Sun Performance Headlight, Turn Signal/Indicator Lamp, and Safari Tail Light Guards

Install Instructions | Update: 2/26/06 | 4/30/06 | 6/27/06 | 5/13/07

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Headlight GuardsTurn Signal/Indicator Guards

Let's talk about procrastination...  I have wanted to put some sort of guards on the Jeep ever since I got it.  I guess it's not so much that I wasn't sure as that the cost of these things is surprisingly high.  They always seemed to be just a little bit more than I wanted to spend.  For the price of them I have purchased several items that have true functional uses.  These things on the other hand are largely cosmetic.  Some will argue that they really do protect the lights.  Sure they do!   And they cost considerably more than any two lamps put together!

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So I waited and waited to get them.  I got quicker disconnects, steering box skid plates, spare tire relocator brackets, CB parts, and all manner of small but important parts.  But finally, I guess you could say, I reached the point of needing something for the man who has everything...  And one night browsing eBay they showed up for about half what they sold for in magazines and catalogs.  Buy It Now!

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And much to my surprise later when they arrived, the tail light guards were not what I expected but just what the doctor ordered!  They also appear to be discontinued.  I saved a good chunk of change and ended up with something that I had waited years to purchase.

Turn Signal/Indicator Guard
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These are good parts to consider if your only skill is operating a screw driver or Allen wrench.  That's all it took.  I even wore my business casual clothes while I installed them...  No children were injured!  While I was at it, I moved the chicken wire guards that were on the headlights to the driving lights.  Gotta keep the faith!

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There isn't much to say.  They are poseur material for sure, but I have to admit I like the look.  And after all, I will gladly demonstrate for anyone who thinks I am posing as a four wheeler, what real lamp guards can do!


Turn Signal/Indicator Guards

Update: 2/26/06

I'm a little surprised and a lot disappointed to report that after only 3 months, these parts are looking like junk.  The heavy metal protection bars are still very well coated.  That part looks like quality powder coating.  On the other hand, the light-gauge, mild steel part that goes around the lamp edges has rusted so badly that most of the paint has blistered off.  This problem is very apparent with the front guards that go on the side marker lights, and on the guards that go on the tail lights.  The headlight guards and the front turn signal guards seem to be relatively unaffected.

Anybody that knows me has seen how careful I am to keep my Jeep clean.  So there is no accounting for this premature and sad condition.  It was not what I was expecting from Sun Performance Products.  The powder coat on the Rocker Protection has held up very well for years.  So I don't know what to say.  But I do know what to do.

I took them off the Jeep.  My son Tom and I spent an hour taking all the blistered paint off.  Then we wire-brushed them.  Then we treated the rust with a rust inhibitor.  Then we painted them with a black satin rust-inhibiting paint.  I doubt this will keep them from continuing to rust but it will freshen them up a bit.  Except for the ones on the fender flares that required drilling, they would come off without a trace.

So if you're thinking of getting these, think again.  I still like the look - well, the look without the rust...


 

Update 4/30/06

Following Black Satin Paint Touch-ups

Again, I removed these parts and wire brushed and repainted them.  I regret putting these on the vehicle, especially the ones that I had to drill holes for because if I remove them, I will have ugly holes where the screws used to go.  This was a bad purchase.  I wrote the the manufacturer to tell them about the rust problem.  I got no answer.  As much as I love the heavy duty rocker protection from Sun Performance, these were a big surprise and disappointment.  About all I can say is "they clean up well"  (picture above shows them reinstalled after four hours of restoration.


Update 6/27/06

This is getting old...

Actually, the headlight guards had held up pretty well.  They were the only ones that lasted this long without any attention.  And I might have left them alone but the headlights were being replaced and I was going to have the guards and the doors off so I just decided to paint them.  The complete story is located here:

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5/13/07

Another round of repainting the parts.  These things are good for looks - when they're not rusty...

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Install Instructions

Headlight Guards

Headlight Guard
Jeep: Wrangler (TJ) 97-UP
Part# tjp005

Installation:

Remove the Torx screws that secure the trim ring around the headlight. Position the headlight guard and align the mounting tabs with the holes in the trim ring. Re-install the Torx screws and tighten securely.

Turn Signal/Indicator Guards

Turn Signal/Indicator Guards
Part# tjp006

Installation:

Front Lamp - Remove the two screws that secure the turn signal in place. Position the guard over the light and install using longer screws and spacers included.

Side Indicator - Position the guard over the light on the fender flare and mark hole locations. Drill the appropriate size holes and install the guard using the hardware provided.

Safari-Style Tail Light Guards

Safari-Style Tail Light Guards
Part# tjp005R

Fits all CJ and Wrangler (YJ & TJ)
Install easily with factory screws

 


SUN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS

17 Musick Irvine, Ca 92618

(949) 588-8567 FAX (949) 588-0142

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