Shopping for Jeep Gladiator accessories might sound a bit premature, considering how new the mid-size pickup truck model is, but we have little doubt that scores of early buyers are already on it. Jeep’s square-jawed Gladiator pickup marks Fiat Chrysler’s return to the mid-size pickup truck segment after eight long years of absence, and it represents Jeep’s first pickup truck model since the 1992 Comanche.
Based on the rugged JL Wrangler’s hardwearing platform, the Gladiator promises similar off-road performance, but with an open pickup bed for greater hauling flexibility. This makes it a uniquely appealing proposition to pickup truck customers; while plenty of rival makes offer off-road packages for their mid-size truck offerings, none of these has the trail-conquering credentials and brand cachet of the Jeep Wrangler. It also makes it a tantalizing proposition for traditional Jeep buyers, delivering all the adventurous off-road spirit of the Wrangler, but with the added versatility and flexibility that comes with an open pickup bed.
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We fully expect the Jeep Gladiator to be a rousing success. So, to do our part to ensure that Gladiator owners’ moneys are well spent on the vehicle aftermarket, we’ve compiled a list of the best Jeep Gladiator accessories available today. Which ones are right for a given owner will come down to their individual priorities.
In no particular order, here are our recommendations for the best Jeep Gladiator accessories on the market.
Table of contents
- 1. Editors Choice - Smittybilt X2O Comp Recovery Winch
- 2. Best Cargo Accessory - Hooke Road Gladiator Truck Bed Rack Cargo Carrier
- 3. Best Bumper/Winch Mount - Fab Fours Front Stubby Winch Bumper, Pre-Runner Guard, D-Ring Mounts
- 4. Best Rock Crawler Accessory - 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Express Extreme-Duty Sway Bar Disconnects
- 5. Best All Around LED Light Bar - Rough Country 50" Dual Row CREE LED Light Bar w/Cool White DRL
- 6. Best All Around Tire - BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 Tires
- 7. Jeep Gladiator Fabtech 3-Inch Sport II Lift Kit with 2.25 Dirt Logic Reservoir Shocks
- 8. 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Express Adjustable Track Bars
- 9. Nixon Off Road Heavy Duty Steel Inner Fender Liners
1. Editors Choice - Smittybilt X2O Comp Recovery Winch
Everyone needs help now and again – even folks with Jeep Gladiators – and the Smittybilt X20 Comp recovery winch is ready to provide, with 98.5 feet of synthetic rope, 6.6 horsepower of winching might, and a 12,000-pound rating. That should deliver more than enough overhead for the 4,650+ pound 2020 Jeep Gladiator and its payload. A recovery winch is an absolute necessity if you plan to do any amount of off-roading, and while the sky’s the limit when it comes to spending on a winch, the Smittybilt is a highly rated, waterproof unit from a respected manufacturer, with a superb capability-per-dollar ratio.
2. Best Cargo Accessory - Hooke Road Gladiator Truck Bed Rack Cargo Carrier
A major benefit of owning a Jeep Gladiator is the bed space you have to haul loads, but even then it might not be enough for your needs. That is where the Hooke Road Gladiator Truck Bed Cargo Carrier come into play. If you enjoy multi-day off road adventures, this should be one of the number one Jeep Gladiator accessories on your list. This cargo carrier allows you to maximize your bedspace and still carry an additional items like Roto-Pax fuel or water packs, or whatever else you can strap down on it, up to 120 lbs.
3. Best Bumper/Winch Mount - Fab Fours Front Stubby Winch Bumper, Pre-Runner Guard, D-Ring Mounts
Apart from making your 2020 Jeep Gladiator look tough as heck, off-road bumpers like this one from Fab Fours carry a number of more practical advantages. At the least, they offer superior protection for the bodywork in off-roading situations; at the most, they provide a mounting solution for a recovery winch, fog light housings, and D-rings and/or tow hooks. Some even have integrated guards to provide extra protection for the grille and radiator. This bumper from Fab Fours has all of the above for a real steal of a price, and its narrow design means that it doesn’t impede the tires anywhere throughout the suspension travel. When it comes to protecting your ride, this is one of the smartest Jeep Gladiator accessories you can buy. Plus, it looks good, too.
4. Best Rock Crawler Accessory - 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Express Extreme-Duty Sway Bar Disconnects
Sway bars are terrific for on-road handling, tying the left and right sides of the suspension together to limit body roll under cornering, but they can limit suspension articulation off-road. To solve this problem on your brand new Jeep Gladiator, we recommend these sway bar disconnects from Rubicon Express. They are compatible with both stock and lifted suspensions, and they feature a quick and easy connection system that doesn’t require tools to use. Some Gladiator models come with an electronic sway bar disconnect feature that allows the driver to engage or disengage the bar from the cabin, but for the rest of us, these disconnects make the job a cinch.
5. Best All Around LED Light Bar - Rough Country 50" Dual Row CREE LED Light Bar w/Cool White DRL
If you’re shopping for Jeep Gladiator accessories with the intention of better outfitting the truck for off-road use, auxiliary lighting is inevitably going to come up. For its balance of features, durability, and price, we recommend this Rough Country 50” LED bar kit. Boasting a waterproof die-cast aluminum casing, and “more LEDs per square-inch than any other light bar” supplying a total 43,200 lumens of illumination, you’ll be able to see the trail clear as day, no matter the conditions. Even better, it also incorporates a strip of LED’s that are illuminated at all times as a daytime running lamp, making it one of the coolest jeep accessories on this list.
6. Best All Around Tire - BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 Tires
While there is a factory all-terrain tire option for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport and Sport S, we recommend skipping that and ordering yourself a set of these instead: the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02. The T/A K02 is about as serious an off-road tire as you can get that still provides an acceptable ride on the pavement, and it’s been designed with all four seasons in mind, which is great news for those of us who live in the colder parts of North America. Yet as comfortable as the tire is with snow, it’s equally adept at tackling sand, dirt, mud – pretty much any loose substance you throw at it. It’s a great companion for any driving conditions you might face. Plus, when it comes to Jeep Gladiator accessories, tires will make a more noticeable difference than just about anything.
7. Jeep Gladiator Fabtech 3-Inch Sport II Lift Kit with 2.25 Dirt Logic Reservoir Shocks
Those shopping for Jeep Gladiator accessories will be spoiled for choice when it comes to suspension lift kits, but if it were our money, this is the road we’d take: Fabtech’s 3-inch Gladiator Sport II lift kit with Dirt Logic reservoir shocks. Why? Because Dirt Logic excels at producing capable, durable off-road dampers, and the units included in this kit feature an external reservoir for a long travel and cool operation, even under heavy use. What’s more, the springs are dual-rate, capable of providing a soft, comfortable ride on the road, and a firm, controlled ride off the pavement.
8. 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Express Adjustable Track Bars
If you’ve gone ahead and lifted the suspension on your 2020 Jeep Gladiator, you’re going to want to re-center the axles to keep the alignment as it should be. That’s where these track bars come in. Suitable for lift kits measuring 3.5 inches or more, these adjustable track bars allow for precise length adjustments to be made without disassembling the suspension, and they feature a durable powder-coated finish to keep them guarded against corrosion.
9. Nixon Off Road Heavy Duty Steel Inner Fender Liners
What we feel is one of the coolest accessories on our list of best Jeep Gladiator accessories are some Heavy Duty Steel Inner Fender Liners from Nixon Off Road. These liners help prevent mud and debris from being kicked up into your engine bay and lets face it; they just look cool. Another added benefit is that these liners are vented to aide in keeping engine bay temperatures down to prevent heat soak of the engine.
Out of all these items, which are the most important?
One item that pretty much covers every base is a good winch. There’s an old saying that you don’t need to have a winch until you need a winch. This single item can aide you in getting unstuck when you’re all alone in the wilderness. Maybe the light bar next because sometimes those simple day trips in the desert run longer than you expected. and having a little extra light never hurts.
I really like the thought of putting larger BFG A/T T/A K02’s, but don’t know how much bigger I can go.
We can’t recommend you to go larger than what came on the vehicle stock if you’re not doing a lift. IF you do choose to do a lift for extra clearance, many companies will give you a suggested tire size to work best with their products.
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March 30, 2021: Updated product descriptions, added 2 new products, added FAQ.