Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How to install OR-Fab rear quarter body armor on a Jeep JK Wrangler

For serious Jeep owners who love to rock crawl, front-end and body protection is a must. While bumpers and rock sliders provide lots of protection, there are instances where the rear quarter panels can get banged up on narrow passes. It’s for this reason that OR-Fab designed new, rear quarter body armor that fits 2007-’12, Jeep JK Wranglers. It’s manufactured from laser-cut 10-gauge steel, and provides excellent protection while also enhancing the vehicle’s appearance.

The quarter armor installs by simply using it as a template to mark and drill the holes on the vehicle. OR-Fab also suggests using its synthetic liner (an added option), between the armor and the Jeep’s body, to further protect the area from small particles of dirt and moisture. OR-Fab provides nutserts in the kit that are used to secure the bolts to the Jeep’s sheetmetal. They also provide a nutsert tool that properly crimps the nutserts to secure them into position.

The liner and body armor is then placed into position and the stainless steel bolts that are provided in the kit are inserted. The LED taillights tie into the factory wiring harness using crimp wire connectors and a resistor that allows the LED lights to flash correctly with the vehicle’s turn signal indicator.OR-Fab’s rear quarter armor comes in a complete kit that includes LED taillights, stainless steel button-head bolts and a rivet-nut tool. Jeep owners wanting the most protection, can use the OR-Fab rear quarter body armor that is equipped with a 1.5-inch diameter, .120 wall steel rock-slider tube. The armor is also available without the rock slider and in a raw steel version that allows the owner to install their own LED taillights. The OR-Fab armor also fits on Jeep s with aftermarket fenders, as well as with OR-Fab’s spare tire carrier systems. For more information, visit www.orfab.com.
By DS Media Relations 

Installation by:  
Rebel Off Road
20602 Pascal Way, Suite B
Lake Forest, CA 92630
866 900-8841

Installation Steps (Watch the video below)

OR-Fab's quarter armor kit comes with everything you need to install. It can be ordered with or without the rock slider bar and without the taillight cut-outs.

Remove the taillights, gas filler cap molding and the fenders.

Use the quarter armor as a template to mark and dill the holes. Tape was used to properly position the armor while the holes were marked onto the sheetmetal.

OR-Fab supplies a nutsert tool that makes it easy to install the nutserts into the sheetmetal.

The tool easily crimps the nutsert to secure it to the factory sheetmetal.

Bolt the LED taillights onto the quarter armor before installing it.

The directions indicate which wires to connect the LED light pigtails to. This must be done prior to installing the armor over the Jeep.

Install the OR-Fab quarter armor liner (sold separately) and the armor. Stainless steel button head bolts are included to secure the armor to the Jeep.

With the fenders and gas filler cap moulding on, the Jeep looks great and is protected against trail damage.

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