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Old 12-28-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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Bushwacker Flat Fenders and rock sliders

So I have my Bushwackers sitting in a box at home waiting to be installed. I've heard horror stories as to what a PITA they are to install, so I'm not exactly chomping at the bit to get it done....

That being said, I wanted to order up some rock sliders and I realized that installing the flat fenders could affect where the edge of the flare sits meaning some sliders won't fit or it could leave some kind of gap between the flare and slider. Am I making sense?

Who has the bushwackers with sliders? Looking into these because they're no drill, think they will fit?

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How in the world can a rock slider be functional without drilling being required?

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
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How in the world can a rock slider be functional without drilling being required?
I guess that should have been my first question?
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I'd find some different sliders than models that don't require drilling. A little drilling is a normal part of installing decent quality rock guards that are strong enough to be worth installing. There are a lot of good sliders around like from Savvy Offroad, AtoZ, etc. that are worth installing.

Products like Bushwhacker's flares will be pushed out at the bottom a tiny bit by sliders but a small amount of trimming of the plastic flare is all that will be required to make them fit flush.
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I have no issues with drilling for sliders, just thought going the non-drilling route would be easier/just as effective... I guess not!

I'll poke around and see what I can find.

Thanks for the input.
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For what its worth i just installed the bushwacker flat flares,not really that bad just time consuming......
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For what its worth i just installed the bushwacker flat flares,not really that bad just time consuming......
I'm not overly concerned about it, for me the biggest issue is finding the time to do it... Some say its a breeze, some say its miserable. I'm leaning towards it being miserable because I live in New England and just about every bolt on my jeep is rusted on there. Nothing a little PB Blaster can't solve (sometimes).
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:06 AM   #8
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I have the TAG brand of pocket flairs (similar to the Bushwackers) and found two areas that were "difficult". The first was getting my original flairs off. Since I live in New England, several of the bolts just spun around. Ended up just pulling them out of the panel. The second is the gasket that gets installed on the flair itself. Although not difficult to do, it did take me a few tries to get it on correctly. FYI, I did have to drill 2 holes on the drivers side for the flairs to bolt to.

My rocksliders are from Brooke and are REAL easy to install. I did have to drill a few holes and install captured nuts but the rock sliders came with everything needed. The Brooke sliders fit nicely with the flairs and I did not have to trim anything. Probably took me 3 to 4 hours to install both the flairs and sliders.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:49 AM   #9
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Thanks for the input, I'm going to look into Brooke rocksliders, they look nice and the price is right.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:41 PM   #10
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Here is a link to his ebay listing. He custom builds them per your specs and does amazing work!

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I'd find some different sliders than models that don't require drilling. A little drilling is a normal part of installing decent quality rock guards that are strong enough to be worth installing. There are a lot of good sliders around like from Savvy Offroad, AtoZ, etc. that are worth installing.

Products like Bushwhacker's flares will be pushed out at the bottom a tiny bit by sliders but a small amount of trimming of the plastic flare is all that will be required to make them fit flush.
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Scot, I'm the same way.

Mypantera, really like the the look, the price and the ability to customize them a little bit. Brooke is most certainly in the lead right now.
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Here are mine.. there is a little bit of a gap, so no interference..

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Here are mine.. there is a little bit of a gap, so no interference..

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Excellent news. Thanks for the pic.
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Installing my bushwacker fenders was the biggest pain in the butt ever. Took 4 guys including myself like 5 hours. I'm not sure if it was just my jeep or what. But on to Rock sliders. Look into Ace engineering and fab TJ rock rails. No drill and won't interfere with the fenders. I know a couple of guys with them for their JKs and they love them.
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If those "no drill" sliders are mounted to the frame, just realize ahead of time they will not be as strong or protect your rockers as well as sliders that bolt to the tub will.
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If sliders and fenders don't come together so well just neatly trim a relief in either part

There is an excellent picture of this being done in this thread. Take your time and you can mix and match whatever slider and fender you choose.

Also for you do it yourselfers, buy a decent nutsert tool. I will cut install time and effort in half. They are not too expensive and make the job so much easier.
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I thought it was an easy install. Rockhard sliders and flat bushwackers



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Old 12-30-2012, 01:56 PM   #19
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Pic of mine and as you can see by the snow have the same rust issues due to road salt. That being said I was able to install them without much good use of my left arm (shortly after shoulder surgery). Biggest pain we're the few bolts that were spinning in place like others have said. Nuts broke the thin sleeve attached to body and were spinning with the sleeves. Drill them out and use bolt with a nut and lock washer to take care of it. Also don't forget to put the rubber seal with two sided tape on b4 you mount them up.

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