Jeep to offer kit that turns Wrangler JK into a pickup
Written: April 07, 2011
by Andy Lilienthal
Jeep announced today that it's bringing several vehicles to the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari at Moab this year. One of those vehicles Jeep calls the JK-8 Independence.
According to Jeep, Mopar has designed a kit for the do-it-yourselfer that converts a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup truck. The bed length is 50 inches and the width between the wheel wells is 44 inches. The Mopar team created body panels to cover the second-row entrance on the JK-8 Independence, and removed all of the interior parts behind the front seats. This transforms 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 kit includes bed floor, inner/outer body panels, half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead. No word on pricing yet.
The JK-8 headed to Moab has a drivetrain 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.