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How to Install Rugged Ridge Body Armor Hood Stone Guard, Black on your 2007-2013 Wrangler

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Note: The Wrangler body armor has been designed to fit tightly to the contours of the vehicle. Instructions must be followed to insure the correct placement and adhesion of this part. If surface is not cleaned and prepped as stated in the instructions proper fitment will not take place. Do Not install if outside temperature is below 65F. or over 100F. Allow part to sit overnight before driving.

Step1: Open hood and secure with hood prop. Remove the two 1/2" nuts used to secure the the upper hood latch located on either side of the hood. (pic.1).

Step2: With hood still up clean the inside lip of the hood with soap and water. Dry surface with a clean cloth. When dry rub lip down with a alcohol wipe or a cloth moistened with denatured alcohol. This will remove any remaining dirt and soap residue that may contaminate the adhesive tape used to secure the plastic armor (pic.2).

Step3: Lower hood and clean the top front and sides of the hood. follow same cleaning procedures noted in step 3 (pic.2).

Step4: With hood slightly opened place hood armor into position. DO NOT remove tape at this time. Visually inspect the fit of of the part to confirm that the side mounting holes are aligned. At this time the upper hood latches can be pushed through the armor and into the hood (pic.3). DO NOT install the nuts at this time. Enlarge the holes of the hood armor if needed.

Step5: With hood armor removed peel back protective covers at 45 deg. angles (pic.4). Pull back only 2" of the protective cover. DO NOT remove all the tape.

Step6: Place hood armor back onto vehicle being careful not to make contact with the hood until it has been positioned correctly. A second person may be needed. When located affix the underside lip first rolling the hood armor around and to the top of the hood making sure that it is flat before applying pressure to the exposed tape sections of the hood armor.

Step7: With hood armor in place peel protective cover from back side of tape working from the outer edges inward (pic.5-6). Make sure that all tape covering is pulled back at the same time. This will insure that all the protective covering is removed during the installation. The help of a second person is recommended for this step. NOTE: If there are any bulges in the hood armor start over with step 6.

Step8: Reinstall the upper hood latches (reversal of step 1) and apply pressure to the hood armor to insure a strong bond.

NOTE: Allow part to sit overnight before driving,