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Old 07-12-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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First photos of Savvy's prototype aluminum rockers!

If you liked Savvy's aluminum gas tank skidplate, you're gonna like these too! I just got these photos of Savvy's new prototype 6061 T-6 aluminum rockers that have a replaceable stainless steel or mild steel slider. I have no idea when they'll start shipping since this is not a production model but it sure looks like they're very far along the prototype stage. From how it looks already, I'm betting they will be in production very soon.

One more key cool thing about them is they have a 3/8" 6061 T-6 internal backing plate so they sandwich the rocker for more strength. Between that and the 3/16" outer plus 1/8" SS (or mild steel your choice) rocker itself, these are seriously beefy plus are far lighter than the typical rocker guards. My present 3/16" steel 4XDoctor rocker guards have no internal backing plate so they have allowed the rocks to cave in my rockers and underlying tub/rocker nearly an inch. This internal backing plate would have prevented that.

Exciting stuff, I think we're seeing a real sea change on how we're going to be able to protect our Jeeps without weighing them down like we have been doing with heavy steel armor in the past.
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Old 07-12-2009, 03:23 PM   #2
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I really like the replaceable rails.

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that looks really nice. i want one.
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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that looks really nice. I want one.
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My daughter has a big soccer tournament in San Diego this coming weekend. I talked to Gerald from Savvy and told him I was going to stop by and pic up a gas tank skid on the way back home to Clovis. I'm going to definitely ask him about these.
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I wish someone would make a slider that protects the body mounts.

That said, those look like a nice product.
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ooooh aaaaah Nice, I like those.
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I wish someone would make a slider that protects the body mounts.

That said, those look like a nice product.
Some one makes clam shell type skids for them. I've seen'em.
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Some one makes clam shell type skids for them. I've seen'em.
IIRC, that is Brad Kilby of ::Kilby Enterprises:: And the skids fit right over them without problem.
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Only time and JV will tell if these can withstand it and not "Bend" significantly or just grind and crack on the rocks. That'd be my only concern for them.

I do like the lighter side to things that are being designed these day from co's like Savvy and Rockmen. TbT almost made a bad name for Aluminum with his POS long arm setup, but these guys are actually putting thought behind their products.
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Now if they'd just get a crackin' on that belly up I've heard rumors about...
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Any mention of price for these once they go into production? I do like the concept.
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Do they have a website for their products?
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OOOH Those are kick ass!
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I bought a pair of AtoZ rocker guards cheap from a friend of mine that used 3/16" structural diamond plate on the bottom and around on the sides. When I would slide over a rock it made a ugly sound because of the rough diamond plate. So I welded a 1/4" by 3" strip along the bottom. Afterwards while wheeling on the Swamp Lake trail (Cal 4 wheels High Sierra Poker run location) I came down hard on a rock on the Pass side. It dented the bottom portion of the rocker guard about 1/4" up. That's almost a half in of metal. I hit so hard, it about jared my teeth loose. I'm curious how something like this would hold up to a hit like that?
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I can only say that my Savvy aluminum gas tank skidplate had some impacts that also literally hurt my teeth while rock crawling on Pumpkin Eater last month. That skidplate is made of the same 6061 T-6 aluminum and while it sustained some nice heavy scratches after some seriously major impacts, I was shocked to see afterwards that it was not dented. It's seriously tough stuff.

By the way, that was a tough trail that day with some carnage by many of the vehicles. Broken axles, axle shafts, Warn hubs., etc. I was done with the trail with no damage (other than a bad ignition coil) when the guy in front said to those of us remaining we could take a final 1/4 mile loop that was easier than what we had just done. I said sure, why not. Within 50 yards, I had broken my driveshaft yoke & u-joint, D44 pinion yoke, control arm bolt, torn a control arm bracket off the axle, and broke a wheel badly enough that it wouldn't hold air. It was a rough trail for me that day... but my aluminum skidplate held up just fine! Oh, thanks to Tom Wood's warranty, I had a brand-new replacement CV driveshaft and yokes by the end of the week!

Not to mention the huge Chuckwalla lizard one of the dogs chased under my Jeep that ran up my body and off my face while I was laying underneath working on the Jeep. I was like WTF was that and kept working. I didn't know what had happened until everyone started laughing and told me it was a huge Chuckwalla lizard that ran over my face.



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Old 07-13-2009, 07:05 PM   #19
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Yea Jerry, I'm all over the gas tank skid. I figure if the sheetmetal skid can survive this long, the aluminum one should be just fine. Although I don't think the sheetmetal gas skid has taken the abuse my rockers has.
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looks okay.. you know the gutters on my house look like that... anyway.. the main issues I see is I like to use the rocker guard as a step to get into the jeep, this one looks like I will we slipping a lot. Needs to either extend out further or be more flat on top.
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I feel the same way as 4jeep. The rockers do look sexy though. Do you know if there are any ideas to put just a bar extended out to use a step kinda like a2z's.

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