Jeep Gladiator Bumper Guide

Jeep Gladiator Bumper Guide

Last Updated October 18, 2021 | C.J. Tragakis

Upgrading your Jeep Gladiator’s bumper can help prepare your rig for the hazards you’ll encounter on the trail and give it the custom style you want. A new bumper also improves approach and departure angles for better off-road capability. Not to mention the extra protection they provide.

While the Gladiator is a very new truck, there are plenty of ways to upgrade it. Check out this guide for an overview of the front and rear bumper types available for your Jeep pickup.

Stock Wrangler JL vs Gladiator Front Bumper

The front ends of the JL Wrangler and Gladiator are essentially the same. This means you can use the same aftermarket bumpers on your Gladiator that you’d use on a JL Wrangler. The functionality, materials, and designs will be the same.

If you want more information on JL bumper options, check out our Wrangler bumper guide. Otherwise, read on to see which bumpers work best for the Gladiator in particular.

Jeep Gladiator Winch Bumpers

A winch is a must-have for many Jeep enthusiasts. From the factory, neither the Wrangler nor Gladiator have a fully winch-ready bumper. Even the Rubicon steel bumper option requires a winch plate.

Fishbone Offroad Winch Bumper Jeep Gladiator
The majority of front bumpers here are winch-ready or simply need a winch plate to add one.

Fortunately, there are many aftermarket Gladiator winch bumpers that enable you to add the winch of your choice. We’ll mention which kinds of bumpers are winch-ready in the sections below.

Whether you’re using your rig for serious mudding or just want added style and peace of mind, a winch is a crucial piece of gear for serious off-roading.

Jeep Gladiator Rear Bumpers

The pickup truck bed of the Gladiator makes the back end very different than the Wrangler. It has a unique rear bumper that is not shared. There are still lots of reasons to upgrade to an aftermarket set-up though.

Fishbone Offroad Mako Jeep Gladiator Rear Bumper
Fishbone Offroad's Mako Rear Bumper is a Great Choice for the Gladiator

An off-road Gladiator rear bumper like this Fishbone Offroad Mako will give you D-ring capability and durable protection for the corners of your bed. Plus, you get rugged style without losing the use of your OEM license plate lights or backup sensors.

While a front bumper can increase your approach angle, a rear bumper can help improve your departure angle. Unfortunately, due to its length, the Gladiator’s breakover angle is noticeably worse than the Wrangler's.

That means even if you’re able to clear an obstacle with the front of your pickup, you might still scrape something on the way down. One workaround is to add more clearance by upgrading your Jeep Gladiator’s suspension with a lift kit.

Jeep Gladiator Tubular Bumpers

Tubular bumpers are a classic, often lightweight style with cost-effective options. This makes them popular with Jeep enthusiasts. Unlike some of the ultra-light options of the past, most of these Gladiator bumpers are engineered to accept a winch.

With a vintage look and room to add lights, tubular bumpers are great for lots of Jeep owners. Their lower price makes them an excellent entry-level choice. However, serious off-roaders will want to opt for something with better protection. Some of Rampage's bumpers combine the best of both worlds, with good coverage and tubular elements for style.

Adding a hoop to your existing aftermarket bumper is a great way to get the style of a tubular bumper. The Mopar tubular grille guard makes an excellent addition to the Rubicon steel bumper as well.

Jeep Gladiator Factory-Width/Full-Width Bumpers

These bumpers offer a larger size with wide protection. If you didn’t get a Rubicon from the factory, this is a great way to get that look for the front of your Gladiator. The three-piece Rubicon steel bumper makes it easy to add a winch.

It’s up to each driver as to which style they prefer. For those that want a sleek yet aggressive look that offers maximum protection, a full-width bumper is a great choice. Hardcore off-roaders will appreciate the durable construction. Plus, it’s easy to add a winch, D-rings, and LED lights to any of these full-width bumpers. Mid-width bumpers offer very similar design but don't extend all the way out to the fender flares.

Jeep Gladiator Stubby Bumpers

Stubby front bumpers offer improved approach angle, tire articulation, and unique style. It’s no wonder they’ve been a longstanding popular choice within the Jeep community. Their rugged aesthetic makes them a top choice for daily-drivers, beach-goers, and mud-lovers alike.

They don’t offer quite as much protection for the wheels or fenders as full-width bumpers do. But diehard rock-crawlers still prefer stubby bumpers for the articulation potential. Besides, any off-road aftermarket bumper is going to offer plenty of capability and durability for your Gladiator.

You can select a stubby bumper that’s simple in design, or one with LED lights, a winch plate, or a hoop.

Jeep Gladiator Stinger-Style Bumpers

With a sharp, aggressive look, these are designed for standout styling and serious rock crawling. Many stinger bumpers in the past have been designed solely for off-road use. These options, however, are decidedly less pointy and legal for street use. You can also add a stinger or striker bar to your existing aftermarket bumper.

Jeep Gladiator Bumper Hoops, Bars, and Wings

If you’ve got a bumper you love but want to add a finishing touch, these accessories will give you the style you’re looking for. Many bumpers, from the stock Rubicon bumper to aftermarket bumpers, are ready for a range of accessories. From bull bars to hoops to wings, you can customize your Gladiator’s bumper to give it the exact look you want.

Try adding a hoop for a safari-inspired brush guard look. Or give your ride some bumper wings for a wider, more streamlined style.

Pick the Gladiator Bumper That Works Best for You

A new front bumper can give your Gladiator a rugged style that looks good anywhere, not to mention the capability you want on the trail. When coupled with some armor and protection, your rig will be ready to take on any terrain.

If you want to see our full range of products, check out all of our Jeep Gladiator bumpers and accessories.

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Jeep Gladiator Bumper Guide

Selecting a new bumper for your Jeep Gladiator will give you the look you want, plus upgraded capability for off-roading.