Check out this new Jeep kit from Mopar that can turn any Wrangler into a pickup truck, and making it similar to the old CJ-8 Scrambler. They are calling this the JK-8 Independence kit, however we have to question Jeep as to why they are not offering something similar from the factory. Die-hard jeep owners will have to convert their original Wrangler’s by throwing away all the original body parts found on the rear end of the SUV. Then they can take this JK-8 kit and install it to make a truck. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because it will be a damn expensive tuning project, yet the results look good.
It seems like it would be much easier if Jeep just created a truck version of the current Wranglers, call it something new, and have a record sales year. The bed of the truck could be much deeper than this current Mopar JK-8 Independence version, since it looks like you could only fit a 24-pack of Bud Light. It’s really, really small. Mopar isn’t the first to put this idea to work, however a company called GR8 Tops has what looks like a simpler Jeep Wrangler kit that will most likely cost less. Mopar hasn’t released the price for this JK-8 yet, but they are promising two variants of the kit.
This yellow JK-8 you see in the pictures and video was constructed off a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and features many aftermarket parts. For the drivetrain, a Mopar/Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle was installed, along with a 44 rear axle with 4.88 gears. Huge 37-inch BFG Mud Terrain KM2 tires wrap the new rims, while a 4.5-inch long-arm suspension kit lifts the Jeep Wrangler to take on any terrain. New bumpers all around protect the Jeep, and all of these mods can be purchased from the Mopar catalog.