Is your Jeep Wrangler JK looking too vanilla? Stock just ain’t cutting it? You look at it in the carpark and imagine what it could look like – a menacing off road beast or a head turning daily driver?
Maybe you just want a few more envious looks while driving around town or perhaps you want to upgrade your Jeep Wrangler’s off road performance? Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered with our round up of the best Jeep Wrangler JK accessories for the money.
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1. Yitamotor 52” LED Light Bar
If you do any of your off road driving at night a light bar is where it’s at. This 52” behemoth boasts a jaw dropping 27,000 lumens of pure white 6000K light from the 300 watt double row LEDs. Featuring a Quart Lens for maximum light transmission and a diecast aluminium housing which is IP67 rated making it highly resistant to dust and water.
This translates to years of problem free use despite being used in a wet and dirty environment such as off roading. In addition, the 52 inch main light bar provides a mix of 30-degree flood light in the center and 60 degree spotlights at either end, giving you a wider spread of light for even better visibility when driving at night. Also included are two 18 watt LED spotlights for a truly customizable fit out on your rig.
The light bar is rated to over 50,000 hours of use and comes with the specific wiring harness and mounting brackets for installing directly on your Jeep Wrangler JK. No need to make your own brackets or pay a dealer to install them for you. With 5mm cooling fins, the aluminium light bar housing remains at a safe temperature even after hours of use. The only customer complaints include a whistling noise at 40+ mph from the wind passing between the windscreen and over the fins of the aluminium housing. Not to worry though as this is easily fixed with a roll of black rubber car door molding which can be applied to the fins on the underside of the light bar housing to disrupt the airflow and greatly reduce any whistling noise.
2. Opar Front Matte Black Grille
Does the front grille of your JK look a bit plain jane? The curves of the stock metal work are perfectly functional but completely uninteresting? Well then, the Opar aftermarket matte black grille has your name all over it. They don’t refer to it as the “Gladiator Vader” grille for nothing. This is one seriously aggressive looking replacement front panel with piercing evil (headlight) eyes and an oversized, gaping “hungry for Suzukis” grating which supplies the radiator with much needed airflow.
While Opar offer a range of aftermarket replacement front grille panels for Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicons, Saharas and Sports, the Gladiator Vader is the most popular and it’s easy to see why. Compatible with 2007 to 2017 model year Wrangler JKs, installation is a breeze thanks to the pre-drilled mounting holes which perfectly match the original mounting holes. It also includes all the required clips and pop pins to install it and comes with weather stripping. Constructed of high quality ABS material means this grille is lightweight yet built to survive the rigors of off road (or on road) use.
3. Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catch Kit
With time and exposure to the elements, the OEM plastic hood catches will degrade in the sun and eventually fail. Looking around at the other aftermarket hood latch offerings shows some fairly spindly and unimpressive designs on offer.
This is definitely not the case with the Rugged Ridge aluminium hood catch kit. Featuring stealth black aluminum and stainless hardware for years of corrosion free use and a limited 5 year warranty should any issues arise.
4. Tyger Running Boards
Whether you want to protect your door panels and underbody from damage from large rocks and tree stumps or if you are simply looking to add some presence to your Wrangler, you can’t go wrong with the Tyger Running Boards. These burly step pads provide a helpful step in and out of the cab making them useful for both factory ride height and lifted Jeeps Wranglers.
The unique patent pending “Stars” metal welded running boards provide dependable traction for your feet even when covered in mud and dirt. The bulletproof dual girder system provides maximum protection for the underside and rocker panel area from damaging impacts from the front wheels to the rear. They also help stop your Jeep from catching on the rocker panels or hanging up on large obstacles while driving difficult off road trails.
5. Sunpie Smoked LED Tail Lights
Don’t let this little known brand name put you off what is otherwise a solid product. While smoked tail lights won’t make an ounce of difference to the performance of your Wrangler JK, you can’t argue how eye catching they are. Installation is a breeze as these replacement rear lights are plug and play.
Swapping to LED tail light will also lower power consumption and since these aftermarket taillights are much brighter than the OEM bulbs, they’re also safer since you’ll be more visible on the road. Made from durable black ABS, these high performance integrated tail lights include the brake, turn signal and reverse light functions all in one weatherproof package.
6. Mopar All Weather 3-Piece Jeep Floor Mat Set
Keeping your interior in great shape is vital to maximizing the resale value of your pride and joy. The Mopar all weather 3 piece floor mat set features deep ribs that trap and hold any water, snow or mud to protect your carpet and keep it clean no matter the conditions you find yourself in. With quality you can count on from Genuine Chrysler Accessories this is a smart buy that will pay for itself quickly with reduced interior cleaning time.
The front two slush mats include a molded Jeep logo and a clever tire tread-look design making your JK look great while keeping your interior carpet like new. The rear one piece floor mat also fits the entire width of the rear floorboard which can’t be said about the offerings of many competing brands. With their high quality construction and stay put design due to the pop-in eye holes that work perfectly with the standard floor mat snaps built into your Wrangler, you can’t go wrong with the Mopar All Weather floor mat set.
7. Bestop HighRock Under Seat Lock Box
While a soft top is hard to beat for airflow and open air cruising, its drawbacks are in the form of poor security when parked up. The Bestop HighRock Under Seat Lock Box addresses this concern by providing a secure and difficult to remove lockable storage box for your valuables. It uses the space underneath the driver’s seat to provide hidden storage and includes a pick-resistant cylinder lock and two keys for added peace of mind. Installation is simple as the lock box simply bolts in using the factory seat riser bolts meaning no other hardware is needed.
8. LX Light 7″ Daymaker LED Headlights
The standard Wrangler headlights have a reputation for poor light output and general lacklustre performance. While a dealer might quote you prices of $800 plus for a complete replacement LED light kit you will be pleasantly surprised just how much value for money is available if you know where to look for Jeep Wrangler LED headlights.
Continuing the above theme of stealth blacked out lights and super bright LEDs brings us to the LX-Light 7” Daymaker Headlights. The name alone should give you an idea of the performance level these head lights bring to the table. The high performance CREE led lamps boast over 50,000 hours of life and provide 6000K temperature bright white light whenever and wherever you need it. At high beam each headlight produces 4500 lumens of light and 2800 lumens on the low beam setting. The included 4” fog lights provide 1600 lumens each.
This improved model features a built-in EMC function for anti-flicker meaning you don’t need to mess around with extra decoders like some other brands require. Toughed glass lenses provide excellent light transmission while remaining durable enough for off road use. The black housings are made of high quality aluminum and are shockproof and waterproof thanks to their IP67 rating.
9. Dominion OffRoad Hi-Lift Jack Mount Kit
Once you’ve made the switch to a lift kit you really need to start carrying a high lift jack if you want to be able to change a flat or make repairs out on the trail. Once you’ve invested in this equipment it’s important to keep it out of the elements and away from prying eyes but you can’t just have the jack bouncing around loose in the cargo bay. It’s definitely not safe and it’s going to cause untold damage to the interior of the vehicle. Luckily Dominion OffRoad has you covered with the Stealth Hi-Lift Jack & Accessories Mount Kit for Wrangler JKs.
This solidly constructed unit holds your high lift jack, shovel and axe securely to the rear frame leaving it quick and easy to access while not taking up valuable storage space. It works perfectly with the factory hard top, soft top and bikini top for maximum compatibility. Designed for use with the 48” Hi-Lift Jack and requires just 15 minutes to install due to the easy bolt-on design. Made in the USA means choosing this product supports American jobs while giving you a premium quality product.
This wraps up our list of the best Jeep Wrangler JK accessories for your rig. We’ve covered a wide range of performance and aesthetic upgrades that are sure to turn heads while improving the capabilities and safety of your vehicle. We’ve also shown you can get unbeatable value for your money due to the large number of brands available within the different product types.
From US brands such as Dominion Offroad, Rugged Ridge, Opar, Tyger and Bestop through to little known imported brands such as LX-Light and Yitamotor there is a wealth of options available. This is great for you as it means more choice and sharper pricing while making it possible to build a truly unique ride without breaking the bank. Now get out there and enjoy your rig.