The Best Jeep Gladiator Accessories 2021 and 2020
Before we jump right in and talk about accessories for the Jeep Gladiator, let’s take a look at the Jeep company and its origins, as well as the Gladiator line itself.
Jeep was once owned by AMC (American Motors Corporation), but was bought by Chrysler in 1987. Today it is a part of an international corporation called Stellantis.
The Jeep’s origins started in World War 2, with the Bantam Reconnaissance car designed and prototyped by American Bantam Car Company. The Army also contracted Ford Motor Company and Willys-Overland Motors to make the vehicles which would be nicknamed “Jeep” after a character from Popeye comics. The Ford Pygmies, Willys Quads, and Bantam BRCs produced from the design looked very similar, and almost all of the “Jeeps” used in and after the war were technically either Quads or Pygmies. Bantam ended up building mostly trailers for the war.
The Jeep brand was formally created in 1943, but it would not be until 1945 when a commercial product actually named “Jeep” was available. These were produced by Willys-Overland. After a truly civilian-grade Jeep was finally designed, something that was essentially a Jeep Wrangler was produced until 1986.
The Jeep Gladiator is a mid-sized pickup first sold in the 2020 model year. It is the last American pickup you can still buy with a manual transmission, as well as the only truck being sold as a soft-top convertible. The name Gladiator was first used for a Jeep model in 1962, but was discontinued in 1988.
The new Jeep Gladiator is a 4-door 5-passenger pickup with a visual styling reminiscent of a larger Wrangler JT. The front grill slots are wide to allow for cooling of a large and powerful engine. The spare tire has been moved from its traditional spot in the tailgate to a bay under the main cargo bed. You can order a Gladiator with a Sun-Rider black vinyl roof, a premium black fabric retractable roof, or two types of 3-piece hard top with removable aluminum panels (sometimes called a Freedom-Top). As is now traditional, both front and rear doors can be removed, and the windshield can be lowered.
The Gladiator is available with the Sport trim, the Sport-S trim, the luxury Overland trim, the racing style Mojave trim, and the offroad style Rubicon trim.
So, let’s take a closer look at some of the Coolest Jeep Gladiator accessories you can buy today, both from DECKED and other manufacturers.
2021 Jeep Gladiator Accessories
The DECKED Drawer System – Storage And Bed Protection For Your Jeep Gladiator
The DECKED Drawer System might be one of the best 2021 Jeep Gladiator Accessories you can buy. It is far more than just a bed protector, though. Under that high-impact, high-density plastic resin top lie a pair of high capacity utility drawers which can each hold up to 1,000 pounds of tools, equipment, or sports gear in safety. Completely weatherproof and securely lockable, you’ll never have to worry about the security of your gear with DECKED.
This amazing tool and cargo solution even works as an ultra-low-profile tonneau cover, improving the aerodynamics of your vehicle while preserving the utility of your truck bed. Better still, the entire system is made of recyclable plastics, along with enough steel and aluminum reinforcement to carry any load you’d care to carry.
The recyclability of the plastics is something you really need to consider in a truck accessory these days. Even if you’re not an avid ecologist or climate activist, we all bear a responsibility for the planet and the state of our atmosphere. Part of the way we can live up to that responsibility is avoiding single use plastics wherever possible.
Well, the good news is that the high impact plastic resins which make up so much of the DECKED Drawer system and many of our other fine products are very easy and economical to recycle. In fact, every piece that comes off of our assembly line contains a high proportion of recycled plastic already. We recycle our own plastic wastes in-house, both to protect our planet and to ensure that DECKED’s carbon footprint is as small as possible. We are also proud to source a percentage of our materials from suppliers who use recycled plastics as well.
The reason we know for a fact that this is so is because every DECKED product is made right here in the USA. We oversee every aspect of the process personally, and we know the supply chains of our suppliers with an incredible degree of transparency. DECKED products may not be made of organic coconut shells or anything, but they are really surprisingly green and ecologically responsible “under the hood”.
Mopar 2-Inch Lift Kit
This 2-inch lift kit from Mopar is one of the more popular Jeep Gladiator accessories. It is a genuine Jeep Performance Parts item, designed by Jeep’s own engineering team. It is designed to give your Jeep a little extra ground clearance, and to let you mount bigger tires. It is fully compatible with the in-board electronic stability control system, so long as its alignment specs are updated.
There are less expensive lift kits on the market, but none were created by Jeep’s own engineering team specially for the Jeep Gladiator. Using genuine Mopar kits is the next best thing to ordering your vehicle with the lift already installed. In fact, if you had, the dealership would have used a kit exactly like this one to do the job!
Rhino Rack Vortex SG 2 Bar Roof Rack
Rhino Rack’s SG system is cut to match your Jeep’s roof perfectly. They are easily removable when you want to “go topless,” and easy to re-affix when you want to mount extra cargo, or even other Jeep Gladiator accessories.
This product works with all 4-door Wrangler JLs from 2018 on, all 4-door Wrangler JKs from 2007 to 2018, and both the 2020 and 2021 Gladiator JT. Whether you have a hard top or soft, and no matter which type of trim you selected, a 2 bar roof rack like the Rhino Vortex SG will improve the looks of your Jeep Gladiator while adding crucial cargo space.
Mopar Complete Front End Cover Kit
This is a combination of the Mopar Grill Cover and the Mopar Hood Cover, both of which are available separately as well. It will protect you Jeep from dirt, bugs, and the debris kicked up by other vehicles in the road or off. The hood can be opened fully without removing either cover.
This product works with all Wrangler JLs from 2018 on, and both the 2020 and 2021 Gladiator JT. Again, Mopar modification kits were created specifically for your vehicle, often by the same engineers who designed the truck for the manufacturer in the first place. Nothing will work as effectively, or be as easy to install perfectly. You’ll never have an awkward, jury rigged modification using a Mopar Kit.
2020 Jeep Gladiator Accessories
Z Automotive Tazer JL Mini
This module replaces the SGW module on 2020 Jeep Gladiators other than those sold in Europe. Once installed, you can use your dash display to monitor and alter backup or cargo cameras, audio inputs, daytime running lights settings, fog light settings, and many other systems you cannot normally access.
Note that the wing-mirror turn signal controller occupies this expansion slot on most Jeep Gladiators sold in Europe, so the Tazer JL Mini cannot be added to those particular vehicles.
Integrated Trailer Brake Controller Module
This trailer brake controller allows for either manual or automatic trailer brake activation on any trailer equipped with electric brakes. It mounts on the dashboard, left of the steering wheel. The amount of brake force applied can be fully customized on the fly by the driver.
Jeep Gladiator Mojave Accessories
The Mojave trim package is made for racing, but it may feel a bit spartan for some owners. Why not liven it up with a few Mojave-compatible jeep gladiator accessories. You can always take them all off if you do decide to race.
Mopar Windshield Sunshade
The sun can do a real number on your dashboard and seats. One of the easiest ways to keep those damaging UV rays off your interior is to put the cover on, and to block the windshield with a shade like this.
This product fits all models of Jeep Gladiator, as well as Wrangler TJ, JK, and JL models from 1997-2021.
Mopar Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor
This replacement tire pressure monitor lets you reactivate your tire pressure monitoring system if one of your sensors should fail. It is a piece of genuine Mopar OEM equipment. Proper use of the TPM system will improve the life and performance of your tires.
Mopar Roof Top Cargo Carrier
This is an OEM-authorized roof rack style cargo carrier. 2020 Jeep Gladiator accessories like these let you carry 14.3 cubic feet of cargo on your roof, rather than cluttering up the bed or cab with suitcases. It is made of weather proof vinyl. The entire carrier folds up for easy storage. They are said to offer no problems, even at highway speeds.
This product is compatible with most 1997 to 2020 Jeep models.
Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Accessories
Mopar Rubicon Steel Stubby Front Bumper
This is essentially the exact same Rubicon “stubby” style single piece front bumper available in the Rubicon trim. When combined with the matching front bumper end caps, you get the entire OEM Rubicon bumper. Note, though, that the Mojave trim skid plate is incompatible with these Jeep Gladiator Accessories. You’ll need to add a production model skid plate as well.
This product fits all models of Jeep Gladiator, as well as the current JL Wrangler models.
Mopar Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) Bags
These three modular storage bags attach to the MOLLE grid system only found on the back seats of the Rubicon trim package of the Gladiator JT and Wrangler JL. The small, medium, and large bags all come with attachment straps installed. The bed itself is black polyester, and the bunding and buckle are gray. Each is branded with the Jeep logo.
Morimoto Super7 LED Headlights
The Jeep Gladiator comes with passible stock lighting, but you can liven it up dramatically with these fully adjustable headlight replacements from Morimoto. Other LED headlight kits offer little or no adjustability, so they don’t actually help you see better on the road or off. Worse, you can’t avoid blinding oncoming drivers – which is never a safe state of affairs!
This is a full feature MLED 2.0 light projector that puts the OEM 7-inch headlights to shame. It is fully 10% brighter than any other competing LED headlight you can buy today. It delivers 83,000 CD of light at peak.
Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Winch Front Bumper
This Rubicon-alternative front bumper allows you to mount more than a winch. It offers mount points for a 20 inch light bar or up to 5 cube lights. It has a satin black powder finish.
Finding Jeep Gladiator Accessories Near Me
Jeeps have been popular since WW2, and you won’t have to go far to find Jeep Gladiator accessories for either the 2020 or 2021 models. However, while you’re shopping, why not consider some of the fine DECKED accessories made especially for the new Jeep Gladiator? We offer a version of the famous DECKED Drawer System designed especially for the Gladiator which improves the utility of its truck bed dramatically while adding thousands of pounds of secure, weatherproof tool, gear, or sporting equipment storage.
We hope you learned a little about the Jeep brand, its long history, and some of the fine Jeep Gladiator accessories available today. We hope you noticed the superior tool storage and organization accessories you can get from DECKED at the same time.