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Killer Customization Tips for Your Jeep Gladiator

So, you’re about to get a Jeep Gladiator, a beast that melds a Wrangler with a pickup so that you have a vehicle that offers plenty of utility plus awesome off-road capabilities. Already, you’re wondering what kind of mods you can make to make your ride your own. With that in mind, here are some killer customization tips for your Jeep Gladiator.

Tires and Wheels

Adding new wheels and tires is one of the easiest ways to modify your Gladiator’s look. A new set of “shoes” can also enhance your ride’s feel and performance and improve your off-roading ability. Just know that if you install larger tires, your speedometer will need recalibrating, and a lift kit or wheel spacers may be needed to mitigate rubbing or clearance problems. Moreover, your Jeep will slow a bit due to resulting changes to your gear ratio.

Axles and Locking Front Differentials

Locking front differentials add traction that can get you out of tricky situations by forcing both front wheels to produce full power when the differential locks up. Under normal circumstances, the front differential spins only one front tire.

Exterior Modifications

With exterior mods, you can enhance aesthetics as well as add utility. If you go with bumpers – a popular Gladiator modification – you can even benefit from extra protection. For a whole different look, consider installing a new grille.

Regarding lighting, there are too many mod possibilities to count, including off-road lights, light bars, and rock lights. Your best bet is to talk to a Jeep service advisor for ideas or bring in a photo you took of some mod you saw in the wild.

Adding side steps can render getting in and out of your Gladiator easier, and the sides of your vehicle are better protected. And if you need additional cargo space, a roof rack can provide room for more storage.

Interior Modifications

Something as simple and inexpensive as a set of easily cleaned floor mats can offset the amount of dirt and mud you track inside from all the fun you have. Seat covers are also helpful during rough-and-tumble adventures.

Another easy mod – grab handles – can also help you enter and exit your Jeep truck. Also, cargo and storage bins can provide more utility and keep you organized. Further, a dash-mountable GPS system can help you find your way around roads and trails.

Engine Modifications

If you hunger for extra oomph, an engine upgrade or supercharger can be just the ticket. Such a modification can enhance your Jeep’s performance and help you optimize your Gladiator’s already-formidable power. 

Cold air intakes are the way to go if you want to heighten your powerplant’s efficiency and help improve airflow while increasing horsepower and torque. Plus, they flat-out look cool (no pun intended).

If water fording is in your future, a snorkel can protect your engine by pulling air in instead of from below. It also impedes accidental water intake and keeps your air intake mud free.

Exhaust and Suspension Upgrades

You can improve your ride’s performance with an exhaust upgrade that also provides a power boost and pleasing rumble.

Also, a lifted Gladiator is fire, right? It looks so rad. Oh, and a lift kit adds up to a half-foot of height. It is necessary for clearing obstacles in the wild. There are also shocks and steering stabilizers that you may want to consider for your new Jeep Gladiator.

So, yes, you can do a myriad of killer customizations to make your Jeep Gladiator your own. Just be sure you understand how they might work together and the importance of getting professional advice.

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