We here at Dixie 4 Wheel Drive love all kinds of off-road rigs, but Jeeps have a special place in our hearts. If the number of Jeep users and clients trooping to our fully equipped 4×4 shop is anything to go by, lots of people share this sentiment.
The Jeep is arguably one of the most popular and commonly available and modified 4×4 vehicle for a reason. Not only is it an incredibly sturdy vehicle that handles both street and off-roading remarkably well, it’s also highly upgradable and customizable.
Jeep Modifications and Upgrades
The ability to trick out and upgrade Jeeps to come up with cool custom builds is what draws in such a huge amount of loyal Jeep enthusiasts. Why should you go for the same Jeep style that everyone else has? You are a unique individual and your vehicle should reflect your unique personal style and preferences.
With the right Jeep performance parts, upgrades and modifications, you can stand out from the crowd and add a level of power to take your vehicle from a boring daily driver to an off-road beast!
The huge assortment of aftermarket performance parts for Jeeps gives you the flexibility to increase the capability and usability of your vehicle. However, sifting through such a wide array of options can get pretty confusing and you may not know where to start.
When it comes to buying the right performance parts, please allow our extensive experience with Jeeps (designing custom builds, installing mods and upgrades, doing maintenance and repairs) and aftermarket parts to help guide your purchase.
5 Things To Know Before Purchasing Jeep Performance Parts
Some of the things to consider include:
Tricking out your Jeep is often a hefty investment so be clear on how much damage your wallet can endure. You not only have to know the cost of the initial purchase but also how much it will cost to maintain and repair these parts. You might think you’ve saved cost on a certain upgrade or modification only to shell out bucks later as it keeps breaking down. The rule of thumb here is to find a compromise between the price and value of the parts and to always go for the very best that you can afford.
What parts you would like to purchase.
Shopping for parts to optimize your Jeep’s performance can leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store. There are so many parts, each promising to give you an edge out on the trail, that it’s hard to choose just one. That’s why it’s important to prioritize your needs and wants. Having a list of priorities will help you know what important parts are must-haves e.g. beefier tires, upgraded air intake and exhaust system and which ones are nice-to-have e.g. a custom steering wheel and dash panel. You can get a better idea of what to do first and which purchases you can put off until later.
How the performance parts will benefit your Jeep
Sure having mufflers, bull bars and fender flares make your Jeep look badass but do they take its performance to the next level? To avoid wasting your hard-earned money, you need to know how each part you purchase will benefit your vehicle. For instance, if you want more horsepower then go for a Jeep performance chip or programmer to tune your engine. If you’re looking to crawl over obstacles with ease, a custom Jeep lift kit and suspension package should suit you just fine.
Does the part suit your Jeep make and model?
We have had clients come in, take a look at some of the custom builds in our parking lot then demand the same modifications with no regard for their Jeep’s make or model. All Jeeps are not made equal and new components are added to vehicles every year while unnecessary ones are removed. Installing performance parts that aren’t made for your Jeep can end up doing more harm than good and there is a very real danger of causing substantial harm to your vehicle in the process. So when looking for add-ons and accessories to purchase, make sure they fit your Jeep 100%. You do not want to be the guy who buys a mean set of wheels only to discard them upon finding out that they don’t fit his car’s bolt pattern.
How do different features and details compare?
Once you narrow down your selection, it’s common to end up with different performance parts that promise to do the same thing. In such situations, comparing their features and details to see what sets them apart can help you decide what aligns better with your needs and budget. Perhaps one performance part offers more value than the other or one lacks certain features you’d like your Jeep to have. The decision is yours.
Do Your Research On Jeep Parts
Everything (or almost everything) you need to know about the Jeep performance parts you wish to purchase is out there if you’re willing to do some research on it. This will help you understand exactly what you should buy, how it will boost your Jeep’s horsepower and efficiency as well as the different brands, products, accessories and their prices.
When shopping for Jeep parts, you want to know you’re making purchases from reliable and trustworthy manufacturers. A little research will reveal whether a particular aftermarket manufacturer is only known for cool adverts or whether their products actually live up to the hype, and have earned a good reputation. You can also compare different parts’ features and details to see how they stack up against each other.
At Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, we have years of experience with both OEM and aftermarket Jeep performance parts. We know which brands to trust and which products will dramatically improve your Jeep’s off-road performance without compromising the ride quality. Our experts can help you determine what parts work best for your vehicle and driving activities so give us a call today and we’ll help you make an informed decision.