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Old 05-13-2012, 06:24 PM   #1
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Rock Sliders and Smittybilt

I'm looking to order a set of rock sliders for my Jeep on friday (the 18th) and I like the look of the Smittybilt ones but all I ever hear is how bad Smittybilt is. First off does anyone have them, and how have they held up so far? Second are there any better alternatives out there, I think I would like to have tubes on them.

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Brookscustomconcepts.com are what I use, they are cheaper and stronger than Smitty, that being said, I have the Smittybuilt XRC front stinger bumper and front & rear tube fenders and a few other things, I'm happy with all my Smittybuilt stuff, and I have put them to the test.

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Old 05-13-2012, 06:33 PM   #3
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There are so many better alternatives out there to Smittybilt's Chinese made crap that it's not even funny.

Just as a reminder to those who don't know... there is NOTHING left of the old Smittybilt company that earned a solid reputation for high quality U.S. made Jeep parts. When old man Smitty died, outside investors purchased the rights to use the Smittybilt name and proceeded to start having all parts made in China. All the investors did was purchase the rights to the formerly good Smittybilt name, nothing else. Just like when a start-up computer company purchased the rights to use the old Packard Bell name to have instant name recognition. Nothing to do with Packard Bell, it was just that the new computer manufacturer had the legal rights to use the old dead Packard Bell name that had a good reputation for building TVs before they went out of business. Instant name recognition but in a misleading way.

Smittybilt is no longer anything more than an importer.

What are other good names that are U.S. made? Savvy Offroad, AtoZ Fabrication, 4XDoctor, Poison Spyder, and many others.
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I was thinking below the $600 to $1000 area that so often is the advice of a very vocal few, not everyone can afford the price or the months of waiting from places like savvy.

With the exception of savvy those are all good choices if you have a large budget, even savvy is a good product if you want to wait a few months to get them.
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I have ACE rock sliders. Michigan made, great products, great service, great price.
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I run the Smittybilt XRC w/step sliders. Had them almost two years now. They are holding up great. Cant complain, only paid $185 from auto anything with free shipping. Sure there are better alternatives, but I am more then happy with them.
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Smittybilt is no longer anything more than an importer.

What are other good names that are U.S. made? Savvy Offroad, AtoZ Fabrication, 4XDoctor, Poison Spyder, and many others.
Also whatever you choose, please buy American. Lots of quality USA stuff and some of the vendors here give you a Wrangler Forum Discount as well.
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Brookscustomconcepts.com are what I use, they are cheaper and stronger than Smitty, that being said, I have the Smittybuilt XRC front stinger bumper and front & rear tube fenders and a few other things, I'm happy with all my Smittybuilt stuff, and I have put them to the test.
X2 I like my BCC sliders. They're stronger, cheaper, and protect more than Smitty.

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I run GeRight Rock rails.. Zero complaints. Hit a concrete pole in a parking lot avoiding a renegade kid and broke the pole and only put a small dent in the rails..
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I appreciate the Made in the US and everything but keep in mind I'm a Canadian guy lol. Anyways I'll look into some of the stuff you guys have posted, thanks a lot. Don't worry I do try and keep it domestic, Canada or the US, local is even better.
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Can't get any more local than making them yourself. Do you have the capabilities? The price for materials and abilitiy to customize them anyway you want beat anything you can buy on the aftermarket today.
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I appreciate the Made in the US and everything but keep in mind I'm a Canadian guy lol. Anyways I'll look into some of the stuff you guys have posted, thanks a lot. Don't worry I do try and keep it domestic, Canada or the US, local is even better.
Buy Canadian! Lol I love the assumption that everyone on this forum is from the US..

wonder what things would be like if China had good wheeling and the people had a love for Wranglers there.. It'd be a flame fest for sure
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Aren't most TJs made in Canada? lol
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your sig is soo true... whats really funny is my TJ "isnt" trail rated
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I'm looking to order a set of rock sliders for my Jeep on friday (the 18th) and I like the look of the Smittybilt ones but all I ever hear is how bad Smittybilt is. First off does anyone have them, and how have they held up so far? Second are there any better alternatives out there, I think I would like to have tubes on them.
On my last TJ, I wanted to install some rock sliders and I really liked the look of the SmittyBilt ones, so I gambled and bought them. They went on just fine, but almost immediately the "powder coat finish" on one of them began to peel off... and it was paper thin. As part of it would peel, I'd paint the area with some rust preventer stuff. A few weeks later, another section would peel and I'd have to paint that, too. This kept happening for months until I sold the Jeep. (Had I kept it, I would have removed that slider, had it sand blasted, then properly powder coated.)

The odd splotches of color are where I had to paint it:


On my next TJ (which is the one I currently own), I decided to switch brands. Rock Hard has a similarly-styled slider for a similar price, so I bought that instead. I have been completely happy with these. The finish is beautiful (except where I've bashed it against rocks) and they handle abuse very well. For the money, I think they are a fantastic value.

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If I bought another TJ and needed some sliders, I would buy Rock Hard again without even thinking twice.
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Coastie, unfortunately I don't have the ability to make my own sliders. I really wish I could weld, I'd have bumpers and many other things by now if I could. I'm going to search around for a Canadian company make Jeep stuff.

Sherpa I do like those Rock Hard sliders, how was the install?
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I have he Smitybilt XRC sliders w/ step on my LJ. After 1 year and numerous outings they are holding up fine. They must have fixed the thin coating issue because I'm not seeing it. Sorry Jerry I did buy this junk but hey the price was right and it is saving my rocker panels....
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This is my rockslider it's smitybuilt and I actually like it a lot holds up pretty well
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Sherpa I do like those Rock Hard sliders, how was the install?
Very straightforward. I did it myself and had no difficulties.
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has anyone ever tried mounting the smittybilt rock sliders upside down?
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so heres the gist. 80% of people who buy smittybilt stuff, bumpers winches etc, love them. yes we know its not ARB or Warn or any of these other brands, but neither is the price. about 20% of smittybilt buyers don't like what they get and they are quite vocal about it. my experience with smittybilt is good quality (for the price) great customer service, and a nice finish look. I haven't had any of the problems of the powder coat peeling or them being weak or anything. I have on my tj smittybilt src front bumper with grill guard, rear light euro guards interior grab handles, and to shackles. on my yj, I had the same bumper (when yj died I transferred it to tj) same rear Euro guards, same shackles same grab handles AND had windshield hinges, and cj style mirrors. all of these things worked well, fit perfect, and didn't have the finish issues people complain about. in fact I bought those mirrors without the hinges they required to mount them, the website I bought them from said they fit factory hinges, and SMITTYBILT sent me the $59 hinges free of charge to correct the mistake.
bottom line some people hate smittybilt, most are satisfied with it.
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I was thinking below the $600 to $1000 area that so often is the advice of a very vocal few, not everyone can afford the price or the months of waiting from places like savvy.

With the exception of savvy those are all good choices if you have a large budget, even savvy is a good product if you want to wait a few months to get them.
Oh Cryoming, bashing Savvy at every turn.....

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