Rugged Ridge introduces its new Spare Tire Relocation Bracket for 2018-2019 Wrangler JL/JLU

Added Clearance for Carrying Larger Wheel & Tire Combinations

Rugged Ridge®, a Truck Hero Inc. company and leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep, truck and off-road parts and accessories, is proud to introduce a new Spare Tire Relocation Bracket for 2018-2019 Wrangler JL / JLU models.

Rugged Ridge JL Spare Tire relocation Bracket positions larger tires upward and outward for improved clearance.

Rugged Ridge JL Spare Tire relocation Bracket positions larger tires upward and outward for improved clearance.

The addition of larger tires and wheels is a popular upgrade for JL owners, but the larger spare can create clearance issues with the rear bumper. There just isn’t adequate clearance and the new spare can even block the bumper mounted proximity sensors that can become a real nuisance.

Rugged Ridge JL Spare Tire Relocation Bracket repositions the tire mount upward 3.25-inches and outward 1.5-inches adding clearance from the rear bumper while eliminating interference with proximity sensors. By relocating the spare, JL owners can carry larger 35 to 37-inch diameter spares, both simply & securely.

Constructed from muscular 4mm thick plate steel and reinforced for added strength, the bracket features a satin black powder coat finish that protects while perfectly accenting the factory trim.

The installation is quick and concise, with the included instructions and mounting hardware, and the bracket is compatible with all factory back-up camera and high-mount brake light equipment.

For complete access to Rugged Ridge press releases, links to high resolution images of our products or details on any of our complete line of high-quality Jeep parts and accessories, visit us at http://www.ruggedridge.com

Part No. Description MSRP
 11585.26  Spare Tire Relocation Bracket; 18-19 JL  $155.54

Rugged Ridge announces release of Fortis Tube Doors for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK/JKU models

Updated Styling and Rotary Latch Highlight an All-New Design

Rugged Ridge®, a Truck Hero Inc. company and leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep, truck and off-road parts and accessories, is proud to announce the release of its new Fortis Tube Doors for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK / JKU models.

Based on prominent styling elements of its Wrangler JL Tube Doors, Rugged Ridge utilized similar design components and features in the development of an all-new tube door for Wrangler JK owners.

Rugged Ridge Fortis Tube Doors for 07-18 Wrangler JK feature a continuous perimeter tube design and a highly-functional rotary latching mechanism.

Rugged Ridge Fortis Tube Doors for 07-18 Wrangler JK feature a continuous perimeter tube design and a highly-functional rotary latching mechanism.

Rugged Ridge Fortis Tube Doors innovative design features a continuous 2-inch perimeter tube accented by a contoured exterior latch plate and a sturdy skeleton-style release handle. Fully-adjustable hinge pins function flawlessly with factory mounts and a rotary latch mechanism delivers solid and secure door closure with minimal effort.

Built from high-strength 2-inch diameter steel tubing and finished with a tough satin black powder coat finish. Fortis Tube Doors blend seamlessly with all Wrangler factory equipment and support factory side mirrors. Optionally, a variety of trail mirrors can be fitted for maximum convenience.

For more information on Fortis Tube Doors 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
11509.31 Fortis Tube Doors, Front, 07-18 JK $477.76
11509.32 Fortis Tube Doors, Rear, 07-18 JK 4-Door $477.76

Rugged Ridge debuts full line of Armis Bed Covers for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT

A Variety of Designs, Materials and Features Highlight Jeep’s Newest Hauler

Rugged Ridge®, a Truck Hero Inc. company and leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, is proud to announce the launch of its full line of Armis Truck Bed Covers for the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck.

The new Rugged Ridge Armis truck bed covers offer Jeep Gladiator owners a broad selection of options to choose from, including soft and hard covers in a variety of roll-up and folding designs. Each product is engineered with functionality, strength and security in mind. Rugged Ridge’s Armis Bed Covers for 2020 Jeep Gladiator models are made in the U.S. and are backed by an industry-leading 5-Year Limited Warranty.

Rugged Ridge Armis Bed Covers off Jeep Gladiator owners a variety of cover design options, with features engineered for convenience and security.

Rugged Ridge Armis Bed Covers off Jeep Gladiator owners a variety of cover design options, with features engineered for convenience and security.

The Armis Soft Folding Bed Cover is a contoured, low-profile folding cover constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum frame and finished with a dirt-resistant premium matte black woven fabric designed to blend seamlessly with the factory trim. Double-pivot hinges allow for smooth folding of the panels while weather-tight seals provide ultimate protection from the elements.

With its low-profile design and flush mount appearance, the Armis Soft Rolling Bed Cover is perfect for enthusiasts looking to maintain an OEM look. The rolling cover features an Automatic Tension Control to maintain a snug fit across a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. The included Armis Quick-Release System allows the cover to be removed or installed in minutes, without tools, for complete access to the truck’s bed at a moment’s notice.

The Armis Hard Rolling Bed Cover offers superior protection and greater versatility for today’s Gladiator JT owners. Crafted from heavy-duty aluminum slats, this model is lightweight, yet extremely strong. Each slat is pressure-bonded to a sleek, matte black exterior weave, delivering a handsome appearance with outstanding durability. The cover stays low to the bed rails, even when rolled open, for improved visibility and can be opened from either side of the truck bed for ease of use.

Lastly, the Armis Hard Folding Bed Cover feature Line-X® specialty automotive coating that adds unrivaled resistance to scuffs and scratches for greater durability, making it the ideal choice for trucks that see severe use off-road or on the jobsite. With a highly- functional tri-fold design that folds forward fully to the back of the cab, this cover provides 100% access to the bed with no need to remove the cover.

Coming late Summer 2019, Rugged Ridge plans to release the new Armis SwingCase as a practical accent to any of the Gladiator bed covers. This storage component mounts just inside the tailgate and swivels outward for easy retrieval of tools and gear stored inside. A twist lock helps keep cargo secure while the

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
13550.21 Armis Soft Folding Bed Cover, 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT $539.00
13550.22 Armis Soft Rolling Bed Cover, 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT $599.00
13550.23 Armis Hard Rolling Bed Cover, 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT $1119.00
13550.24 Armis Hard Folding With LINE-X Bed Cover, 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT $1157.00
13550.28 Armis SwingCase Driver Side, 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT $247.00
13550.29 Armis SwingCase Passenger Side, 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT $247.00

Rugged Ridge announces new HD Stubby Bumpers for 2007-2019 Wrangler JK/JL applications

Trail-Proven Design and Innovative New Features for the Serious Off-Roader

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 its new HD Stubby Front Bumper for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK and 2018-2019 Jeep Wrangler JL models.

HD Series Front Bumpers are constructed from durable 2.5mm thick plate steel formed into a classic off- roading inspired design that blends muscular angles with subtle contours. The result is a radical departure from typical bumper designs. The innovative mounting brackets conceal the hardware on the inside of the bumper for a clean appearance.

Rugged Ridge HD Stubby Front Bumper features integrated tow hooks and a clean-hardware-free appearance.

Rugged Ridge HD Stubby Front Bumper features integrated tow hooks and a clean-hardware-free appearance.

Each Rugged Ridge HD Series Front Bumper features two integrated tow hooks that are capable of supporting recovery shackle usage. Additionally, the lower fascia of the bumper is fitted with T-shaped notches on either side to serve as lifting points for a Hi-Lift jack.

All HD Bumpers are finished in a tough satin black powder coat and can be fitted with optional tubular HD Over-Rider or HD X-Striker for a more aggressive style.

The Rugged Ridge HD Series Stubby Front Bumpers 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 an authorized retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com

Part No. Description MSRP
11540.32 HD Bumper, Stubby, Front; 07-18 JK, 18-19 JL $444.43
11540.61 HD X-Striker; 07-18 JK, 18-19 JL $177.77
11540.62 HD Over-Rider Bar; 07-18 JK, 18-19 JL $99.99

Rugged Ridge expands its C3 Cargo Area Protection Line to include the 2018-2019 Wrangler JL 2-Door

Versatile C3 Cargo Cover Protects Carpet & Interior Trim

Rugged Ridge®, a Truck Hero Inc. company and leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road part and accessories, today announced the release of a new C3 Cargo Cover, designed specifically to protect the interior of 2018-2019 Jeep Wrangler JL 2-Door models.

The C3 Cargo Cover by Rugged Ridge provides complete and configurable cargo area protection for today’s Jeep enthusiasts. Its innovative design allows for expanded coverage when the rear passenger seat is folded down for greater versatility. Additionally, an integrated tailgate flap folds outward to cover the gap between the rear bumper and the body for easy loading and unloading.

Constructed of durable, water-resistant woven ballistic fabric, the C3 Cargo Cover adds a protective barrier throughout the entire cargo area. Not only does it protect the carpet but the C3 Cargo Cover also covers interior trim pieces, alleviating premature wear and reducing the potential for damage.

The cover also creates an ideal containment area for canine Jeepers, with an easy-to-clean surface perfect for withstanding abrasions and muddy paws.

The Rugged Ridge C3 Cargo Area Cover for 18-19 Wrangler JL 2-Door models is backed by an industry-leading five- year limited warranty. Rugged Ridge products are available online and through select Jeep and off-road parts & accessories retailers nationwide.

For more information on this, 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 directly at 770-614-6101 or visit www.RuggedRidge.com.

Part No. Description MSRP
13260.14 C3 Cargo Cover; 18-19 Jeep Wrangler JL, 2-Door $199.99

Rugged Ridge expands line of Spartan Bumpers for 2007-2019 Wrangler JK/JL models

A Variety of Classic Bumper Styles and Sizes with a Tough Satin Black Powder Coat Finish

Rugged Ridge®, a Truck Hero Inc. company and leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced several additions to its Spartan Line of off-road bumpers for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK/JKU and 2018-2019 Wrangler JL/JLU applications.

The Spartan Line now offers Jeep enthusiasts a choice of bumper styles and profiles to suit any Jeep owners wants and needs. Spartan Front Bumpers can be fitted with standard or high clearance ends for an aggressive off-road appearance. Additionally, an optional over-rider is available to protect radiators and winches from potential damage while on the trail.

Rugged Ridge Spartan Series Bumpers offer a variety of styles and options to outfit any Wrangler JK / JL at a highly-competitive price.

Rugged Ridge Spartan Series Bumpers offer a variety of styles and options to outfit any Wrangler JK / JL at a highly-competitive price.

The Spartan Rear Bumper is offered in both a standard body-width bumper or in a wider, full-width version that extends to the outside of the factory flares.

All Spartan Series Front and Rear Bumpers are built from high-strength steel plate with a fold & weld construction for greater structural integrity and a high-quality appearance. The new tough satin black powder coat finish provides the Spartan Line of bumpers with a refined appearance that complements any exterior color.

With hefty mounting points for recovery D-ring shackles and a sturdy winch plate in the front these bumpers are ready for whatever the trail throws at them. Recessed ports allow for the mounting of factory fog lights without modifications.

Rugged Ridge Spartan Series Bumpers for Wrangler JK/JL models 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
 11548.41  Spartan Front Bumper, HCE, W/Overrider; 18-19 JL $444.43
 11548.42   Spartan Front Bumper, SE, W/Overrider; 18-19 JL $388.88
 11548.43   Spartan Front Bumper, SE, W/O Overrider; 18-19 JL $333.32
 11548.44   Spartan Front Bumper, Overrider, JL $88.88
 11548.51   Spartan Rear Bumper, Full Width; 18-19 Wrangler JL $444.44
 11548.71   Spartan Front Bumper, HCE, W/Overrider; 07-18 JK $444.40
 11548.72   Spartan Front Bumper, SE, W/Overrider; 07-18 JK $388.80
 11548.73    Spartan Front Bumper, SE, W/O Overrider; 07-18 JK $333.28
 11548.74    Spartan Front Bumper, Overrider $88.80
 11548.80    Spartan Rear Bumper, Full Width; 07-18 Wrangler JK $443.28
 11548.81     Spartan Rear Bumper, Body Width; 07-18 Jeep JK $388.80

“Well If That Ain’t the ICE-ing on the Cake”

Maybe you’ve seen them or, like my Dad who is in his eighties, has seen them and didn’t honestly know the difference, but electric cars are everywhere. The first time I saw a Tesla with my father and explained to him some of the technology that is incorporated within its sleek chassis, he looked at me as though I were recruiting him for some fanatical cult. Then again, he looks at me like that quite a lot.

One component that comes along with the sudden growth of electric transportation is the need for recharging stations. If regular cars have filling stations on literally every corner, then why would an electric be any different? I guess I’ve only started noting them within the past 18 months or so, but they may have been around for much longer. You see, they’re not always right out in the open.

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Usually way, way out in the far stretches of the parking lot is where these “superchargers” are constructed. Out in the areas that are usually reserved for us car guys & gals who would rather walk three-quarters of a mile than come out to a wayward Target buggy bashed against our precious trail-rashed paint. So it seems as though some of these same car guys may have taken slight offense to the cordoning of these spaces for the exclusive use of car-charging and decided to partake in silent protest. And, hence, ICE-ing was born.

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What is ICE-ing, you might ask if your inquisitive nature is even partially engaged? Well, ICE is an acronym that stands for ‘Internal Combustion Engine’, which makes the better part of Americans “ICE-ers”, whether they know it or not (I can’t wait to tell my Dad- he’ll be so excited to learn).

It seems as though, at least one segment of these ICE-ers has decided to take a literal stand, or park, if you will, against the presence of these charging stations by placing their massive gas-guzzling behemoths in positions where they completely block access to the charging stations. Dare I say, they are acting like real gas-holes.

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The electric car community has reacted in the most sensitive and politically-correct manner they can devise, by creating a flashy little window flyer, printed in a color known as “Crabby Red”, to place under the wiper of the offending vehicles. The flyer simply states that they are confident that this whole thing must be a horrible mistake and they would appreciate it if you would muster a base level of courtesy when you select your next parking space. They then entice you with a link to a website where you too can learn more about electric cars for yourself. Maybe even begin to develop an understanding of why they exist on this crazy earth. I’m somewhat certain the words are fully wasted on the ICE-ers.

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I can’t help but think that not all of this ICE-ing is intentional. I know the first time I saw a Tesla Supercharging station from a distance, I thought it to be a car vacuum or air compressor, despite its somewhat remote location. Certainly some poor dimwit has pulled up and tried, in great frustration, to refill their under-inflated tire, only to wobble off in failure. I know this as well as I know that Tesla drivers have tried to find the gas door on their fancy electrics…

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So, what if there is a certain level of indoctrination that needs to occur to the general population before the existence of these charging stations becomes common knowledge? I mean, things are getting pretty hostile out there right now. People are getting offended, tempers are becoming heated, things are being said, flyers are being placed on windshields, for god’s sake!

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Apparently somebody has already asked such probing questions of themselves and the solution was obvious. “We’ll paint the ground in front of the supercharging station, advising of the purpose of the parking spot, thus dispelling it’s use for any potential nere-do-wells”. Such painted images should be possess an easily deciphered image so as to be freely interpreted by someone with only a basic level of acuity. Cartainly, if they continue to park here, it is surely an intentional action.

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Oh, Geez! C’mon people!! I don’t know how much clearer it can be stated to you. Unless you have a place to plug in the charger cable, you have absolutely no business using this parking space. Do I make myself clear? Sticking the charging cable into your stake bed pocket doesn’t count either. Nice try…

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That’s it! Until they decide to make all electric vehicles off-road capable, this problem may likely not have an easy solution. Or maybe it’s the mentaility of the electric car driver that needs to change. Be a little more like a Jeep driver. Quit worrying about everyone’s feelings, hop a curb and find a solution. There… now isn’t that better? OlllllllO

 

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Visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past

As a child there were always a handful of things you could always count on; things that are etched in my memory banks. Like the feeling of sitting anxiously by the radio waiting for the announcement of your schools closing for winter’s first snowfall. The certainty of one’s grandparents, aunts and uncles ceaselessly citing the way things were when they were young; always harder but somehow better than the present. And decidedly best of all, the anticipation and thrill of waiting for Christmas morn- from the careful crafting of your wish list to the hours-long slumber strike as you restlessly awaited the sound of sleigh bells in the night sky or hoofs scuffing across the roof. Christmas always fosters some of the warmest memories from my childhood.

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So I’m not yet a grandparent but I am an uncle at least a dozen times over which more than qualifies me to make a few observations about how things are today. Things that are brought to light at this yuletide time of year.

First of all, it seems like the kids today are being shortchanged. It seems as though our society has become so technologically advanced that kids don’t feel the need to utilize their imaginations anymore. Any kid that gets caught going out into the front yard and pretending like he or she is engaging in hand-to-hand combat with a race of apes in attempt to foil their plan to overthrow the human race would be quickly prescribed a strong sedative and assigned to a special class secluded from the primary population. We did this kinda stuff all the time and it was completely normal.

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Kids nowadays literally have an entire world of possibilities in the palm of their hand. My teenage son can create a hi-res image of my wife and I, in matching Christmas sweaters, in a lovers embrace at the base of the Eiffel Tower, at no more than a moment’s notice. A pretty tall order considering I’ve never been to France and we don’t own any matching outerwear, or “unders” for that matter. With such powers at your fingertips, it gets pretty easy to shelve the old imagination in favor of the app-of-the-day delivered across a worldwide 4G network.

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I, for one, miss the good old days. I long for the days when toys were made of metal, and wood, and things that were not so wisely-sourced because, well, that wasn’t even a thing yet. I remember Tonka trucks that you could stand on, and drop from a second story window, not to mention leaving out in the driveway so Dad could back over it with the Olds. Sure, after a few years it would get scratched up and start to rust but a few shots of Rust-o-leum and she’d be good as new.

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I miss the days of GI Joe dolls. Yes, dolls for boys. But these dolls had accessories that made them anything but a girl’s toy. Machine guns, semi-auto handguns, grenades and even bazookas, which could all be grasped firmly with the startling complexity of Joe’s patented “kung-fu grip”. Toys like this challenged a child’s imagination to develop plots and storylines in which to your prized action figures, unlike today’s handheld gizmos that merely separate and desensitize. It would seemingly take hours to even set-up GI Joe’s base in preparation to play. I can’t say that I ever remember the actual playing taking any time at all in comparison to the eons spent in set-up and breakdown.

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I miss the days of my sister’s playing with Easy-Bake ovens, a toy that was clearly as capable of creating a semi-edible cake as it was causing disfiguring burns accompanied by substantial property damage, if not properly supervised.

And then there was Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars…I think every car guy / girl in the world owes a least of portion of their love for cars to an early infatuation with these tiny jewels. To find one of these stuffed in to your stocking on Christmas day was enough to distract you from your LifeSavers Storybook. As I remember, the sight of dozens of these cars lined up in the area under the tree was as commonplace a sight on Christmas as scraps of wrappings and ribbon.

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So my hope for this Christmas is that we will set our technologies aside and make an attempt to get back to some of the simpler things. Put together a model car, play a board game with actual people or even get down on the floor and play with some cars. Heck, maybe even venture outside? Can you imagine what the neighbors will think? OlllllllO

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“A Jeeper’s 12 Days of Christmas”

We would like to present to Jeep enthusiasts a heartfelt wish for a very Merry Christmas and a safe & prosperous New Year in 2019. Celebrate the season with us by joining in our little sing-a-long that details some of the things that might be on your wish list…

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Rugged Ridge continues to expand its line of Exterior Accessories for 2018 Wrangler JL

Stylish & Functional Protection for Head Lights, Tail Lights and Rocker Panels

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 its Elite Light Guards for both Head and Tail Lights, as well its Body Armor and RRC Tubular Rocker Guards for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

Rugged Ridge’s Elite Series Light Guards combine high-quality cast aluminum construction with a specialized geometric design that provides a unique upgrade compared to traditional light guards. Each guard is finished with a premium powder-coat and is available for both headlights and tail lights.

The new Rugged Ridge Body Armor Rocker Guards are molded from an impact-resistant polycarbonate to keep vulnerable rocker panels looking new by protecting them from scratches and scrapes. Each guard is designed for a contoured fitment and finished in a sleek matte black finish that delivers lasting good looks, on-trail or off.

Rugged Ridge RRC Rocker Guards add vital protection to those pristine rocker panels.

Rugged Ridge RRC Rocker Guards add vital protection to those pristine rocker panels.

For JL owners who enjoy a more extreme level of off-road engagement Rugged Ridge RRC Rocker Guards offer an even higher degree of protection. Built from sturdy 2-inch OD steel tubing, each rocker guard features a beefy upward-angled hoop to handle some of the hardest hits. Their no drill design mounts directly to the factory body mounts, making these guards an easy choice for any Wrangler JL owner who’s serious about off-roading.

All of these Rugged Ridge exterior 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 an authorized retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at 770-614-6101, or visit www.RuggedRidge.com

Part No. Description MSRP
11226.12 Tail Light Euro Guards, Tex. Black, Wrangler JL $144.43
11230.21 Elite Headlight Guard JL $66.00
11504.36 RRC Rocker Guards; 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, 4 Door $444.40
11651.61 Rocker Guard, Body Armor; 18 Jeep Wrangler JL, 4Dr $222.08