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Mopar JK-8 Independence pickup kit for Jeep Wrangler now available

by Bill Cawthon on

The Mopar JK-8 Independence Kit introduced at the Moab Jeep meet in April is now available through your dealer. The kit is designed to convert a Wrangler Unlimited with the full hardtop to a two-door, two-seat pickup with a 50-inch long by 44-inch wide (between the wheel wells) bed. The JK-8 Independence Kit contains all the necessary parts, including the bed floor, inner and outer body panels, half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead.

Estimated price for the kit is $6,000 and Jim Sassorossi, head of Mopar Sales and Marketing, says an expert enthusiast working quickly can do the conversion over a weekend, though most owners will need little longer. It’s also likely that some Jeep dealers will offer a completed conversion.

Thanks to MoparNorm for the tip!

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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