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Out In The Desert With The Jeep Pickup

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On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Out In The Desert With The Jeep Pickup

Last month, Jeep and Mopar introduced a special kit called the JK-8 Independence. In short, it's a pickup kit that delivers a bed to the back of a Wrangler. It's pretty sweet option for the Jeep Wrangler line, given that Jeep has long lacked a production pickup model here in the States.

Unfortunately, the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari came and went, and we didn't really hear anything else about the JK-8 or other special edition Mopared Jeeps at the event. But a new video clip from PickupTrucks.com takes a closer look at the package in Moab.

When the Jeep JK-8 first launched, we thought it was a single kit that gave the buyer the option of installing it himself or taking it to the dealer to have installed. Turns out, there are actually two separate kits. The "weekend warrior" version is for the DIYer that likes to get greasy in his garage. The body-shop version provides a more finished look with welded panels and seamless paint.

The JK-8 will go on sale on July 1, but Mopar has yet to release a price on it. The Mopar rep Steve Houtman in the video says simply that he thinks it will be "very competitive"—you know, when compared to all those other SUV/pickup conversions. It's designed for 2007 to 2011 Jeep Wranglers.

The narrator in the video alludes to the fact that the JK-8 kit may be a placeholder for an actual production Jeep pickup, a situation that more than a few Jeep fans are undoubtedly rooting for. I'd think that it could also be viewed as a test vehicle—if there's enough actual interest at the dealership, it could make the business case for a production pickup.

Either way, the JK-8 is a pretty sweet kit. Hopefully, we'll have official pricing info soon.


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