Here's a surprise, the long-rumored Jeep pickup is nothing more than an official Mopar conversion package.
Dubbed the JK-8 Independence, the model is based on the Wrangler Unlimited and draws inspiration from the legendary CJ-8 Scrambler. Details are fairly limited, but the do-it-yourself kit includes new inner/outer body panels, a hardtop, and a pickup bed that measures 50 inches long and 44 inches wide (between the rear wheel wells).
According to Jim Sassorossi, Mopar's Head of Sales and Marketing, an owner who's relatively handy can do the conversion in as little as a weekend. However, for the rest of us, it will probably take a little longer.
The JK-8 Independence will be officially unveiled at the 45th Moab Easter Jeep Safari, so stay tuned for more information.
Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Independence
Taking cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980's, Mopar has designed a kit for do-it-yourselfers that converts a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup truck. The bed length is 50 inches and the width between wheel wells is 44 inches. The team created body panels to cover the second-row entrance and removed all of the interior parts behind the front seats-transforming the vehicle into a two-seater with just enough room for gear inside, and a pickup style bed to be used for outside cargo.
The JK-8 drivetrain is fitted with a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and stock Dana 44 rear axle, both spun with 4.88 gears. Linking the axles to the frame is a 4.5-inch long-arm suspension kit and 37-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires make the connection to the ground. A fresh coat of yellow paint and Mopar's off-road bumpers for the front and rear were utilized along with a new fuel door and slush mats.
The JK-8 kit includes bed floor, inner/outer body panels, half hard top (works with Freedom Top panels), and a new bulkhead.