5 great, inexpensive upgrades for your Jeep JK

Top 5 Jeep JK Upgrades

Whether you’re into Jeeps or not, you have to admit the Jeep brand has generated one heck of an aftermarket over the past few decades.  Almost any Jeep part or accessory imaginable has been (or will be) produced and sold to die-hard Jeep fans around the world.  So many parts in fact that very successful businesses are built around selling nothing but parts and accessories for Jeeps alone!  As a Jeep fan, imagine sitting back with a thick nothing-but-Jeep catalog.  It’s like a kid in a candy store.  So when it comes to finding a few small, inexpensive upgrades it can be almost overwhelming.  So we put together a short list of five very cool, useful but very cheap Jeep upgrades.  Our list is JK Wrangler specific but these same upgrades are available to previous generations of Jeeps as well.  Let us just say up front, if you decide to grab one of these cool upgrades, be sure to shop around.  That big Jeep catalog is not necessarily the cheapest source.  In many cases we found the same item on Amazon and being sold by the manufacturer for as much as 15 bucks less than what we thought was the best price out there!

Top-5 Cheap Jeep JK Upgrades

Top-5 Cheap Jeep JK Upgrades

Rugged Ridge Black Aluminum Hood Catches

Rugged Ridge Hood Catches

Why it’s cool:  First off, Rugged Ridge Aluminum Hood Catches look awesome.  Compared to the stock rubber and plastic hood catches that discolor 3 months after leaving the dealership, these hood catches are a huge upgrade in appearance.  Manufactured from cast aluminum with stainless steel hardware, they are durable, super easy bolt-on install, adjustable and strong.  Ever hear of hood flutter?  That’s where your hood seems to be lifting slightly at higher speeds due to air blowing in through the grill.  Jeeps are notorious for hood flutter thanks to the cheap rubber hood catches that come with the hood.  Say goodbye to hood flutter with these sharp catches.  Sold in pairs with a limited 5-Year Warranty. Price: As low as $88.99 on Amazon from Rugged Ridge.


GraBars Grab Handles for Front and Rear

GraBars Jeep JK Grab Handles

Why it’s cool: Sometimes you just need a good, solid place to grab hold of when you’re getting into your Jeep or just wheeling through a tight spot.  The most common grab handle for the Jeep is the roll bar wrapped nylon loops.  They’re fine in most cases but with many Jeep setups, the best place to have a grab handle is more forward towards the windshield.  From that location you can leverage yourself up and into your seat more easily.  That’s exactly what these handles do.  Fabricated from solid 3/4″ rod and powder coated with UV protected textured paint, each front grab handle mounts to the windshield pillar with the supplied hardware to factory bolt holes going you a very solid, ergonomic place to lift yourself into your Jeep.  the rear grab handles mount to the roll bar in factory bolt hole locations using the new supplied hardware.  Each Grabar comes with a rubber grip for a secure hold.  The perfect handle for a lifted Jeep.  Designed for the Jeep JK, Jeep TJ and Jeep YJ.  Comes with all the necessary hardware and a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects and workmanship.  Manufactured in the U.S.A.

List Price: $97.00 for front only
List Price:$165.00 for JK 4-Door (Unlimited) Front & Back GraBars Set
List Price:$165.00 for JK 2-Door Front & Back GraBars Set

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Grabar Grab Handles are distributed by Welcome Distributing and sold by multiple online distributors.  Did I overuse the word distribute and its derivatives?


Quadratec Front & Rear Entry Guards

Quadratec Jeep JK Entry Guards

Why it’s cool: This is one of those Jeep parts that just seems like it should have been factory standard equipment.  If you’ve ever stepped on the door threshold with wet boots, you may have noticed how slippery that painted threshold can be.  Plus with a new Jeep it’s only a matter of time before that painted threshold becomes scuffed, chipped and rusted.  For under 50 bucks, you can attached these super easy to install entry guards, protecting the fresh paint or just covering up the old and scuffed up entry.  Then no longer will you be slipping off as you step up.  Made from black thermo plastic elastomer making it extremely durable for a lifetime of abuse.  No drilling or cutting necessary as these threshold guards attach using 3M peel and stick attachment tape.  Made in U.S.A. and backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

Quadratec Part Numbers:
2-Door Jeep JK – 13113.5000 listing for: $29.99
4-Door Jeep JK – 13113.5001 listing for: $39.99


Rugged Ridge Black Rear Tail Light Guards

Rugged Ridge Tail Light Guards

Why it’s cool: Jeep tail lights have always been known for how they stick out from the body leaving them vulnerable to damage.  With the Jeep JK the tail lights were designed to protrude a little less than previous Jeep models but they still are out there susceptible to trail damage.  Several manufacturers have designed Jeep JK tail light guards varying in price from under 50 bucks up to around $200 for the Mopar branded guards.  Rugged Ridge designed a set for Jeep Wrangler 2007-2015, 2-door and 4-door Unlimited that not only looks good and functions well for protection but also sells for a price at the lower end.  These all steel guards are extremely easy to install and look great to boot.  No drilling or cutting, these guards only require a Phillips screw driver to install.  Available in gloss black powder coated steel and the sell for around $47.00 for the pair.  Available from most catalog distributors including Amazon.   Prices vary so shop around!


Bestop Locking Under Seat Storage Box

Bestop Security Box

Why it’s cool:  Jeeps are notorious for their lack of security and a prime target for easy break-ins.  Why?  Well perhaps the easily sliced soft top may have something to do with it.  So many manufactures have stepped up and created lock boxes that fit various locations including strong boxes for the center console location.  Jeep however has responded to the need for lockable storage space with a locking center console, which is nice.  However the locking factory center console is flimsy and easily broken into with a strong yank.  So that leaves your valuables vulnerable and with some valuables you simply can’t take that risk.  Bestop stepped up with this line of under-seat bolt down locking storage boxes for the Jeep JK that are not only hard to see from outside but seriously tough to break into.  Fabricated from heavy-duty 16 gauge carbon steel using welded construction and a pick resistant lock, these slide out locking storage boxes offer 205 cubic inches of storage space for a great price.  Measuring 17″ long x 7 1/2″ wide x 3 3/4″ high, these under seat boxes will not interfere with your feet no matter if you are sitting in the front driver or front passenger nor will it take any foot room away from your rear passengers.  Finished off with black textured powder coating, they are a must have for any Jeep owner that may need to leave behind items that they can’t afford to lose to a would-be thief.  Extremely easy to install, no drilling or cutting and bolts in using existing hardware.  Available from most catalog distributors including Amazon.   Prices vary so shop around!

Priced around: $55 Driver Side and $65 Passenger Side

Does NOT fit 2011-current Wrangler 2 door models.  Fits 2007-2010 2-door, without interference.  Fits 2007-2010 4-door, without interference. Does NOT fit 2011-2014 2-door.  Fits 2011-2014 4-door with extra installation steps.