Rugged Ridge announces additions of new 2018 Wrangler JL exterior accessories

Tube Steps & Trail Mirrors among Latest Product Releases for Jeep’s Newest Model

Suwanee, Ga. (October 30, 2018) – Rugged Ridge®, a Truck Hero Inc. company and leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced the availability of several new products to expand its lineup of accessories for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

Rugged Ridge Tube Steps complete the look of any Wrangler JL while providing valuable assistance entering and exiting the vehicle. Constructed from high-strength steel tube, each step is finished with a textured black powder coat to provide years of corrosion resistance. Tube Steps are available for four- door models, in both 3-inch round and 4-inch oval diameters.

The new Trail Mirror Kits for Wrangler JL models give owners an innovative way to mount side mirrors to their vehicle when the doors are removed, keeping them street legal while increasing overall driver safety. Available with either a traditional rectangular design or a retro-style round mirror head, each Trail Mirror utilizes the windshield hinge pin as its mounting point, eliminating unsightly brackets while maintaining the folding windshield function. Mirror kits are available individually and in pairs.

Rugged Ridge’s Eclipse Sunshade is now offered for the new Wrangler JL / JLU, offering protection from the intensity of the sun’s rays while also reducing wind turbulence inside the cab. Constructed from reinforced mesh, each sunshade is designed to protect front seat passengers separately or front and rear seats passengers together. The Eclipse Sunshade installs easily with no need for a separate windshield header and can be left in place when the hard or soft top is installed. Available in front seat or full length sizes for two and four-door models.

Also announced, a new Rugged Ridge Bull Bar for the 2018 Wrangler JL which provides Jeep owners with an exterior styling option without the expense of an aftermarket bumper. Featuring a 3.5-inch diameter primary hoop made from high- strength tubular steel accented by an integrated skid plate, the Bull Bar is finished with a satin black powder coat and installs easily with no drilling required.

Lastly, a new 2-inch Receiver Hitch is available for the 2018 Wrangler JL/JLU models. Designed as a fully-welded assembly and engineered to match the JL’s factory 3,500 pound towing capacity, the Rugged Ridge 2-inch Receiver Hitch features a simple bolt-on installation and works with all JL factory equipment.

All of these Rugged Ridge products are backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty and are available online and through select Jeep, off-road parts and accessories retailers nationwide.

For more information on these, or any of Rugged Ridge’s complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road parts and accessories, or to find an authorized retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com

Part No.  Description MSRP
 11025.23  Trail Mirror, Round; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU  $33.28
 11025.24  Trail Mirror, Rectangular; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU  $33.28
 11025.25  Trail Mirror Kit, Round, Pair; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU  $66.64
 11025.26  Trail Mirror Kit, Rectangular, Pair; 18-18 Wrangler JL/JLU  $66.64
 11591.12  Side Step, 3 inch, Round, Black; 18-18 Wrangler Unlimited JLU, 4 Door  $277.76
 11591.13  Side Step, 4 inch, Oval, Black; 18-18 Wrangler Unlimited JLU, 4 Door  $277.76
 13579.71  Eclipse Sun Shade, Black, Full; 18-18 Wrangler Unlimited JLU, 4 Door  $77.76
 13579.72  Eclipse Sun Shade, Front, Black; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU  $55.52
 13579.73  Eclipse Sun Shade, Black, Hard Top; 18-18 Wrangler JL  $66.64
 11564.03  Bull Bar, 3.5 inch, Black; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler JL  $288.80
 11580.11  Receiver Hitch, 2 Inch; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU  $99.92

Rugged Ridge announces the release of its new 2018 Wrangler JL Interior Accessories

Dash Multi-Mount System and C3 Cargo Cover Top the List of Newly Available Accessories

Suwanee, Ga. (October 30, 2018) – Rugged Ridge®, a Truck Hero Inc. company and leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced the release of several new interior accessories for 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL models.

Rugged Ridge C3 Cargo Cover provides versatile interior protection for ’18 Wrangler JL owners.

Rugged Ridge C3 Cargo Cover provides versatile interior protection for ’18 Wrangler JL owners.

The Rugged Ridge C3 Cargo Cover is engineered to provide complete and configurable protection for the JL’s rear cargo area. The C3’s innovative design allows for expanded coverage and greater versatility when the rear seat is folded down. Constructed of sturdy, water-resistant woven ballistic fabric, the C3 Cargo Cover serves as a protective barrier, guarding the carpet and interior trim from damage, scratches and debris.

Rugged Ridge Door Entry Guards for the Wrangler JL are designed to protect the paint on the door sill area from scuffs and scratches. Constructed from a durable UV-resistant molded thermoplastic, each guard features an attractive all-terrain tread pattern inlay that adds a rugged appeal to any interior.

The Dash Multi-Mount System for the JL incorporates convenient mounting for a wide variety of driver goodies.

The Dash Multi-Mount System for the JL incorporates convenient mounting for a wide variety of driver goodies.

The JL Dash Multi-Mount System’s patented design makes it the most versatile dashboard accessory available today. Featuring a universal ball mount for driver information gadgets and a tripod stud for cameras, this mounting system allows drivers to use one or both at the same time. The Dash Multi-Mount incorporates two deep storage compartments and a handy phone holder attachment for simple, hands-free phone operation.

The MOLLE Storage Bag System is designed to work with the Jeep® Utility Grid found on the Wrangler JL Rubicon model seatbacks, providing a convenient and flexible storage solution. Each individual pouch features tactical-inspired styling and is built from a heavy-duty polyester weave with reinforced edge trim and rugged closures for optimum durability.

All these Rugged Ridge interior accessories are covered by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty and are available online and through select Jeep and off-road accessories retailers nationwide.

For more information on these, or any of Rugged Ridge’s complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road products, or to find and authorized retailers, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

Part Nos. Description MSRP
11216.31 Door Entry Guard; 2018 JL, 2Dr $44.43
11216.32 Door Entry Guard; 2018 JL, 4Dr $55.54
12113.01 Storage Bag System, MOLLE; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU Rubicon $88.80
13260.13 C3 Cargo Cover; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JLU, 4 Door $222.16
13551.23 Dash Multi-Mount System Kit, Phone Holder; 18-18 Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU $55.52

Rugged Ridge announces new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL exterior accessories

Stylish Aluminum Wheels and Spartacus Bumper Top the List of Newly Available Accents for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Suwanee, Ga. (February XX, 2018) – Rugged Ridge®, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced the release of several new products for fitment on the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL models.

The Rugged Ridge® SpartacusTM Front Bumper patented design offers the most advanced styling on the market. Utilizing a state-of-the-art steel stamping process creates a bumper that is lighter than most aftermarket steel bumpers. The bumper also allows the owner to retain the factory fog lights and tow hooks for a clean look and seamless installation.

Rugged Ridge Spartacus Front Bumper, XHD Aluminum Hood Catches and massive 20 x 9” Drakon Wheels give the new ’18 Wrangler JL an updated appearance. Photo Credit: Rugged Ridge

Rugged Ridge Spartacus Front Bumper, XHD Aluminum Hood Catches and massive 20 x 9” Drakon Wheels give the new ’18 Wrangler JL an updated appearance.
Photo Credit: Rugged Ridge

The XHD Aluminum Hood Catches are one of the simplest upgrades available for the new Wrangler JL. Constructed from high-quality cast aluminum and engineered with an adjustable torsion rod for an exact fit on every Jeep. The latches add muscular accents and provide a functional upgrade over the factory latches. They are now available in Black, Silver or Textured Black powder coat finishes.

Rugged Ridge’s 17” x 9” Jesse Spade Wheels hub-centric design delivers performance-oriented styling with a factory fitment. The wheels features a hub-centric design and an exclusive valve stem pocket that protects from potential off-road damage. Available in Black Satin and Gun Metal Satin finishes to ensure these wheels work with any color scheme.

The Rugged Ridge 20” x 9” Drakon Wheel is crafted for those who desire the improved appearance and performance benefits achieved by using plus-size wheel packages. Built from lightweight cast aluminum alloy and designed with a unique beveled spoke face with oval recesses gives the Drakon wheel a stunning visual appeal. Also available in Black Satin and Gun Metal Satin finishes.

Last but not least, the Elite Antenna Base allows JL owners to modernize the appearance of one of the most overlooked parts of their Jeep. Featuring high-quality cast aluminum construction and a distinctive gear-like design for a truly rugged look. Available in either black or red powder coat finishes, or a raw aluminum paintable finish.

Rugged Ridge’s exterior accessories for Wrangler JL are backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty and are available online and through select Jeep and off-road accessories retailers nationwide.

For more information about the line of accessories for the Wrangler JL or any of Rugged Ridge’s complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road parts, or to find and authorized retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

Part Number Description MSRP
11544.21 Spartacus Front Bumper, Black, 2018 Wranlger JL $933.99
11210.21 Hood Catches, Black, 2018 Wrangler JL $133.99
11210.27 Hood Catches, Textured Black, 2018 Wrangler JL $133.99
11116.21 Hood Catches, Silver, 2018 Wrangler JL $133.99
15303.90 Jesse Spade Wheel, 17×9, Black Satin, JK/JL $399.99
15303.92 Jesse Spade Wheel, 17×9, Satin Gun Metal, JK/JL $399.99
15304.01 Drakon Wheel, 20×9, Black Satin, 07-18 Wrangler JK/JL $586.99
15304.30 Drakon Wheel, 20×9, Gun Metal, 07-18 Wrangler JK/JL $586.99
17212.13 Elite Antenna Base, Black, 07/18 Wrangler JK/JL $26.99
17212.14 Elite Antenna Base, Red, 07/18 Wrangler JK/JL $26.99
17212.15 Elite Antenna Base, Raw, 07/18 Wrangler JK/JL $26.99

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL-An Exercise in Patience

Like children tucked away in their beds on Christmas Eve awaiting Santa’s arrival, the collective Jeep community waits with sparse patience for the long-awaited arrival of the new Jeep Wrangler JL. We have been teased, tempted and taunted with spy photos, artist’s renderings and our own biased suspicions of what the future holds for our beloved Jeep, and yet we still find ourselves indefinitely awaiting the day when the present is finally under the tree, ready to be opened. Until then, all we can do is speculate as to what the future holds for the Wrangler platform.

Certainly not everything you read on the internet can be taken as truth; I’m pretty sure that there is photographic evidence proving, not only, the existence of Bigfoot but that he had considerable hand in rigging our nation’s recent elections. For that reason, we have to take the evidence that we see and hear from various media sources online with ‘a grain of salt’. Essentially, just because one off-road forum stated that the new Wrangler JL will feature full-time AWD does not make it so. jlOne thing that we do know, with a great deal of certainty, is that the engineers at Jeep have labored tirelessly to make the new JL more fuel efficient than it has ever been before. That, alone, is a great cause for celebration. With current JK owners experiencing lackluster fuel economy on even bone stock models, a trend towards better fuel consumption balanced with performance would be welcomed. What that means in terms of design is that we are likely going to see an increase in the ‘rake’ of the windshield allowing it to carve through the wind rather than slam into it. This reduction in wind resistance will ultimately result in better MPG numbers at the pump but will most likely come at the expense of the iconic folding windshield. While this seems like Jeep is callously parting ways with a long-standing styling tradition, I feel it is a fair trade-off in that the benefits gained far outweigh the under-appreciated ability to fold the windscreen forward and flat to the hood, if the mood were to strike you- a feature that I would dare to say goes vastly unused in today’s society.

The area of discussions about Jeeps design of the new JL that is arguably the most heated is in regards to the top, whether it will be a soft or hard top and if it will preserve the Jeeps heritage of providing its owner with a true open-air driving experience. While I am a firm believer in the rule that real Jeeps don’t have tops (or doors for that matter), the Jeep Wrangler JK has changed the establishments thinking on this premise. With many JK owners opting for a more expensive hardtop, the target demographic has seemingly chosen the year-round convenience and security of a fixed roof and removable doors as an acceptable compromise to noisy soft tops and the cumbersome hardware they entail. With this in mind, much of the buzz around the new JL eludes to a modular fixed roof structure with a three removable sections- one over the front seats, one over the rear seat jldiagramand one over the cargo area for greater versatility. This concept means that the roof rails that run horizontally from a-pillar to d-pillar would stay in place, thus doing away with the need for a separate sport bar. This would allow the JL to meet strict Federal Safety standards that have always plagued the Wrangler in rollover testing. What this means in regards to the plausibility of an upcoming soft top is unclear. Significant evidence exists in the US Patent office that German company responsible for the open roof system utilized in the Jeep Renegade have filed patent requests for a power-retracting soft top, similar to those used on the Fiat 500, built on an SUV platform with stationary roof rails unlike any previous Wranglers roof structure. Outside of such a retracting roof skin, I do think it is safe to say that any new soft top that might be offered would bear little resemblance to anything we’ve seen on prior Jeep models. With changes come new possibilities.

The JL stands to receive its motivation from a 3.6 Pentastar V6 engine with talk of a new 2.0 liter Hurricane Turbo 4 engine that produces in excess of 300 horsepower being introduced as an option- truly a drivetrain I would like to take on some rock ledges. Rumors of the distinct possibility that a diesel power plant will be offered are still being touted, if not shouted from Jeepers rooftops, with the existing 3.0 EcoDiesel used in the Ram 1500 trucks being the likely subject, a twist which could make a 30 MPG Wrangler a reality. An 8-speed ZF Automatic transmission will likely do the gear selection with the three additional gears improving the JL’s credentials in the quest for better fuel economy. A 6-speed manual gearbox may likely find its way between the hydro-formed steel frame rails to put the purists at ease, still sending the power to solid axles, front and rear, the way God intended. The likelihood of the JL being presented in an electric or Hybrid form is certainly possible but would appear to be fairly far out on the horizon due to numerous weight and space considerations.

With a considerable amount of uncertainty looming around the JL, it does seem as though the new flagship for the Jeep brand will maintain its overall “boxy” appearance and the legendary seven slot grille will remain in place, although it has been given a contour where it will slope rearward slightly towards the top of the vertical slats to match the longer fenders as they project forward of the grille. The JL will receive a treatment of trendy LED lighting from the factory as well as a few aluminum body components in the interest of weight reduction. Jeep promises to make the new JL a satisfying Go Anywhere / Do Anything vehicle that Jeep enthusiasts have grown to expect and love. Rest assured that we won’t rest easy until it’s here.

As for the JT (the new Wrangler in pickup form)…were saving that dream for next Christmas!

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