Received RR Side Armor and had the same issue, i.e. they mount to the tub, not frame as advertised. Disgrace! Completely defeats the purpose. Now trying to get reimbursement for return shipment and restocking fee.
I was able to examine the product, however, and if installed they would stick out 5.5" from the tub seam, and 6.5" down from the middle of the tub sesm. That is little lower than the frame of the vehicle, and is about at the level of the gas tank skid plate. As a result I ordered Smittybilt SRC Rocker Guards for 2DR.
As far as Smittybilt SRC Side Armor vs Rugged Ridge Side Armor here are pros and cons based on what I understood from my research,
Rugged Ridge Side Armor Pros:
- 2" tube makes them stronger and look beefier.
Rugged Ridge Side Armor Cons:
- Do not extend along the entire length of the tub seam, thus not protecting completely and having unfinished look. Plus, makes 2DR look shorter than it really is.
- Looking from a side tub seam is in plain sight, - unfinished and aesthetically unappealing look.
Smittybilt SRC Side Armor Pros:
- Mostly cover the tub seam when viewing from the side.
- Extend along the entire length of the body seam.
Smittybilt SRC Side Armor Cons:
- With 1.75" tube don't look as beefy as the competitor.
Other things, like losing ground clearance, texture of the finish are being equal pretty much. The Side Armor appears to look better on Jeeps with 3.5+ lift because loss in ground clearance is not as noticeable. If I were to do it again, I would go with Smittybilt, which I am doing anyway, just not the Side Armor.