Jaded is a strong word.
Let’s just say we’re not always easily impressed. But when we opened the two huge packages from Rugged Ridge and the smaller package from Rigid Industries, we were pleasantly surprised. We’d seen Rugged Ridge bumpers online and liked their looks, but were still impressed when we saw them up close. When paired with the Rigid Industries LED lights, the bumpers looked great.
We installed the bumpers and lights on our 2005 Rubicon Unlimited to give it added toughness, safety, and visibility.
The Rugged Ridge RRC front grille guard bumper added much-needed protection to the front-end of our Jeep. It’s crafted from heavy-duty .120-wall tubular steel, treated with a special coating, and then powdercoated for a long-lasting, no-rust finish. It comes with welded tabs for four off-road lights and two reinforced D-ring attachments (a winch plate can be added). The bumper’s side supports provides fender and fog light protection but does not change the Jeep’s width.
Rugged Ridge’s RRC rear bumper has a reinforced hitch and spare tire carrier. Manufactured from the same .120-wall tubular steel as the front bumper, the rear bumper has a frame-mounted platform that features a heavy-duty grid-like system with raised sides for the ultimate in protection and ground clearance. All RRC rear bumpers feature a reinforced hitch box designed for off-road accessories (not designed for heavy-duty towing). The tire carrier mounts your tire off the rear bumper, taking the load off your tailgate. With a grease fitting and special latching mechanism, this tire carrier is capable of holding up to a 35-inch oversized tire.
Up front, Rigid Industries’ Dually LED lights fill all four welded tabs on the RRC bumper. Mounted higher on the bumper’s upper loop (in order to have a greater distance for the beams to illuminate more of the trail), the D2 six-LED driving lights reach out more than 800 feet. Mounted low and wide for close-in, wider coverage, the pair of four-LED lights are for fog and snow.
Rigid Industries LED lights produce very high light output and require very little power to run them. This eliminates the need for additional power and reduces the drain on your battery compared to tradition lighting. LEDs are solid-state devices with no moving parts. This means they are better able to withstand shock and vibration than the more traditional halogen, HID, and xenon lights.
Rigid Industries D-Series Dually D2 lights are said to be the most-powerful LED lights with the highest total lumen output available in a 3 x 3-inch finned aluminum housing. They feature a six-LED design that can be used for anything from a reverse light on an SUV or truck to a handlebar light on a motorcycle or a floodlight on a trailer. They produce 2,600 lumens of light while using only 15 watts/3.8 amps of power.
Also, with a 50,000-plus hour lifespan, Rigid Industries’ four-LED lights can also be used for anything from a reverse light to a floodlight. They produce half the lumens of the six-LED design (1,300) while using a few more watts (17.3). While mounted on the Jeep’s original bumper, these lights—with amber lens covers—may have saved our lives (or at least saved several hours of travel time) when we were caught in a heavy snow storm on I-70 in a Colorado ski area. Their low-aimed beams spread light on the road in front of us, allowing us to continue in four-wheel drive.
Follow along to see how we installed the bumpers and lights in the slideshow above.