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Old 04-14-2016, 04:36 PM
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Are headlight guards worth it? If so which ones?

I used search and either it isn't my friend or there wasn't a thread on this in the JK section.

I was thinking about putting some headlight guards on my jeep to go with the black taillight Mopar guards I already have on the jeep. My only problem is I don't know which brand to go with (no mopar brand) and either the reviews are negative with quality or the product doesn't have any reviews. Any help would be appreciated.

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I used search and either it isn't my friend or there wasn't a thread on this in the JK section. I was thinking about putting some headlight guards on my jeep to go with the black taillight Mopar guards I already have on the jeep. My only problem is I don't know which brand to go with (no mopar brand) and either the reviews are negative with quality or the product doesn't have any reviews. Any help would be appreciated.
I tried rugged ridge and they do not fit properly. I ended up with rampage bought from Amazon. They fit well and look good. I took them off when i bought my JW Speaker lights and have not put them back on.

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Light guards are pointless. The lights are plastic and are pretty rugged to begin with.
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Yeah I looked on amazon and found a few but they either have negative reviews about structure or I don't like the way they mount. I found some on quadratac, but they want $153 for the textured set and they looked to be mounted with the bars horizontal versus vertical. I'm not sure you could rotate it due to the way they are secured to the mounts of the headlight. Just want to be able to buy the right ones even if that means spending a little more for quality.
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I went to 4-west in 2003 with my first TJ and was looking for guards, guy told me it was a waist of money and sold me some KC lights and window mounts for about the same price, after thinking about I always thought he was right. But if you're into it then go for it


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no I'm not into them to the point of "gotta have them", just kinda like the idea of them, but if they're not really that good at protecting the lights from branches and whatnot then I might not get them. I just wanted to check with a site full of jeep owners and not go with a brand a store is trying to push for personal gain.
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I think that if something is going to damage your headlights you got bigger problems. Like radiator, grill and hood. And at that point you probably slowed or stopped. But I think they do look cool, so have at it. Nothing wrong with making something look cool. Remember louvers in the 70-80's!!
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I have a small rock chip on my headlights and a few more on my grill. I decided to go with XPEL instead of headlight guards. I added that to my willys front grill and headlights. A great investment because I see dimples from road debris every wash...it could've left a visible mark without.
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I have them but they are more for looks. Not very heavy so I do not think they would really help if you needed them. Same for the back tail lights.

You can mount the guards for the headlights so they are straight up and down, side ways or at an angle.

I think these are the ones I got. Several designs that are very similar.

Rampage Products 86665 - Rampage Products Clip in Headlight Guards for 97-16 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
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I have them but they are more for looks. Not very heavy so I do not think they would really help if you needed them. Same for the back tail lights.

You can mount the guards for the headlights so they are straight up and down, side ways or at an angle.

I think these are the ones I got. Several designs that are very similar.

Rampage Products 86665 - Rampage Products Clip in Headlight Guards for 97-16 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
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There is a reason that collision shops call light guards and brush guards "damage multipliers".

Go for it if you want every knowlegeable Jeep driver on the road to shake his head when he sees you drive by.
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I've had the rampage ones on my Jeep for over a year with no issues. I got them from amazon and they are functional as my first set I had a piece of a 2x4 fall off a truck in front of me on the highway and it cracked my grill and bent my passenger side headlight guard. Pretty sure it would have busted my light if I didn't have the guard.

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I have them but they are more for looks. Not very heavy so I do not think they would really help if you needed them. Same for the back tail lights.

You can mount the guards for the headlights so they are straight up and down, side ways or at an angle.

I think these are the ones I got. Several designs that are very similar.

Rampage Products 86665 - Rampage Products Clip in Headlight Guards for 97-16 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
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I have a small rock chip on my headlights and a few more on my grill. I decided to go with XPEL instead of headlight guards. I added that to my willys front grill and headlights. A great investment because I see dimples from road debris every wash...it could've left a visible mark without.
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I think that if something is going to damage your headlights you got bigger problems. Like radiator, grill and hood. And at that point you probably slowed or stopped. But I think they do look cool, so have at it. Nothing wrong with making something look cool. Remember louvers in the 70-80's!!
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There is a reason that collision shops call light guards and brush guards "damage multipliers".

Go for it if you want every knowlegeable Jeep driver on the road to shake his head when he sees you drive by.
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I've had the rampage ones on my Jeep for over a year with no issues. I got them from amazon and they are functional as my first set I had a piece of a 2x4 fall off a truck in front of me on the highway and it cracked my grill and bent my passenger side headlight guard. Pretty sure it would have busted my light if I didn't have the guard.

Don't listen to people with "opinions" that haven't used them.
Thanks for all the great replies! As far as worrying about what people think of what I buy/put on a vehicle, I grew up. So that doesn't bother me, haha! From everyones reply I take it that these are more of a visual accessory, but have helped protect on some cases. Thanks again for all the advice and info.
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Light guards are pointless. The lights are plastic and are pretty rugged to begin with.
Agree. If you look at photos of Rally or Baja race cars, they almost never have any "Headlight Guards".

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