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Old 12-02-2011, 09:18 AM   #1
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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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Old 12-02-2011, 09:21 AM   #2
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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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Old 12-03-2011, 09:14 AM   #12
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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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