I've been thinking about getting a pair of Rubicon rock rails for my 2012 JKU and discovered that Smittybuilt builds a version for about half the cost. I'm really curious how the two compare compare in quality and strength. I was going to consider buying Mopar used, but not if I could buy new for about the same price.
I found these Smittybuilts for $219.99 with free shipping:
Smittybilt Part 76636 - SRC Classic Rock Rails
Compared to Mopar's at Quadratec for $409.00:
MOPAR 82210586 - MOPAR® Production Rubicon Rock Rails in Satin Black for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec
I read somewhere that they are probably the same, built by a third party manufacturer and sold to both Mopar and Smittybuilt, as many things in life are. Can anyone confirm this as fact?
I eventually want to add Ace Rock Rails in addition to the above.
Any insight will be appreciated.