Custom Jeep Modifications

Now that you’re a Jeep owner, you need to start looking into the various modifications and upgrades you can add if you intend to do some serious off-roading. Properly equipping your 4x4 will enhance its performance, making for a fun and safer off-road experience.

At Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, we’re pros at modifying all types of 4x4s. We know that there’s a mind-boggling assortment of mods out there to add to your Jeep and it can get pretty confusing. To help you out, we’ve put together some of the top custom Jeep modifications to consider if you want to get your vehicle off-road ready.

A Winch- A Necessity In Emergencies.

Any seasoned off-roader will tell you that a winch is an absolute must-have for your Jeep. With a winch, you can free yourself from a tough spot or even tow your buddies if they get stuck. Having one installed can mean the difference between making it home from your off-roading adventure or spending hours stranded in the middle of nowhere waiting for someone to come bail you out.

Get Lifted With A Suspension Lift Kit

A standard Jeep straight from the factory stands about 8.3-10 inches above the ground. This won’t cut it if you’re looking to maneuver steep ascents or crawl over deep grooves. For that, you’ll need to lift your Jeep. Installing a lift kit and suspension upgrades will give you the increased ground clearance and improve how you handle your approach and departure angle. A better lift will allow you to drive over huge obstacles without ruining your undercarriage, getting stuck or flooding your engine if you’re going into water.

Proper Rubber For The Terrain

More ground clearance counts for nothing without grip. Upgrading your tires to something meatier increases your grip, eliminating the risk of you getting stuck or harming yourself, others or your vehicle out on the trail. But this doesn’t mean rushing to grab the biggest tires available. Different kinds of tires have different uses so you first need to understand your typical off-road environment then equip your Jeep with the appropriate set of 33”, 35” or 37” tires.

Differential Lockers To Handle Tough Trails

Some newer Jeep models come with differential lockers already installed. If yours doesn’t (most don’t) we recommend grabbing an aftermarket pair especially if you’re planning to really challenge your vehicle on rough trails. Lockers are installed as part of the axle and they force corresponding wheels to spin together at the same speed, improving traction. This tremendously increases your Jeep’s climbing and crawling abilities, saving you the frustration of having your wheels hopelessly spinning in the air while going nowhere.

Rock Sliders To Shield Your Jeep’s Body

Okay, so maybe rock sliders aren’t an absolute necessity- especially if rock crawling isn’t your thing. But we think they’re important because they offer extra protection from the undergrowth, rocks or other Jeeps as you blaze down those trails. They can also come in handy as a winch recovery point if your Jeep rolls or flips or double up as a step to help you get into the car.

Enhanced Lighting For Nighttime Off-Roading

The stock headlamps that come with new Jeeps are often underpowered and leave a lot to be desired. Save yourself the strain of using these poor lights and check out aftermarket LED lights. At both high and low beam, these upgrades give nearly twice as much output as standard factory LEDs while drawing half of the amps required by factory headlights. For these LED headlight mods, you can choose between projector or reflector style housings, depending on which one best suits your vehicle while improving your nighttime visibility.

Heavy-Duty Bumpers For Added Protection

We know your Jeep probably came with front and rear bumpers but switching these out for sturdier heavier duty ones gives you added protection whether you’re cruising in the city or venturing off-road. Other than making your Jeep look badass, bumpers also provide an ideal location to mount a winch. Heavy-duty bumpers are available in different styles with some front bumpers specially designed to improve your approach angles and some rear ones designed to carry a jerry can or an extra tire.

Additional Modifications

There are also other modifications designed to increase your convenience and fun while adding some class and style to your ride. Such terrific additions to your Jeep include:

Soft tops Most Jeep owners wrestle with whether to install a soft top or not. You should really go for it. On nice clear days, you can zip open the windows or pull the whole top down to fully enjoy the freedom and exhilaration that only a Jeep ride can provide. Soft tops these days come in a variety of shapes and sizes from full-blown replacement tops to frameless ones so you can get the exact cover that meets your preferences.

Grab handles these not only make it easier for you to get in and out of your Jeep but also give passengers something to hold on to when you hit rough terrain. They also provide somewhere convenient to mount a GoPro camera to capture your off-road adventures.

Entry guards to protect the door frames against scratches and scuffs caused by constant foot traffic.

Floor liners to keep the interior of your jeep clean and free from mud, dirt or grass. Spring for customized floor liners and add a touch of style to your rig.

Hood latches a rattling hood is a distraction when you’re driving at higher speeds. A hood latch will make sure your hood stays securely in place no matter the driving conditions, allowing you to put your full attention on the road.

While you’re out shopping for Jeep modifications, don’t forget to pick up a mobile compressor, upgraded recovery gear and maybe some hitch accessories among tons of other gadgets and upgrades to trick out your ride.

Let Us Upgrade Your 4X4 Jeep

We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional custom Jeep builds for all our clients. We take great care to balance extreme off-road capabilities with class and style to take your Jeep from an ordinary vehicle to an off-road beast!  So please don’t hesitate to call or visit any of our Dixie 4 Wheel Drive shops in Southern Utah. Our team of 4x4 specialists will be happy to help you select and install the best Jeep mods and upgrades to improve your trail riding experience.

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