If you want to combine a few friends, all of their supplies, and go camping on some far-flung small mountain, you almost certainly already have a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. But have you found lately you've got more stuff than passengers? No worries: Jeep can take that Wrangler Unlimited, and by adding the JK-8 aftermarket package, can turn it into a pickup truck.
We've previously reported on the kit, but it now has a price tag: $5499. The JK-8 kit is available for purchase at any Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram dealership, where it can also be installed. While Jeep says the kit is easy enough for skilled do-it-yourselfers to perform the upgrades, the kit also comes with a three-year, 36,000 mile warranty if it is fitted at any Mopar dealership.
The kit was announced and demonstrated at this year's Jeep Moab Safari, where engineers managed to convert a Wrangler Unlimited to a Wrangler Unlimited JK-8 pickup in about an hour in front of a small crowd. The installation mostly involves removing the doors, roof, and bumpers, but it also requires drilling out spot welds on some body panels. As such it can't be easily reversed.
All in all, the kit comes with a new, shortened roof panel made out of fiberglass, stamped sheet metal reinforcements for the body panels that become the truck bed, and a converted sport bar. The bed post-conversion measures 44 inches by 50 inches. The look, Jeep says, is inspired by the 1981 CJ-8 Scrambler, which was popular until it was replaced in 1986 by the Comanche pickup. Jeep might be on its way to producing a new pickup truck (finally), but for the time being this is this closest you'll get.
With the price of the kit set at $5499, expect a JK-8 based on a brand new, base model Unlimited to cost just under $32,000.