Ten Essential Jeep Mods For Your First Wrangler

June 02, 2021 9 min read

If you've recently purchased your first Jeep, you're probably getting pretty excited. After all, it's not every day you get to purchase a piece of Americana that oozes style and awesomeness. However, the first thing that most new owners do is start searching for ways to improve their vehicle. This guide is here to help you find some of the best mods to make your Wrangler your own.

When it comes to updating a Jeep, it can be a daunting task. If you’ve never bought a Jeep or if you want to replace multiple parts on your vehicle, there are a few parts that are easy to service. Here are some common Jeep parts to consider.

LED LIGHTS

For the new Jeep owner, it suggests you probably do not know just how underpowered those dark, weak factory lights are up until you check out aftermarket LED lighting.

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, are currently one of the most popular adjustments around simply since their light output at both low and also high light beam is virtually dual the manufacturing facility headlight result. In spite of this powerful light, the amp draw is much less than half what factory lights call for.

More power, less amp draw. And thanks to all sort of modern technology enhancements over the past couple of years, more affordability as well. It's no wonder LED lights have actually leapt to the front of the line over various other excellent choices like HID and Xenon.

Currently, within the spectrum of LED upgrades, there are basically 2 kinds of headlights - reflector style and also projector design housings. Both are fantastic options and also the difference in between both styles is just how they set about predicting the light later on and the outcome pattern of light you see when driving surface.

Reflector Style LED Headlights look similar to the factory light, with a clear lens and fluted reflector at the back of the real estate. The LED's are positioned in the center of the housing as well as bounce light off the reflector. These lights are normally split right into a top and also reduced fifty percent, for reduced and also high beam specifically.

By positioning the LED behind a lens and also cut-off guard, the light is more concentrated and the cut-off pattern of the light is much sharper than reflector design LEDs. Projector style headlights also use different LED as well as projector lenses for high as well as reduced beams, with some also featuring additional lenses for peripheral lighting to truly light the roadway ahead.

Certainly, with the additional lenses, the cost of projector style lights is normally slightly more than a reflector design LED. Both deal great benefits over the stock factory Jeep lights, so truly it simply comes down to personal preference in style, appearance, and just how much cash money you're willing to shell out.

SEAT COVERS

New Jeep seats are wonderful. Utilized seats, perhaps not a lot. There is one point they each have in typical - the requirement to be protected. See, your Jeep isn't like a regular cars and truck. There won't constantly be a roofing over your head to shield those seats due to the fact that you recognize you'll take that complete on a good day. That's simply what you do with a Jeep. And also when you do, it will certainly subject those seats to the aspects like sunlight, wind, and also (potentially) rainfall. All stuff that does not play well with seat product.

So getting safety seat covers made of things like neoprene, polyester, or nylon can go a long way to enhancing the lifespan of your Jeep's seats, while likewise providing you a chance to customize the automobile's look. Several covers have several different color choices so you can match up to your Jeep's shade, an indoor theme, or whatever else you have going on with the car. Furthermore, some even have bags integrated into the cover or the capability to add MOLLE bags, which offer additional storage area. Which can be important as you discover more and also extra just how restricted storage room can be inside a Jeep.

HEALING GEAR

Whether your future strategies include off-roading, or just pavement driving, it is constantly a great suggestion as a brand-new Jeep proprietor to update the recuperation capacity of your automobile. And this doesn't suggest springing for the latest substantial hydraulic winch with a hi-tech Synthetic line.

" Things like tow or recovery bands, gloves; a couple of D-rings," he states. "Then learning more about the automobile, learning how the systems job and also exactly how the Jeep reacts. Knowledge, understanding, and also the capability to make wise choices is one of the very best points you can do."

Most of the 'Essential' recovery products helpful for new Jeepers are included in lots of winch device sets-- things like handwear covers, d-rings, or healing bands which are designed to stretch out when made use of, offering kinetic energy to pull a lorry from obstructions like sand, mud, or snow. Other great products to have would be bumper tow hooks (most brand-new Jeeps should have, however your own may not), a First Aid package, fire extinguisher, as well as a durable jack like Hi-Lift.

GRAB HANDLES

Chances are you've formerly possessed a car that had some type of take care of over the passenger side and also back doors. In a Jeep, with its roll cage between you and also the top, well, that kind of top-mounted take care of really isn't extremely possible.

A Jeep's roll cage in fact offers a better-type deal with remedy-- and so can the vehicle's front A-pillars. With a Jeep, who needs a top-mounted grab manage when you can firmly attach what you need to the roll cage or on the pillar. In this manner, not only can you grab the take care of when required, you can even utilize it for getting in and also out of the car.

INSIDE SECURITY/STORAGE

It's obvious that freight room and security inside a Jeep is pretty limited-- as you've most likely found out. And also, while the more recent 4-door JK Wranglers have a bit extra area, you might still struggle to find the space you need. If you sporting activity a soft top, or also simply strategy to take the hardtop off for a few months, securely safeguarding that cargo can get uneasy. Sure the manufacturing facility console has a lock, yet so does your screen door and you wouldn't feel safe just utilizing that to safeguard your residence when you take place trip. Would certainly you?

So, for indoor freight alternatives, many newbie Jeep owners who need that protection can aim to solid 16-gauge steel lockable gaming consoles either between the front seats, under-seat, overhanging, or even at the rear cargo area.

Various other freight storage space choices do a fantastic work augmenting your Jeep's offered space by including storage space bags or packs to places such as the tailgate, roll cage, seats, or soundbar.

If you get on the go practically constantly, dashboard coordinators can aid arrange with the clutter.

ENTRANCE GUARDS

Among one of the most highly trafficked locations on your Jeep has nothing in place to safeguard the paint versus scuffs as well as scrapes. Your gas storage tank and also transfer case have skid plates to shield them, right, but the door framework? Nothing.

Well, you do not require a skid plate for your lower door location, just some low-tech and affordable door access guards. Entry guards mount quickly with most brands utilizing 3M sticky to affix while using polycarbonate, aluminum, or stainless steel product to shield the frame. Whether you intend on simply everyday driving or venturing off-pavement, Jeep entry guards need to definitely discover their method on your punch checklist for a very easy and also economical alteration.

SUBSTITUTE HOOD LATCHES

Allow's face it-- if you have actually driven your new JK Wrangler at anything faster than walking speed, you've most likely noticed a startling amount of hood movement. Translate that to highway driving, and you may seem like your hood will certainly tear off at any type of 2nd. The factor behind this is merely that the manufacturing facility locks make use of a soft, stretchy rubber that isn't able to maintain the hood firmly in position at higher speeds.

While the odds of your hood in fact flying off as a result of lock failing is quite remote, it certainly can be an upsetting and frustrating diversion while driving. This is where aftermarket locks, like the popular Daystar Hood Wranglers, beam. Offering a couple of different 'beefier' ways to personalize exactly how your hood links, these latch choices make use of more powerful products to make sure that your hood remains in location throughout all driving problems.

Some lock options also use locking safety and security, providing you added peace of mind if you ever before include various other aftermarket items inside your hood (such as aftermarket batteries or air induction systems). And also these lockable latches are available for older TJ (97-06) Wranglers need to you have one that is 'new to you'.

SOFT TOPS

On one hand, soft tops have an essential part in Jeep history. Part of its DNA, if you will. The ability to draw that top-down on good days, or zip out windows makes for a trip unlike practically anything else on the market.

On the other hand, hardtops came and also definitely supply more toughness, safety, as well as an effectively quieter flight than soft tops - but all at the expense of that 'Jeep open air' feel.

Nowadays, soft tops come in all sizes and shapes from full-blown substitute tops with all installing equipment consisted of, to popular brand-new frameless soft tops, to easy-- yet efficient-- swimsuit tops that you can mount after (very carefully) eliminating your hardtop.

Even if your Jeep did not come with a hardtop, you still may need to update the top on your 'brand-new to you' Jeep.

Soft tops generally have regarding a 3-5 year life expectancy and, while factory soft tops have actually gotten better as well as better over the years, they can at some point stretch out and no longer suit the Jeep's grooves, or start to have stitching problems. Often the windows can experience zipper issues and require replacement. The good news is, every one of these points are affordably exchangeable; whether with a complete canvas-only top, or merely going the piece by piece roadway.

Whether just for practicality, or the need to experience electrifying open air driving, upgrading and also customizing your automobile with a soft top is a best remedy for the new Jeep owner seeking to enjoy their car the means its founders intended.

BUMPERS

Doesn't my Jeep already have front and back bumpers? Those plastic manufacturing facility bumpers are about as beneficial during an accident as a container of fuel in a fire. For simply concerning anyone, heavier responsibility front as well as back bumpers are one of the first alterations made.

Aftermarket rear bumpers also are available in several various styles, as well as for many newbie Jeep proprietors ones having a strong tubular layout, or full-length solid 'rock' or 'incredibly task' design, and also even a modular type can absolutely suffice without squashing the wallet. For those that plan on including larger tires down the road, some back bumpers also will certainly include a tire provider element.

FLOOR LINERS

As you are probably discovering, many people consider their Jeep's interior as a second house. As well as a wonderful method to easily keep that 2nd residence 'mess cost-free', particularly in this on-the-go age, is a collection of flooring linings. Developed to fit over the factory or aftermarket carpeting, floor liners are that handwear cover that secures your interior from almost anything you drag into the Jeep - water, mud, snow, gum tissue, oil, whatever.

Now, there are a few various sorts of linings around such as:
Carpeted floor coverings that are stain-resistant and aid guard against the everyday wear and tear your Jeep interior will see.
Rubberized slush floor coverings that have a grooved body to aid trap wetness like mud or snow.
All-weather heavy-duty liners that utilize a lipped outer edge and also either a shaped polycarbonate, or stain-resistant carpet base to create a protective obstacle - all while continuing to be simple to tidy.
Path tough shaped polyethylene linings which have a deep 'tire type' walk pattern and also elevated side to entirely protect from whatever like mud to oil, while additionally remaining easy to clean.
A lot of linings additionally can be found in front, back, and also freight styles so can obtain the security you need throughout your Jeep.

Getting safety seat covers made of things like neoprene, polyester, or nylon can go a long means to boosting the life expectancy of your Jeep's seats, while likewise providing you a chance to customize the lorry's appearance. In a Jeep, with its roll cage between you as well as the top, well, that kind of top-mounted manage truly isn't very viable.

On one hand, soft tops have an important component in Jeep history. Soft tops normally have regarding a 3-5 year life-span and also, while manufacturing facility soft tops have actually obtained much better as well as much better over the years, they can eventually stretch out as well as no much longer fit into the Jeep's grooves, or start to have stitching concerns. Created to fit over the manufacturing facility or aftermarket carpet, floor liners are that glove that safeguards your inside from simply concerning anything you drag into the Jeep - water, mud, snow, gum, grease, whatever.

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