For all the history that comes with Jeep and the Wrangler lineup, the JL series is, by far, the baby of the family with just a couple of model years under its belt. Luckily, aftermarket support is starting to pick up for the hot-rodding types out there that just can’t leave well enough alone.
Ryan Huck and the team at ExtremeTerrain (XT) are fine examples. A recent Throttle Out episode chronicled tearing into a barely broken-in 2018 Jeep JL 4-door Sport for some quick, functional mods. Just like several of their other builds, upgrades start with a lift, then wheels and tires, armor, recovery gear, and, finally, auxiliary lighting.
The underpinning is supported by a Rubicon Express 2.5” Super-Ride suspension lift kit for some much-needed ground clearance. As Ryan shows, 33” tires are a bit too puny and the 37” rubber was a little too cramped, so they settled on 35” Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 tires mounted on 17×9 Mammoth Type 88 wheels.
Barricade Rock Sliders offer protection against trail obstacles and act as an extra step to help with the increased suspension height. Also from Barricade are an Adventure HD front bumper and 9,500 lb winch. Aside from added front-end protection, the bumper also serves as home to the winch, fog lights, and D-rings. Raxiom 3” cube lights with Hauk Off-Road A-pillar mounts are the finishing touch.
The neatest part of the build is probably the trick way that Ryan and the team wired the Raxiom lights and Barricade winch to a Mopar auxiliary switch bank in the dash. It literally looks like a factory installation with a light on/off switch, winch on/off switch, and momentary switches to control the winch’s in/out functions. Super cool and super stealth.