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Old 07-24-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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Smittybilt XRC Body Cladding?

Considering putting these on, does anyone have some input on them? Like the way they look and the price is right.


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I have them and no complaints so far and I had them for over a year now , was not hard to install but there is some spots that dont need a long bolt that they give you

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I have them and no complaints so far and I had them for over a year now , was not hard to install but there is some spots that dont need a long bolt that they give you
Do you have some pictures of them on your jeep?
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I was trying to but stupid photo bucket is giving me a hard time

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Looks to be about 40 holes drilled +/- for both sides. Did you install/drill them yourself? If so, how was the install?
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Looks to be about 40 holes drilled +/- for both sides. Did you install/drill them yourself? If so, how was the install?
Not bad at all , the hardest pieces are the ones in the front because the bolts they give you are to long and some of the jeep is double wall where the holes go

also the tool they give you sucks major donkey
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The only thing I don't like but it may prove to be not a big deal is how it comes in parts. It looks like about three pieces for the two door. ORFab's and Poison spyder's panels I think are only one.

How did it feel drilling into the side? That kinda freaks me out a bit but I've always liked the look of panel armor.
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The only thing I don't like but it may prove to be not a big deal is how it comes in parts. It looks like about three pieces for the two door. ORFab's and Poison spyder's panels I think are only one.

How did it feel drilling into the side? That kinda freaks me out a bit but I've always liked the look of panel armor.
I think that is why they never caught on , but I still have not hit them off road yet to say how they will hold up and to be honest I still dont see how any of these work

maybe if you ran no rails I could see it , but once you put rails on I dont see it

the first hole is the hardest but once you do it the rest are easy
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I don't like the idea of drilling all the holes, might be inviting rust a little ways down the road (depending where you live, I live in the rust belt). Maybe you can find some that stick on without the drilling.
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I don't like the idea of drilling all the holes, might be inviting rust a little ways down the road (depending where you live, I live in the rust belt). Maybe you can find some that stick on without the drilling.
There are liners that can be installed between the panels and the body to prevent moisture and debris collecting.
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I don't like the idea of drilling all the holes, might be inviting rust a little ways down the road (depending where you live, I live in the rust belt). Maybe you can find some that stick on without the drilling.
if it sticks on without drilling, what exactly would the purpose be? you could get a decal to do the same thing.

all you have to do is put some primer inside the holes you drilled. silicone between the body and the panel......silicone on the screws....
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If you have rails that stick out I personally don't see the point of drilling 20 holes into a panel you are trying to protect. Just seems to be more weight to the Jeep
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There's a lot of automotive accessories these days that are peel & stick that hold surprisingly well.
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I like the look of the first pic the most or if I could find one with the cladding and say the SRC rock sliders by smittybilt. The cladding itself is mostly for looks and to kinda add to a rail support in addition. However, it being steel means it's going to offer far more protection in any sense than something peel on and off-ish.
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ESP? How was the install? I'm looking to dothe same. Poison Spider has one piece alumi version with gasket to go between cladding and body. Pricey and comes bare.

OR-Fabs look good too.
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There's a lot of automotive accessories these days that are peel & stick that hold surprisingly well.
Until you scrape them on rocks. They're also usually fairly light weight objects, not steel.

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