I went with aluminum ones personally, and they are drilled and riveted. If you hit something, they dent up exactly like the body panel does. mostly just appearances, so if you like the way they look, then have at it
On my DJ5, I actually fabbed my own, and used 1/8" aluminum, which is probably 3 or 4 times thicker than the ones I bought for the JK (and cheaper), and those have taken several pretty solid hits with no noticable damage done at all. If you want actual "armor", then make your own.
EDIT- Oh yeah, and bare aluminum, if you go that route, will stain pretty easily from mud, tree bark, etc. and requires steel wool to get it cleaned up. rubber ones would likely be much easier in that regard.
'71 DJ-5 (that isn't a typo)
'10 JKU Sport RHD
Well in fairness, it's a fine "mod" to do, but just know that it's purely aesthetic. Like how I bedlined my door hinges purely for the looks, or folks who plasti-dip or bedline their grille.
There is "real" body armor available, but it's heavy and much more expensive. So it's up to you. Just be aware of what you're getting--if you're actually looking for armor, this isn't it. If you just like the look, well, then maybe these are for you.
2010 JKU "Mountain" Edition
TeraFlex 2.5" Coil Lift : Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Shocks : 33x12.5R15 Goodyear DuraTracs : 15x8 Black Rock 909s : Other Stuff . . .
FWIW, I plan to put these on mine. But, like Mike said, they are definitely mainly for the look. They will provide a little bit of protection from brush on the trails and such. However, a hard hit and they would just crumble and would do nothing to prevent denting of the body. If I wanted that, I would go with the AEV corners.
'11 JKU Sport - TF Leveling Kit - 16" Strike 5s on 33s
SO put a dent in the Cowl area when he was putting the doors back on. Prime time spot to dent if you don't use a mirror relocation bracket, from what I gathered. He said he didn't remember anything out of the ordinary, but there it is! It really is the only thing that I can think would have happened and it lined up perfectly if one were to take the limiter strap off the door. To his credit, he has been putting them on and taking them off for years, so maybe this was just a one time thing. It is still painful to see the very first one....
At any rate, who makes a good cowl cover that is NOT plastic? It seems pretty difficult to find body armor that is not plastic. I've had this argument with him a few times, and my feeling is if we are going to truly get body armor, it should actually be functional and pretty!
He was actually very depressed about it, but this is what I told him.....
"Dear, this is just a perfect excuse to bump up the cowl cover mod to be right behind the Safari Straps and bolt kit!" Before, the cowl cover was loowww in the list. It really did not make him feel that much better though.
The Bullet: 2011 JK, 70th Anniversary Edition, Bright Silver
The Freezer: 2012 JKU, Arctic Edition, Winter Chill Pearl