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The CJ8 was first in­tro­duced to the mar­ket in 1981 and the last year of pro­duc­tion was 1986, the same year CJ7 pro­duc­tions stopped in fa­vor of the new Jeep Wran­gler YJ.

Widely know as a “Scram­bler," this was ac­tu­ally the name for one of the ap­pear­ance pack­ages avail­able on the CJ8. Oth­ers were Rene­gade and Laredo, which were also use on the CJ7. The Scram­bler name was only used on the CJ8. Per­haps this is why the name stuck.

The CJ8 is es­sen­tially a long-wheelbase ver­sion of the CJ7. The CJ7 has a 93.3-inch wheelbase, while the CJ8 is 148 inches over­all. The CJ8 fea­tures a re­mov­able half­cab. A bulk­head was in­stalled be­hind the seats to seal the cab, thus cre­at­ing a small, in­te­grated, pick-up style box. Full-length soft tops and hard tops were avail­able for full-length cov­er­age from the af­ter­mar­ket. On a his­tor­i­cal note, Former President Rea­gan was given a CJ8 as a gift by his wife, Nancy, dur­ing his pres­i­dency. He used it on his ranch in Cal­i­for­nia.

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