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Rugged Ridge Windshield Mounted Light Bar; Textured Black (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

Item J15452
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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from, and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Windshield Frame Light Bar, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Today, we're gonna talk through the installation of this light bar which is a very simple one out of three wrench installation. This will bolt on to your Jeep in just about an hour, but we'll talk more about the install in a moment. We're also gonna talk through the construction and a few of the other features of this light bar.I know lot of you hear light bar and think LED light bar. This is a light bar in a more traditional sense. This is a bar that is designed to have lights mounted on it. This, of course, bolts to your windshield hinges, goes up over the top of the windshield, and has five tabs on it to allow you to mount individual lights. Now, Rugged Ridge also has a version of this that's designed to mount three LED light bars on it. This is designed, again, for five smaller lights, you can either mount LED light pods or go with a more traditional halogen or even an inch ID round light. You certainly have some options with what you mount on this light bar. This bar has a couple of features that makes it a little bit different from some of the others ones on the market, all while still being easy to install and fairly priced.This light bar is made of 2-inch round tubing which does make it a little bit more substantial than some of the other ones on the market. It's covered in a textured black powder coat finish which is going to match a lot of other aftermarket Jeep accessories, as well as the factory black plastic accents that come on your JK when it rolls off the assembly line. This does have some really nice mounts that go down here on the windshield hinge. Some of the light bars, some of the less expensive ones, will just have square tabs or holes drilled in them. This is a little bit more of a contoured piece that kind of wraps around the windshield hinge. I personally like the look of this one a little bit better.This also comes with the adhesive foam on the backside of it right out of the box. This is going to ensure that your light bar is not going to chafe your factory paint. So, if you ever were to remove it, you know the paint is gonna be in good shape underneath it, and even though this is a little bit more of a substantial piece, this is still designed to work with the Rugged Ridge A-pillar light mount and the Rugged Ridge mirror relocation brackets. So, if you're concerned about that, if you have those additional pieces, this will work with the Rugged Ridge brand.Now, the light bar itself, again, has five individual light mount tabs on it. Each one has a small hole with a rubber grommet directly below it which will allow you to very easily and very cleanly run all of your wiring inside of this tubing, which is something I like. And then finally, this does have a little bit of a wind deflector built into it. You know what that helps with, is any noise that you might get from wind whistling between the light bar and the windshield, and it can also help cut down on a little bit of soft top buffeting that you might otherwise get if you add a light bar on to the front of your Jeep.As far as the install goes, again, very simple one out of three wrench install that you can get done in under an hour. You're just gonna need some traditional hand tools, and of course, a torque spit because those windshield hinge bolts are torques. So, the first step in the installation is to remove the six windshield hinge bolts on one side, pick driver side or passenger, it doesn't much matter. Hold your bracket up over top and reinstall those bolts. Now, if you remove all of the bolts that windshield hinge cover can fall off onto the ground, which of course is going to chip up the paint and cause damage. So, be careful not to have that happen.And once one side of this is attached, you can go ahead and slide the crossbar into it, don't bolt it in yet just set it on there. Finally, attach your other side of your hinge bracket sliding it into the crossbar as you do so. Then it's just a matter of attaching the two bolts that hold your crossbar into the upper right pieces, and you're finished as far as this install goes. Of course, from there, you'll go ahead and mount your lights, you'll fish your wires and get all of that stuff done. But actually getting this bar installed is only going to be about an hour.This windshield light bar comes in at right around $225, and as I said, I do think that this is fairly priced. The list of things that I like about this is pretty long. You're getting a substantial bracket, you have the foam in here to protect your factory paint, you have pre-drilled holes with ground that's for your wiring, and you have this wind deflector up here which are all things that some of the less expensive light bars on the market don't have or maybe they only have a few of them but not all of them. Now, this is going to be about $25 more than the next less expensive windshield light bar on the market, but again, you're not going to have your wind deflector up here.So, I think that if you're looking for a light bar mount that has a lot of features built into it, well, as many as a light bar mount can have, I think this is going to be a good choice and I think the price is fair. So, if you're looking for a light bar that's going to allow you to mount up to five individual lights above the windshield on your JK, this is going to be an option with a lot of features that's also well-built and fairly priced.So, that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Windshield Frame Light Bar, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Windshield Frame Light Bar
      • Textured Black Finish
      • Provides Tabs for 5 Forward Lights
      • Features Wind Deflector Below the Light Bar to cut Whistling Sound & Soft Top Air Buffeting
      • Works with Rugged Ridge Light Mount Brackets & Mirror Relocation Brackets
      • Easy Attachment by Bolting on to Windshield Mounts without Drilling
      • 5 Year Limited Warranty
      • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models


      Construction. The Rugged Ridge Windshield Frame Light Bar is manufactured from strong, durable 2 inch steel tubing. The bar is finished with textured powder coat paint, which protects against damage, corrosion, and oxidation hazards. It weighs 4 lbs and measures 61 inches by 15 inches by 6 inches. It has 5 light tabs to mount extra lamps. Protected by a 5 year limited warranty.

      Specs. This frame light banishes even the thickest darkness with the glare of 5 lights when fully equipped. The wind deflector minimizes noise and prevents the soft top from flapping annoyingly while the Jeep is in motion.

      Installation. Fitment of this accessory is extremely easy. First, remove the windshield brackets, taking care not to scratch the paint. A T-40 Torx head will be needed. Place the mounting bracket on the frame, put the windshield brackets over them, and bolt everything in place. A small hole will be needed near the base of the window to let an electric cord be threaded through.

      Application. This textured black Rugged Ridge Windshield Frame Light Bar is specifically designed to be used on the 2007-2018 Wrangler JK models.

      Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

      MPN# 11232.21

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      Customer Reviews (26)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 26 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      • August 02, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - SeanS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        yes yes yes

        item is great all good no problems and I love the bar I am making a surf board rack and this is the start, I will post final pics

        Helpful (3)
      • December 07, 2018

        5 2010 Wrangler - BarneyV Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great look

        Great look on my 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport just need to find the right lighting and I'm set!

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      • November 22, 2018

        2 2008 Wrangler - JeffC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Rust trails down jeep

        In less than two years after install, yhete is rust issues. Besides rust at the wiring holes, there is a trail of rust down my paint from drainage. I have the grill light bar, and the base is almost rusted out in less than four years. Im done with rigged ridge.

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      • July 06, 2018

        5 2015 Rubicon - DanielG Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great windshield light bar

        I really liked this product as the price was right and it has an optional component for lowering the light mounts below the bar and even with the windshield. The fit was pretty good, but it the seam on the bar could be better on the drivers side. Other than that I thought it was a great value.

        Helpful (7)
      • April 26, 2018

        5 2013 Wrangler - ShirleyR Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Windshield light bar mount

        Great product!!! I like the quality and the finish. Instructions for installation were spot on. No problems with fit. Can't wait to get the KCs mounted!!!

        Helpful (8)
      • April 11, 2018

        5 2016 Wrangler - Vik Installation Time: Afternoon


        strong built, was really impressed by the fit, looks really nice after the install was completed. transformed the appreance completely.

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      • April 03, 2018

        4 2011 Wrangler - LouR Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        exactly what i wanted

        fit and quality are good. has predrilled holes with grommets to run wires neatly. nice solid feel although i would like the tubing wall to be a little thicker at least around te area where the 2 parts come together. if you tighten it too much the tube starts to oval.

        Helpful (8)
      • March 23, 2018

        5 2008 Wrangler - RobertH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good quality

        Very easy to install, really goodQuality. Looks great!

        Helpful (8)
      • February 28, 2018

        2 2018 Wrangler - KP Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Noisy, bad fitment

        The bottom tubes and top tubes are cut at a slightly different angle. This causes a gap when fit together. This, in turn, causes a high pitched wind whistle. I had to remove it after about a week -- it was driving me nuts. even off the jeep the parts do not fit together well.

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      • February 28, 2018

        4 2007 Wrangler - KP Installation Time: Afternoon

        Seems strong.

        The bar itself seems strong and good quality. I did make some alterations right away. I took a cutoff wheel to the bolts that connect the upper half of the light bar. They are about .25" longer than they need to be, and seemed to close to the A pillar for my liking. I also drilled out the pre drilled holes to a larger size and installed larger grommets to make wiring easier. The bar does not require these modifications to work, I just decided to do them as minor improvements.

        Helpful (8)

      Questions & Answers (16 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Would it be possible to fit 5 8in KC Pro-Sport HID lights or are the 6in the best option?

      • The Rugged Ridge Windshield Mounted Light Bar provides Tabs for 5 Forward Lights both 8 inch and 6 inch lights would be compatible, but you may notice more wind noise with 8 inch lights.

      Helpful (1)

      Is there a hole pre-drilled to run the wires out at the bottom?

      • Hello, yes, each mount has a small hole with a rubber grommet directly below it which will allow to very easily and very cleanly run all of the wiring inside of the tubing.

      Helpful (1)

      I’ve never done this before. If I purchase this bar what kind of lights should I get? Did the lights come with a wiring kit? Any assistance would help.

      • That would entirely depend upon your desired setup. Please give us a call and we'll happily discuss in detail.

      Helpful (0)

      Will this work with kc gravity lights

      • Yes, the bar can be used with singe tab mount lights up to 8".

      Helpful (0)

      I want J15452 for my 2002 Jeep Wrangler???

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      10 More Questions
      I am looking for pretty much this exact light bar for my 2019 wrangler JL. I am assuming this will not fit mine,,, any suggestions? 1 answer
      Which light bar(s) do you recommend to go with the high mount R.R. snorkel? 1 answer
      I have installed the Rugged Ridge 17756.21 XHD High Mount Snorkel Kit. Will this RR Light bar fit with my snorkel? 1 answer
      I have a 44 inch light bar that has moveable mounts attached to it on my 2015 Wrangler. Will this work for me? Also, how do you hide the wiring from the light bar to go under the hood? The review/install video does not show that. Last thing, I have cube lights on the windshield. Will those mounts work with this? Thanks. 1 answer
      Is there anyway this will fit with the Red Rock 4x4 full length snorkel? I need some offroad lights, but i hate that the only brackets that fit are light bar bracket. Will this bar fit? 1 answer
      I am fan of the KC brand. What KC brand lights would you recommend for this light bar? 1 answer
      I have a soft top on my Jeep all year long and want to know if installing this with some lights will negatively affect it. Will the wind going over/ under the bar make the soft top flutter around? 1 answer
      I'm interested in using this bar not for lights but as a rack for strapping down a paddleboard. Is there a weight limit for this product? 1 answer
      Are the lights included in the box or just the brackets 1 answer
      What lights (looking for mixture of LED spot and flood) would you recommend for this bar? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Top Light Bar
      • (2) Mounting Brackets
      • Hardware

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

      • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18