2018 Wrangler (JK) Info Thread - Ordering/Production

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    #1 Administrator, Jan 4, 2017
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    It's been widely reported that the current JK Wrangler will continue production (as a 2018 model year) even as the next generation JL Wrangler begins production in November.

    We now have hard dates from a supplier source of ours who has provided us the currently scheduled production dates for the 2018 JK:
    • 2018 JK -- 6 Month Model Year
    • 2018 JK Production Start Date -- October 2, 2017
    • 2018 JK Production End Date -- March 30, 2018
    • 2018 JK Order Banks Open -- August 10, 2017 (Note: it's possible that this date could be moved to the following month with banks opening on September 14th)
    Wrangler Assembly Plant Schedule: TSP (Toledo Supplier Park - Toledo South)
    • Building 2017 JK Wranglers until 9/30/2017
    • Will build 2018 JK Wranglers starting 10/02/2017 until 3/30/2018
    • Will shut down starting 3/31/2018 for an estimated 3-4 months or longer to retool for the 2019 JT Pickup

    Note: Information is subject to change


    * Updated 01/05/17 with latest info
     
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    Thx for sharing. What happens at end of March 2018 when they shut down the JK line for good? Will it take months to convert for JL/JLU/JT production and there'll only be a single line making the JL/JLU during that time?
     
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    Yes, single line for awhile, but the changeover shouldn't take more than a month or two, unless some additional plant upgrades are planned.
     
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    Good to know. That gives me time to decide between the JL and the JK. Heck yeah.
     
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    So much shorter than the Cherokee --> JL/JLU retool.

    That last JK or JKU off the line is going to be worth something special. Very end of such a long successful run!
     
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    We can probably expect a lot of special editions for the 2018 JK which might also be worth something special too since they're last model year. The 2017 JK is already getting the Sport Freedom, Sahara Winter, Sport Big Bear, Sahara Chief, Sahara Smoky Mountain, and Rubicon Recon editions as far as we know.
     
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    Will the 2018 JK order guide/pricing be out before the JL order banks open?
    I would like to know what all the options are before deciding..
     
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    I bet 2018 JK isn't going to get anything different than the 2017. They've said it's only for a small period of time and just to fill in the transition space between the JK and JL. Why bother with new features or packages for not even a complete model year.
     
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    Do not wait to order the new jl
     
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    2018 JK guide/pricing should be out in mid September (9/14). JL most likely in October or November.
     
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    Thanks that should definitely help in deciding and hopefully they reveal the JL sooner than both those dates. I'd think they will show the car before ordering opens. Or is that mostly for dealers to get their orders in...
     
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    There was speculation in the spied manual transmission thread that it might be a Tremec 3160 manual box. As an example that manual is used in the 2016 GT350 Mustang which has high HP and TQ (526HP/429 LB-FT). So if it's really a Tremec 3160, it can hold up to high torque.
     

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