Wrangler JK Rear Corner Guards For 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK
JK Rear Corner Guards
Built for ultimate protection, AEV’s Rear Corner Guards are not your run-of-the-mill corner guards. With options for either the 2-door or the 4-door JK Wrangler they feature thick 1/8″ stamped steel construction to protect the rear corners of your Jeep from all sorts of off-road abuse. In order to distribute impacts evenly we match the surface of the corner perfectly to the contour of the Wrangler’s corner. Corner Guards come with all hardware and have AEV’s 2 stage coating – e-coated then finished with a durable textured black powdercoat.
|Compound curved for an exact match to the JK Wrangler corner|
|Comes with all hardware|
|1/8″ stamped steel|
- Manufacturing Process:
- Stamped Steel
- Difficulty Level:
- Estimated Install Time:
- 3 Hours
- Why should I worry about protecting my rear corners?
The first reason is their susceptibility to damage. When off-roading, a Jeep’s rear corners are far more likely to see damage than the front. This is partly a result of the physics of off-roading. When working around obstacles or up hills, particularly on uneven ground or when the vehicle is off camber, it is more common for the rear of the vehicle to slip or lose traction as it works its way around an obstacle trying to keep up with the front. And when sliding backwards or sideways, it is often the rear corner that makes the impact with a rock or tree or whatever happens to be behind you.
The second reason is the cost to repair. Because of the way the JK is manufactured, when the rear corner is damaged you need to replace the entire body side. We have seen repair bills in the $1,200-1,500 range per corner, making AEV’s Corner Guards look like a good insurance policy.
- What makes AEV’s Corner Guards different from the other corner guards that are available on the market?
The key difference is the stamping process used to manufacture AEV’s Corner Guards. The JK’s compound curved body sides are very different than the flat body sides of a TJ. In order to distribute the load correctly and to match the vehicle’s shape without gaps, the corner guard needs to have the same subtle curvature as the JK’s rear corner, which makes it a natural for AEV’s steel stamping process. Stamping allows our Corner Guards to follow the contour of the body side while other corners that are formed using a press brake will always result in gaps between the body and/or hard corners. This is important not only for aesthetics, but also for strength and protection.
The body side itself is made of very thin sheet metal and doesn’t provide a great attachment point. Think of bolting a steel corner to an aluminum can. It really doesn’t matter if you use ½” bolts, what matters is how the loads are distributed. AEV’s Corner Guards maximize the load distribution by matching the body side surface and using nesters in the correct locations.
There are a few companies that offer corners that we would term as “overlays.” They are basically several pieces of thin, flat sheet metal (1/16th” or less) that are simply applied to the vehicle in different sections and then bent to shape by hand as they are riveted on. While these corners may look similar from a distance, they offer no real protection other than from the occasional stick or brush. The other type of corner available is simply a piece of very heavy, flat sheet metal (typically 3/16”) with a 90-degree bend in it to wrap around the corner. In order to compensate for the compound curvature of the body panel, a “filler” plate is welded to the top edge to hide the gap. Because these types of corners don’t match the body panel like AEV’s, they will place loads into focused areas of the thin sheet metal, and when impacted can actually cause more damage to the body side than would have been incurred had the corners not been there.
- AEV Corners are only 1/8” thick steel. Shouldn’t I be using corners that are at least 3/16”?
Because our corners are stamped with a compound curve shape, they are far stronger than flat sheet metal of the same thickness, similar to the strength that an arch adds to a bridge or a dam. Our stamped 1/8” corners have the equivalent strength of a 3/16” piece of flat steel. Another interesting thing about the stamping process is that the metal is actually hardened as it is shaped, which adds additional strength.
- How do they mount to the body?
Installing the AEV Corner Guards is a relatively straightforward operation. The corners mount to the body using nutserts, with rubber seals to prevent against corrosion. Unlike cheap hardware store nutserts, these are high quality and are easy to install. The kit comes with a small installation tool so that the nutserts can be placed with simple hand tools. Using nutserts allows the corners to be installed without having to fight with nuts and washers on the backside where they might not be easily accessible.
- Will these corners rust? What type of finish is on the AEV Corners?
The corners are first coated with a zinc-rich primer, and then finished with our durable textured black powdercoat. The particular powdercoat that we use is a Chrysler-approved spec that is used on many factory parts, including the JK’s Rubicon rock rails. If the Corner Guards are scratched, they can be touched up with AEV’s Textured Black Touch Up Paint.
- Is there a difference between the 2-door and 4-door corners?
Yes and no. Yes, there is a physical difference because the 4-door is roughly ¾” narrower than the 2-door. The two-door corners can be identified by the small notch cut into the bottom of the taillight opening. From a functional or installation standpoint, there is no difference.
- What’s the installation time?
For the average home installer, installation should take no longer than 2-3 hours.
- Where are the AEV Corner Guards manufactured?
The AEV Rear Corner Guards are proudly manufactured in Detroit, MI.