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How to Install Rugged Ridge BlackTailgate Bar w/ Tonneau Cover on your 1987-2006 Wrangler

Tools Required
  • Basic Hand Tools Required
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Carefully read instructions before attempting to install this product. Rugged Ridge is in no way responsible for any damage to the vehicle or personal injury that may occur during the installation or use of this product. DRILLING REQUIRED 


1. Locate Tailgate Bar and Rear Seat Tonneau Cover. Slide the extrusion on the Tonneau Cover into Tailgate Bar Rail as shown in Figure 1.
2. Locate Passenger Tailgate Bracket, (2) - #10-24 x ½” Phillips Machine Screws, (2) – Star Washers and (2) – Flat Washers and (2) - #10-24 Nylock Nuts. In some cases the holes on the Tailgate Bracket will line up with existing holes. In this case, use the existing holes as pilots to drill 3/16” holes on the vehicle. If holes do not exist, use the Tailgate Bracket as a template to drill 3/16” holes. NOTE: Carefully check under drilling area to be sure you do not drill into any concealed wiring. Position Tailgate Bracket and secure it by using the hardware listed in this step (Figure 2).

3. Repeat for opposite side.
4. Insert Tailgate Bar into the top of the Tailgate Brackets (Figure 3).
5. Fold seat forward and pull straps to the mounting locations as shown in Figure 4. Use the hole on the strap as a guide to mark the drilling locations on the fender. NOTE: Carefully check the drilling area to be sure you do not drill into any concealed wiring. Place strap aside and drill 1/8” holes on the just marked locations.
6. Re-position Rear Seat Tonneau Cover and attach both sides to the just drilled holes by using the included (2) - #10 x 1” Sheet Metal Screws (Figure 4).