Some of the most popular modifications of Jeep Gladiators and Wranglers involve lift kits — suspension additions that can raise ground clearance from an inch or two to Bigfoot-tall. Higher lift kits accommodate off-roading.
Few automakers offer a lift kit beyond 2 inches because of warranty and liability concerns.
Last year, Nissan began offering a 3-inch lift kit for its Titan pickup. Mopar, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' parts and service division, includes in its catalog a 4-inch lift kit for 2007 to 2018 JK-series Wranglers.
Prices of aftermarket lift kits range from $650 to nearly $4,000. Mopar's 2-inch lift kit retails for $1,495; its JK-series 4-inch kit lists for $2,335.
Both kits require about six hours of labor for installation.
Jake Turner, accessories manager at Larry H. Miller Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Sandy, Utah, says he would like to see Mopar lift kits for the new Gladiator pickup beyond 2 inches.
"A range from three to four and a half inches would be a big help," he says. "We could really use Mopar lifts that size."
With a 2-inch kit, Turner says, "37- or 39-inch tires will rub in the back." Mopar declined to comment on whether it plans to offer a higher kit.
Turner predicts that on the Gladiator, "39-inch BF Goodrich KM3 [tires] and a four-inch lift will be the go-to arrangement."
The Gladiator's wheelbase is 19.1 inches longer than that of a four-door Wrangler, which may spur consumer demand for taller lift kits, Turner says. "We use TeraFlex products for these lifts, though we try to default to Mopar wherever we can," he adds.