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Old 04-14-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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OEM Rubi rails strength/durability

How strong/durable are the OEM rails? Im looking into rails but I dont want to decrease clearance or bolt into the body. Looking for a mod in the $300 zone (tube doors or rock rails or other). TIA

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These are actually pretty stout. I paid $150 for some brand new take-offs on CL. I wanted something to give some protection, but also needed something that didn't stick too far away from body because of my dog. These are perfect for me and really complete the look of the Jeep IMO. If you are bouncing off huge boulders then these might not work for you.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:46 PM   #6
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Are they stout enough for the DIY Rico rails? They just weld onto the OEM Rubi rails. I like the idea BC it doesn't rob you of valuable clearance (like the ACE rails).
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Yup, the ACE rails do drop the clearance quite a bit. I am thinking of ditching the stock Rubi rails, the ACE rails, and getting some weld-ons or bolt ones but am trying to figure out the clearance. It seems like a couple of bolt ons do better in the clearance department but you have to get ride of the Rubi rails. However, $300 is probably a bit low for stout rails.
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I've never seen a report of someone actually bending a set of stock rails. I'm sure it could happen, but mine are pretty solid and a lot heavier than I thought they'd be. Check CL. They seem to be selling in the $100-150 range.

What they don't provide is side protection.

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The stock rails are surprisingly strong. I had a buddy fab up some pipe and dimple die steps on mine and beat on them pretty hard for a while. I even used them to pivit off of a few times.

When I upgraded I sold them for 150 bucks to a guy who is still running them.
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The stock rails are surprisingly strong. I had a buddy fab up some pipe and dimple die steps on mine and beat on them pretty hard for a while. I even used them to pivit off of a few times.

When I upgraded I sold them for 150 bucks to a guy who is still running them.
Agree , that's why I made some off the rubi rails
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We have people in my club use them and they hold up to some decently hard blows but the do look like they flex a bit.
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how much clearance is actually lost with the addition of the ACE rails (keeping the stock Rubi rails)? im still on stock suspension and stock tires although, i will eventually raise her (after the stock tires wear). it just bothers me that i will give up clearance, the whole idea is to gain clearance...
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I've put some pretty impressive gouges in my stock rails. I accidentally, maybe, sort of dropped onto some rather jagged rocks. The rubi rail might not have taken the whole weight of the Jeep, but it sure took a fair amount. And, unlike the trans-mount cross member, actually survived the event more or less in-tact.

My personel preferance at this point would be just welding some tubes onto the rubi rails to provide stand off and a step.
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I've put some pretty impressive gouges in my stock rails. I accidentally, maybe, sort of dropped onto some rather jagged rocks. The rubi rail might not have taken the whole weight of the Jeep, but it sure took a fair amount. And, unlike the trans-mount cross member, actually survived the event more or less in-tact.

My personel preferance at this point would be just welding some tubes onto the rubi rails to provide stand off and a step.
im considering doing just that, just concerned about the rigidity of the stock rails.

*where in NC are you? im in Fort Mill (30 min south of Charlotte)
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im considering doing just that, just concerned about the rigidity of the stock rails.

*where in NC are you? im in Fort Mill (30 min south of Charlotte)
They are stronger then most people think. There were several times that I had people come up and check them out on the trail to see if they survived my driving. (I am not afraid to back up and bump it as many times as it takes).

No they are not the best thing but for someone who can fab something up for some side protection they work surprisingly well.
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im considering doing just that, just concerned about the rigidity of the stock rails.

*where in NC are you? im in Fort Mill (30 min south of Charlotte)
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