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Old 08-26-2011, 10:59 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Ace Rock Sliders

The first of many mods has arrived - Ace Rock Sliders for my 2012 2-door. Not only did they come incredibly quickly (ordered them on Tuesday night), but they came VERY well packed in form-fit foam. At first glance, the welds look excellent and these things are very beefy (and heavy). The finish is excellent and appears to be very durable.

If you don't all know about these, I suggest that you check them out. At ~$250 (forget exactly how much), they are a tremendous bargain. I can only imagine how much the raw steel and finish costs them. Certainly not a huge margin.

I will be a repeat customer! Bumpers are next.

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I have them on my JKU Rubicon. Top quality and rock solid! I have beat the heck out of them and barely a scratch. I have used them to pivot over and around boulders.

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I've been eyeing these sliders up but am turned off by the need to grind the washers. It's not a difficult task but I would just need to find someone who has the tools to do it--city living doesn't leave much room for tools of my own. Only tool I would have remotely close to the tool needed for this is a Dremel and I don't think that will cut it.
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I've been eyeing these sliders up but am turned off by the need to grind the washers. It's not a difficult task but I would just need to find someone who has the tools to do it--city living doesn't leave much room for tools of my own. Only tool I would have remotely close to the tool needed for this is a Dremel and I don't think that will cut it.
I ordered them last year for my 2010 Rubicon. I didn't have a grinder, so I used my Dremel with some of the cutting wheels. I went through about 6 of the cutting wheels and it took me about an hour to cut the washers and install the sliders.
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Using a dremel would take you a crapload of time and effort. a decent cheap grinder will run you ~$25-29 retail with an additional $4-5 for a good wheel to grind down the stainless steel washers...at least it is not a huge expense.
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I am currently in the process and am using my dremel. Agonizing but with the hurricane I can't go out and buy a grinder.
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The first of many mods has arrived - Ace Rock Sliders for my 2012 2-door. Not only did they come incredibly quickly (ordered them on Tuesday night), but they came VERY well packed in form-fit foam. At first glance, the welds look excellent and these things are very beefy (and heavy). The finish is excellent and appears to be very durable.

If you don't all know about these, I suggest that you check them out. At ~$250 (forget exactly how much), they are a tremendous bargain. I can only imagine how much the raw steel and finish costs them. Certainly not a huge margin.

I will be a repeat customer! Bumpers are next.
Did they give you a tracking shipping number?
I ordered they sent out a statement thru email but have not heard from them in regards of them emailing me a shipping number.... I am out in the dark with this order......
I hope they come in soon or email me.......
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bbtj, Good to know.

SlackerMD, didn't realize I could get a grinder so cheap. Thanks for the info.

Black2012, would be interested to see how this all turns out with the Dremel.
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i put mine in a week ago, and although I am overall very impressed with them, i just noticed that my passenger side one (2door) has some blueish discoloration (WTF) along with a few pin sized rust spots developing in the welds...i'll have to take a picture once the Irene is outta here....
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I ordered these last week, 4 door version. I am a little worried that they "angle up" too much.
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I ordered these last week, 4 door version. I am a little worried that they "angle up" too much.
dont know about the 4dr version, but the 2door is just right.
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I have them on my JKU Rubicon. Top quality and rock solid! I have beat the heck out of them and barely a scratch. I have used them to pivot over and around boulders.
I was looking at these but was worried about how they mount and strength of the mount. Have you landed on them at all? Have they moved up against the jeep?

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i put mine in a week ago, and although I am overall very impressed with them, i just noticed that my passenger side one (2door) has some blueish discoloration (WTF) along with a few pin sized rust spots developing in the welds...i'll have to take a picture once the Irene is outta here....
I had some bluish discoloration on a small part of the passenger side slider when i first took them out of their wrapping, but it has since gone.

with any potential rust, i would simply sand a bit and spray with some bedliner...but let Adam at Ace know. The things are guaranteed for life, which is a definite plus
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I am currently in the process and am using my dremel. Agonizing but with the hurricane I can't go out and buy a grinder.
based on past experience, it may be easier to use the "hardened" dremel metal cutting wheel versus the grinding bit if you have it.
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I would use my plasma cutter, but that is just me.
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:16 PM   #16
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These are my next mod. I hate the black plastic steps that came on my Jeep. Unfortunately I gotta wait til I get my tax return or hope someone wants to support my Jeep addiction for Christmas.
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I struggled grinding down those thick washers. I bought a grinder but it was slow going and generated hot washers forcing frequent cool-down sessions. I ended up using my dremel tool with cut-off wheels to slice the edge of the washer off. My kid held the washer still in a pair of vise grips while I did the grinding. It took a lot of the little cut-off wheels but the job got done.

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I struggled grinding down those thick washers. I bought a grinder but it was slow going and generated hot washers forcing frequent cool-down sessions. I ended up using my dremel tool with cut-off wheels to slice the edge of the washer off. My kid held the washer still in a pair of vise grips while I did the grinding. It took a lot of the little cut-off wheels but the job got done.

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Pics of your new mod!!
I'll have to see if I have any. I put the sliders on an 08 JKU. Just drove it from VT to CO and spent 4 days wheeling in the Rockies. Usually I use only the top side of the sliders (as steps) but this time I did use the bottoms of them on at least one occasion.

I'll have to look through the vacation pics to see if I have a good one of the Jeep.

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I was looking at these but was worried about how they mount and strength of the mount. Have you landed on them at all? Have they moved up against the jeep?

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They have taken some pretty good hits and not moved or loosened at all. They are very strong.
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Got them installed today. I think the washers on the 2012 wrangler may be slightly larger, as the entire washer needed to be ground down (not just two sides).

Boy, that was a chore. I hit it with the dremel for about an hour and was going nowhere, so I went out to home depot and rented a 4.5 inch grinder. The disk was meant for stainless, but without a clamp or vice, it took FOREVER to get the washers right. They also kept getting really hot so I needed to take breaks.

So...without proper tools, these are a good 3 hour install. But they look great!!!!!
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I'm looking to get these for mine but I'm curious, can you just go to Home Depot and buy smaller diameter washers? Seems like that would be cheaper than renting/buying a grinder.
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The washers dont come off.
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The washers dont come off.
Thanks for the clarification! How much is needed to grind off?
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Here is the installation video:
ACE JK Rock Sliders (4 Door)

He uses a stationary sander/grinder and it looks like it takes about a minute per washer. Yeah, you'll want to douse it in your water bucket.
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As I mentioned, I used a 4.5 inch angle grinder, and it takes a while. I'd say 5 minutes per washer, but it feels like a lot longer (they get very hot and the whole time i feared that my hand would get sucked into the grinder wheel...felt like an eternity and I'm so happy to be done with that process.....)

Take my advice and use/buy a table vice.
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Put mine on last night.

Pretty easy to install, I used air tools and a couple of milk crates to set them on (no helper). You don't need air tools, it's only 4 or 6 bolts.

First you zip off the 3 body mounting bolts per side. (on a 4 door)
They have a captive washer that you need to grind a bit off of.

I had to grind all edges, so I marked it quickly with a permanent marker, took less than 1/8" off all around.

I ground them down using a 6x89" belt grinder with 40 grit paper. Real aggressive grinding, took about 5 minutes per set/3, I'd grind 1/3 of one and toss it in a bucket of water, go to the next, repeat.

Then I primed and painted the washers, since I ground off the coating.

Don''t overlook the ACE bottle opener in the box, also note I used locktite when reinstalling. (both pictured)
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I have these on a 2011 jku rubicon. They fit great and I left the factory sliders on too. great protection on the bottom and real nice for using as a step.
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Putting these on my '12 Rubicon has turned into a minor aggravation.

Rubicon's come with rocker panel protection. Sports and X's don't. The rocker protection drops down and doesn't leave much clearance between it and the rock sliders. So on a bumpy road, one side clanks. That means you simply need to remove these, shim then down about 3/8" with a heavy washer, and retighten. Unfortunately that means getting longer correct sized hardened metric bolts. Jeep uses a crappy nutsert (hidden nut), which wants to cross thead the new bolts... Something that should be incredibly easy task with 6 bolts ended up being a PIA. (probably is on a Sport or X, not on my '12 Rubi). Grinding those washers down was a waste of time.
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Putting these on my '12 Rubicon has turned into a minor aggravation.

Rubicon's come with rocker panel protection. Sports and X's don't. The rocker protection drops down and doesn't leave much clearance between it and the rock sliders. So on a bumpy road, one side clanks. That means you simply need to remove these, shim then down about 3/8" with a heavy washer, and retighten. Unfortunately that means getting longer correct sized hardened metric bolts. Jeep uses a crappy nutsert (hidden nut), which wants to cross thead the new bolts... Something that should be incredibly easy task with 6 bolts ended up being a PIA. (probably is on a Sport or X, not on my '12 Rubi). Grinding those washers down was a waste of time.
As a potential buyer of ACE rails when my '12 Rubicon arrives next month, this is not good news. Any other '12 Rubicon owners buy the ACE rails and have problems?

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