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    Mopar JK8 Independence Pickup Kit For Jeep Wrangler A Big Seller


    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    December 16, 2011

    For the longest time, Jeep enthusiasts have been clamoring for a Wrangler pickup. The closest Jeep has come to making this dream come true is offer a kit called JK8 Independence that changes a Wrangler Unlimited into a Wrangler Truck. And the kits are flying off the shelf.

    Ward’s Auto reports that Mopar was estimating orders for the kit to be around 200-300. However, dealer orders for the kit are around 400. Mopar President Pietro Gorlier said Mopar is stepping up and getting kits sent out to dealers.

    Of course, thoughts turn to whether this means a production version will come out. Gorlier said that public response will play a huge part in future of a Wrangler pickup but warned the company “needs to balance the excitement of those who are blogging with real [sales] numbers.”

    But Gorlier does point out Jeep President Mike Manley has gone on record as saying that the next redesign of the Wrangler could include a pickup option, though no definite plans have been announced.

    Source: Ward’s Auto

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    Mopar Puts JK-8 Kit Up For Sale

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    Maybe the strong sales will FINALLY prompt Jeep to build a pickup. Since the Dakota is dead anyway there's a void that one of the brands needs to fill, and I think Jeep is in a good position to capitalize on it. Jeep guys love Jeep the pickups, it'll find buyers.

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    That gray, modern take on the green one next to it is sexy as hell. And clearly based on the newest Wrangler. With a six cylinder diesel engine, it would be ALL MAN. LOVE. IT.

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    Is the top still removable?

    At LAIAS, I drove a Wrangler Unlimited around downtown and thought it was awesome, even though dynamically it was terrible. There's just something about the wind in your hair, panoramic visibility, and sitting so high. And, surprisingly, unlike a roadster or convertible, you're not too conspicuous driving in one, since you've got the B-pillars shielding you from nosy eyes.

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