Best Lift Kit for Jeep Gladiator (Review & Buying Guide)
How to Find the Best 2020 Jeep Gladiator Lift Kit
If you have recently purchased your very own 2020 Jeep Gladiator, you’re in luck, as you’ve just gotten yourself one of the best new SUVs out there. The Gladiator is an incredible vehicle, both for standard daily driving on roads and for off-road adventures. The thing is, if you plan on taking your ride off the paved roads and into rougher terrain, or if you just know and love the look and feel of a lifted ride, you’re going to want to outfit your Gladiator with something special. Today we are here to help you pick out an awesome 2020 Jeep Gladiator lift kit.
There are just so many different options available out there, and it can often be difficult to parse out what kits are compatible with what vehicles and vehicle configurations. That is where we come in. We here at Ultimate Rides are true experts when it comes to modifying vehicles, especially Jeeps and especially lift kits. With this guide, we’ll have you ready to pick out the lift kit of your dreams in no time.
We’ll begin by sharing 5 of our favorite options out there, giving a quick review of each product so you can get a better idea of what might suit you. After that, we’ll move on to our buying guide, where we’ll help you determine which lift kit is right for your vehicle. Once we’re completely finished, we’re confident you’ll have a much stronger grasp on which setup you want to go with on your Gladiator.
Compatibility Notes: Lift kits are always designed for a specific setup of a vehicle. That means you’ll not only need to pay attention to what make and model the kit is made for, but also what range of model years and other configurations. Compare that information with the lift kit you’re looking at. While this won’t be as difficult for Jeep Gladiator drivers as it is such a new vehicle, it will still be important to pay attention to. As long as everything fits, you’ll be good to go!
Rough Country 2020 Jeep Gladiator 3.5″ Lift Kit (ASIN – B07S42HH6M)
Our first recommendation comes to us from popular manufacturer of off-road accessories Rough Country. This highly-rated lift kit will provide your Gladiator with a 3.5″ boost, allowing you to install larger tires as well as experience that feeling of driving in a lifted SUV that you just can’t get anywhere else. With this kit, you’ll be able to install tires that are up to 37″.
Altogether, this lift kit includes coil spring spacers, sway bar links, N3 premium shocks, front bump stops, and a forged track bar. Customers report that those with experience have had no issues with installation, and it looks like customer satisfaction with the product is sky high. We strongly recommend checking out this kit from Rough Country if you want a lift that won’t negatively effect your ride quality.
Rough Country 3.5″ Lift Kit compatible w/ 2019-2020 Jeep Gladiator JT 4WD w/ N3 Shocks Suspension System 63730
Skyjacker 4.5″ x 3″ Dual Rate Front and Rear Long-Travel Suspension Lift Kit (ASIN – B07VYS4QRS)
As with most products related to your vehicle, the more you’re able to spend, the higher quality product you should be able to receive. If you have a higher budget for your 2020 Jeep Gladiator lift kit, we recommend checking out this more high-end long travel model from manufacturer Skyjacker. This kit will raise your Gladiator’s front end up 4.5″ and the rear by 3″, hopefully simultaneously giving you quite a bit of lift and evening out your suspension to improve your ride’s look and feel. With this product, you’ll have a high quality adjustment to your ride that should last you for many years to come.
Skyjacker G452RKBLT – 4.5″ x 3″ Dual Rate Front and Rear Long-Travel Suspension Lift Kit
Fabtech K4162 Sport II 3″ Lift w/Shock Extensions (ASIN – B07YP1S2DH)
Next up, we have a 3″ lift kit for your Gladiator that comes to us from manufacturer Fabtech. The American-manufactured front and rear coils available with this set will help ensure you’re getting quality materials, and that this kit won’t die out on you after just a few months or years. With this product, in addition to the coil springs, you’ll find front and rear sway bar links, front and rear bump stop brackets, and a 5-year, 60,000 mile warranty. We’re confident that you’re going to love the setup offered by this kit.
Fabtech K4162 Sport II Lift System 3 in. Lift w/Shock Extensions For PN Sport II Lift System
DAYSTAR KJ09188KV 2″ Lift Kit (ASIN – B07VP6BMMT)
If you’d like something a little less excessive than our previously listed options, check out this more modest 2″ lift kit from DAYSTAR. Rather than utilizing coil springs, here you will find a set of Kevlar-infused polyurethane coil spacers, built as tough as can be to last for many years. By using polyurethane, DAYSTAR is able to provide drivers with a kit that avoids metal-on-metal contact, which is a major cause of wear and tear over time. If you’re okay with settling for two inches rather than something larger, you’ll find these spacers will get the job done for you with ease. You can still even fit 37″ tires on your ride as long as it is not a Rubicon Gladiator, with which you’ll have to go a little smaller.
DAYSTAR KJ09188KV 2″ Lift Kit for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator
DAYSTAR KJ09192BK 0.75″ Rear Leveling Lift Kit (ASIN – B07V82BNNQ)
Are you dealing with uneven suspension on your Gladiator? It sounds like you may need a leveling kit rather than a standard 2020 Jeep Gladiator lift kit. A leveling kit is meant to fix uneven suspension like what you’re currently dealing with, and they can be found either for front or rear suspension depending on your needs. This kit, once again from DAYSTAR, offers Gladiator owners the means to raise their rear suspension by three quarters of an inch, hopefully fixing a slightly sagging rear end. Like our other recommended DAYSTAR product, you’ll find that these spacers are made from high-strength polyurethane to avoid that metal-on-metal contact, a huge bonus when it comes to lift kits.
DAYSTAR KJ09192BK 0.75″ REAR Lift Kit for 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT
Mopar 77072468AB 2″ Lift Kit Jeep Gladiator (ASIN – B07RW9RGJ6)
This next kit comes from the official parts division of the company behind Jeep, meaning this is essentially a factory lift kit that you’re buying to install on your own. That definitely has some positive benefits, though we would say there are other kits out there that may offer a more unique ride. However, it’s hard to beat knowing for a fact that your kit is going to fit like a glove. At the same time, it’ll deliver impressive performance that should improve your experience with the Jeep Gladiator. Installing this kit will allow you to put on some larger tires and much more!
Mopar 77072468AB 2″ Lift Kit Jeep Gladiator
Rough Country 2.5″ Lift Kit for 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT (ASIN – B08NTPWLZG)
The final kit featured on today’s list is another option from Rough Country. It’s a slightly more modest 2.5-inch lift kit, but it still offers the same degree of quality as the other option higher up on our list. It’s specifically been designed for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and comes with a set of high-quality N3 shocks. You’ll also find the standard Rough Country warranty backing you up here, which should strengthen your resolve when it comes to this kit. The product falls around the middle of the budget range, and yet still offers a fantastic level of quality for your drive. There’s a lot to love about Rough Country’s coil spring lift kits.
Rough Country 2.5″ Lift Kit for 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT – 64830B
Best Lift Kit for 2020 Jeep Gladiator Buying Guide
Now that you’ve had a good opportunity to look over the options, read our buying guide to learn our thought process as well as tips on finding a different kit and more. In our Factors of Focus section, we’ll cover the important elements we’re looking out for in any good lift kit, which should help drivers find an option if nothing on our list was suitable. After that, we’ll tell you more about Ultimate Rides and how we may be able to assist you with something in the future! Take a look and make sure to give us a call if you need any additional details.
Factors of Focus: Choosing Your Lift Kit
Now that we’ve covered our favorite products, it is time for us to provide you with some further information on how to decide which option is best for you. First of all, you want to make sure that whatever product you are buying is going to fit on your vehicle. Vehicle accessories, modifications and parts almost always have to be manufactured for specific vehicle models, as each one offers something a little different. For your 2020 Jeep Gladiator lift kit, you’ll want to check the info of the product you’re looking at and cross reference it with the exact type of vehicle you have. For example, not all 2020 Gladiator kits may be compatible with Rubicon configurations. Just make sure to do your homework to ensure you don’t wind up with a product you can’t use.
After taking that into consideration, you are going to want to pay close attention to the quality of the product. That means checking out customer reviews, along with product descriptions to find out what materials the lift kit is made out of. For instance, we wrote about how polyurethane can be a great replacement for metal pieces in lift kits, as it can help avoid that pesky metal-on-metal contact that wears parts down over time. Customer reviews can be massively helpful when it comes to products like these, so always make sure to give them a good look.
Finally, you’ll want to pick out the right size for you. Are you planning on putting a larger set of custom tires on your Gladiator? Make sure you buy a kit large enough to accommodate for your tire size. This is more of a question of taste rather than quality, so feel free to choose whatever works best for you.
Ultimate Rides is Here to Help
By now, you might be wondering exactly what we do at Ultimate Rides. There’s not one simple answer to that question, so let us give you some more detail. We are a custom auto dealer based out of the Chicago, IL area. However, we offer delivery all across the country. We have our own lift center on-site where our technicians upgrade our vehicles as well as vehicles for the public. Any time you buy a truck, SUV or car from Ultimate Rides, you’ll have a chance to customize it before we send it out. This is just a brief overview of what we do, and there’s so much more to learn. Feel free to keep browsing our website and you can even find more guides on finding the right lift kit!
In closing, we’re hopeful that this review and buying guide was able to narrow down some of your choices and give you a better idea of what to look for in a lift kit. There are so many 2020 Jeep Gladiator lift kit options out there that it can often be difficult to know where to even begin. Using this guide as a tool, you should be able to select the right kit for whatever your situation. If you need help with installation and live in the Chicago area, feel free to give Ultimate Rides a call today at 815-634-3900, or you can find us at 38 W. Division St., Coal City, IL 60416.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it possible for me to install a lift kit on my own at home?
A: It may be possible, but the answer depends upon a number of different factors. What kind of lift kit are you hoping to install? Some kits are a lot more trouble than others, usually depending on how extensive the installation process is. Additionally, do you have all the right tools and experience? It is highly recommended that you consult with a professional if you aren’t exactly comfortable with the process.
If you do decide to install on your own, always make sure to do a lot of research. You will find video tutorials as well as text-based guides online that can walk you through the process. You don’t want to make any major mistakes, so work slowly and cautiously. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!
Q: How long will lift kit installation take on my own?
A: Depending on which kit you choose, it could take anywhere from 2 to 12 hours or more to install. The higher end up that spectrum is accounting for mistakes and other issues that may delay you. Take a look at installation tutorial videos for your specific kit to find out more information on the installation process and how long it should take. In most cases, we recommend setting aside an entire afternoon to make sure you have enough time to get the job done. If you’re having doubts, make sure to get in touch with a team of professionals to handle installation for you. Safety should always be your main concern, and a few mistakes could cost you down the line.
Q: Is there anything I need to do after installing my lift kit?
A: It is always highly recommended that you take your vehicle in for a steering alignment after the installation of a lift kit. The installation process and presence of the kit itself can have a major effect on your steering alignment, and that is something you will want to get taken care of as soon as possible. You’ll also want to start checking the tightness of your bolts during routine maintenance.
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