(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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These RedRock 4x4 Tail Light Guards in Textured Black are for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK, that are looking for a way to change up the look of the rear of your Jeep as well as adding a little bit of protection to those tail lights. This is going to be a nice easy one out of three wrench bolt-on installation, and I'm gonna show you how to do it in just a second.So a tail light guard like this can offer a little bit of protection to the plastic tail lights. So if you're doing some off-roading, you're in a really tight spot and you might otherwise break the tail light, having a guard over top of it can help to add a little bit of protection. However, these ones, because they bolt directly onto the front of the plastic light, any sort of impact that these will take will get transferred into the plastic, so not really offering a ton of protection here. This is going to be more of an aesthetic modification, and something that's going to help out add a little bit of protection for brush or any sort of branches that would otherwise rub up against the tail light and maybe cause some scratching. If you're looking for a tail light guard that's going to provide a little bit more protection, I would look toward the type that require you to completely remove the tail light and really put a full cage around the tail light, rather than these ones that just bolt onto the outside. Now those ones are also going to be significantly more expensive, so you will have to weigh that in your decision-making. But if you like these ones, they are going to do a nice job of changing the look of the Jeep, giving you a little bit more on that safari styling, a little bit more of that rough and tumble off-road styling, and again, they will offer just a little bit of a protection against scratching. These are going to be steel. They do have this textured black finish over top of them, as opposed to a gloss black that some of the other ones will have. This textured black does a nice job of matching a lot of the plastic accents that are on the Jeep from the factory, and a lot of your other aftermarket accessories will have that textured black powder coat as well, so again, it'll do a really nice job of matching all of that. These are going to be a very inexpensive option, which is also very nice. They're gonna be a little bit more friendly on your budget. These come in at just over $20, in and around that $22 range, so again, I think very, very fair for what you're getting here. They do fit very well. They change up the look of the Jeep, they offer a little bit of protection, and that's all you can ask for from an item like this. As we said before, very simple installation. Let me show you how to do it.For our installation, we used a number two Phillips socket on a 3/8 drive impact, but as we said before, a regular screwdriver would work just fine as well. So like I said before, this is a nice easy one out of three wrench installation. This isn't going to take you very long to do at all. So the first thing you're going to want to do is figure out which is your driver's side and which is your passenger side. And really the only difference is this is a little bit wider on one end than it is on the other. I'm going to use the one with the wider bit toward the top on the driver's side. I think it lines up a little bit better with the Jeep, but really these will bolt on both ways, so it's kind of up to you. Again, I think that this one looks a little bit better over here on the driver's side.We're going to be using a number two Phillips bit on an impact, which of course is way overkill. You do want to be very careful if you use an impact, because you can strip out these screws in the plastic. Using a drill with a clutch is probably a better way to go, or of course, an old school screwdriver will work just fine as well. So the first step in the installation is going to be removing the four Phillips head screws that are in your factory tail light. Now it is important to note that the outer screws here, they hold the lens onto the body of the tail light. They don't actually hold the tail light into the body of the Jeep. However, the two inner screws hold the lens on and they hold the tail light into the body of the Jeep. So the point I'm trying to make here is by the time you have all four of these screws removed, you want to make sure that you're holding onto the lens so that doesn't fall onto the ground, and holding onto the body of the tail light so that doesn't fall out of the body of the Jeep. So keep one hand on everything. So again, the first step is going to be removing those four screws. Now that the factory screws are removed, we'll go ahead and get our screws and spacers set through the tail light guard itself. So what you're going to have is actually two different size screws. You're going to use the larger screws on the outside of the tail light, and the smaller ones, in diameter, on the inside here. So we'll get our slightly fatter screws started through our tail light guard here, and then the narrower ones here toward the inside. And then if you're really careful, you can get all of your spacers started as well, without them falling off. It does take a little bit of care here to not lose your spacers or your screws, but once you have everything started, then you can set the guard over the tail light and start all of your screws by hand before tightening them down. Get them all lined up so nothing falls out on us anymore. There we go. And then we'll go ahead and grab our impact and tighten them down. And it's really just that easy. We'll go ahead and jump over to the passenger side and do the same thing. And that's gonna do it for this install. So if you are looking for something to change up the look of your Jeep as well as adding some light protection to those tail lights, I would recommend this option from RedRock 4x4, and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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