Why You Need To Protect Your Jeep’s Body and What To Look For

I want to preface this article by stating that I do not profess to be an expert on auto body repair, nor am I in any way affiliated with the automotive industry. I’m an autocross racer and due to the occurrence of damage on my 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL, have become familiar with the process of repairing vehicle damage. The following is a tutorial on how to protect your Jeep body from harmful rocks and objects, should you decide to follow in my footsteps and compete in skilled based off-road events.

A Jeep Wrangler is designed to be driven off-road and performs best with the entire body exposed. There are many protection items that can safeguard your Jeep’s body from dings, dents, and scratches.

Jeep is a classic brand that has been around for decades. Many jeep owners hold on to their Jeep Wrangler for years and even decades. The Jeep owners have their own way of maintaining the Jeep Wrangler and ensuring that it is running properly. One of the most important things to do is to protect your Jeep body. The body of the jeep is made out of metal and this can be vulnerable to damage from rust and corrosion. If you are an owner of a Jeep Jeep Wrangler, you need to ensure that you are taking proper care of it in order to ensure that your investment stays protected as long as possible.

Why You Need To Protect Your Jeep Body

Just like any other Jeep Wrangler, you will want to protect your jeep body from rust and corrosion. This can help the Jeep Wrangler last for many years. Some owners like to keep their Jeep Wranglers in pristine condition so they can sell them at a later date for more money. Also, if you plan on keeping your Jeep Wrangler for years and years, you will want it looking nice and in good working condition at all times. It is also important to protect the Jeep Wrangler by keeping up with oil changes and regular maintenance.

Some of these products include:

Nerf bars or side steps for Jeep Wrangler

best side steps for Jeep Wrangler JL

These devices run along the sides of a Jeep to make it easier for passengers to get in and out of the vehicle. They can also protect doors from hitting garage walls or another vehicle when opened too far. So you definitely should consider to investing in the best side steps for jeep Wrangler JL to protect the sides of your Jeep body and make getting into your vehicle easy.

Grill guards

A grill guard is a metal bar or thick plastic that attaches to the front of the Jeep. It protects the front bumper and grill from tree branches, rocks, and other objects that may hit it while driving off-road.

Skid plates

skid plates for jeep

Skid plates are large metal plates that attach underneath a Wrangler to protect important components like gas tanks, oil pans, transfer cases, and transmissions from getting damaged by rocks or other hard objects on rough terrain.

This is the most common cause of damage to your Jeep. There are many things that can hit the underside of your Jeep body, and rocks are usually high on the list. The best way to protect your Jeep from rocks and other objects is to install a skid plate.

A skid plate is a piece of armor that covers the most vulnerable areas underneath your vehicle. It is made out of steel, which gives it the ability to absorb and deflect impacts. Skid plates are not just for Jeeps either; they are available for SUVs as well as trucks.

Your skid plate should be installed correctly so that it will not come loose on the trail. There are a few basic steps to installing a skid plate on your Jeep:

  • Check that all hardware is included with the installation instructions. Check that all nuts and bolts are tightened properly before proceeding with further installation steps.
  • Install the front bracket first, then install the rear brackets, then install the actual skid plate itself. Make sure that all brackets have been installed correctly before moving on to the next step.
  • Make sure there are no sharp edges on either side of your skid plate where it meets with body panels or other parts underneath Jeep Wrangler such as sway bar end links or cross member supports for example

Fender flares

fender flares

Fender flares attach to the sides of a Wrangler and cover the tires. They protect the sides of the Jeep Wrangler from rocks, sticks, mud, water, and anything else that might be flung at it by spinning tires.

Add mud flaps

Protecting your Jeep body from dings and dents requires a two-pronged approach. First, you need to protect the paint job on your fenders by deflecting or absorbing rocks, pebbles, and other road debris that could otherwise chip or dent the paint. Second, you need to protect the fenders themselves (as well as the door panels) from damage caused by thrown rocks and road debris.

mud flaps

Mudflaps can do both of these jobs quite effectively. Mudflaps for Jeeps typically come in two styles: universal mud flaps (which fasten with pre-drilled holes) and custom-fit mud flaps (which fasten using existing factory mounting points). Some mud flaps also offer an additional layer of protection in the form of textured rubber that’s designed specifically to absorb impacts and repel flying objects.


When it comes to protecting your Jeep body, there are several options to choose from. While each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, you should base your decision on what your needs are. My recommendation is to focus on the protection you will need for where you plan on using your Jeep, how rough of terrain you will be driving on, as well as what level of security you want for your Jeep when it is parked at home or a local mall.

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