Now you don't have to buy from an aftermarket company to signal your insecurities.
The Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator are among our favorite off-roaders. With all the fervor surrounding the Ford Bronco, not to mention the rumors that a truck version is on the way, the capable Jeeps are being overlooked. That doesn't change how good they are, but if you want to be able to overcome just about any obstacle on the trail, then a lift kit is the way to go for maximum ground clearance.
Naturally, some have abused the availability of such aftermarket kits, but those who buy Jeeps generally use them properly. And now Mopar's Jeep Performance Parts division is offering a two-inch kit for EcoDiesel-powered Wranglers and Gladiators.
As a manufacturer-offered upgrade, the lift kits are validated to OEM spec. These kits offer an 18 percent increase in suspension articulation, half-inch larger diameter Fox shock absorbers with tuning for increased weight, durability, and cooling, new springs, longer lower front control arms, and heavy-duty bushings. As you'd expect, the kits are bolt-on and thus require no drilling, cutting, or welding.
Mark Bosanac, head of Mopar Service, Parts, and Customer Care at FCA, says: "Our comprehensive Jeep portfolio includes more than 500 factory-engineered, quality-tested off-road performance parts and accessories. At Mopar, we'll continue to fill our catalog with ultra-capable, factory-backed features that resonate with Jeep fans."
Along with the aforementioned parts, you can expect all required fasteners, new bump stops, and front and rear stabilizer links for a complete package. If you're a Wrangler owner, you can get the lift kit immediately, while Gladiator owners will have to wait until late summer. Whichever model you get, the kit costs $1,495. Naturally, bigger tires tend to throw things out, so a recalibration of the speedometer and odometer can be carried out for an additional $125.
The parts also come with a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the date of purchase up to the remainder of the vehicle's warranty if you bought new, while additional coverage can also be had for greater peace of mind beyond the standard warranty's time/mileage limit.