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Rugged Ridge Smoked LED Tail Light Set (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    • Smoked LED Tail Light Set
    • Aggressive Styling
    • D.O.T Compliant
    • Brighter Than Factory
    • Easy, No Drill Installation
    • Sold as a Pair
    • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    I'm Ryan from, and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Smoked LED Tail Light set, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of these tail lights, which is a very simple one out of three wrenches. We're also gonna talk about the construction and a few of the features. These are for those of you who are looking to change up the look of the back of your Jeep. Adding a new set of lights will drastically change the look whether the lights are on or whether they're off. LED provides that really crisp clean on and off that a lot of modern vehicles have, that you just can't get from a traditional incandescent bulb. Also LED is considerably brighter than incandescent, so you're going to increase your visibility at night with a set of tail lights like this. Now, these are going to be more expensive than your factory tail light. So, if you're somebody who does some really hardcore off-roading and there's a good chance you're going to end up breaking a tail light repeatedly, maybe you'll wanna shy away from this and just go with a factory OEM replacement light to save a few dollars. However, when you compare these to other LED tail lights on the market, they fall in right around the same price range. So, if you like the look of these I think they're well-built and well-priced. These tail lights are laid out a little bit differently than your factory tail lights are. As you can see, they have a large white LED section with a chrome reflector behind it in the center, that's going to be your reverse light, and then they have rings of red LEDs around the outside that light up when you hit the brakes, or when you have your tail light on. Of course to keep you dirt confined, these do have reflectors on both the front and on the side. Again, that's something that's necessary in order to keep you legal on the road. These are gonna bolt directly in place of your factory tail lights, which makes this installation very, very simple. And they're also going to plug directly into your factory wire harness again, keeping things very, very easy. One thing that does make these a little bit unique when you compare them to some of the other ones on the market is, this external resistor. Now, anytime you're adding LEDs onto you Jeep especially a newer Jeep that has the pulse with modulation system for its electrical system and it's lighting specifically, you'll have to add a resistor into the system in order to trick your Jeep's computer into thinking that there is a light bulb here. The lower resistance of an LED makes the Jeep think there is no light bulb or the light bulb is burn out. It can give you that hyper flash. So, this right here is designed to get rid of that hyper flash by tricking the Jeep's computer. Now, this is an external resistor as you can see, and it comes with some 3M tape here so that you can stick it on to the inside of the tub, inside of the rear wheel well area of your Jeep. And the reason that they do this external and this plastic housing has all the holes cut in it, is that resistor can heat up a good bit. So, sticking it external of the light, Keep all that heat away from it, allows it to dissipate heat really efficiently. Some of the other versions of LED tail lights on the market will have the resistor built right into it, or have a much smaller resistor that won't dissipate heat quite as well. So, that is one thing that I really like. It also plugs in very easily into your tail lights. So, in the event that you were to burn out a resistor, you could always get a replacement and just plug it right in without needing to do much wiring or throw away the whole light. As I said before, this installation is a very simple one out of three wrenches, all you're going to need is a Phillips head screwdriver. You'll remove the two screws that are holding your factory tail light in place, remove the tail light and unplug the factory wiring harness. Once you do that, you'll stick the resistor on the inside of the tub. Again, just peel the tape off, reach around on the inside of the tub there and make sure that this is firmly attached, If it falls off, you're just gonna bang around and make some noise to make sure that it is firmly attached. After that, you'll plug your factory wire harness into your light, put the light into its spot on the back of the jeep, and replace the screws that hold it in place. It's really that simple. This is something that will take you less than fifteen minutes to complete, is a very very easy job with only a Philips screwdriver. As I said before, these lights come in right around the same price as a lot of the other ones on the market. I think that this is a well-built light, I like the fact that it has the external resistor, I like that it plugs directly into your factory wiring harness with the factory style plug. And overall, I just think that they look pretty good. However, this is going to be a visual modification. So, even though these do look similar to factory and do have some benefits, some of you aren't gonna like the look of these. And that's okay, but for those of you that do, I think they're appropriately priced and I think they're well- built. So, if you're looking to upgrade the tail lights on your JK 21Z are both brighter and will dress up the look of your Jeep, whether the lights are on or off, this is going to be an option that is easy to install and fairly-priced. So, that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Smoked LED Tail Light set, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at

    Aggressive Lighting. Looking to stand out from the crowd? The Rugged Ridge Smoked Tail Light Set is the perfect answer to give your Wrangler a custom and aggressive look. These LED taillights provide superior lighting performance both on and off road and are finished in a durable smoked lens for tactical styling and a personal flare to set you apart from the rest of the Jamboree.

    Rugged Construction. These smoked LED tail lights are DOT compliant and provide superior lighting over stock. Longer lasting and brighter, they are designed to react faster and are more resilient than your factory tail lights. They feature a rugged construction from high quality materials and are made to stand up to the trials of every day and trail use.

    Installation and Warranty. These LED tail lights are a direct fit for your original equipment and won't require any drilling or modification for a perfect fit. Each pair is backed by Rugged Ridge's 5 year limited warranty to provide the greatest value and security in performance.

    Application. The Rugged Ridge Smoked LED Tail Light Set is designed for installation on all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited Models including Rubicons.

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

    What's in the Box
    • (2) LED taillight
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    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
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    Will these lights work with the Rugged Ridge Elite Tail Light Guards - Black (07-17 Wrangler JK)

    • The Rugged Ridge Smoked LED Tail Light Set would not be compatible with the Rugged Ridge Elite Tail Light Guards.

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    do the resisters come with the tail lights or do you have to buy them separate?

    • The resistors are included in the kit.

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    Will the Rugged Ridge LED tail lights work with Mopar tail light guards part number82209106?

    • The taillights would not be compatible with the Mopar tail light guards. 

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    Customer Reviews (12) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    • Brightness 4.666667 4.7
    • Fit 4.666667 4.7
    • Appearance 4.833333 4.8
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.583333 4.6

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 15, 2018

      10 min install

      So much brighter than the factory lights, tough, and for the install time, literally 10 min with a screw driver, couldn’t ask for a quicker upgrade.


      Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 19, 2018

      Rugged Ridge LED Tail Lights

      Ordering and received without incident as promised by ET. Install required one Phillips screw driver and about 20 minutes. Always advisable to watch install video for "pearls and perils". Look is awesome and unique to my Sahara.


      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 13, 2017

      Love my Rugged Ridge LED tail lights

      These tail lights are amazingly much brighter than the factory tail lights even the backup portion is so bright that I can use it as a nightlight when I back into my driveway the fit is perfect I would definitely give it a 1 wrench vote as far as difficulty you definitely will not regret purchasing these tail lights.


      Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 19, 2017

      brighter back up lights

      Lights fit and were easy to wire in. did the job for brighter back up lights down long driveway. Not as smoked as I had hoped, looks really close to the image though.


      Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 07, 2017


      Fit is not as good as stick lights There are gaps in these lights with the body of Jeep that the stick lights did not have


      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 13, 2017

      Excellent look

      Purchased these tail lights to replace the OEM lights and I'm very happy I did. These took me 15 minutes to install using a phillips screwdriver, and a little Isopropyl Alcohol. They're very bright and rugged looking and also enhance the look of my jeep.


      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 13, 2016

      Tail light review

      Great product. The backup light is much better although I was hoping it would be a bit brighter than it is.


      Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 30, 2016

      Love these Lights!!!

      I got these and absolutely love them. I didn't realize how dim and dull the stock ones were. These are bright and the smoked lens make them stand out in the daytime as well. They look real good on my red wrangler.


      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 14, 2016

      Smoked JK Tail Lights



      Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 27, 2016

      Rugged ridge smoked led tail light set

      Excellent lights very bright, great back up lighting. Very easy to install. Very pleased with overall package


      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 23, 2016

      Awesome look

      I initially wanted these lights only because the stock ones on my jeep were broken and thought they'd look cool. Well I was right, they look awesome and work amazingly well, not only the brake lights ate zuper brighr but when backing up its so bright it actually helps you see where your backing up when its dark out. I obviously highly reccommend these.


      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 03, 2016

      Great quality lights

      Install couldnt possibly be any more straight forward. Old lights out and new lights in within 10 minutes. Theyre super bright and look awesome! Very happy with the product and overall quality!!


      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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