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Hey, guys. So, today, we're checking out the Front and Rear Custom Molded Mud Guards, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers, excluding the Rubicon models. So, protecting your paint and protecting the integrity of the body of your Wrangler is probably high up on your priority list, and a set of mud guards is a great option when looking to protect your paint and protect the side body of your Jeep. And this choice is going to be a great choice to take a look into. Now, these are going to bolt up to the front fender and the rear bumper providing you a lot of protection from any kick up while you are driving around on the street or if you take your Jeep out on lighter trails and you fire trails where there's a lot of gravel or dirt that can potentially kick up and damage or paint, these are gonna do a really good job at stopping that. Now, these will be made of an injection-molded plastic materials and they are gonna be rigid, they are going to be riveted to the rear bumper and the front fender. So, they will have a solid mounting point. And again, they are going to be pretty rigid, so I would recommend these to somebody who's not going to be doing a lot of rock crawling or a lot of articulation.If you're not necessarily worried about a lot of clearance when it comes to climbing over things in your Jeep, then I would recommend these to you. If you're doing a lot of rock crawling and you are concerned about clearance, I would take a look at something that isn't as rigid, maybe a more universal mud flap, instead of a mud guard like this. However, this is going to do a really good job of protecting the paint, making sure that any of that kick-up is not going to splash up. Now, this is also going to be great if you have a more aggressive tire like an all-terrain or a mud tire and you're not looking to give a lot of kick up to the person behind you, especially if you are off-roading with friends. This is going to do a really good job at stopping that. So, I would like to mention right up front that there is gonna be a little bit of minor drilling included. It's very easy, but I would just keep that in mind when shopping around for mud guards.Now, when it comes to price, these are gonna come in at roughly $75. And I personally think for what you're getting, that is set at a really good price point. Now, some other options on the page may be set up very similar to this how they have a rigid construction and they're going to be riveted to the back bumper and the front fender, some are not going to come up with the front and the rear end kit as this comes with all four. And then there are going to be options that may have imprints in the plastic as far as the logo or any graphic is concerned. These are just going to be plain, they are going to match very well with the factory plastics, which I do like and I think that they're gonna look really good mounted up to the front and the back of the Jeep.Now, there are some more universal options I talked about. Some of those options are made of rubber material, instead of an injection-molded plastic like this. Those are usually just going to be a little bit less expensive. But I personally think if you're looking for an overall solid mud guard that's going to provide a lot of protection, that's also gonna look good while doing it, then these are gonna be a great choice. So, when it comes to install, I'm gonna give this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Again, there is minor drilling required, but it's nothing that you can't do in your driveway in about 30 minutes to an hour. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used my install were a rivet gun, a drill and a 1/4-inch drill bit, an 8-millimeter socket, an electric ratchet, and a trim removal tool.So, for this install, I do recommend that you take off the tire. It's gonna give you a lot more room to work with since we are working in the corner of our fender over there. But our first step is gonna be to remove two of the pop clips that are holding on our inner fender liner. So, you're gonna need a trim removal tool for our first step. So, on the back of our fender here, we're gonna have two clips. I'm gonna take a trim removal tool and we're gonna remove both of those. So, our next step is to drill out the two rivets here. Now, these are gonna be mounting points for our mud guard. This one is broken down at the bottom, but we're still gonna take a drill bit to it just to make sure that that hardware is out of here. So, I'm gonna take a 1/4-inch drill bit and we're gonna remove these two rivets. All right. So, that bottom broken one is out of there and then we can work on the top one. After the center is drilled out, you can usually just take that pry tool and pry the rest of it out.What we can do now is take our mud guard and line this up. There are gonna be side and front and back-specific, so I would just keep that in mind. The front is going to be a little bit more straight up and down than the back, the back is a little bit slanted. So, at this point, what we can do is line this up with the holes that we just freed up. So, right now I'm gonna take that clip that we removed. So, I did put this clip down at the bottom that we removed earlier. This is gonna keep the mud guard in place, so when we line it up with the rest of the mounting holes, we can get the rivet in place as well. So, I'm gonna take the provided rivet, this is gonna be a factory-style rivet. So, once the rivet is in place, we can line this up and we can secure the mud guard down. So, once the rivet is in place, we can repeat that for the other three mounting locations, and then we can drill an extra hole for that fifth rivet.So, what we can do now is line up our mud guard with the inner fender liner and we're gonna take that 1/4-inch drill bit that we used before and we're gonna drill a hole through our mud guard into the fender liner. So, once that hole is drilled, what we can do is take a rivet and the rivet gun, and we can secure that down just like the other mounting holes. All right. Now, after the fifth rivet is in, what we can do is repeat for the other side and then we can head to the back. So, now that we're in the back, what we can do at this point is prep the bumper for the mud guard. We're gonna need to drill three holes. As you can see here, our bumper already has three holes drilled there from a previous mud guard. And then we also need to remove the bolt that's holding in part of this trim piece. I'm gonna start with that. I'm gonna use an 8-millimeter socket and we can remove this bolt or screw that's over on the inside of our trim piece here.Once that's off, what we can do is grab our mud guard and reinstall that screw. So, once that screw is in place, it's gonna line up the mud guard with the side of our bumper here. You wanna make sure that you take a marker and just mark where you wanna drill. Again, I already have holes drilled there, so I'm just going to line it up and make sure that they are drilled the correct size. Again, we'll be taking that 1/4-inch drill bit. Now, once those are drilled all the way through, we can take our provided rivets and install them in those three mounting locations. Now, once that third rivet is installed, you can repeat that process on the other side and you'll be all set to go.So, that is going to wrap it up for my review and install. 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