SEMA 2019: Addictive Desert Designs’ Fully Equipped Gladiator

It’s pretty hard not to notice a pumpkin-coloredJeep¬† Gladiator in any environment. That’s what Addictive Desert Designs (ADD) was counting on when they loaded up this JT for SEMA. We stopped by and spoke with Dominick Sandri about some of the ADD additions to the truck.

Stealth fighter bumpers are one of the staples in the ADD catalog, and this truck is sporting the latest version front and rear. The bumpers feature solid steel construction and are finished in a hammered black powder coat with satin aluminum inserts. These touches give the bumpers a rugged look that complements the factory styling.

The full-length version of the bumper is currently only available for the Rubicon trim level, but Sandri said there will be options for other trims in the future. Sporting the optional top hoop and winch mount, the bumper also features an opening for a 20-inch light bar and mounts for 3/4-inch D-rings. Out back, the rear bumper includes mounting for factory parking sensors, as well as additional pod lights and D-rings.

ADD also included a full set of their plate doors on the truck. Built to take factory hinges, these doors are designed to install easily, and include pre-installed latches. To keep a cohesive look between parts, the doors are finished in the same hammered black as the bumpers. They also feature satin black honeycomb aluminum insert panels. Sandri added, “We included a bump stop in the door to reduce rattle and ensure a secure fit.”

A set of ADD’s rock sliders were included on the build to show off the additional protection options available from ADD. Made from heavy-gauge steel, they feature frame mounting for maximum strength and provide coverage all the way to the frame rail. Five cutouts provide plenty of mounting for rock lights.

The newest product on the truck is actually ADD’s first venture into the overland rack market. Still in the prototype phase, the design looks promising. It was created from .120-inch-wall tubing and 1/8-inch steel plate. Slotted crossmembers are the magic behind the design, offering multiple mounting options while leaving tons of bed space available.

In all, ADD brought out a killer-looking truck, featuring an impressive set of offerings for the JT. Also, with prototypes still in the works, you can expect the JT line to expand throughout the next year.

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