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Want A Jeep Wrangler Pickup? Now You Can Build Your Own

Posted in 4x4, Design, Jeep by Kurt Ernst | July 17th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

The Mopar JK-8 kit, and a completed truck. Image: Chrysler Goup LLC

You can’t buy a Jeep Wrangler pickup, but if you have a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, $5,499, a paint booth, a welding rig and better than average bodywork skills, you can now build your own from a Mopar kit. Of course your local Jeep dealer would be happy to do the work for you, but I’m guessing that will be expensive.

The $5,499 Mopar JK-8 kit contains all the parts you need to turn your current Wrangler Unlimited into a short-bed pickup. You get a steel bed, new rear fenders and fender walls, sport bar extensions, a fiberglass cab and bulkhead, removable fiberglass roof panels (or “Freedom Panels”, in Jeep-speak) and other required bits and pieces. Even if you farm the paintwork out, you’re still looking at drilling spot welds to remove existing body panels, plus cutting and re-welding the sport bar assembly. It’s not a project I’d be willing to tackle, but your own mileage may vary.

When you’re done, you’ll end up with one of the few short bed Jeep pickups in America, so you’re probably guaranteed to have a rig that you won’t run into on every trail. On the other hand, the kit installed will probably cost a minimum of $8,000, on top of the purchase of a new or used Wrangler Unlimited. Is it worth it? I guess that depends entirely on how badly you want a Wrangler based convertible pickup truck.

Source: Chrysler

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3 Responses

  1. BigRuss says:

    i have a strong feeling that a few dealerships are going to have their body shop throw a few together to set on their showroom to sell…

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Russ, I suspect you’re right, but I’m guessing they’ll ask about $10k over the price of a Wrangler Unlimited. That puts the starting price at around $35k, with an optioned-out Rubicon version topping $45k. Ouch.

      • BigRuss says:

        but for the guy who wants it and doesnt want to spend the time to build it the price is worth it ya know….