Next on our tour of the many products being displayed at SEMA 2018 is a duo of bolt-ons that look downright indestructible. We spoke with Kelli Mallicote of BODYGUARD Truck Accessories about the vehicle at their booth this year, which showcases BODYGUARD’s patent-pending, modular front bumper, vented fender flares with inner fender liners, rock slider steps, and A-pillar brackets. According to Mallicote, this vehicle is one of the first JL Bandit conversions ever done in America — a build that was tackled by none other than Starwood Customs of Dallas, Texas.
Regarding the modular stubby bumper out front, each of these units comes complete with detachable ends for swapping on different wing end-caps, in order to allow buyers to match their wider fender flares. However, this setup can also be run merely as a stubby unit for increased off-road clearance. And for those needing additional illumination, swapping an end-cap light on for increased visibility is just as straightforward as it gets.
Made of smooth steel with a bolt-on Baja bar at the core of it all, these bumpers come complete with a winch mount. Being modular in nature, the bumper can be outfitted piece-by-piece for customization and disassembled for pain-free powdercoating. As with most BODYGUARD products, this bumper bolts right to the frame for easy DIY installation and can be attached with simple tools in one’s garage.
As for the fender flares on this badass Bandit, each one of these sturdy beasts is designed to clear up to a 40-inch tire without issue. Aiming to accommodate both off-road enthusiasts and daily drivers, these fender flares feature an aggressive look and pack gusseted inserts underneath for increased strength. They bolt directly to the inner fender liner for a flush look. Available for JK and JL models, these fender flares retain Jeep’s factory marker lamp sconce locations, and utilize factory harness plugs for easy installation.