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Old 12-31-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Rugged Ridge tailight cover issue! Need input

Have an 2006 Wrangler. Parents got me the rugged ridge black euro guards over the tailights for christmas. Those of you who have them may notice a wierd bend at the corners of them for no apparent reason. There is a rubber backing on the guards so no metal to metal contact.

Because of the bend there is a small gap in a section between the body and guard. When it rains, I push on the guard and water flows out. So now I think that over time rust will settle in there.

What can be done about this? Silicone sealant? What brand or where to get it? Any other ideas?

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Old 12-31-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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Can you get a picture?

If you are talking about it bolting to the body, then yes, some clear silicone will probably be the easiest and best solution.

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Old 12-31-2009, 05:06 PM   #3
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You should return those guards if theyre the plastic ones. I saw some guys euro guard would the guard and tail light broken because the guard was plastic... Get the metal ones if anything.
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No they are metal, black powdercoat. I used a t-20 tap and retapped the threads in the sheetmetal to put stainless bolts in there rather than the skinny teks they give you. I was refering like aztj said to bolting it to the body. I am going to lowes to get clear silicone and running a bead around the tailguard after using compressed air to dry it out.
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They are bent on purpose. They are ment to contour the Jeep. Put the bent part one the outside, away from the spare tire. One hint of advice though, be very careful not to strip the holes where the screws go in. Take it from personal experience. It strips incredibly easily.
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They are bent on purpose. They are ment to contour the Jeep. Put the bent part one the outside, away from the spare tire. One hint of advice though, be very careful not to strip the holes where the screws go in. Take it from personal experience. It strips incredibly easily.
x2 - I had to use small bolts and reach up and put nuts on the back to hold them after the hole stripped. Actually - it made the whole housing stronger.

And it sounds like you have the guards on upside down. As was said, the bend is to the outside.

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