Now that winter’s run its course, it’s time to get your Jeep in tip-top shape for spring. Are you ready for daily joy rides or weekend trail rides in your beloved rig? Whether you spend most of your time on- or off-road, here are five of the top Jeep upgrades to suit all budgets and interests.
1. Upgrading Rims & Tires
Rims and tires give your Jeep its distinctive look and enhance its performance. If you’re an off-roader, there’s nothing like a set of aggressive-looking tires to help you gain traction and control on all kinds of terrains. When it comes to choosing the right Jeep wheels and tires for your model, bear in mind the following features:
- Correct tread depth
- Rubber studs
- Structural design
- Well-reinforced flanks
As you can imagine, the prices of rims and tires vary wildly, depending upon materials, design, add-ons and brand, such as BF Goodrich. Browse tire buying guides for help in making your purchasing decision, and don’t forget to ask your local Jeep store experts for assistance.
2. Off-Roading Suspension
Shock absorbers are an excellent upgrade for your Jeep, especially when you spend lots of time off-road. If you’ve let your current shock absorbers take a beating, it may be time to check out some aftermarket shocks that can offer your vehicle more protection and a much-needed boost to navigate rocky terrain. Generally, shock absorber kits run from around $100 to more than $1,000. Look for brands such as Bilstein, Daystar, ReadyLift and Skyjacker.
3. Roll Cages & Components
A good roll cage keeps a Jeep from collapsing on itself if it turns over. If you take your Jeep off-roading and you like to step up your driving game regularly, a roll cage may be an excellent investment for you. Depending on the model and brand you choose, a roll cage kit can run from hundreds to more than a thousand dollars. Famous brands such as Bestop, Poison Spyder, Smittybilt and Warrior manufacture a variety of kits to fit your Jeep.
4. Lift Kits
A lift kit raises your Jeep’s height and provides extra clearance when you’re off-roading. Jeep Wrangler lift kits allow you to clear obstacles in your way and avoid the high costs associated with undercarriage and body damage. Lift kits generally provide from one to five inches or more of clearance. Trusted brands such as Alloy USA, Fabtech, Mopar and Rancho make a variety of kits.
5. Brake Rotors and Pads
When you feel your Jeep juddering when slowing to a stop or hear squealing noises, it may be time to replace your brake pads and rotors. Whether you buy rotors and pads separately or in one handy kit, you can expect to pay out from $50 to hundreds of dollars. Choose products from Alloy USA, Power Stop, TRQ Performance and XtremeStop.
Have these five Jeep upgrades captured your interest? If so, check out your local Jeep or 4×4 center for many more ideas on how to upgrade your rig. Additionally, browse Jeep Gladiator aftermarket parts and accessories for even more ideas.