Best Upgrades for the Jeep Gladiator

Best Upgrades for the Jeep Gladiator

Last Updated February 5, 2020 | Sam Padgett

Given that the Jeep Gladiator has the DNA of a Jeep Wrangler, it’s no surprise that it is a deeply modifiable truck. From bumper to bumper, nearly every part of the Gladiator has an aftermarket replacement or upgrade. While the impressive number of mods available for the Gladiator can seem daunting, we here at CJ Off-Road have got your back. We’ve created this guide of the top Jeep Gladiator mods to help you get started.

The mods on this list run the gamut from simple DIY installations that you can complete in your driveway to more complicated mods that’ll take a fair amount of automotive expertise to install correctly. Whether you are looking to do some serious wrenching or you just want to tighten a few bolts, there is a mod on this list for you and your Gladiator.

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Gladiator Wheels and Tires

Overland and Rubicon trim levels compared

A new set of wheels and tires are one of the easiest ways to improve the look, feel, and performance of your Jeep Gladiator. Upgraded wheels are to a pickup what a rug is to a room, they both really "tie it all together."

The Gladiator does already come with an impressive array of wheel and tire options, but that shouldn’t stop you from wanting more. One of the benefits of owning a Jeep Gladiator is its cross-compatibility with other Wrangler parts. JL Wrangler wheels will fit a Jeep Gladiator, meaning there are plenty of options available for you and your Gladiator.

Wheels aren’t much good without tires though! Whether you are planning on going off-roading with your Gladiator or just using it as a daily driver and occasional tower, there are tires made for that purpose. A set of larger wheels and tires can further improve your Gladiator’s look and function, especially if it has been treated to a lift kit.

Mods for the Gladiator's Interior

Jeep Gladiator interior with red trim

Interior mods are by far the easiest and quickest way to make your Gladiator unique. You will ultimately spend a lot of time in your Gladiator's cab, so you might as well make it as nice as you can with these easy to install mods.

A seat cover can both improve the looks of your Gladiator’s interior and protect it from wear and tear. Even if it runs perfectly, a busted up seat will make it feel like a beater regardless. There's nothing wrong with wanting your truck to look rugged, but that being said, it's always a wise idea to protect your investment.

Floor mats are a great interior mod. If you have ever shoved a fist full of quarters into a gas station vacuum to try to clean off your truck's floor, then you surely know how messy it can get. Parents of small children are especially familiar with the havoc a single poorly-secured drink can wreck on your car's interior. With the right floor mat, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. These keep the floor of your Gladiator clean as new, and they are easily washable. While the outside of your truck can be covered in mud, the interior is best enjoyed clean.

Jeep Gladiator Exterior

Fully open air Gladiator with tonneau cover

Herein lies one of the most exciting upgrades that the Jeep Gladiator has to offer. Per its Wrangler lineage, the Jeep Gladiator is a convertible pickup truck. This, in turn, opens up a whole world of mods that until now were only available on the Jeep Wrangler.

For example, a bikini top is a cheap and easy way to enjoy your Gladiator with the doors and roof removed. This easily attachable piece of fabric can provide shade and protection while maintaining the open air feel of a topless Jeep. While you're at it, don't forget about removing the doors too! A Mopar top and door removal kit can make opening up your Jeep a breeze.

In a similar vein, the Gladiator also has a bed. This means that it can be upgraded and modded as well. A popular mod for truck beds is a tonneau cover. If you are ever concerned about the safety of the items in your bed, then this mod is for you.

Cold Air Intakes for the Jeep JT

The 3.6L Pentastar V6 in a Jeep Gladiator

What if you want to get some more grunt out of your Gladiator? There are plenty of upgrades available for your engine that add some serious power to your truck.

A cold air intake is a quick and easy mod to install that can add some power to your pickup. Most of them come with a simple bolt-on assembly that can be installed in your driveway with minimum fuss. While a cold air intake isn’t the definitive power upgrade, it plays very nicely with other upgrades like a tuning chip, throttle body spacer, and a catback exhaust.

Miscellaneous Gladiator Mods

Red Jeep Gladiator with 2-inch leveling kit

There are plenty of other great and easy ways to upgrade your Jeep Gladiator as well. If you plan on using the Gladiator's impressive 7,650 lbs of towing capacity, then an aftermarket towing hitch can make that whole process much easier. Additionally, a set of skid plates can help protect your Gladiator when you're off-roading. The sky is the limit when it comes to modifying your Gladiator.

Something as simple as a light bar can make your otherwise stock Gladiator look rugged. Additionally, it can provide some much-needed light on poorly illuminated trails.

You don't have to be an absolute Jeep fanatic to want to improve the quality of your ride. Whether your Gladiator is a daily driver, a recreational vehicle, or a serious performance project, we've got the Jeep Gladiator parts you will need here at CJ's.

Best Upgrades for the Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Gladiator is just as modifiable as its Wrangler relatives. With so many mods and upgrades available, it's hard to know where to start. Look no further than this list of the top Jeep Gladiator mods.