Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Guard Five Piece Kit fitting all 2007 and up Wranglers. This is available for both the two-door and the four-door Wrangler, and it is available in this diamond-plate pattern as well as a smooth matte black pattern, so there are a couple of different options available.Today we're going to talk through the installation of this kit which is a very simple one out of three wrench installation. We're also going to talk a little bit about the construction and a few of the features of this kit. Now, even though this is called Armor by Rugged Ridge, these are plastic pieces, so they're not going to offer a ton of hardcore protection. These will offer protection against some door dings, some scratching and they'll cover up some damage if you already have it. However, they're not going to protect against any sort of real hardcore damage, so that it is important to remember. What these will do, as I mentioned before, give you some protection but really, they're designed to change the look of your Jeep. This five-piece kit will change your Jeep from every angle, the front, the sides, and the rear and really give it a much more rugged and unique look all with a very easy installation.As I mentioned, these are plastic pieces. These are all made of a UV treated thermoplastic, so it is flexible, it's not going to crack or break easily. And because it's UV treated, it won't fade in the sun over time. It'll stay black for a good, long time.It is available in both the diamond-plate pattern if you're somebody who's into that look or you can get them in a smooth matte black finish as well which is my personal preference but it's really up to you and the look you like on your Jeep. One of the really nice things about these parts is they will install very, very easily with 3M adhesive. So they're going to install very quickly and easily and give you that drastic change all at a lower price than if you were to go out and buy hardcore protection pieces to go in place of these.Now, of course, if you're doing hardcore wheeling and you need that protection, go out and get the true armor. But if you're staying on the road or on the light trails and you just like this look, that's where this kit comes in.Like I said before, this does change the look of your Jeep from every angle. This is going to give you your hood guard, your rocker guard pieces, and your rear corner guards, so you're going to have everything you need to drastically overhaul the look of your Wrangler.Like I said before, I am giving this installation a very simple one out of three wrenches. All of these pieces will install with 3M adhesive. And some of them will use bolts but they are going to go into existing holes, so you don't have to drill anything, and in some cases, they even use existing hardware. Anytime you're using 3M adhesive to attach anything to the outside of your Jeep. You just want to make sure that the surface that you're sticking it to is very, very clean. Use a good alcohol-based cleaner and these are going to stick and stay put where you put them for a long time until you want to remove them. That is one of the benefits of parts like this that install with 3M. When you do want to remove them, there's no permanent modification to your Jeep, and you can go back to a stock look.Aside from having a really clean surface, you're also going to want to stick this 3M adhesive to your Wrangler when it is pretty warm out. If you're doing this in the winter time, you're going to want to do it in a heated garage. Otherwise, the 3M adhesive isn't going to set up very well, and it won't stick properly.So do this when it's 60, 70 degrees out, follow the instructions, make sure your surfaces are nice and clean and these are going to stick on really well.Now, even though this is just 3M adhesive and a couple of screws, there is a little bit of disassembly necessary to get some of these pieces installed. For instance, this back corner you do have to remove your license plate bracket in order to get that rear corner guard in place. And in order to get to the bolts of the license plate bracket, you may have to loosen up your bumper bolts as well. Over here you'll have to snap the plastic hinge covers for your tailgate off and up here in the front, you are going to have to remove a couple of nuts that are holding your upper hood latches in place. On a side here, there is no disassembly that is necessary. You'll simply attach these with the 3M adhesive and a couple of screws that go through your pinch seam. Again, all the hardware is included.Installation of all these parts is probably going to take you less than two hours to do, and again, you're not going to need any specialty tools. Just a couple of hand tools and an alcohol-based cleaner.As far as the pricing goes for this kit, you can probably piece together these five parts for about the cost of the five-piece kit. You're not getting a big discount for buying all five of them together, but they're also not charging you more for the convenience of having them all in one box. So if this is a look you like, if you like being able to see the body armor from all four sides of the Jeep, you want this full kit. This is a nice, easy way to get that.Now, as far as the quality of the pieces you're getting for the price, I do think you're getting some pretty high-quality stuff. Almost $300 for parts that are just appearance pieces might be a little bit much for some of you. However, if you like the look of these, you are going to get a really well-made part that fits really well and does drastically change the look of your Wrangler.So if you don't have the budget, or you just don't need hardcore protection pieces, but you want to change up the look of your Jeep and make it look a little bit more rugged, then this is going to be a really nice option for you. This is going to change the look of your Jeep from all four sides and do it for less than $300.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Guard Five Piece Kit fitting all 2007 and up Wranglers that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.