After hours upon hours of research, scoping out dealerships, and battling through negotiations, you are finally a Wrangler owner! We congratulate you and certainly share your enthusiasm. Whether your new beauty is new or used, a two-door Sport or four-door Rubicon, the next step in your Jeep owning venture will be even more fun, but, also even more complicated than the purchasing process was — customizing your Jeep.
If you’re reading this, then you are probably already on to the first step of researching to determine what are the best Jeep modifications to choose first when beginning to trick-out your new Jeep. Heck, you might have not even brought your new Jeep home yet, but are already making preparations for what custom Jeep parts you may want to order for it. Either way, the guys at Altitude Jeep are here to help make the process a little less confusing for you.
There are many factors to take into consideration when going about purchasing custom Jeep parts and accessories. Our first rule of thumb is to never order aftermarket Jeep parts to install without knowing that they are certified and also knowing that you will be capable of installing them.
Another aspect to be wary of is going big too quickly in your Jeep journey. There are a multitude of internet forums out there that tell new Wrangler owners looking for upgrade advice that their first mods should be a hardcore 4-inch suspension lift, 35-inch off-road tires, or a 10,000-pound winch. If you truly are new to the Jeep life, getting the custom Jeep parts that will get you out on the trail as soon as possible whether you are ready or not is not always wise.
Don’t listen to the Jeep off-road shops who tell you that you need to invest twenty grand into your Jeep before it is off-road ready either. You bought a Jeep for a reason, and that reason is that it can already handle a whole lot of things you throw at it even with stock parts. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t add any upgrades to your Jeep though. Just take it a few steps at a time, and find some moderation between the two extremes.
With that being said, here is our list of affordable as well as ‘essential’ modifications for first-time Jeep Wrangler owners to get started on their customizing journey. While there are certainly a myriad of other great Jeep modifications to perform, if you’re looking for somewhere to simply get your foot in the door, here are our recommendations for custom Jeep parts:
You might be asking, why bumpers? What’s wrong with the front and rear bumpers that come stock on my Wrangler? The fact of the matter is, when it comes to taking your Jeep anywhere off-road, those plastic bumpers are about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. This is why durable, heavy-duty front and rear Jeep bumpers are one of the first modifications made by Jeep owners for off-road use as well as everyday protection for your daily drive.
When it comes to aftermarket Jeep bumper styles, you can go with as minimal or as aggressive of a look as you so choose. From Smittybuilt bumpers to the Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) or Grumper, we carry just about every variety of bumper style your heart desires at Altitude Jeep.
For aftermarket rear bumpers, we recommend most first-time Jeep owners get one with a strong tubular design or a full-length super duty style to get the best style and quality without breaking the bank.
You can check out all of our available custom Jeep bumper options here.
If we had to choose one Jeep upgrade to get before anything else, this would be it. Rock sliders protect the most vulnerable parts of your Jeep Wrangler’s body when you’re out on the trails. Made of high-impact steel, they are designed to withstand the impact of rocky terrain — allowing your Jeep to deflect or slide off of obstacles. Without rock sliders, the under-belly of your Jeep can easily get banged up by rocks and other obstacles, so this is one of the best initial investments for protecting your Jeep from potentially high-cost repairs.
Besides being extremely practical, they offer a nice stylistic touch to your Jeep’s trim as well. Rock sliders are installed where the body meets the frame — covering the exposed pinch seam that is not very visually appealing. They give your Wrangler a more rugged look while adding protection and an easier platform for getting in and out of your ride.
View our full list of available aftermarket Jeep rock sliders here.
As a first-time Jeep owner, you might think that there is nothing wrong with the factory headlights on your Wrangler. We’re here to tell you that you don’t know what you are missing out on. Most new owners don’t truly grasp how underpowered the dim, weak factory headlights are until they try out aftermarket Jeep LED lighting.
Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) are currently one of the hottest Jeep modifications around due to their tremendous light output in both low and high beams that nearly doubles the amount of headlight output of stock headlights. LED headlights also require about half of the amount of amp draw that the factory headlights use — making them more powerful and more efficient. Technology is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
When it comes to LED headlight upgrades for your Jeep, there are two main types — reflector style and projector style housings. They both serve as great upgrade options with their main differences being how they project light down the road and the pattern of light visible on the road (or trail) surface.
Jeeps and LED lights are a match made in heaven as there are so many ways to pair the two together outside of just custom headlights. From light bars to grill lights and spotlights, the possibilities are endless. See all of the ways aftermarket LED lights can be featured on your Jeep.
And if you want extra bright headlights, HID Jeep headlights are guaranteed to brighten things up and turn heads at the same time.
Check out our entire list of custom Jeep Wrangler headlights here.
One of the easiest upgrades on the wallet, but undoubtedly a necessity, are floor liners to protect the carpet of the interior of your Wrangler. If you take your Jeep out to play anywhere, these rubberized mats will protect from stains, wear and tear, and they are incredibly simple to clean. You can order Jeep floor liners in front, rear, and cargo styles to get protection all throughout your Jeep.
Our last upgrade recommendation for you new Jeep Wrangler owners out there is not as utilitarian in nature as most of the aforementioned, but an extremely worthwhile venture nonetheless. At Altitude Jeep, there’s nothing we enjoy more than some custom mugz. A new mug (grill) will help protect the front of your ride from off-road debris much more significantly than your stock Wrangler grill, but most importantly, it is the finishing touch to giving your ride that mean look that says “stay out of my way.”
With so many different styles of aftermarket Jeep grills, you are sure to find the perfect one to give your Jeep that personalized look. Our personal favorite for the ultimate badass look is our very own Gladiator “Vader” Grill at Altitude Jeep for JK Wrangler models or the regular Gladiator Grill for TJ Wranglers.
See all of the incredible style selections for custom Wrangler grills here.
We hope that this guide helps you in beginning your journey to the customized Jeep Wrangler of your dreams. Be sure to check out our other blog posts for more helpful tips and tricks for custom Jeep parts, installation, and other information. When you’re ready to elevate your ride, trust Altitude Jeep to provide you with the best selection of custom parts and accessories for your Jeep.