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Jul 14, 2011
Mopar brings back Jeep pickup with kit for Wrangler
By Fred Meier, USA TODAY

Chrysler's Mopar parts brand announced today that it will sell a conversion kit that will gives Jeep fans clamoring for a pickup their first option since the Jeep Comanche was discontinued in 1992.

The JK-8 Independence kit — two side panels, a steel floor bed, a fiberglass hard top and a bulkhead to turn a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup -- will be priced at $5,499.

"Wrangler is already one of our most accessorized vehicles," says Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Mopar. "There is a lot of interest and enthusiasts who are looking for a Jeep pickup."

Mopar had been showing off a version of kit at events for several months, heightening that interest.

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More like a Scrambler (CJ-8) than a Commanche. Its cool, but I don't know if its $5400 worth of cool. Then again, I've seen people spend twice that on liftkits, wheels and tires.

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AEV Brute Conversion - Tech
Part I: Parts Review & Vehicle Prep
From the July, 2007 issue of 4 Wheel Drive
By Christian Lee
Photography by Christian Lee, Kevin McNulty
The AEV Brute conversion kit... read full captionThe AEV Brute conversion kit includes everything needed to transform a Jeep Wrangler TJ into the very unique Brute Wrangler pickup. The kit can be applied to any '97-'06 Jeep Wrangler TJ, including Unlimited, Rubicon, and righthand-drive models. We'll carry out the conversion on our Project TJ at Off Road Evolution in Fullerton, California.It's been mistaken for a Jeep Scrambler, a military truck, and has even circulated through many Web forums in spy pics rumored to be a brand-new, soon-to-be-released Jeep offering. Although it could easily take on any of these personas, the AEV Brute is in fact its very own vehicle. It uses the '97-'06 Jeep Wrangler TJ as its base and incorporates a new rear tub section and a steel truck bed on a stretched, 117.4-inch wheelbase. It's part truck, part Jeep Wrangler, and hands down the coolest Jeep conversion we've ever seen.

AEV first premiered the Brute Concept Vehicle in 2002 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Bringing home the DaimlerChrysler Design Excellence Award that year, the folks at AEV knew they were on to something. The company built a handful of turnkey Brutes in the following years before redesigning the vehicle so it could be offered in kit form. Significant alterations from the concept Brute included a redesigned stamped-steel bed and an all-new hardtop with increased headroom inside the cab. A frame-extension kit was also created to stretch the frame 24 inches, and a rear frame-extension kit with an integral winch mount and bumper was designed to add further support to the bed assembly. The rear frame extension and bed assembly create a 15-inch overhang, yet rear departure angle is virtually unchanged from stock.

In order to accommodate the lengthened wheelbase, Rubicon Express very easily manufactured a set of suspension-relocation brackets to AEV's specs, so we could move the rear upper control-arm mounts farther rearward on the frame. The Brute conversion can be installed with most aftermarket lift systems in place, and AEV offers suspension attachment solutions for many of these systems.

If all goes as planned, the... read full captionIf all goes as planned, the 4WD&SU/AEV Brute Conversion Project should look something like AEV's own brute conversion.Though the Brute is billed as a kit, it actually ships 90-percent assembled, with quite a bit fewer components than you'd think it would take to complete such a conversion. Complete kit components include midframe extensions, a cab close-out assembly, a rear frame extension with a winch mount, a bed assembly, a hardtop, CNC-bent fuel and brake lines, an OE-style wiring harness, new rear body/bed mounts, detailed instructions, and all necessary hardware. The Brute conversion can be purchased piecemeal and built in stages using the cab close-out kit, the frame extension kit, the bed assembly, and the rear frame extension kit, or it can be assembled as a complete kit all at once.

Been there, done that

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