Ultimate Guide To Custom Jeep Grilles

Ultimate Guide To Custom Jeep Grilles

Last Updated October 22, 2020 | Sam Padgett

There are a lot of ways to make your Wrangler stand out, but none of them are as impactful as a custom grille. While the seven-slot grille is an iconic part of the Wrangler’s design, many owners opt to swap it out for something different. If you want to make your Wrangler truly unique, then take a look at some aftermarket grilles.

Below are some popular styles of replacement grilles for both Wranglers and Gladiators. Some of these have some minor performance benefits. But for the most part, they’re just for looks. Regardless of the vision that you have for your dream Jeep, we’ve got you covered. There are many shapes and designs available for the front end of your JK, JL, or Gladiator’s grille.

Jeep Wrangler Grille Inserts

If you want to customize your Jeep’s front end but don't want to replace the entire grille, then grille inserts are the way to go. It’s easy to add a little "gas" to your grille with some of these great looking inserts.

Unlike full grille replacements, grille inserts are simple to apply and remove. If this sounds like the type of mod you’re looking for, then here are some of our favorite Wrangler grille inserts.

American Flag Inserts

Grille inserts are a great mod if you’re looking to keep the seven-slot design on the front of your Jeep. These inserts fit behind the Wrangler’s grille, giving it a new backdrop. This particular American flag insert is a popular option.

While grille installations are relatively simple, grille inserts are even easier to install. Check out this install video from CJ Off-Road to see the process for yourself.

Color Grille Inserts

Another popular option is simply a solid color grille backing. Since Jeep Wranglers already come in such bright, recognizable colors, a colored grille insert can help tie it all together. These inserts are also paintable, so they can be a great template for a truly unique look for your Wrangler or Gladiator.

Bezel Inserts

Metallic Grille Inserts For Wrangler

If you are fond of more subtle appearance modifications, then bezel inserts might be what you’re looking for. These don't add any bright colors or patterns, but rather, they sit in the grille's slots and give them a different appearance.

Most people won't be able to tell that these inserts are an aftermarket modification. They’ll just know that your Wrangler looks better. Compared to the other inserts, these are also the easiest to install. They fit right into the grille slots like a glove.

Full Replacement Grilles

If you want something a little bolder, then these grilles are for you. For the most part, these grilles will dramatically change the appearance of your Wrangler or Gladiator's front end. Instead of working around the preexisting Wrangler design, these grilles can provide a radically different look to your rig. After all, the Wrangler is a boxy vehicle. Why not think outside the box?

Mesh Grilles

Say you want to replace your grille entirely, but you don’t want to dramatically alter the look of your Wrangler’s front-end. If this is you, then a full mesh grille replacement is a great option. These grilles give a simple and modern look to the front of your rig.

While some of the full mesh front grilles are one solid color, there are a few options that are a bit more exciting. For example, there are full mesh grilles that have a fang pattern to give your Wrangler a tough and wild look. If that’s not what you’re looking for, mesh grilles are paintable, so you can use whatever design or pattern you see fit.

Angry Eyes Grille

Angry Bird Jeep Wrangler Grille

This design is a bit divisive in the Jeep Wrangler Community. The angry eyes grille, or as it’s sometimes called, angry bird grille, is a total love-it or hate-it Wrangler mod.

This grille keeps the slotted design but gives the front circular headlights an angered appearance. Simply put, this can turn your Wrangler into a Wranger.

Jeep Grilles with Accessories

Custom Wrangler grilles aren’t just for looks.There are grille options that can provide performance benefits as well. When Wrangler owners seek to add more lights to their rig, a good place to do so is right in the middle of the grille. However, these lights are usually mounted on the bumper.

If you don’t want to install a custom front bumper on your Wrangler, or you lack good mounting places for additional lights, then these LED equipped grilles are a great option for you.

Custom Jeep Wrangler Grille With LEDs

Check out this Oracle Lighting Vector grille. This design keeps the seven-slot design in place but adds a dramatic swooshing LED light bar that bends around the headlights. This gives the front end of your JK or JL Wrangler a serious sci-fi edge. It almost makes it look like the Tesla cyber-truck (but without the oddly angular body).

If this type of grille is too much for your tastes, there are other grilles that provide extra lighting as well. For example, this Rugged Ridge spartan grille for the JK Wrangler comes with two LEDs embedded in the front mesh.

There are a lot of options to choose from when customizing your Jeep grille. If you want to spruce up your Wrangler or Gladiator but don’t see anything you like, then check out all of the grilles available at CJ’s. If you want to keep your grille stock, we offer plenty of front bumpers, winches, and lights that can give your Wrangler that killer look you desire.

Ultimate Guide To Custom Jeep Grilles

Changing your Wrangler or Gladiator’s front grille can seriously impact its appearance. If you want a totally unique Wrangler, then a custom grille is a must. There are plenty of ways to add a new look to the front of your Wrangler, from colored inserts to LED-equipped grilles.