Once the preliminary phases are completed, the last phase of modification involves accessorizing your Jeep with modifications that are specific to the terrain you might encounter. For example, if you plan on doing an extensive amount of water crossing, installing an aftermarket snorkel will help elevate the air intake to prevent the engine from taking on water and causing significant damage. Kits like the Rugged Ridge snorkel system provide a great modular approach to fit your specific needs.
Aftermarket steel bumpers provide a higher level of protection, while also allowing better tire clearance. Ranging from full-width replacements to short stubby options like the ARB stubby allows you to choose the right amount of coverage and additional weight for your particular needs, taking note of possible exposed areas along the way.
Aftermarket winches can also prove to be an extremely valuable accessory while on the trail. Allowing you to extract your Jeep if you’re stuck in mud, water, or sand. There are a variety of options available, winches like the Engo 9,000lb winch provide a nice entry-level choice that fits most needs.
As stated in the beginning, the world of Jeep modification can be overwhelming, the varying phases discussed in this article can provide a good starting point and resource for modifications that would help in most off-road situations. It’s important to remember that individual requirements should drive most decisions. One owner’s terrain obstacles might differ from another’s, so you should always maintain your specific needs in mind when modifying your jeep.
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