How Can I Get More Horsepower Out Of My Jeep Wrangler?


The process of taking your Jeep from stock to power monster could cost you a lot of money.

However, you can start out with less expensive, more basic upgrades to enhance the performance of your Jeep Wrangler.

Let’s take a look at the fastest and easiest ways to get more horsepower out of your Jeep.

How Can I Get More Horsepower Out Of My Jeep Wrangler?

Get the Basics Right

There are many ways to get more horsepower, and if you do not have the cash available right now, you can simply go for cheaper options.

A very affordable option is to keep the Jeep Wrangler in good shape with regular service and oil filter changes.

This may seem like we are stating the obvious, but it is often quite easy to neglect the basics, and you will feel the results down the road.

If you do not feel it in your pocket because of lower efficiency, you will feel it in the reduced power output of your Jeep.

Improve the Horsepower

You can easily improve the horsepower of your Jeep Wrangler with basic upgrades from the stock parts that came with it.

Let’s take a closer look at what can be done to improve the performance of your Jeep without a lot of effort.

The Jeep Wrangler is not designed to be fast, but it is designed to go where other vehicles can not go. Still, it will be nice to have a little more horsepower to play with when you are on the road.

This video is great to look at for basic upgrades that will help you get a little more out of your Jeep Wrangler –


This is the first thing you need to consider when it comes to improving the horsepower of your Jeep Wrangler.

As with all engines, you need to get more oxygen in the fuel mixture in the combustion chamber.

More oxygen will immediately improve the performance of the Jeep, and you will feel it in the power output.

In order to get more oxygen for more power, you need to cool down the air that is sucked into the engine.

For that, you will need to upgrade the air intake kit from the stock air intake kit. The design of this cold air intake kit is very important for the system to get cool air from outside the vehicle.

You will get quite a boost in horsepower with the cold air that is sucked into the throttle body of the Wrangler.

On top of that, you will also get better fuel efficiency because of the higher oxygen intake into the system.

For the Jeep Wrangler, this will provide quite an increase in horsepower, considering the Jeep is not made to be fast at all.

One drawback here is that most of these cold air intake kits are not made to be used where there is water.

It will just suck water into the system if you use the Wrangler to drive through lots of water in outdoor areas.

This is because of the design of the cold air intake kit, as the cone is quite wide to allow more air in.

It is not difficult to install these kits, and this can be done by most people who have only a little experience.

It will also not cost you that much, and you may get away with sending only a couple hundreds of dollars out of pocket.

Watch this video to see which cold air intake kit will be the perfect fit for your specific Jeep Wrangler –


You should be careful that you use the right kit for the right vehicle to get optimal performance from the kit.

Install a Throttle Body Spacer

This consists of a thick plate that is installed on the throttle body, and it will improve fuel efficiency. It increases the velocity of the air to effect atomization of the fuel, turning it into a fine mist.

This fine mist of fuel will burn more efficiently to provide an increase in miles per gallon, as well as more horsepower.

This is more for the older Wranglers that come with a carburetor or throttle body injector installed in the vehicle.

Check out this YouTube video on how to install a throttle body spacer on your Jeep for more horsepower –

Install an MPG Mod

For the newer Jeep Wranglers that come with a fuel injector, there is the option to install an MPG Mod.

This will replace the stock fuel injector that has only one hole to get fuel into the system for combustion.

The Mod comes with four holes to squirt the fuel into the system, and that will allow better atomization of the fuel.

This will, in turn, allow for a clean burn of the fuel, as well as smooth out the idling of the vehicle.

This item is very easy to install in the fuel injection system, and it can be done in just a few minutes. You just need to remove the stock injector and replace it with the new mod.

Additionally, it will not cost a lot of money.

The Exhaust System

Some people believe that you can get more power by replacing the stock exhaust system for better performance with your Jeep.

However, that does not actually make sense since the Jeep Wrangler comes with a freeflow exhaust system included, so there will be no difference.

You can change the exhaust system, but the only benefit you will get from that is better sound effects. On top of that, it will cost you a lot of money just to hear a different sound from the Jeep.


As you can see, there are not that many ways to improve on the Jeep Wrangler after you buy it.

With this vehicle, you mostly get what you paid for, but there are some upgrades that may work to get a little more than that.

Do what you can for your vehicle and enjoy your Wrangler to the fullest of its potential.

About Christopher Hall

Chris has been writing on automotive topics for more than five years now. He works with a custom car-making firm. Car racing is his no.1 passion and he's been doing it ever since he was 16 years old. He loves to take care of cars and enjoys reading all about them, while also always looking forward to the next race.