How Do I Make a Jeep Wranger TJ Look Cool?

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How Do I Make a Jeep Wranger TJ Look Cool?
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One of the benefits of purchasing a Jeep TJ Wrangler is that you can find lots of aftermarket options especially made for the vehicle. These options can improve appearance and performance until both meet your specifications, and many actually improve both at the same time. The only limit to how cool your Jeep TJ Wrangler can look is how much money you want to spend on it.

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    Develop a plan for modifying your Jeep's appearance. A lot of what constitutes "cool" is personal opinion and taste, so figure out what kind of look you like. Check out different build and hobby styles, because what you want to do with your Jeep plays a big part in what modifications you will make to its appearance. For example, trail jeeps have different modifications than mudders or rock crawlers. Take your time researching styles, function and parts to make sure you know what you want before you start buying; haphazard purchasing will quickly have your Jeep looking like a Transformer gone awry.

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    Upgrade your tires and rims. One of the quickest and most noticeable changes you can make to your TJ Wrangler's appearance involves replacing the factory tires and rims with off-road tires and custom-designed rims. There are plenty of different options to choose from, just remember that if you may need to lift your Jeep to fit some of the larger tire sizes.

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    Select a lift for your Jeep. Lift kits are one of the most popular modifications done to Jeep Wrangler's. Adding a lift kit can make either a subtle height change to fit larger tires or lift the Jeep several feet into the air, Monster-Jeep style. What you want to do with your Jeep will determine the kind of lift you select, as well as personal preference. Lifts are available from a number of different manufacturers and some off road shops also custom build them.

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    Change out your bumpers. You can add a brush guard, winch and tube bumpers to your Jeep, among other options. Once again, style is optional and so is colour. Aftermarket bumpers tend to look much cooler than the stock TJ's flat black metal squares with fat plastic ends.

    You can also replace plastic pieces, such as the mirrors, with chrome or metal ones to match the bumpers and give your Jeep a coordinated look.

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    Swap out your fenders. There are a surprising number of bumper styles available for your TJ. New fenders will help clear larger-sized tires and eliminate tire scrubbing. Tire scrubbing occurs when the tire rubs the truck body while the vehicle is moving or turning. Tube fenders are a popular choice.

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    Add lights. You can add extra off-road lights to your bumpers, as well as add a light bar to your roll bars. Just remember it is not legal to use these additional lights on regular roads.

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    Customise your interior. Replace your seats with custom seats and modify your dashboard's appearance to colour coordinate with the new theme. Diamond plating a dashboard is one way to make it look unique.

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    Have a custom paint job or wrap put on your TJ. Paint jobs are only limited by your imagination, and camouflage body wraps are often popular for off-road vehicles.

Tips and warnings

  • Modifying your Jeep can affect how it handles and drives. Jeeps do not handle and drive like regular cars and this problem is typically worse after you modify it.

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