Many Fish In A Big Pool
Four-door JKs have become so ubiquitous that they’re now almost generic. To combat this, the aftermarket offers infinite accessories. But adding bumpers, a lift, and tires/wheels doesn’t automatically make a JK unique. In fact, the 2013 SEMA Show had dozens of custom late-model Jeeps. Many subscribed to these trends:
• Full-width LED lightbars above the windshield
• Aftermarket bumpers, often with stingers
• Tube doors
• Roof racks
To stand out, vinyl graphics and wraps generate more interest than the factory Gecko, Dozer, and other colors. Body-color tube doors are another distinctive detail.
Finally, hardcore accessories give even Jeeps that rarely leave the pavement an adventurous attitude. Exterior-mounted jacks and shovels add man-card points. And winches have become so affordable that aftermarket front bumpers look naked without them.
Here’s a scratch-the-surface look at some of the 4-door JKs of SEMA. For more, visit www.enjoythedrive.com/search/node/jeep.
Trail Concepts built this bolt-on daily-driver. Aside from the mandatory LED bar, its aftermarket hood and stinger/winch help it stand out from the crowd, yet still fly somewhat under the radar for a daily commute.
American Overland Expeditions and Energy Suspension displayed this overland-inspired JK. Its rooftop tent and snorkel are attention-grabbers.
Eaton used custom graphics to set its JK apart. Highline fender flares exposing King coilovers and PSC steering help. Floor mirrors draw attention to the axles.
Gen-Right popularized the aluminum-armor look. KAO Auto Styling began with that persona, then went up. The more JKs we see, the more that roof racks and related accessories help determine their personalities.
Auxiliary LEDs with lights on is one way to attract attention.
The Rugged Ridge hoods stood out on the first few JKs, then became commonplace. Doetsch Off-Road used OD accents to make this hood correlate with the Wild Board fastback top, beadlocks, and fairlead.
Smittybilt kept its JK stock except for the company’s family of products. The rooftop tent attracted most of the attention; Atlas bumpers, LRG wheels, and Pro Comp tires also stood out.
Warrior went retro with its Renegade take on a JK. The roof-mounted spare and tools attracted eyeballs. The camo bags on the tube doors are another unique touch.
The jury might be hung on whether the “RBP” fullsized diesel-inspired billet-grille look translates to Jeeps. However, Hi-Lift used the company’s signature red color on the fenders, body-color bumpers, and cube LEDs to show off its jack hood mount.
Adventure travel continues to influence JK style. This Jeep doesn’t have a roof rack, so its traction plates are mounted to the spare.
A unique camo pattern and dangling towstraps are two ways to make people look at a JK. A roof rack stuffed with LEDs is another.
Rear winches were rare on JKs in Las Vegas. Bling wheels weren’t, however.
This murdered-out and bloody theme is subtle yet effective. The LED winch bumper is clean and distinctive.
Smittybilt gill fenders were eye-catching when released a few years ago. This JK goes wild with LEDs and body-color wheels.
Wrapped doors and fenders make this an effective oversized business card. Tube fenders and a fully exposed winch give hardcore points.
In quantity, textured powdercoated accessories can work together, even ones from multiple manufacturers.
Subtler use of LEDs doesn’t overshadow Mickey Thompson’s new bumper line. Here again, the roof rack adds extra spice.
Half doors give “Red Dawn” a classic Jeep personality.
Lexani/RBP used the tried/true method of drawing attention to the company’s racks, rails, and wheels.