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Old 04-04-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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help selecting new rock sliders.

I realize that different people will have preferences but I need help choosing a set of rock sliders. I'm oolong for a set of sliders that are black diamond plate and have a bar step welded on them. I'm removing my smittybilt nerf bars and looking for something more practical. Again my kids ride on the jeep so of need to have some sort of step attached. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-04-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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These are what I have..bought em off ebay for $199




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Old 04-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #3
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Ooo I like those and nice price too
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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I been looking at the blue torch fab sliders and the gen right ones, leaning towards the blue torch myself, but there are a lot of companies making good ones, poison spider, evo offroad are a few more.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:39 PM   #5
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I went with BCC customs and ordered mine in the wheel well to wheel well length, added a few supports, and used thicker tubing. Very stout. They're made of 1/4" steel.







Another popular set is AtoZ fab's but they're pretty pricy.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:48 PM   #6
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I am going with Jeep Rock Sliders: Jeep CJ YJ TJ JK Rock Slider*Rocker Panel Protection Supersliders. I have looked at them on a TJ and they ar fantastic and guaranteed to last for life. Besides that I do not have to drill my body to install.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:59 PM   #7
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A to Z Fabrication 100DPRGPCT - A to Z Fabrication Steel Diamond Plate Rocker Guard with Tube Step for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

These are the ones that I was eyeing but again, they are a little pricey. I like the ones you guys have above too. wondering if I want the diamond or not? Hey Felix...are those a texture powder coat? hard to tell from picture.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:03 PM   #8
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I guess I should also mention that If I ever decide to go with tube fenders down the road I want to make sure that the sliders are compatible.
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I know that smittbilt seems to be a bad word around here with some, but what does everyone think of these?

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12057_22XX_A_PG.htm
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Had these on my TJ since he first started making them about 10 or 12 years ago. Four X Doctor Rocker Guards, quick search shows them still in business. They have an instructions page with pics up, so you can see whats involved. Not for the squeemish if you have an aversion to cutting into your Jeeps body. I put non skid on the passenger side bar for a few years when the kids were younger. Will easily support the Jeep with a Hi lift jack as well. They have put quite a few dings in carless parking individuals doors in many parking lots over the years. That satisfaction alone is worth it.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:33 AM   #11
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I know that smittbilt seems to be a bad word around here with some, but what does everyone think of these?
I put those rocker guards on my last TJ:



The driver's side was perfect. The passenger side, however, had issues with the "powdercoat" finish. It was paper thin, and it cracked and peeled off in large chunks, exposing the bare steel which would flash rust. I bought some of that "rust eater" stuff to paint onto the affected areas (it dries black), and I ended up using it about once a month as more and more of the powdercoat kept peeling off. (You can see it as the splotchy areas in the above photo.) Had I kept that Wrangler, I would have removed the slider, had it sandblasted and then properly powdercoated, then reinstalled it onto the Jeep.

I replaced that TJ with my current one. Wanting something of the same general design to protect my rockers, I went with Rock Hard this time:





I am much, much happier with these sliders. Their finish is much more durable (no troubles so far), plus they have withstood substantial abuse on the local rocks. For just a few dollars more than the Smittybilt ones, I feel they are a significantly better value.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:53 AM   #12
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Avoid diamond plate if you plan to actually use them to get over obstacles, you want a smooth finish that won't offer any resistance to sliding.

And if you think your TJ will see trails tough enough to really need rocker guards, consider some with reinforcement (brace) inside the rocker. I was one of 4XDoctor's first buyers of his rocker guards without an internal brace/reinforcement and they eventually bent and creased the body at the rear of the rocker. My current Savvy rocker guards are reinforced with a brace on the inside like you can see below.
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Smittybilt 76870 - Smittybilt XRC Rock Sliders in Textured Black for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
I would say to avoid them. I have them and noticed a couple of the welds are not closed correctly which means they are weak. I thought it was only 1 but found another on the passenger side...that is enough for me to recommend to others to avoid. There is a reason why SB is a bad word.

I don't really need them so mine were mainly for aesthetics and I thought they would help my girlfriend use them as a step to get in...I was wrong. Go with a known good quality company that knows how to freaking weld...it really isn't that hard.
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And here is the Savvy on the outside.
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These are what I have..bought em off ebay for $199
Which seller? Those are pretty neat!
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Make sure what ever you get comes up high on the tub. If you really use the sliders to set up moves or pivot off of them it puts a huge strain on them. I had a set of Rock Hard sliders on my rig before changing to the Savvy's and they creased my tub.

Also, I'm not a fan of the "hoop" style sliders, bumpers, or armor anymore. I've seen arms and feet get snagged when exiting the rig and it can cause a bad injury. I don't want anything that an appendage can get caught in.

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I been looking at the blue torch fab sliders and the gen right ones, leaning towards the blue torch myself, but there are a lot of companies making good ones, poison spider, evo offroad are a few more.
I Have the GenRight ones and though you have to drill some holes I highly recommend them. They have a footpad to stop the above mentioned "things getting caught" and haven't caused any damage when rock crawling. Matter of fact they have prevented a lot.
I also like the poison spyder ones. But I have just seen them never done an install.

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