1992 spelled the end of production for the Jeep Comanche and ended Jeep as a production pickup, much to the chagrin of many Jeep fanatics. There have been an abundance of rumors of a new production pickup from the off-road titan, but none have come to fruition. That leaves Jeep owners sort of on their own if they want to combine a pickup with their favorite ride. The only option is to purchase a conversion kit. There are several companies offering them, but they are not necessarily the same. Here are two popular Jeep conversion kits compared side by side.
The AEV Brute Jeep conversion kit is designed for the Jeep TJ Wrangler SWB, LWB, right or left hand drive. The kit includes mid-frame extensions, an assembled cab closeout, rear frame extension with a winch mount, the bed assembly includes a tailgate and all parts are 14 gauge steel, a hard top, brake and fuel lines, body mounts, and the all important instructions. The shock of the $8,995 price tag should wear off after the conversion is complete.
MOPAR Conversion Kit
The MOPAR designed and manufactured JK-8 conversion kit will fit all of the same types of vehicle as the Brute. The kits contents are a little bit different, though. The kit includes a 50-inch cargo box floor, half a hardtop, a lower bulkhead, inner and outer rear body panels, several brackets and two bedrail extensions. Body, rollbar and floor modifications are going to be needed, then there is quite a bit of welding to be done. The sticker price of the kit is a little easier to swallow than the Brute’s. At $5,500, it a little more affordable.
With either Jeep conversion kit, you will void your Jeep’s warranty by installing the kit yourself. You will have to order the kit from a dealership or take it to one to be installed. This is a whole lot more project than most do-it-yourselfers can take on.