Mopar announces JK-8 pickup truck kit for Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 14, 2011

Mopar is offering a kit for the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that transforms it into a two-door pickup truck. The Mopar JK-8 kit has an MSRP of $5,499 and could be ordered through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships. The kit is available with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty that covers kit materials and workmanship done at a Chrysler Group dealership.

Before the JK-8 kit was presented, Mopar unveiled its many industry-first features such as in-vehicle Wi-Fi, off-road camper trailers, vehicle-information apps and an Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS).

Mopar had recently launched its Ram Runner off-road desert-racer kit. The JK-8 kit was first shown at the Moab Jeep Safari this year. The kit gets cues from the Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 80s.

Its major components include a roomy 44-inch by 50-inch steel bed, inner and outer bedsides made from stamped sheet metal, sport bar extensions, Freedom Panel assemblies, a removable fiberglass hardtop with a sliding rear window, two fixed side windows and a fiberglass bulkhead.

The JK-8 kit remains true to the Jeep brand as it provides Jeep Wrangler Unlimited capability in the figure of a mini pickup. Furthermore, the top could be totally removed if you prefer driving in the open air.

On the left rear quarter panel of each kit, there is a special badge that symbolizes the heritage of the Jeep Scrambler CJ-8, together with design bits that were inspired by the original J-8 military Jeep pickups.

There are two processes that are involved in transforming a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a two-door pickup. These are disassembly and reassembly.

When disassembling, the rear doors are first removed, followed by the rear bumper, the Freedom Panels, and the hard top. And then you would disassemble the rear part of the interior, including the carpeting and the seats. On the exterior, you should remove the trims and keep them in a safe place as you may be needing these later on.

After these, the body panels are also removed. You can simply drill out the spot welds that keep the interior and exterior panels in place, instead of cutting into the sheet metal. Then you would need to cut away the rear sport bar and the B-pillars.

When you have finished taking apart the back of the four-door Jeep Wrangler, it is time to begin the reassembly process. You start with installing the B-pillars, truck bed assembly, cross member, and the quarter panels. The outer and inner quarter panels are welded into the assembly.

Continue with the sport bar extensions and the bulkhead reinforcement. Then finish the job with the fiberglass bulkhead itself.

The Mopar JK-8 Kit has parts that are e-coated. You would need to paint these. The windows are installed to the fiberglass hard top, which you would in turn install to the vehicle. After these, you would need to put back the exterior trim parts that you removed during disassembly.

The Mopar JK-8 kit has the following main components:

- Mopar JK8 Body Weld Kit that includes all the parts you need.

- Fiberglass Freedom Panels that you install over the front seats.

- Fiberglass Hardtop, which might be removed. It also features a sliding window.

- Fiberglass Bulkhead, which separates the truck bed from the cab, and separates the cab from the bed of the truck, and

- Bed, which measures 44 inches by 50 inches, and is made out of steel.

Press Release

Mopar Answers Call for Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Pickup Truck

Brand Announces Pricing for New JK-8 Kit

Priced at $5,499, the Mopar® JK-8 Kit enables owners to transform their Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited
into a pickup

Kit now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships

Dealership or skilled do-it-yourselfers may do the installation

Major components of the Mopar JK-8 kit include steel bed, inner and outer bedsides, sport bar extensions, Freedom panel assemblies, fiberglass hardtop and bulkhead

Kit shipped in JK-8 and Mopar-stamped wooden crate (85.25-inch by 62.25-inch by 30-inch), instructions included

July 14, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Jeep® enthusiasts now have the opportunity to transform their four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a two-door pickup truck.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Mopar® JK-8 kit is $5,499. The kit, which comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, is now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships. The warranty covers kit materials and workmanship performed at a Chrysler Group dealership.

"Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are some of our most accessorized vehicles," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "New Jeep Wrangler owners typically spend more than $500 on Mopar accessories. For Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners, our new Mopar JK-8 kit answers the call for even more radical customization. And it's yet another example of how Mopar will continue to support our brands with innovative features."

Prior to the introduction of the JK-8 kit, Mopar introduced numerous industry-first features including in-vehicle Wi-Fi, off-road camper trailers, vehicle-information apps and an Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS). Most recently, the brand introduced its Ram Runner off-road desert-racer kit.

Mopar first revealed its JK-8 kit at this year's Moab Jeep Safari. The kit takes cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980's. Major components include a spacious 44-inch by 50-inch steel bed, inner and outer bedsides constructed from stamped sheet metal, sport bar extensions, Freedom Panel assemblies, a removable fiberglass hardtop with a sliding rear window, two fixed side windows and a fiberglass bulkhead.

Staying true to the Jeep brand, the JK-8 kit offers Jeep Wrangler Unlimited capability in the form of a mini pickup. In addition, the top may be completely removed for an open-air experience.

A special badge is featured on the left rear quarter panel of each kit, celebrating the heritage of the Jeep Scrambler CJ-8, along with design implementations that were adopted from original J-8 military Jeep pickups.

For ease of purchase, the kit is available as a single part number (77070049) with all hardware and body panels included. The kit may be purchased and installed at a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge or Ram dealership.

Conversion Process
Two processes are involved in the conversion from a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to a two-door pickup truck: disassembly and reassembly.

In disassembly, each rear door is removed. Next, the rear-bumper assembly, hard top and Freedom Panels are removed, followed by the rear portion of the interior, which includes seats and carpeting. Exterior trim parts are removed and preserved; inner and outer body panels are removed by drilling out the spot welds, which allows the panels to fall away and avoids having to cut into the sheet metal. The rear sport bar is cut away and removed along with B-pillars.

Reassembly into a two-door pickup truck begins with installation of the B-pillars, cross member, floor-pan assembly (truck bed), and the inner and outer quarter panels (welding is involved in assembly). Next to be installed is the bulkhead reinforcement assembly and sport bar extensions, and finally the installation of the fiberglass bulkhead itself. The kit, with components delivered e-coated, is then prepped for paint. Windows are installed to the hard top, which is then installed on the vehicle. Exterior trim parts are then reinstalled.

Following is information regarding some of the main components included in the Mopar JK-8 kit.

Mopar JK8 Body Weld Kit Complete (All parts are sold together in one complete kit)

Freedom Panels: Fiberglass panels over front seats.

Hardtop: Made from fiberglass, the hard top may be removed and features a sliding rear window.

Bulkhead: The bulkhead for the kit is made of fiberglass and separates the cab from the bed of the truck, and permanently attaches to the vehicle.

Bed: The spacious 44-inch by 50-inch bed features strong steel construction.

Inner/Outer Bed Panels: Bed panels are stamped sheet metal and provide durability and functionality.

Sport Bar Extensions: New sport bar extensions replace the rear portion of the sport bar that is removed for the conversion. These bars complement the structure of the vehicle.

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