Space-Age Polymers and Advanced Technology Makes for Instant Fun – Just Add Water!!!

I believe that it is written, somewhere deep within the yellowed pages of an old Jeep owner’s manual, that you have not officially achieved full-fledged Jeep ownership status until you have been baptized into the Jeep church. Don’t get me wrong…despite the name this isn’t a religious ceremony of any sort. It doesn’t require a priest and is not likely to be followed by a reception, complete with little finger sandwiches, fruit punch or a cake. This ‘baptism’ is one of deep water, of pouring rain and probably of mud. Sure, it tends to be a messy ordeal but it always washes off and things dry out long before the memory ever fades.

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I can’t even recall the first time it happened to me, or begin to count the number of times that followed. What I can easily recall is that some of the best times I’ve had in my Jeep have been when things are NOT going the way they should. I could go as far as to say, with reasonable certainty that I’ve been set up. Jeep made plenty of allowances in their design to allow for the unexpected and undesirable to happen. The roof is configured to come off the vehicle entirely, as well as the doors, which both seem pretty suspect to me. There are even plugs in the floor that, when removed, allow for water to drain out of the cab, although the diameter of the drain holes are much too small to keep up with the water flow demand so your ankles will usually remain completely submerged in a heavy downpour. It’s like Jeep knew what kind of trouble Jeep owners were likely to get into and they wanted to make sure we were equipped to handle it and make a full recovery.

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My first ‘baptism’ was innocent enough. It was a sunny spring morning in Georgia and I opted to give my daily driver wheels the day off, choosing to enjoy a sun-soaked trek in to the office in the Jeep. The fresh aroma of budding trees triggered by winters end, accompanied by soft, cool breezes was just the right way in which to start your day and an even better way to end it. Mother nature, however, was hard at work in the background, enacting plans to make sure those blossoming trees had ample water- a plan she would put into full action about the time I began my homeward jaunt. As a steady stream of water trickled from my interior rearview mirror, as though a water faucet had been left on, it occurred to me that a bikini top was probably a well-chosen name for a product that basically guarantees that you are going to get wet. My thoughts then shifted to relative gravity of the situation that unfolded around me as my vehicles entire interior electrical system was being exposed to the one element of nature that it has the least in common with. All these years I spent avoiding the urge to use the hair dryer while lying in the bathtub were all for naught, as I was most certainly about to perish in a freak electrical fire.

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The most redeeming part of the Jeep baptism is probably the impression it makes on those around you that get to witness the event. The look of complete and total pity expressed on the faces of onlookers as they watch you brave the torrential floods must be seen to be believed. A look that could only be outdone by the shock and dismay that their faces would reveal, if they only knew that you were having a blast! I recall on one occasion a fellow in a black luxury sport sedan who pulled up next to me in one such monsoon, partially rolled down his window and made a verbal gesture of his compassion for my plight. “Bad day to own a Jeep! Ain’t it?” he said, to which I replied “No… Thursdays are as good as any day.”

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Of course, there is a flip-side to that coin. Every rose has its thorns; or at least that is the rumor I’ve heard relayed in a song. When it comes to having fun while in a Jeep, water is clearly the magical multiplier. Whether it’s a wide water crossing that runs up to your rocker panels, skirting a majestic waterfall on an isolated backwoods trail or adding equal sums of dirt and water together to make mud- the end result is always the same. Everything you do in a Jeep is “funner” when you add water, but be careful. When you are out wheeling and you add water, things can get really slick really fast! While I don’t mind an occasional struggle for traction, if your adventure has you on any sort of an incline, you will soon be unwillingly finding the shortest route down the mountain; bouncing off anything and everything that is in your path. While this still makes for vast amounts of fun, for those who value pretty painted sheet metal, this can be a real downer. For those Jeepers who are still sending the bank a monthly payment, it’s a downright unacceptable activity to use your Jeep to clear-cut forest land. For that reason, splashing through puddles is the recommended watersport until you have title in hand (with the top off, of course).

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So if you’re out in your topless Jeep and the dark clouds seem to conspire to rain on your parade, don’t despair. It’s just part of your baptism. Sit back, breathe in the air and enjoy it. Most importantly, try not to look too crazy. It’s a Jeep Thing! OlllllllO

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Weighing the Pros & Cons of Insanity

Over the years, I have come to realize that I do my best thinking at night. In that short period of time between lying down and actually falling asleep, I solve some of life’s largest quandaries. To be honest, what I consider to be “my best thinking” is probably substandard to most other people but, at least to me, it’s pure genius-level stuff.

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In stark comparison, I seldom if ever have a lucid thought when I first wake up. At the earliest hint of the first shrill tone from the alarm, my mind is prone to produce such mindless gibberish that I’m left wondering on what occasion I received a head injury. “Where’s the dog!?!!”…”Lefty Loosey” or even “Hello!”, as if answering a phone in my slumber, are some of the first things that come across my mind and therefore cross my lips in mornings earliest seconds. I’ve even been known to grasp desperately at a non-existent handrail, while still comatose, because my mind convinced me I was falling. Trust me…at night time, I am freaking brilliant!

I am currently deeply engaged in the planning of a cross country trek to Toledo, OH for the annual Toledo Jeep Fest in August. And this is not just any trek, but one taken in my 25 year old Jeep. As I laid in bed last night planning what mechanical tasks I needed to address this weekend in preparations for my voyage, it occurred to me that, amongst all the other pertinent planning, I needed to address how my Jeep was going to dress for the trip.

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If you have or have ever had a Jeep, you probably know what I mean. Anytime you take your Jeep out, you have to assess your itinerary and determine the best and most practical set-up for the occasion. If you have a hardtop, most of that decision making is pre-determined for you. Since my YJ is a soft top, I need to ask myself “Do I run the fastback soft top so I have my windows ready in waiting in case the weather goes south or do I roll the dice and don the more-risqué bikini top?” I decide that the fastback top would be the wisest choice and offer the most versatility. See! Nighttime-Me is ridiculously sharp. Isn’t he?

Then my mind progresses to the subject of doors. Do I mount up my half doors to the Jeep with a plan to then store the uppers in the rear cargo area when the weather permits or do I just leave home without any doors at all? I can even store the doors in the hotel room for short jaunts without doors. Or, do I drive half a dozen states away from my home with no means of protecting myself and my vehicles occupants from the elements during what might be one of the hottest Augusts in recent memory? Why, of course I do. Wait…what??

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I think if my wife was accompanying me on this trip, I would have to give the topic of going door-less for 1,300 miles some more intense thought. Bottom line is that I’m taking my teenage son and I love the open-air Jeep lifestyle as much or maybe more than anyone. Face it! I’m never gonna be able to tell my son about walking to school, ten miles each way, uphill in the snow. I need him to remember that time we drove across the country in a Jeep for no reason other than we could. And, worse yet, we wanted to! My exhausted and heavy-eyed self could not pose a single counterpoint as to why I would complete this trip in anything other than true Jeep fashion. Limited top and no doors!

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I hope, beg and pray that you will follow me along my journey beginning on August 8th, 2018 as we make our way to Toledo, the birthplace of Jeep. We’ll be posting pictures from the road and sharing the experience on our Rugged Ridge Facebook page and at YourJeepYourAdventure.com . We hope to see you then! OlllllllO

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How Old Is Your Jeep In Dog Years?

It’s pretty common knowledge that a dog ages quicker than people do. What is also commonly perceived is that one year for a dog is the equivalent to seven human years, which is a bit of a misconception. The very first year a canine is alive, it undergoes significant development and actually matures at a rate equivalent to 15 human years. The following second year of life, the dog ages around 12 years and declines a little each year thereafter. I guess the seven years is a bit of a mean average across a dogs suspected lifespan.

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I think that Jeeps, in general, have a somewhat similar aging pattern to that of a dog, but in reverse. The first year on the road for a new Jeep is equivalent to an actual year, taking for granted that the proper maintenance program is upheld and the mileage is kept to a civil rate. The new Jeep maintains its year-for-year rate of aging for the first few years of its life; until the day the Jeep owner’s curiosity for the unknown has them wandering away from the pavement and searching to discover a little more about their vehicles capabilities. On that day, the clock is quickened to double its original pace. Whether in the first year or the fifth, the Jeep begins to age at a rate of two years per year, once it has adopted the tendency for off-road driving habits.

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As the vehicle ages and compiles mileage, the wear and tear on the frame, chassis and mechanical components begins to compound. By the time the vehicle has reached 100,000 miles, or seven calendar years old, its rate of aging is around 3 years per year. That’s six years per if you’re busy climbing rock ledges or straddling crevasses on a regular basis. At this point, you’ll find yourself performing repairs at almost every turn. This aggressive schedule of addressing issues as they appear is the only thing that stabilizes your Jeeps rapid pattern of mechanical decline. Short of a complete overhaul and major rebuild, your Jeep will continue to age at a rate of 3 to 6 years for every New Year that passes, until that day when its fate is finally sealed.

My personal Jeep is a 1993 model which I bought in 2007. The first 14 years of its life, it was kept almost entirely stock and was fitted with highway tires that would turn utterly useless in the mud. It had compiled some 120,000 miles on the clock in its first dozen or so years. The 11 years that I have owned it, the old YJ has been plagued with massive tires, lift kits, heavy bumpers and tons of less-than-ideal driving conditions while enrolled in an extensive program of perpetual upgrade. By my calculations, my Jeep would be roughly 60 years old in dog years, and that’s if I grade on the curve. 60…That’s a pretty startling number when you stop and think about it; bottom line and best case scenario, it’s truly 25 years old on a regular Gregorian calendar making it an antique in the states opinion. Maybe sixty is not that outlandish…

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So for my YJ’s true 25th birthday, I am going to defy the odds, throw the proverbial caution to the wind and embark on a trek to the place it was born, Toledo, Ohio, and attend the Toledo Jeep Fest in August. In careful consideration for its propsed 60 years of age and the 1,400 grueling miles that lie ahead of it, I am undertaking massive amounts of maintenance on the old Wrangler in preparation for hours of driving at highway speeds. This includes touching virtually every suspension component to validate its integrity, replacing aging seals and bearings, renewing fluids and lubricants; maybe even a few cosmetic upgrades will be in order so my baby doesn’t necessarily look like an over-the-hill has-been. I’ve been around cars long enough to know that, even with the best of preparations in place, the likelihood of some level of catastrophe occurring is pretty favorable. With such impending doom, it’s understandable that I simply can’t wait…

To help document my voyage, we’ll be posting pictures from the road featuring sights and scenery from our travels and blogging a bit about the experience as we go. I am very hopeful that none of the coverage will feature dripping fluids, shredded tire carcasses or billowing plumes of smoke or steam. That seems about as likely as taking a trip to the zoo and hoping to not smell any unpleasantries…or you could say, pretty darn unlikely.

Our trip will begin on Wednesday, August 8th and we’ll share all the fun from the Toledo Jeep Fest when we arrive on Friday, August 10th and through the entire weekend. Make sure to follow the adventure on the Rugged Ridge Facebook page as well as at yourjeepyouradventure.com . We hope you can follow along! OlllllllO

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Training Tomorrow’s Heroes

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in their life is a hero to me.” ― Fred Rogers

When it comes to turning wrenches on a Jeep, too many people would write it off as dirty, knuckle-busting work. While this conclusion is more than substantiated, it fully dismisses the larger truth that hard work, and in this case mechanical work, can be nothing short of good medicine.

In the foothills of southern Tennessee, there is an organization that really “gets it”. The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has made it their mission to not only erase the effects of childhood cancer but to optimize the quality of life for these kids as they experience the impact of diagnosis and as they brave the trials of their ongoing treatment. The Foundation has found a way to give these kids and their families a valuable tool with which to fight those daily battles- best of all, it’s a tool that already lies within them. They only need to learn how to access it and perfect it’s usage. In my opinion, what better subject with which to develop their craft than on a Jeep.

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While the Jeep seemed a perfect blank canvas for Hatch’s Kids to practice their magic on, it’s not every day that a brand new Wrangler JKU lands in your lap either, at least not in the real world. Fortunately, the fine folks at the Mtn. View Auto Group see things a little bit differently. They jumped in and fired-up a brand-spanking new Wrangler, hopped on the freeway and dropped it on their doorstep…literally. It still had the paper floor mats in it. But not for long.

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The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s goal was to transform this bone-stock JK into a modern interpretation of the classic Jeepster Commando, an early-70’s rarity that added popular muscle car styling to the time-honored CJ persona. Rugged Ridge donated pile upon pile of parts to accomplish this massive undertaking while Truck ‘N Trailers USA provided enough shop space, lift and tools to build a space shuttle. And to top it off, they’ll accomplish this task with manpower sourced from the families that they serve on a daily basis. Yes…they’re gonna build this beast with kids.

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It was a brilliant plan whose full perfection would not be realized simply or quickly, but through a series of scheduled “Build Days”. Days that were carefully planned to insure success with a project checklist for all to see. A list detailing what needed to be accomplished that day and providing a visual reminder of the team’s successes as items are checked off. While these were likely some tough build days, they are not nearly as tough as the kids who’ve fearlessly tackled them and found ways to laugh and smile through the entire process.

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And now, with all those pesky words out of the way…bask in the glory of Hatch’s Kids building a super-sweet 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Hurst Edition. It doesn’t get any cooler than this.

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So let’s hear it for the Austin Hatcher Foundation family and the outstanding influence this project has had in the lives of these young people. Be sure to keep any eye out for this beauty making appearances at automotive events over the upcoming year. It is possibly half-as-cool as the kids that built it but still way cooler than most anyhting else on the street.  You can find out more about the Austin Hatcher Foundation and the amazing work they perform in the lives of kids affected by cancer by visiting https://www.hatcherfoundation.org/  OlllllllO

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Rugged Ridge announces release of new Spartan line of Bumpers for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK/JKU

Tough, Trail-Ready Bumper Designs for Budget-Minded JK Enthusiasts

Suwanee, Ga. (April 17, 2018) – Rugged Ridge®, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced the release of its new Spartan line of Front and Rear Bumpers for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK / JKU models.

The new Spartan Front and Rear Bumpers were designed to give JK owners an affordable alternative to today’s typical off-road bumpers by offering attractive styling and high-quality components that won’t break the bank.

Rugged Ridge’s Spartan line of off-road bumpers offer a variety of styles to suit any taste and budget. Photo Credit: Rugged Ridge

Rugged Ridge’s Spartan line of off-road bumpers offer a variety of styles to suit any taste and budget.
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Rugged Ridge Spartan Bumpers are assembled using high-strength steel plate featuring fold and weld construction, and are then finished with a rich black textured powder coat to protect from hazards regardless where the trail leads.

The Rugged Ridge Spartan bumpers are direct bolt-on replacements for stock JK bumpers, engineered to provide a uniform fitment and trouble-free installation. They also utilize the factory JK fog lights in the design to minimize the expense of a pricey lighting upgrade.

There are several Spartan front bumper variations available to suit a range of individual tastes, including models with standard ends or with a more muscular high-clearance end for an off-road oriented look. Each bumper can be fitted with an off-road winch using the included winch plate or can be accented with an optional over rider.

Each Rugged Ridge Spartan Bumper utilizes a pair of D-ring mounting plates and includes all necessary installation hardware as well as detailed instructions for the do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

The Rugged Ridge Spartan line of bumpers is backed by an industry leading five-year limited warranty and is available online and through select Jeep® and off-road parts and accessories retailers nationwide with an MSRP starting at 399.99.

For more information about the new Spartan line of front and rear bumpers, or any of Rugged Ridge’s complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road products, or to find an authorized retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

Part Number Description MSRP
11548.01 Spartan Front Bumper, HCE, W/Overrider, 07-18 JK $533.99
11548.02 Spartan Front Bumper, SE, W/Overrider, 07-18 JK $466.99
11548.03 Spartan Front Bumper, SE, W/O Overrider, 07-18 JK $399.99
11548.04 Spartan Front Bumper, Overrider, 07-18 JK $106.99

Rugged Ridge announces releases of Elite Billet Style Aluminum Fire Extinguisher Holder

New Trail-Ready Design Incorporates Secure Containment & Quick Access

Suwanee, Ga. (April 3, 2018) – Rugged Ridge®, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced the release of its new Elite Billet Style Aluminum Fire Extinguisher Holder for Jeeps and various on and off road applications. Constructed of stunning cast aluminum, the Elite Billet Style Aluminum Fire Extinguisher Holder is designed to provide a secure extinguisher mount on any flat surface with the included hardware.

Rugged Ridge’s Elite Billet Style Fire Extinguisher Holder features a smooth quick release mechanism for one- handed access. Photo Credit: Rugged Ridge

Rugged Ridge’s Elite Billet Style Fire Extinguisher Holder features a smooth quick release mechanism for one- handed access.
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The Elite Billet Style Aluminum Fire Extinguisher Holder is engineered with an internal spring loaded release mechanism fashioned from 316 Stainless Steel, enabling quick one-handed access to the extinguisher if the need arises. Designed to work with standard 2.5 lb extinguishers (not included), the Elite Billet Fire Extinguisher Holder is a highly-functional addition to any vehicle’s safety preparedness package.

Each Elite Billet Style Fire Extinguisher Holder is finished in a premium matte black textured powder coat to provide an attractive appearance for years of service in the harshest of conditions.

The Rugged Ridge Elite Fire Extinguisher Holder is backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty and is available online and through select Jeep and off-road parts and accessories retailers nationwide with an MSRP of $66.99.

For more information about the new Elite Billet Style Fire Extinguisher Holder, or any of Rugged Ridge’s complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road products, or to find an approved retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

Part Number Description MSRP
11238.40 Elite, Billet Fire Extinguisher Holder, 76-17 Wrangler $66.99

Rugged Ridge expands line of cargo area protection products for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK

New C3 Interior Tailgate Protection Cover and C4 Canine Containment Cube Offer Greater Function & Versatility While Preserving Interior Surfaces

Suwanee, Ga. (March 20, 2018) – Rugged Ridge®, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truc

The C3 Interior tailgate Protection guards the entire tailgate surface from damage while adding valuable storage space. The C4 Canine Cube gives four-legged Jeepers a secure and stable area all their own. Photo Credit: Rugged Ridge

The C3 Interior tailgate Protection guards the entire tailgate surface from damage while adding valuable storage space. The C4 Canine Cube gives four-legged Jeepers a secure and stable area all their own.
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k and off-road parts and accessories, today announced the addition of its new C3 Interior Tailgate Protection Cover and C4 Canine Containment Cube to its line of interior protection products for 2007- 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models. 

The C3 Interior Tailgate Cover is constructed of heavyweight ballistic-weave nylon with sturdy reinforced seams. It incorporates a spacious storage pouch and multiple tool loops for added utility. A built-in mesh screen maintains proper air flow through the factory tailgate vent. Installation is simplified with the included hook and loop fasteners for all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.

The new C4 Canine Containment Cube’s innovative design utilizes the Jeep Wrangler’s sport bar as a means of suspending a self-contained compartment for transporting pets safely & securely while preserving the rear cargo area, protecting it from damage from claws and accidental stains.

Made from a sturdy ballistic weave material, the C4 Canine Cube is lighter than most conventional pet carriers and has durable mesh-screened walls for better air flow and greater visibility. The integrated anchor system keeps the cube firmly in place while its soft-side construction allows it to fold flat when not in use. Plastic reinforced floor panels add an extra layer of interior protection.

The Rugged Ridge C3 Interior Tailgate Cover and C4 Canine Cube are backed by an industry-leading five- year limited warranty and are available online and through select Jeep and off-road parts and accessories retailers nationwide with an MSRP of $66.99 and $199.99 respectively.

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 approved retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com

Part Number Description MSRP
13260.09 C3 Tailgate Cover, 07-18 Wrangler JK $66.99
13260.20 C4 Canine Cube $199.99

 

 

Rugged Ridge releases new Adjustable Rear Track Bar and Relocation Bracket for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK

Two Options Offered to Maintain Differential Alignment in Lifted Jeeps

Suwanee, Ga. (February 6, 2018) – Rugged Ridge®, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced the release of both a new Adjustable Rear Track Bar as well as a Rear Track Bar Relocation Bracket for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK / JKU models.

Engineered to effectively address issues with differential alignment in vehicles with suspension lifts installed, the Rugged Ridge Adjustable Rear Track Bar gives JK enthusiasts the ability to adjust the rear track bar length to compensate for suspension lifts ranging from two and a half to five inches.

Constructed of high strength forged steel to stand up to the rigors of off-road use, each Adjustable Track Bar features a durable black powder coated finish and urethane bushings for improved control and stability on the road with an extremely robust adjustment sleeve for greater versatility.

Rugged Ridge Rear Track Bar Relocation Bracket restores proper track bar positioning on lifted JK Wranglers. Photo Credit: Rugged Ridge

Rugged Ridge Rear Track Bar Relocation Bracket restores proper track bar positioning on lifted JK Wranglers.
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Additionally, Rugged Ridge has released a Rear Track Bar Relocation Bracket designed to accurately reposition the factory JK rear track bar to help restore proper wheel tracking on lifted JK Wranglers. Built from four-millimeter-thick plate steel and beautifully powdercoated to resist corrosion, each bracket is precision formed for ease of install on the 2007-2018 Wrangler JK with two positions for a tailored fitment.

The Rugged Ridge Adjustable Rear Track Bar and Rear Track Bar Relocation Bracket are backed by Rugged Ridge’s industry-leading five-year limited warranty and are available online and through select Jeep and off-road parts and accessories retailers.

For more information about Rugged Ridge Adjustable Track Bar and Bracket, or its complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road products, or to find an approved retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

Part Number Description MSRP
18303.81 Rear Track Bar Relocation Bracket, 07-18 Wrangler JK $106.99
18305.06 Rear, Track Bar, Adjustable, 07-18 JK/JKU $249.99

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.
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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

Rugged Ridge announces the addition of new Elite Ballistic Heated Seat Covers for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK

Durable Tactical-Styled Seat Covers Equipped for Cold Weather Comfort

Suwanee, Ga. ( January 23, 2018 ) – Rugged Ridge®, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road accessories, today announced the addition of new Elite Ballistic Heated Seat Covers for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK / JKU models.

Constructed of a resilient 1,200 denier polyester material in a tough ballistic weave, the Rugged Ridge Elite Ballistic Heated Seat Covers are fitted internally with dual-zone heating elements located in the seat bottom and backrest to provide welcome warmth on chilly winter mornings.

Each Elite Ballistic Heated Seat Cover is engineered to deliver unparalleled longevity and protection. Designed specifically for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK, the seat covers install easily and fit securely over the factory seats. A simple two-wire installation is made possible by three position control switches built into the seat covers, so cutting or mounting switches onto the dashboard is not required.

Rugged Ridge’s Elite Ballistic Heated Seat Covers are backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty and are available online from select Jeep and off-road parts and accessories retailers nationwide with an MSRP of $439.99.
For more information about the Elite Ballistic Heated Seat Covers and Rugged Ridge’s complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road products, or to find an authorized retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

Part Number Description MSRP
Elite Ballistic Heated Seat Covers, Front, 07-10 JK $439.99
Elite Ballistic Heated Seat Covers, Front, 11-17 JK $439.99