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Unread 04-09-2012, 10:09 AM   #46
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Its $5000, and yes, it seemed high to me at first.
But then I got the kit, opened the box, inspected the contents, & was VERY surprised at the number of parts & the details that MOPAR put into this kit. It is very well done, and I think worth the money.

I am very excited to see this finished product!
I am going to put some extra detail into this JK8 that should make it stand out.

You will turn heads everywhere you go. Out in Moab last week for Jeep Safari, I had sick buggies checking out our JK8. This was the first time I drove it since the transformation and being 6'6" tall I was a bit scared about fitting in it. No problems at all.



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Unread 04-09-2012, 10:17 AM   #47
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Its $5000, and yes, it seemed high to me at first.
But then I got the kit, opened the box, inspected the contents, & was VERY surprised at the number of parts & the details that MOPAR put into this kit. It is very well done, and I think worth the money.

I am very excited to see this finished product!
I am going to put some extra detail into this JK8 that should make it stand out.
MOPAR parts tend to cost a little more than others...but there's a reason. Usually the fit/finish on them is very, very good.

Great updates and looking forward to this coming together. And holy crap that's a lot of cutting and fab work. Hurts me to see that done to a Jeep...but the finished product should be awesome. JK8s rock.
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Unread 04-09-2012, 10:17 AM   #48
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Great to hear all of that.
....and your JK8 looks fantastic.
Great job.
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Unread 04-09-2012, 10:36 AM   #49
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I'm so envious! I really want to do this conversion to mine. But for the current time, I still need a 4 seater vehicle to drive the family around. My youngest kids (twins) turn 16 this year. So in a couple more years I'll be free to make the change.
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Unread 04-22-2012, 08:31 PM   #50
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Some updated pics.
Rollbar is cut.
Passenger side rear quarter is on.







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Unread 04-23-2012, 07:55 AM   #51
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I'm so envious! I really want to do this conversion to mine. But for the current time, I still need a 4 seater vehicle to drive the family around. My youngest kids (twins) turn 16 this year. So in a couple more years I'll be free to make the change.
They'll be 16! Sounds like it's time for them to get jobs and get there own jeep to share so Dad can finally build his dream ride! . Our do the conversion with some sort of bench seat up front. If that works for you. Mine have about 15 years before they can get jobs, so I need to find some way to come up with a 2 door conversion with a back seat.
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Unread 04-23-2012, 09:27 AM   #52
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Sblaine, When you remove the rear quarter panels, do you drill out the rivets and pull off the panels or is it mostly cutting them off?
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Unread 04-23-2012, 08:32 PM   #53
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Drivers rear quarter is on!

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Unread 04-23-2012, 08:33 PM   #54
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You drill each weld out.
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Unread 04-24-2012, 07:39 AM   #55
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You drill each weld out.
Thanks. Nice build man. I like that your moving right along. Can't Stand threads that drag on with out updates.
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Unread 04-24-2012, 09:24 PM   #56
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Some more pictures for you guys:











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Unread 04-24-2012, 09:37 PM   #57
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I would be interested in seeing it modified to retain the sport cage in the rear. It would be very useful to have the sport cage for the purpose of tying things down or attaching a fire extinguisher or various other accessories.
Like this idea a lot.
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Unread 04-24-2012, 09:43 PM   #58
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Yep. I have heard that one a few times.
It would be a little difficult to retain the weatherproof through the top, and would make it more difficult to remove the top as well.

As far as tying things down, that is what the bed is for.
I do like the idea, but just seems more difficult than its worth.

I am impressed by the JKs that guys have built that have the rear quarters from the JK8 kit, but they have a custom longer soft top made, so it looks like a stretched 2door JK.
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Unread 04-24-2012, 10:01 PM   #59
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FWIW, I saw the molds, mock ups, production parts for the RTM parts used in these kits about 5 months ago.
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Unread 04-24-2012, 10:19 PM   #60
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River Raider basically created the JK8 concept with their ST build a few years ago [before the JK8 came to light]. They used an Avenger top for the cab and created a custom roll-bar for the bed.



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