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Old 05-06-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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I'm hooked!

After driving sports cars all my life, I made the transition. So, I'm new to off roading, and new to Jeeps, but I'm a veteran outdoorsman and photographer. I'm only just learning how I should have made the switch a long time ago.

Anway, I bought a red 2011 Wrangler Unlimited Sport, and my wife and I are loving it! So far, we've explored Split Mountain/Fish Creek to see the wind caves, elephant knees and also drove all the way to the end of Sandstone Canyon.

Just this last weekend, we enjoyed Cinco de Mayo in Lake Arrowhead on Willow Creek trail and added some new firsts to my newbie list - first water crossing, first challenging grade, and first encounter with a rattlesnake!

We had a blast and met lots of really nice people. I'm going to enjoy this friendly jeep crowd. :-)

Here's a few pics from my first newbie excursions.









As for the South Pacific Rattlesnake, I didn't mess with it. It's posture is because I nearly drove over it as it was sunning itself on the side of the trail. I used a zoom lens and took the picture from a good 15 ft. away...

So, now that I've had a couple of good trips under the belt, I'm realizing that I really want to add some rock rails to my jeep. I'd love to hear any recommendations....

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Cool photos.

As for rock rails, ACE is very popular on here. Very sturdy, and the cost is good, as well.

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here in NorNv, they're more common in the streets than they are in the Desert (obvious)---



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Old 05-06-2012, 01:41 PM   #4
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Threads on the ACE rock sliders:

ACE rock rails
ACE Rock Sliders

Link to ACE site:

http://www.aceengineeringandfab.com/

Plenty of other options out there, as well. Depends on how you plan to use em.
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Cool pics! You now officially have the Jeep addiction!
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #6
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Hi, Im a new Jeeper myself,
First of all, those are some fantastic photos some of the terrain shots are beautiful. Thats why im loving my jeep as well, it lets you get out to see things most people wouldnt normally be able to.

I installed the ACE rock rails on my 2012 sport unlimited. I like them, they look good, work as a step and offer pretty good protection, and they are easy to install as a sort of first mod. However, I like them much better now that I bought some used rubicon rails and installed those as well. On one of my trips i hit a rock pretty good on the rail and The ACE rail flexed up a bit and hit the pinch seam denting it a little. Now that I have the rubi rails on there as well it is a really solid structure.

Anyways welcome to the world of Jeeps have fun
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:52 PM   #7
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Cool photos.

As for rock rails, ACE is very popular on here. Very sturdy, and the cost is good, as well.

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X2. They installed easily in about 25 min.
Send a PM to Jason from Krawl offroad and see if he still gives a discount to Wrangler forum members.
P.S. some awesome scenery.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:58 PM   #8
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Now that I have the rubi rails on there as well it is a really solid structure.
Yup, the Rubi rails are a good addition with the ACEs. Aside from protection, they cover up the pinch seam, which is just plain ugly, IMO.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:09 PM   #9
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beautiful area, great pics and composition. congrats on the jeep. you better start selling some of those pics to finance your mods.

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Old 05-06-2012, 02:17 PM   #10
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Wow. Thanks for all the feedback! I'm going to check out those ACE rails. One question about the rubi rails - are those something that get added onto the ACE rails or would you put rubi rails on instead of ACE? Pardon my ignorance. :-)
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You can put the Rubi rails or ACE sliders on separately or together to get double protection. And some folks use the ACE sliders as a step.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:38 PM   #12
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You can put the Rubi rails or ACE sliders on separately or together to get double protection. And some folks use the ACE sliders as a step.
^^^ Like SilverRubi said. A lot of folks use the two in conjunction.

Here's a photo of the ACE sliders w/out Rubi rails:



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Wow. Thanks for all the feedback! I'm going to check out those ACE rails. One question about the rubi rails - are those something that get added onto the ACE rails or would you put rubi rails on instead of ACE? Pardon my ignorance. :-)
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Are these the rubi rails that I'm hearing about?
MOPAR 82210586 - MOPAR&#174 Production Rubicon Rock Rails in Satin Black for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

I do like the look of these alot. Clean lines. Are these as durable as the ACE stuff?
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Yup. Those are the ones. Unless you plan on hardcore offroading they should be plenty durable.
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here in NorNv, they're more common in the streets than they are in the Desert (obvious)---



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omg im glad i live in nyc...we have diffrent kinds of savages on the streets ;p
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:20 PM   #17
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I'm glad to see that I'll be able to easily install those myself! My Wrangler won't be bone stock for very long. :-)

Thanks again everybody!
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I'm glad to see that I'll be able to easily install those myself! My Wrangler won't be bone stock for very long. :-)

Thanks again everybody!
Just like you said: you are hooked!
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Welcome to the madness.

You are in very good company!

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:06 PM   #20
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Nice Jeep there, I too am a photographer and drive a Camaro, but am looking forward to getting our Jeep because it will allow me and my wife to get to more places to do photoshoots.
However- I just bought my Camaro and it has it's place in our family just as much as the Jeep will.
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One thing I don't like about the ACE rails is the fact you almost have to buy the Rubi rails or they just don't look right. I like the looks of the Smittybilt a lot better because even though they are $50 more they look great without help of have to buy addition rails. The ACE actually end up a lot more expensive in the end if you don't already have a Rubi with Rubi rails to begin with. Some list that since the Smittybilt has to have it's holes widened in some cases as a bad thing but the three rail system and looks are just better in the end IMO.
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One thing I don't like about the ACE rails is the fact you almost have to buy the Rubi rails or they just don't look right. I like the looks of the Smittybilt a lot better because even though they are $50 more they look great without help of have to buy addition rails. The ACE actually end up a lot more expensive in the end if you don't already have a Rubi with Rubi rails to begin with. Some list that since the Smittybilt has to have it's holes widened in some cases as a bad thing but the three rail system and looks are just better in the end IMO.
I'm actually undecided at the moment, but I've taken a look at the smittybilt stuff and I like it too. If I had to make a decision right now though, I'd go with just the mopar rubicon rails. It's minimal looking with extra protection.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:08 AM   #23
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If you have a dark color paint, the ACE rails look fine. My jeep is silver. I put on the black OR FAB side armor but still had to paint the very bottom of the rocker panel and crimp seam black for it to look right. The ACE rails don't tuck up as high as some of the other rock rails, although they also function as a very comfortable step to get in a lifted jeep.

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