sales expectations in part because the kits are so large and difficult for dealers to store in any real numbers.

Early demand for the kits, which is also available for the Wrangler Unlimited, also shows Chrysler that a next-generation Wrangler truck could take the market by storm. Gorlier points out that Jeep President Mike Manley has gone on record as saying that the next redesign of the Wrangler could include a pickup option, though no definite plans have been announced.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      It proves just how popular a Jeep pickup could truly be that people are willing to spend an extra $5500 over a Wrangler Unlimited to get one. I hope this option keeps selling. It's one of the few things that might finally get automakers to realize that Americans want solid, high-quality and rugged compact pickups.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't forget - that's spending $5500 PLUS the PITA of getting it installed - that's a lot of work and money to convert the Jeep. I can EASILY see the Wrangler pickup selling like crazy, and for once people would have an actual "small pickup" option. I personally would be very, very hard pressed not to buy one myself, assuming a price range similar to the current Unlimited line up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the kits, which is also available for the Wrangler Unlimited" actually, I'm pretty sure it's ONLY available for the Unlimited
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah... It would look a little funny with a short wheelbase.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bout damn time! Where's the diesel? Stoopid companies asleep at the wheel.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the 4 door crew cab kit better by AEV I think it is. I mean if I wanted to completely waste money in this economy when I should be buying guns, gold and storing food for the coming collapse. Hope AND change.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw one of these at the SF Auto Show -- $70k asking price after all was said and done.
      • 3 Years Ago
      $5500? Plus tax, installation and whatever mark-up the dealers add on? Someone involved must be smoking a lot of crack. Not sure if it's Chrysler, the dealers or the press.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wait for it wait for it, can't resist.... It's a Jeep thing!
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      400 orders? Really, that's all? Take a look at the decade of Liberty volume and Jeep is ending that era due to lackluster sales. I'm afraid bean counters sway influence too heavily at Chrysler to goad them back into the pickup market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a once proud owner of an AMC Comanche pickup, I have to admit this kit has hit my "gotta have it" button. The lift kit and those massive donuts completes the transformation. Might have to try to talk my son into thinking about owing one too.
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