By Cars.com EditorsApril 27, 2011
About the video
PickupTrucks.com gets its hands on the new MOPAR Jeep JK-8 pickup truck conversion kit that turns a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a rock crawler hauler. We take it off-road and get the low-down on the kit's details.
(Glass breaking) I'm Mark Williams with PickupTrucks.com. And we're here in one of the prettiest places in the country, Moab, Utah, with the Jeep and MOPAR concept vehicles.
These are vehicles that they've been bringing here for almost a decade now, and we've got one of them right behind me. It's called the JK-8 Independence. With us here is a MOPAR expert, and he's gonna give us the lowdown on this vehicle. Steve, thank you for being here. Appreciate your time. A pleasure, Mark. We're going to be talking about this JK-8. What can you tell me about this package? We've been showing Jeep Sahara Moab for several years and it creates a great buzz every time we do. So we decided to put one to market. We've created a package that you can convert your 2007 to 2011 Jeep Wrangler four-door into a pickup truck. We took body panels from our J8 military Wrangler and created a new hard top and bulkhead along with the J8 floor pen and created the package that you can convert your vehicle into a pickup. <v Mark>So, the J8, that's a vehicle that you make already? It's already a pickup truck? It's certainly not already sold in the U.S. <v Steve>It's a vehicle that's not sold in the U.S., but it is based on the Wrangler. <v Mark>How complicated is this conversion? We're actually gonna offer two kits. One is for the weekend warrior that can convert it in his backyard over a weekend, and the other is for a body shop to do the full conversion and paint and all of the things to make it into a show vehicle. <v Mark>What's the distinction between those two packages? <v Steve>If you want the panels to be welded in and finished with filler and painted so it looks like it came out of the factory. <v Mark>When is this conversion package gonna go on sale? Do we have a price yet? <v Steve>We're targeting the 1st of July for the package to be available for sale and we haven't announced pricing yet, but I think it will be very competitive. So there you have it. With a MOPAR accessory package, Jeep is back in the pickup game. Remember the Comanche, remember the J10 and the J20 pickup trucks. Now we're gonna try to get back into something similar. For the most part, and we've heard a lot of buzz on the internet about this, this could be interpreted, essentially, as a placeholder until a real Jeep pickup truck hits the market. That's what we're hoping for. (Guitar music outro)