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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.

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 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.

The JK-8 Independence will be officially unveiled at the 45th Moab Easter Jeep Safari, so stay tuned for more information.

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  • Joe

    Great. I bought a $32,000 Rubicon Unlimited last year. Now I can throw away the soft top, hard top, two rear doors, carpet, back seat, and seat belts that came with the Jeep in the garbage. Oh yes, along with the plastic bumpers that I already replaced with steel Mopar bumpers. This is so wonderful because after throwing $7,500 dollars in parts away and spending another $7,500 on the truck conversion kit I might finally get a ¼ ton Jeep pickup for around $40,000. In this day of sustainability one would think they could at least offer a package where the top tops would work with the truck bed option or take all these items back on a trade. Or, why not just build a factory truck as we all wanted! I guess I am old school as I never minded having two Jeeps in my driveway.