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Old 12-02-2011, 09:18 AM
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Tail light guards

First I apologize if my search skills were unable to find an answer to this question.

I've only had my Jeep about 5 days now but I have been looking at mods and such. I want to know are the tail light guards worth the $$$$ or are they just mostly cosmetic? I guess what I'm really asking is will the protect my tail lights when I'm out on the trail? or is it a waste of money?

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Obviously, they're not gonna help if a rock comes flying between the rails and cracks your taillight. But they can help protect from branches and such.

Mostly it's cosmetic though, I'd say.

I put a set on mine anyway, cuz I like em:

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Obviously, they're not gonna help if a rock comes flying between the rails and cracks your taillight. But they can help protect from branches and such.

Mostly it's cosmetic though, I'd say.

I put a set on mine anyway, cuz I like em:

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great photo! are there better ones to get than others? any that we should stay away from?
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great photo! are there better ones to get than others? any that we should stay away from?
This is what I bought:

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Just the one I liked. There are dozens of them out there. I don't know about any of the others.

One thing to watch out for: When you take the screws out of the taillight assembly, you'll notice the outside screws are larger than those inside. Also, make sure you don't move the assembly itself, or let it come apart...apparently it can make it very difficult (if not impossible?) to properly re-attach.

In fact, it tells you in the manual (for a '12) that when you change a burned-out taillight, you shouldn't even remove the outer screws.

I didn't have any problems. Took 5 mins.
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great photo! are there better ones to get than others? any that we should stay away from?
From what I have seen i'm not sure you can call them more than cosmetic. Although they will offer some protection the Mopar ones which is the only ones I would buy are about twice as much as a set of tail lights on ebay. I may still get them because I like the look still debating...
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Mostly for looks. Mine came with them so I've left them on. They've saved my tail lights a few times from small tree branches and such, but they aren't going to do any good for rock climbers and other off road activities. Mine also came with ones for the lights on the front. I can't really see where those would help in any way, shape, or form. Space is to wide to stop a rock or something.


The rear ones, you've got to watch out for them. I've backed into a clay embankment before at night, slammed it pretty damn hard too. well, the cover protected my taillight from getting crushed but it also bent in the body just slightly, left a small dent right above the cover. Maybe it would have happened regardless, I don't know. It's hardly noticeable at all, but I know it's there and what it's from.
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From what I have seen i'm not sure you can call them more than cosmetic. Although they will offer some protection the Mopar ones which is the only ones I would buy are about twice as much as a set of tail lights on ebay. I may still get them because I like the look still debating...
FWIW the Mopar version looks indentical to the Smittybilt version (which is probably who makes them for Mopar) and appear to offer the least possible amount of protection.

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I got Rugged Ridge front headlight / turn signal and Rampage tail light covers from someone on Craigslist ($80) who was making his Jeep back to stock.
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Obviously, they're not gonna help if a rock comes flying between the rails and cracks your taillight. But they can help protect from branches and such.

Mostly it's cosmetic though, I'd say.

I put a set on mine anyway, cuz I like em:

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FYI I just ordered these from amazon for 46.30 shipped 2 day with amazon prime...
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IMO these guards are mostly for show, but I still put a pair of the Mopar ones on my '12 Rubi. Got 'em cheaper off eBay (yes they are ridonkulously expensive) but it's only money....BTW, I found that mine loosened up after a few hundred miles, I simply re-tightened them and no probs since...The installation is a little hairy due to the possibility of the lamp becoming disconnected from the body, as described above.
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I got a set of six from pep boys, they were mispriced for $69 :smile: I just liked the way they look. The headlight covers weren't as nice as the taillights, I had to sand off the rust and repaint after a year. I think they were the Rugged Ridge ones.
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I was originally going to put guards on all the lights, but after doing some reading I don't know if I'll use any at all.
It does look kinda cool, but after researching the topic I question their utility.
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JK tail light guards.

Anybody bought the Chinese knockoff Jeep logo tail light guards ?
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I got the mopar stock ones on mine but I got a set of the redrock ones under the tree for Christmas. They look like they are made better and provide more protection than the stock ones. Plus I like how they look better than the stockers. My mopar ones will be for sale on 12-25 if anybody is interested.
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How much and are they black ?
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How much and are they black ?
They are black and I'll take $30+ shipping for them. They are still in good shape, no trail damage.
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I'm gunna put these on mine, I figured the others were show cuz the bolt on by the small tail light screws so I thought these were cool :}

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The rear ones, you've got to watch out for them. I've backed into a clay embankment before at night, slammed it pretty damn hard too. well, the cover protected my taillight from getting crushed but it also bent in the body just slightly, left a small dent right above the cover. Maybe it would have happened regardless, I don't know. It's hardly noticeable at all, but I know it's there and what it's from.
You bring up an interesting example.

If one gets guards that attach to the plastic of the light, the energy of impact will be transferred to the plastic, and the plastic will still break. The guard protected nothing.

If one gets guards that wrap around the plastic, and attach to the body, the energy of impact will be transferred around the plastic, and into the body. So, its the body that might bent/dent/break. Plastic saved.

The answer becomes, which would you rather have, broken plastic or a dented body?
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Agreed, I rather let the tail light crack than damage the body.
There must be a reason why they aren't stock in the HR rubicon edition, if they were half decent protection, I don't see why they wouldn't be part of that package.
A local guy was selling a pair of the mopar ones for $20, but I passed, I just don't really see the value of these, but that's just my opinion.
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Well I like how they look. As far as the mopar ones I really don't see how you would get body damage from them. If you hit something hard enough for them to cause body damage then your going to cause more than just a little body damage. Also the Redrocks provide more protection than the mopar ones and sit away from the tail lights and look bulkier, that's why I like the look better.

I know a couple hard rock editions at the dealership near me has the tail light guards, not mopar the redrock ones. Thats where I saw them first and I asked the salesman what brand they were. It's all about what you want. They do provide a certain degree of protection, unless your slamming into a tree at 25 or 30 mph, plus I think they look cool as well.
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I skimmed the posts and I think it has been mentioned. "IF" actual off roading, they can cause More damage than any modicum of protection.
Something snags and they are screwed into the Tub - You get body damage.
If they weren't there - probably no snag and no body damage.
For "looks" they are snazzy.
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I have a set of the Rugged Ridge ones, could never get them installed, still sitting in my garage. The screws would not go into the tub correctly and the others felt like they were starting to crack the light bezel. Crazy that the guards and the lights are only held on by two screws.
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I went with the smitybuilt ones and like them. I broke a tail light lens on my FJ climbing the rear roof rack ladder when I kicked it with my boot. Not saying these guards will prevent the same thing climbing my Gobi ladder on the jeep but they were priced decent and I like the look.

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