(approx) 10 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge bug deflector in matte black, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs.Today we're going to go over the construction of this bug deflector, and, of course, the installation.First and foremost, a bug deflector is designed to deflect wind up over the windshield of the front of your Jeep, allowing small stones and bugs to be deflected with that wind and not end up splattered on your windshield.Now, how much aerodynamic change you actually get from a bug deflector is certainly for debate. A lot of people will install these because either they like the look, and it definitely changes the look of the front of your Jeep, or because they have some damage on that leading edge of their hood that they're looking to cover up, or they want to protect it from damage.The leading edge is certainly a magnet for stone-throws, so if you have some damage and you don't want to get the metal and paint repaired, this is going to be a much less expensive way of making that repair or, as I mentioned, some people just like the look of these bug deflectors.This bug deflector is made of an acrylic material, which is really the traditional material for a bug deflector. It's going to be strong but also a little bit flexible. Of course, this has the matte black finish which makes it look really nice with either the matte black window visors or just as a standalone accent piece on the front of your Jeep.Now, this has a couple of tabs molded onto the back of it. These ones here on the outside are designed to put a screw into to hold it onto the underside of the hood. And these, of course, have 3M adhesive pre-applied on them to make the installation really secure.Now even though there are a couple of screws that hold this into place, there's no drilling required with this installation. You'll just be using some J-nuts in existing holes that are already in the hood.So speaking of the installation, it's going to be really simple for this part. All you need to do is first clean the underside of the hood where that 3M adhesive is going to attach. Using an alcohol prep pad or a good alcohol-based cleaner will be plenty to get that area clean.After that, you can install the J-nuts in the existing square holes on the underside of your hood. Make sure the bug deflector lines up properly and is nice and square and exactly where you like it. Then peel off the red backing on the 3M tape and press it into place.Finally, you'll use the screws and washers that come in the hardware package with the bug deflector to attach the two outer tabs into those J-nuts that you just installed. The whole installation process shouldn't take you more than a half hour and you won't need any specialty tools, just a good cleaner and a Phillips-head screwdriver.I find that a lot of visual modifications that are well-built and fit well will come in right around the $100 mark, and that's exactly where you're going to be for this bug deflector. So, if you want the visual modification and you like the way this looks, or you want to protect or cover up damage that's existing on your hood and you have $100 to spend, I think this is a nice piece. It's very well-built and it'll fit really well.So, whether you're looking to protect the leading edge of your hood, cover up existing damage, or you want the wind deflection over the windshield to keep bugs from splattering on it, this is going to be a really nice addition to your Jeep.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge bug deflector in matte black, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Function. The Rugged Ridge Bug Deflector keeps your jeep's hood and windshield safe from bugs and road debris.
Construction. Made from acrylic, this Jeep Wrangler deflector resists scratches and offers durable use. It has a matte black finish that adds style to your vehicle.
Installation. It is simple to install with an automotive grade tape.
Fitment. The Rugged Ridge Bug Deflector is designed for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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February 14, 2020
Stone bug deflector
Real easy to install looks great matches grille that I installed.Helpful (0)
January 30, 2020
Easy to install to just a few minutes. I have not noticed as much stuff hitting windshield nowHelpful (0)
January 28, 2020
Easy install and looks good
Installing the bug deflector was very easy and looks great.Helpful (1)
January 21, 2020
Very good quality and great price! Makes a difference in the look of my jeep also!!!Helpful (0)
January 16, 2020
Looks great and easy to install
Good product, easy to install met my expectations.Helpful (0)
November 21, 2019
this product looks great on the jeep and it was easy to instll with no drilling required, which is why I purchased thisHelpful (1)
November 19, 2019
good product. I list one of the plastic gametes inside my hood, but XT sent me a replacement.Helpful (1)
November 09, 2019
Living in Florida, my Jeeps windshield became the natural predator of Love Bugs. The deflector took 5 minutes to put on, fit perfectly and looks great in Matte Black. Does add some noise from the air being pushed up on the roof, but worth it!Helpful (3)
October 31, 2019
Love the bug guard. Looks great, only issue is the anchors to put the screws in are not great quality. You can get a real tight fitHelpful (2)
October 13, 2019
Love the look
Love the way it looks and worked like a champ, unfortunately I had to take due to wind. On windy days it felt like it was going to rip my hood off. Even on roads with heavy semi traffic gusts of wind makes it un-nerving. Sorry, love the look and it helps with bugs, but....Helpful (4)
If you take it off and at some point decide to put back on what is the best tape to use?
If the Rugged Ridge Bug Deflector is removed from your Jeep, we recommend reinstalling this piece with 3M Automotive exterior adhesive tape.
Will this for on the Rubicon Unlimited Hard Rock Edition?
Hello, yes, this will work on a Rubicon Unlimited Hard Rock Edition.
Will this fit the power dome hood? (2016) 75th unlimited
Hello, yes you will be able to install the Rugged Ridge Bug Deflector Matte Black (07-17 Wrangler JK) on your Power Dome Hood
Not related to the bug deflector (I bought it) What is the name of the front bumper? I HAVE to get one.
I cannot find that exact one but here is a link to all of our Stubby Bumpers: https://www.extremeterrain.com/wrangler-jeep-jk-front-bumper.html#shop-by4
I heard some bug reflectors make horrible noise while using a soft top. Is that the case with this model?
This will cause some wind noise yes.
Unfortunately we do not currently offer the hardware kit separately. We generally recommend sourcing the screws and washers from your local hardware store.
The Rugged Ridge Bug Deflector Matte Black really would not help with the wind noise that your roof rack causes.
The Rugged Ridge Bug Deflector does come back a little onto the hood, so you may notice part of the circle is not view-able or covered.
Hello! This item should not warp. They are pretty solid deflectors.
Hello, yes, the Grill shouldn't affect the mounts on the hood.
(approx) 10 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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