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.