As most of you know my Jeep is primarily modified with Rugged Ridge upgrades. I wanted to give the Jeepers out there a closer look into my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the modifications that have been done to it. This will be a released in a few different parts starting with this post of the front end including the front bumper, winch, lights, grill inserts, light guards, tow hooks, and hood latches. Hopefully this will help you make decisions on some of the best ways to modify the front end of your Jeep Wrangler.
2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Mods
Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper
The stock bumper is something I recommend you replace quickly and not just for a better look. Having a heavy duty bumper is very important when off the beaten path. I wanted something that enhanced my Jeep and gave it a wider, tougher appearance. I choose the Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper for its versatility and style. I liked that it included the Winch plate and tough looking tow hooks. The best part was being able to add different components that I can either keep on or take off whenever I chose to give myself different looks. I decided to add the Rugged Ridge XHD Black Front Bumper Ends to give it the wide appearance I wanted and the Rugged Ridge Tubular Hoop Over-Rider for the protection and look it provided. It also turned out to be a great place to mount lights.
Rugged Ridge 8500lb Winch
I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a Winch since its something that hopefully I wont have to use very often. All of the experts point out you should pick a winch that can handle 1.5 times your vehicle’s weight so I choose the Rugged Ridge 8,500Lb Winch. It fit perfectly into the winch plate and only took about 20 minutes to install. It’s a Universal winch so it should fit any winch plate you have installed. Don’t spend a fortune on a winch when they have winches like the Rugged Ridge 8,500Lb Winch on the market for less than $300. It was designed for performance with a durable HP series wound motor that offers long life and extra pulling power. It also includes a 3 stage planetary gear box that allows it to deliver more reliable power on every pull. Everything is made with a corrosion resistant stainless steel so you can be ensured a long life.
Rugged Ridge Light Guards Complete Set
Having a set of guards for your lights is a nice upgrade that is really easy to install and gives your Jeep a really sharp look. I went with the Rugged Ridge Light Guard Kit which included eight pieces. A pair of headlights, side markers, turn signals, and tail light guards are included. I figured it was easier and cheaper to buy them all in a set rather than worry about matching up different pairs later on at higher prices. They are made of a really good durable powder coated steel designed to last.
Rugged Ridge Mesh Grille Insert
I looked at a lot of different Grille inserts to find the right one for my Jeep. The Jeep grill is iconic so I wanted to make sure it stood out. I eventually choose the Rugged Ridge Black Gloss Mesh Grille Insert and I am really happy I did! By far the best grille insert I have ever seen and I have had so many people ask me where I got it. It really brings out the front of my Jeep and looks amazing up close. The Rugged Ridge Black Gloss Mesh Grille Insert is a good choice no matter what color Jeep you drive. I love Jeep modifications that don’t take a lot of time and energy to install and this is one of those modifications.
Rugged Ridge X-Clamp & Square LED Light Kit
The headlights that come stock offer a lot to be desired on Jeep Wranglers, but luckily we have a lot of lighting options to choose from. Rugged Ridge’s X-Clamp mounting system is absolutely awesome and allows you to place lights anywhere you have a 2.25-3 inch diameter tubing. The Rugged Ridge X-Clamp & Square LED Light Kit fit my needs perfectly. It allowed me to place two very bright lights on my front end without any hassles. They look great and I was totally blown away by the amount of light that came out of these! It was like turning night into day with a flip of a switch. You have different options on how to wire these depending on your needs. I decided to put these on their own switch along the driver’s side windshield using a Rugged Ridge Left Side A-Pillar 4-Switch Pod Kit. It worked out really well so I recommend doing a similar setup for anyone interested in adding lights to their Jeep.
Rugged Ridge Hood Catch Set
If you haven’t heard of hood fluttering then please see How to Eliminate the Dreaded Jeep Wrangler Hood Fluttering to learn more. I absolutely dislike the stock hood latches that come on Jeep Wranglers. I don’t understand how they have not upgraded them into something similar to the Rugged Ridge Hood Catch Set. These will eliminate any and all movement of your Jeep hood. Not only do they handle that job flawlessly, but they also look great! One of my favorite upgrades and one I highly recommend to any Jeep Wrangler owner.
Rugged Ridge Hood Dress Up Kit
For the Front End, I decided to buy the Rugged Ridge Hood Dress-Up Kit. Not only does it match the black that I had throughout the rest of my Jeep, but it offered a lot of dress up for my hood which was severely lacking at the time. The kit comes with 2 hood hinge covers, a cowl vent cover, a footman’s loop, 2 windshield bumper trim rings, and 2 windshield washer jet covers. I really liked that it included tons of accessories to make my Jeep hood unique. Its a really nice set that has all of the accessories you need to really make your Jeep hood stand out.
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