angry bird Jeep grille


The face — the iconic and familiar front grille design of Jeep Wrangler JK and TJ models — is a friendly one.

But we don’t always want our vehicles to look friendly, and that can be especially true for 4×4 enthusiasts building a mountain-climbing, trail-conquering, off-road hero wagon designed to traverse any terrain.

Enter the angry grille — a front grille designed to give a custom, no-nonsense, furrowed-brow look to Jeep JK or TJ owners, and differentiate them from those driven by their passing Jeep-waving brothers and sisters.

How To Give Your Jeep “Angry Eyes”

You’ll discover people will use different names to describe these parts, similar to how grille guards and bull bars are used interchangeably.

You’ll see angry grilles also described as angry bird grilles, angry eye grilles and eyebrow grilles. There are also Wild Boar grilles, and Rugged Ridge’s popular Spartan Grille, which provides the “angry” look.

There are a few different ways to achieve the angry look — from relatively inexpensive bolt-on light brows and full angry grilles and inserts, to replacing the entire front end with a new Grumper winch bumper.

Here’s an overview of angry grille options for Jeep owners looking to change the look of their front end.

Light Brows

undercover nighthawk light brow for jeep

Light brows are available in exact year-matching factory paint colors, and bolt directly onto the factory grille without the need for any drilling or mounting accessories. They are the least-expensive way we know of to incite a little anger in your Jeep Wrangler.

UnderCover NightHawk Light Brows are $229* and available for JK-model Jeep vehicles (model years 2007-2016).

They’re cool.

Angry Grilles

rugged ridge landshark spartan grille insert

Replacing your stock grille with a full angry grille is another option. Rugged Ridge Spartan Grilles are a popular choice at $262.99, and can be further customized with interchangeable grille inserts. The installation is also a relatively quick and simple one.


fab fours grumper

The Grumper is a trademarked design created by Fab Fours as a bumper-winch combo with a distinctive aggressive and angry look. It will make your Jeep look like something out of Mad Max, only minus all of the skulls and post-apocalyptic mayhem.

If you have the budget, these Grumpers mean business…in a fun way.

They feature an extended grille design that hides and protects your winch, supports strong air flow, provides a built-in winch mount, and offers angry eye light cutouts.

We value friendliness around here as much as anyone. And anger is rarely a useful emotion in people. But in angry grilles, we’ve found a good, healthy reason and outlet for putting on an angry face and giving oncoming traffic and other motorists the business end of our angry eye stares.

Even if our regular faces can’t hide our smiles from behind the wheel.


(*Prices on on Jan. 27, 2017)

Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.