10 Best Jeep Wrangler ModsBy John Linden
So, you've purchased a Jeep. Now what? Whether this is your first Jeep or your third, knowing what mods to purchase could mean the difference between being stranded somewhere in the great outdoors, or continuing your journey with nothing impeding your progress. The sheer number of modifications you can add to your Jeep Wrangler is mind-boggling. So, to help you we've assembled a list of the top 10 Jeep Wrangler Mods.
1) Replacement Hood Latches
If you've ever driven your Jeep at high rates of speed (who wouldn't) you might have noticed that your hood does a lot of jostling around. It's unsettling to watch because there's always that thought that forms in the back of your mind that your hood might go flying off. Well, rest assured that your hood isn't going anywhere. The hood moves in this manner because the factory uses a soft, stretchy rubber that leaves enough space for the hood to jump around while the Jeep is moving at fast speeds.
However, watching your hood jump around can be distracting and annoying. This is where replacement hood latches come into play. Replacement hood latches give you heavier duty options to keep your hood in place while you're putting your foot down on the gas. Furthermore, they'll eliminate annoying distractions while you're enjoying "Jeep time" on a rugged road somewhere.
2) Entry Guards
Most people don't think about it, but the door frame experiences a lot of wear and tear due to heavy traffic. The lower door area is where you place your foot to climb into your jeep. You can imagine that after years and years of abuse, the door frame is going to start looking a little bit worn out. If your transfer case and gas tank can have skid plates, why can't you have something to protect the one area in the Jeep that's trampled on the most?
You don't need anything fancy to solve this issue. Simply install an entry guard. Most entry guards are made up of aluminum, thermoplastic, or stainless steel material to protect the frame, and most brands use 3M adhesive for easy attachment. It doesn't matter where you take your Jeep, entry guards are an easy and affordable modification to help your Jeep to withstand the wear and tear of trampling feet.
3) Grab Handles
Grab handles are those things you grip onto when you hit a severe turn in your off-road vehicle, and you don't feel your seatbelt will completely balance you if it happens to roll. Jeeps are perfect for this type of mod because of its design. You can easily attach a grab handle onto the roll cage or the front A-pillar. Now when you're driving you can grip the grab handle anytime you need to. Not only that, but you can also use it as a support to climb in or out of your Jeep.
There are many types of grab handles to choose such as heavy duty, nylon, and even foam grip. Grab handles are highly affordable and most simply slip around the roll cage or front A-pillar via Velcro. If you're looking for more stability during your ride, grab handles are the way to go.
4) Floor Liners
No one likes to track mud, dirt, or grass into the interior of their Jeep. It's messy, a general pain to clean up and takes away from the aesthetical beauty of the interior. The best way to combat this issue is to invest in floor liners. Most floor liners are designed to fit over factory or aftermarket carpets, and they're the perfect solution to keeping your floor looking like new.
There are various types of floor liners to choose from:
All weather heavy duty floor liners - floor liners that have a curved outer edge design and a stain-resistant or thermoplastic carpeted base. These floor liners will protect your Jeep from anything and everything that you could possibly track inside. They're also easy to clean.
Stain resistant carpeted floor liners - protects against spills or anything else that could stain your carpet.
Trail tough floor liners - much like the all-weather floor liner in the sense that it can protect against anything that you can track into your Jeep. It has a molded polyethylene liner which has a tread pattern that resembles what you would find on a tire. Its raised edges add an extra layer of protection against anything you may track inside.
Rubberized slush floor liners - the grooved bodies of this floor liner specializes in protecting your Jeep from moisture such as snow or mud.
Floor liners come in cargo, front, and rear styles. Ultimately, you have an option to protect every part of your Jeep.
5) LED lights
If you don't modify anything else on your Jeep, at least upgrade your LED lights. What you might not know is that the factory lights found on most Jeep Wranglers are severely underpowered. There are plenty of aftermarket LED lights that can give you twice the power of factory LEDs while using half the amps. You can't beat a mod like that. Furthermore, aftermarket LED lights are pretty affordable.
Keep in mind that there are two different types of LED upgrades that you can make to your Jeep: projector style or reflector style housings. They differ in how they cast light down the road as well as output pattern, but they both work great. Do your homework to see which style is best for your Jeep.
6) Lift Kits
Lift kits are among the most popular mods that Jeep owners invest in, and for good reason. A Jeep with good lift increases clearance, approach angle, departure angle, and more. That means you'll be able to drive over rocks, boulders and anything else that might get in your way while you're driving off road. You'll be that guy laughing as you effortlessly drive through flooded areas while everybody else is stuck in place. There really isn't a reason not to get a lift kit.
Understand how you plan on driving your Jeep when you invest in a lift kit. If you're driving slow and steady over boulders and river crossings a basic spring will do the trick. However, if you're driving in an open area at high rates of speed, then a solid coil over system would make the most sense.
7) Recovery Gear
No matter where you're driving your Jeep, there's a need for recovery gear. This is especially the case if you intend on taking your vehicle off road. Modding out your Jeep with recovery gear doesn't have to be a grand expense. You don't have to do something drastic like switching out your hydraulic winch or anything else along those lines. A simple winch accessory kit will be all that you need to get the job done.
Winch accessory kits come with a variety of items that'll get you out of most precarious situations - d-rings, gloves, and recovery straps (used to pull your vehicle out from the mud, snow, etc.) are just a few items you'll find in these kits. Other items that would be wise to have on hand are fire extinguishers, a first aid kit, and a heavy-duty jack.
As the owner of a Jeep, it may be a dream of yours to add a rear cargo rack in preparation for a big trip or latching a bike onto the back of your vehicle. The factory hitch that comes with most Jeeps will most certainly get the job done, but once you've installed these accessories, you'll lose your ability to tow.
A VersaHitch comes with a standard 2" receiver hitch, but it also sports two additional 1.5" receiver tubes. Therefore you can add additional accessories without losing your towing capabilities. The usefulness of this mod is in the name - adding versatility to your towing capabilities.
9) Soft Tops
One of the hardest decisions that a Jeep owner could possibly make is whether or not they should go with a soft top. After all, soft tops are practically synonymous with Jeeps, and they allow you to enjoy a nice summer day by pulling the top down or zipping open the window. On the flip side of the coin, hard tops also have their benefits. They provide more security, they're more durable, and they're on the quieter side.
If, after careful consideration, you decide to go with a soft top, installing one is a simple process. You can find soft tops in all sorts of shapes, sizes and price ranges. You can purchase an outright replacement top or go with a frameless soft top. Whatever the case, there are plenty of styles to keep you busy when you go shopping.
10) Interior Security and Storage
Jeeps aren't really all that roomy. Jeep owners know this well. Sure, the newer 4-door Jeep Wrangler owners might be laughing because they have a bit more room, but even they may struggle with space issues. Furthermore, soft top Jeeps aren't the safest place to store your belongings. So, what can be done to rectify this issue?
If you're looking for a more secure option, you should invest in a 16-gauge steel lockable console. These consoles are designed to fit overhead, under the seat, between the front seats, and in the rear cargo area.
If you're looking to increase your storage space, you could always invest in specially designed storage bags that attach to areas around your Jeep such as the roll cage, tailgate, or soundbar. Know that there are multiple options for increasing the security and storage of your Jeep.
Owning a Jeep Wrangler is a delight that few people can truly relate to. However, modding it out can make your Jeep safer, more efficient, and a heck of lot more fun to drive. Start with a few simple modifications and over time you can pull off your car covers and start doing some serious modding.