There’s no doubt that the Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon is a sleek machine right out of the factory. Fully capable of handling tough trails the second it’s taken from the showroom, the Jeep Rubicon has surpassed the expectations of nearly all diehard Jeep fans. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t have some fun with it and add some Jeep Rubicon modifications to truly make the vehicle as impressive and personalized as possible. There are dozens of mods out there, but some of the most popular ones include cold air kits, lift kits, and onboard air compressors.
Cold air intake
Cold air intakes are used to reduce the temperature in the engine, which in turn makes the engine more efficient and powerful. Aftermarket cold air intakes are one of the most popular Jeep Rubicon modifications, because users really see a benefit with each extra ounce of power they can get. Cold air intake systems work by providing the engine with air that has more oxygen, and thus the fuel is more easily combusted. Some of the advantages of a cold air intake system in the Jeep Rubicon include more torque and horsepower, as well as higher fuel efficiency.
A snorkel kit allows the Jeep Rubicon to do two things: traverse deep water that would normally get into the air intake valve and clog the engine, and operate more efficiently by reducing the amount of surface dust and debris that makes it into the air filter. The snorkel kit attaches to the air intake and runs up the A- pillar of the chassis. This is also one of the more popular Jeep Rubicon modifications because it allows for greater fuel efficiency and allows the air filter to last much longer. It’s popular among people who go “mudding” as well.
Suspension Lift Kit
A lift kit raises the suspension of the Jeep Rubicon, giving it more ground clearance. It also opens up the option of getting a larger set of tires, such as a set of 37.50”x12.50” tires without the possibility that they will rub on the underside of the chassis when they flex. Suspension lift kits generally raise the chassis about 2” to 5” and come with the entire set of shocks and coil springs to mount the new suspension. These kits make the Rubicon look great but they’re also great on rocky trails or rock crawling trips because they allow much more clearance, allowing you to get farther.
Onboard Air Compressor
Not so much a structural modification as a useful addition, an onboard air compressor can be used for a multitude of different purposes. Obviously the main use is to fill up a flat tire, which is extremely helpful out on a back trail when a flat would normally leave you stranded. An electric air compressor can also run air powered tools for any quick fixes that need to be done. It is an all-around useful item to have on board.
There are many more mods out there, but these are some of the most common Jeep Rubicon modifications. Other mods could be new brake systems, exhaust systems, tires, doors, or audio systems.