What do you guys think the odds are of Jeep offering the JK8 as a factory option? The old Scrambers are my all time favorite Jeep and I would love to get my hands on a similar JKU.
I'm actually really impressed that they even offer it as an aftermarket option, but I just cant see spending the money on a JKU, then purchasing the JK8 kit and paying someone to do it right. I can see how people wrap up $45-50k in them.
I would be the first one in line at my local dealer if they offered it from the factory at a similar price point to the JKU. Sadly, I dont really think they'll do it.
You will be in it for more than 45K or 50K I would bet when you are all said and done. Unless your turning 37 or 40's my question would have to be why? I have driven a Vortec V-8 powered CJ-7. Yes it made nice power but you have rig that is all spliced to together running different ECU's etc. This kit was installed by the Company that does the Vortec conversions. He actually flew them to HI to convert 2 Jeeps. What I saw was continuous little issues you that will drive you crazy chasing down unless you can fix it all your self and have the shop, tools and equipment to keep it running yourself.
I am Running 35's and 4:10s with the 5 speed auto and the rig has plenty of power and will run 80 MPH all day long. I don't see me needing more power in the AZ desert. If I was running mud bogs it might be a different story or racing up sand dunes. Would be way easier and cheaper to go the super charger route if you need big power. Just my OP. Also not a fan of running a different brand motors in any thing. I don't want to see your 32 Ford with a Chevy small block. Or a Jeep with one either. At least get go Hemi and you will not do it for 50K.
The dealer here where I live had a JK8 on their lot. That's probably your best bet is finding a dealer that did the conversion. I don't know how much they were asking but I'm sure they put a premium price on it.
With all design effort going into the next model, I wouldn't expect anything new and exciting in the current platform to be offered, the JK will soldier on, as-is until the replacement arrives. Wasting money to tool up a J-8 line for civilians isn't going to happen. If there is ever a Jeep based pick-up, it'll be on the next platform, not this one.
My dealer had one on his lot too and said they'd never get another one because they couldn't get rid of it.
Dealer had 2 here and told me they couldn't get rid of them. They first had em' stickered at 60k. Stopped in 6 months later they were still sitting there stickered at 52k. Year rolled and they sold both for $42k.