From Wrangler Carcass To Complete JK-8
One of the hottest discussions in the wheeling world these days is the possibility of Jeep bringing a true JK-based pickup truck to market. While that isn’t something you can get from the factory right now, Mopar is selling a $5,499 kit that will convert any ’07-’12 Wrangler Unlimited in to a two-seat, open-air cargo hauler.
Last month we tore in to a brand new ’12 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to bring you an overview of what it takes to transform the popular JK in to a Mopar JK-8. Don-A-Vee Chrysler Jeep in Placentia, California, commissioned this conversion and Hi-Tech Collision and Auto Glass in Anaheim Hills, California, handled the actual installation. This month, we’ll wrap up our story by completing phase two, the reassembly of our donor vehicle, and finishing the JK-8 buildup.
Because of how involved the kit is, we highly recommend having the conversion handled by a professional installer. When all is said and done, expect to pay about $5,000 to $6,000 in labor and be without your JK for up to three weeks. The kit will take about 100 labor hours to complete. To see what you’ll end up with after all that work, read on.
How It Works
Overall the JK-8 kit is comprehensive and well thought out, although at this price point, we would have liked to see the parts included to trim out the interior for a more complete OE feel. One of our surprises was the leaky windows, although we found an easy fix for the problem. If it were our personal rig, we’d ditch the supplied hardtop and its funky proportions and go with half-doors and a full soft top, maybe even keeping the rear bench for the ultimate modern CJ-8. For those of you who are curious, our JK-8 conversion weighed in at 4,240 pounds, a savings of about 300 pounds.
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