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How to Install a Rugged Ridge Black 1 pc. X-Clamp on your 87-18 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ, JK & JL

Installation Time

30 minutes

Extreme Terrain
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Pivotal Fit Technology Explained

The X-Clamp from Rugged Ridge® features an innovative and unique adjustment which allows mounting to tubes ranging from 2”-3” in diameter. Rotate the X-Clamp to fit your tube, and pivot the mounting bracket to the desired position. 

1. Disassemble the X-Clamp Front and X-Clamp Back by loosening the jam nuts then removing the 4 bolts and 8 jam nuts.

2. Determine the correct orientation to mount the X-Clamp by holding the X-Clamp Front and X-Clamp Back to the tube. Rotate the X-Clamp pieces 90° to make sure you have the correct orientation. 

3. Select appropriate bolt length for your tube diameter. 2.5” and 3” diameter tubes require jam nuts. Note: to prevent jam nut  interference with the high point of tube, keep jam nuts separate on bolt shaft during install. 

4. Attach X-Clamp to tube by gradually tightening all bolts evenly in an “X” pattern. Tighten to 3 ft-lbs. Do not exceed 3 ft-lbs.

5. Tighten jam nuts to a snug fit. Do not over tighten. Make sure bolts are tightened before tightening jam nuts. 

6. Attach mounting tab to X-Clamp Back. Tighten to 8 ft-lbs.


Apply red Loctite(R) or equivalent thread sealer before tightening threads of flat head screw. 

7. Apply logo to recess in X-Clamp Front.


Inspect and retourque fasteners after first 50 miles and frequently thereafter, particularly after use off-road.