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Old 02-14-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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Rock Slider Advice

Hey guys, back when I bought my jeep last summer I bought smittybilt rock sliders unknowningly (didn't realize how terrible their quality is back then). Well recently I've actually gotten into wheeling hard enough that I used them. As a result I now have dents on either side of my jeep and missing paint all from the sliders flexing and pushing up against the jeep. So here is my question. I'm looking at poison spyder body armor to cover the dents/missing paint, would this provide enough additional armor in the future? Or should I bite the bullet and buy new quality sliders as well?

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Old 02-14-2014, 07:21 PM   #2
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:27 PM   #3
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I got the ranchos ... Mistake! A friend of mine just put some LODs on his JKU and they are nice but he likes having the step .. And he had to drill and tap about 12 holes ....
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:28 PM   #4
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I would just touch up the paint and make sure there was no rust. I wouldn't make the side protectors a priority.
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I would just touch up the paint and make sure there was no rust. I wouldn't make the side protectors a priority.
The rails are bent inward towards my body. If I keep wheeling the way it is it'll just get worse. Not exactly ignorable.

Does anyone have any experience with RSE sliders? They seem to be mid range, beefier than my current sliders, and would cover up all my damage.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:21 PM   #6
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Ace rock rails are sturdy. My first jeep had the smitty built and they flexed when I was on rocks off-road. The ace can hold the jeep up on top of rocks and they only lose a little paint.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:21 PM   #7
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Bite the bullet. Ps makes good stuf, I went with rock hard.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:29 PM   #8
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I went with Fab Fours sliders/rocker guard. Solid! Body and frame mounted and cover the whole pinch seam underneath as well. I live in Phoenix so need something that can play on the rocks. But a bit spendy (north of $1k if you pay full retail) and does involve drilling holes.
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Other options are OR Fab, and White Knuckle. Both make high quality rails and are extremely strong. Not sure how the White Knuckle attach, but I think they're a frame mount. OR Fab attach to the pinch seam and the tub. Some drilling required with either one.
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I went with Fab Fours sliders/rocker guard. Solid! Body and frame mounted and cover the whole pinch seam underneath as well. I live in Phoenix so need something that can play on the rocks. But a bit spendy (north of $1k if you pay full retail) and does involve drilling holes.
I was actually looking at those! They're neck and neck with nemesis sliders. I'm slowly accepting I should chip out the extra cash and do it right this time around.
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I was actually looking at those! They're neck and neck with nemesis sliders. I'm slowly accepting I should chip out the extra cash and do it right this time around.
Nemesis are nice too! Yep you are definitely looking in the right neighborhood for a good slider. I think EVO also does a nice setup too. I liked LOD but what sold me on the Fab Fours was the rocker panel and the fact it buried the pinch seam.

I think Nemesis is aluminum so a little weight savings there I suspect. Fab Fours are steel.

The only thing with these type is you need to be 100% certain because once you start drilling/cutting/welding whatever, there is no turning back and deciding you should have gone something different.

I also lust the Fab Fours bumpers but that is quite a bit down the road for me - working on skids and lift/tires probably first.

And I can guarantee you my sliders will last me through Armageddon for sure. Or through many door dings of bad parkers at the mall -their doors will feel it, my sliders won't even flinch. 75 pounds of steel per side. Literally a "side bumper" lol!!!!!

Let us know what you decide and then of course the obligatory pics!
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Here are some pics of the Fab Fours. AKa the last thing that BMW door is going to see before it cries.
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Here are some pics of the Fab Fours. AKa the last thing that BMW door is going to see before it cries.
How many holes did you drill in the body
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ace rock rails are sturdy. My first jeep had the smitty built and they flexed when i was on rocks off-road. The ace can hold the jeep up on top of rocks and they only lose a little paint.
+1, ace! No drilling needed, just bolt them on after trimming washers.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:46 AM   #15
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How many holes did you drill in the body
None-I had a shop do the install. But I am going to suspect a lot to hold the rocker panels. I think each of those bolts is a hole-ie not purely decorative. I will eventually rattle can or plastidip the boltheads red I think.
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None-I had a shop do the install. But I am going to suspect a lot to hold the rocker panels. I think each of those bolts is a hole-ie not purely decorative. I will eventually rattle can or plastidip the boltheads red I think.
OK how far does the step/slider stick. I really like them and might get rid of my ace
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:56 AM   #17
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Actually another poster had asked me that too in PM and I forgot to measure. I will post back once the sun comes up and I am out of my leopard jammies so I can go out and measure. I can tell you not as far as the Sahara Mopar plastic steps but far enough to be functional as a step (I am a woman so short and need something to help me get a foot up to get in). Will post back.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:33 AM   #18
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It is about 3.5 inches wide at the door on the "flat" part then the angled part (which is not too steep so your foot back can "grab" it as well) is about 1.5 inches. After the angle part is where it drops down and wraps under. In the pic of my Jeep you are looking straight on at the angle part with the flat part behind it. The slider gets an inch or two wider right before the fenders ie almost same width as the back of the flares. Hope this helps.
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Sweet thanks! No worries on the time. I live on beach time.
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Sweet thanks! No worries on the time. I live on beach time.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:13 AM   #21
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another vote for ACE!
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:25 AM   #22
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Instead of the Ace/Rubi rail route, I installed the Rock Hard sliders. I didn't want the weight of both the Ace and Rubi rail. Rock Hard is a nice compromise and covers up the pinch seam. I had to ream out two holes a little but otherwise installation was smooth.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:26 PM   #23
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We have a couple different options; one that is 100% bolt on and the Deluxe version that covers up part of the tub and requires drilling.

http://www.jcroffroad.com/mm5/mercha...d&Store_Code=J

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