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Mopar Delivering Jeep JK-8 Pickup Kit Early

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On: Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 9:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mopar Delivering Jeep JK-8 Pickup Kit Early

The minute I saw the Jeep Nukizer 715 staring at me under the crimson cliffs of Moab was the minute I knew: If I ever own a Jeep Wrangler, I really hope it can be a pickup. Besides the fact that the little bed in back delivers some utility space for hauling gear, there are few pieces of metal and rubber on earth that look tougher than a jeep with a pickup bed.

So far, Chrysler isn't granting my wish. The company has no public plans to build a new Jeep pickup, though speculation has indicated that it is considering it. What the Chrysler group has done, though, is offer an aftermarket kit that lets Wrangler owners convert their Jeep into a pickup. It's the JK-8 and it's coming early.

Jeep began delivering the JK-8 kit to dealers this week, pushing it out a little early. That's good, because if you're a hardcore Jeep enthusiast, a JK-8 kit could certainly be the ultimate Christmas gift.

The JK-8 is off to a good start, too. Dealers ordered around 400 units, exceeding Mopar's initial sales expectations of 200 to 300 and sending production into overdrive. That's not just good news for Mopar, but potentially good news for anyone that would like to see a production Jeep pickup. While no one's confirming anything, a strong sales showing for the JK-8 kit would provide a pretty good argument for a production pickup.

Like a good corporate soldier Mopar president Pietro Gorlier is playing coy. Sales are "exciting for an aftermarket product,” he said, but added: "But you have to look at the whole picture. You need to balance the excitement of those who are blogging with real (sales) numbers."

But if there are hundreds of Jeep enthusiasts that are willing to put the work and money into converting their Jeep, there must be thousands that would just buy a pickup model. At least that's this excited blogger's story.

The JK-8 kit costs $5,500 and includes all necessary components: a steel bed, inner and outer bedsides, sport bar extensions, Freedom panel assemblies, fiberglass hardtop and bulkhead. It's designed to turn the four-door Wrangler Unlimited into a two-door with bed. With a little welding, DIYers can get it done in as little as a weekend. Those not comfortable with doing it themselves can have it installed at a local Chrysler dealership.



Stephy21 | 9:50AM (Mon, Dec 19, 2011)

I think this would be a great new jeep for Chrysler, i think they should at least consider it and see if the aftermarket kit sells good than why not build a truck/jeep model. People would go for it, every body is looking for some thing new to come out.

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