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Jeep prices Wrangler Unlimited pickup truck kit - $5,499

Consumer Reports News: July 15, 2011 11:08 AM

Jeep has explored creating a new pickup truck with several concept and project trucks in recent years, including the Gladiator show truck and the recent JK-8 Independence shown at the recent Easter Jeep Safari. Due to keen interest from enthusiasts, Jeep now offers a do-it-yourself conversion kit, available for $5,499.

The transformation is extensive, with a bed floor, inner/outer body panels, removable fiberglass hardtop with a sliding rear window, and a new bulkhead. The bed measures 50 inches, with 44 inches between the wheel arches. Inside, a converted Wrangler is a two seater, with slim behind-the-seat storage. Jeep says a handy owner could do the conversion in a busy weekend; professional shops or dealerships can also perform the work.

The real cost for a Wrangler pickup truck is significant, with the Wrangler Unlimited starting at about $26,000 and easily climbing to near $30,000 when popularly equipped. For a professionally installed kit on a new model, the total cost would easily be in the mid to upper $30s. But, it may be the only such Jeep in town or on your favorite trail.

As the prices of used Wrangler Unlimiteds come down , there may be more appeal in the future for creating a modern take on the classic Scrambler. For now, it remains a pricey novelty for well-heeled off roaders.Jeep-Wrangler-Unlimited-pickup-kit-large.jpg

Jeep offers a build-it-yourself pickup truck conversion for the Wrangler

Jeff Bartlett

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