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Rugged Ridge Elite Tail Light Guards - Black (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Tail Light Guards
    • Protects Tail Lights
    • Two-Piece Design
    • Made of Cast Aluminum
    • Black, Satin-Textured Powder Coat
    • Bolt-On Installation
    • Sold as a Pair
    • 5-Year Limited Warranty
    • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Now, these tail light guards are going to provide more protection than your average tail light guard, in my opinion. These are going to be a two-piece guard that completely encase your factory tail light, again, being a little bit stronger. However, the argument of a tail light guard transferring an impact into the tub, causing a much more expensive repair, rather than just breaking a tail light is still in play here. So if you subscribe to that mentality, a tail light guard is not going to be for you. Today, we're going to talk through the installation of these tail light guards, which is a pretty simple one out of three-wrench install. It is a little bit more involved than some of the other tail light guard installs, because this is a two-piece guard. But even so, you'll be able to get this done in under an hour and it's a very simple install. But we'll talk more through that in just a second. Now, because these are Rugged Ridge's new Elite Series of a tail light guard, these are going to be a very high-quality material. They're going to be a slightly different design visually than a lot of the other tail light guards out there on the market. They're also going to be a little bit more expensive. So if you're willing to pay a little bit more for this design and for some additional protection, these are going to be a good option. So these tail light guards are going to be made of a cast aluminum material, as opposed to the mild steel of a lot of the other tail light guards out there. A lot of other tail light guards are just going to be sort of a bent piece of vertical or horizontal [slats] that will get bolted or even 3M'ed onto your tail lights, and these are going to be a lot more substantial. Again, this is going to be a two-piece design. So there's a section that goes behind that factory tail light. Then, your tail light goes in the center, and then the outer piece gets bolted on that. So you really are encasing all of that plastic in aluminum, which should in theory protect that tail light a little bit better. Because this is a three-piece design, there's a little bit more to the install. But again, it's going to be very simple and Rugged Ridge includes everything you need. So like I said before, the install of these tail light guards is going to be a pretty simple one out of three-wrench install that you should be able to get done in less than an hour. The first step is going to be completely removing your tail lights from your Jeep. So there are a couple of screws you'll have to remove, and then unplug the wiring harness to get that tail light off of the Jeep. Finally, there's a small piece of plastic trim from the back of the tail light that you'll need to remove before you can go on with the rest of the install. After that, you'll set the tail light on the back piece of your tail light guard. Put the front piece of the tail light guard over top of that. Go ahead and plug the tail light back into the Jeep, and put your tail light guard with the tail light inside of it back into the tub. You'll have to fit one side in first, and then the other side. Finally, you'll use the hardware that's included in the kit to get everything bolted up. Again, a little bit more involved than some of the other tail light guard installs, because these are a little bit more substantial, but still something easy that anyone can do in their driveway. These tail light guards are going to run you right around $140, which is certainly going to be more expensive than a lot of the other ones on the market. However, a lot of the other tail light guards out there are just going to be an appearance mod. They're not going to offer any protection at all. These will offer some protection to your tail light. Now, again, whether you subscribe to the mentality that this is going to transfer damage into the tub, or whether you think that these are going to offer protection is completely up to you. But these will definitely better help protect your plastic tail light than a lot of the other guards on the market. These are also going to be made of a higher-quality aluminum material, so you're not going to end up with any rust like you would with a mild steel tail light guard. So all of those things make them worth the additional cost in my opinion. So if you're looking for a tail light guard as a standalone piece, or as a package of light guards on your JK to set it apart from the pack, make it look a little bit different, and also to protect your tail lights when you're on the trail, I think this is going to be a very high-quality option. It's going to be a little bit more expensive than some of the others, but I do like the design and the higher-quality materials.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Elite tail light guards, fitting your 2007 and up JK, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

    Ultimate Lamp Protection Against Road Debris. This pair of Black Rugged Ridge Elite Tail Light Guards is designed to effectively shield your Jeep Wrangler's end lights. Made of cast aluminum, these light guards provide protective edging and keep road debris and tree branches from hitting and breaking your tail light lamps.

    Improves Your Jeep's Overall Look. Aside from protecting the rear end of your Jeep, these Rugged Ridge Elite Tail Light Guards also add to the overall look of your vehicle. The guards, which are finished with a black satin-textured powder coat, further highlight the Jeep's rugged look, giving it an impressive, outdoorsy appearance.

    Installs in Under 2 Hours. This 2-piece design tail light guard can be attached easily to your Jeep's tail lights. It has a simple bolt-on installation that's completed using a socket-head hardware. The installation process itself can take anywhere between 1-2 hours.

    Application. The Rugged Ridge Elite Tail Light Guards in Black is designed for Jeep Wrangler JK models released from 2007-2018.

    Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

    MPN# 11226.05

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    • (2) Guards
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        Can these guards fit over aftermarket tail lights?

        • These will fit most aftermarket tail lights, however it will depend on the individual tail light.

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          Customer Reviews (7) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 3.9

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          • Brightness 5 5
          • Fit 4.571429 4.6
          • Appearance 5 5
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.714286 4.7



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 30, 2018

            Great look and solid

            The product was solid and easy to install It could be a one person job but a second set of hands made it easier to get it lined up and not have worry about the stripping that was mentioned in another review Without that second hand it would be a bit longer to get the screw lined up

            BrittB

            Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            August 30, 2018

            Good product

            The look great and are well made. I would have given 5 stars but one was an hour long pain to get the screws through both peices of the cover and the tail light. It just wouldn’t line up. The other side slide went together in seconds. I ended up using a nail on the back hole to get the screws pulled over enough to thread into the back hole on the bolts that don’t attach to the jeep.

            BrianC

            Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 1/5

            December 28, 2017

            Disappointed

            The screw holes appear to be improperly alligned. I tried calling Rugged Ridge customer service, but they're closed until the new year. Looks like my Ruged Ridge Elite Tail Light Guards are going back.

            MatthewF

            Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 16, 2017

            Great looking

            Other than wishing the bolts were flush fitting they look great and are easy to install

            ErikB

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 08, 2017

            Perfect

            Perfect Fit matched the matte black front and rear bumpers.

            DavidW

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 01, 2017

            Looks kick a**, install is disappointing

            So- first I will say I LOVE the look of this on my Rubicon. I did NOT love the install. Came with TORX head screws (no tool supplied and the one inside the Jeep kit doesn't fit. You need a smaller head) During install TWO TORX screws broke off mid-install. I had already gotten one cover on so I was committed to finishing the job. I ended up using OEM screws from my Jeep's initial light install and I'm requesting replacements from the company. For anyone wondering- I didn't just tighten them down too much. They broke 1/2 way in. I had to use a wrench to twist them out. My second difficulty is that I've had my Rubi for 10 days- I was determined not to jack up the paint in any way or screw into the tub accidentally (the kit comes with self tapping screws so this is a real possibility if you're not careful). Sadly mission failed. On the last cover I ended up not aligning the cover with the prescribed hole and marring up the paint about 1/4 inch to the left of my predrilled hole. Going to get some touch up paint to fix to prevent rust (it's down to the metal) but inevitably it's behind a light cover so I could have done worse. My advice: screw in the bottom screw part way, then look from above and adjust/line up as needed. You can't see the bottom screw hole on the jeep but looking down you can see the top and adjust left-right and/or up/down as needed. Then screw in everything tight. (MAKE SURE not to screw in the bottom all the way first) Took me a solid 1:15 with removing the broken screws and taking care to line up. If you don't care about your tub- it'll take 15 minutes.

            GingerM

            Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 23, 2017

            Cool addition

            I like the rugged look of this model. They really changed how the tail end of my jeep looks.

            JesseD

            Year: 2010Submodel: Rubicon

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