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Old 03-17-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Rocker guard suggestions?

Hi folks! Being tax return time, I'm currently able to squeeze some "Jeep money" out of my wife. I'm in the market for some nice rocker guards. I've got a nasty little rust spot that recently cropped up, ( thanks New England winters)! I'd also love to get rid of those factory steps,( HATE them) and those ugly little plastic pieces behind the front flares.
That being said, I'm looking for suggestions. Body mount for sure. I'm leaning towards Warn. I don't mind popping a little more cash to get something quality, rather than pissing away money, and redoing it later.
Also, before you say it, I'm going to address that rust, not just put a guard over it!
Thanks in advance for any help you guys/ girls can provide.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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If I were in the market for aftermarket rocker protection I would purchase the Warns,, a very basic, no frills design, that actually works..

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:38 AM   #3
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i just bought these ruggid ridge $269.99 from quadratec.i like the look and didnt break the bank.
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A to Z fabrication makes a quality product... How do you plan on addressing the rust? NE winters are the WORST.
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Thanks. That's what I thought too. Well built, and won't break the bank.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:40 AM   #6
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i just bought these ruggid ridge $269.99 from quadratec.i like the look and didnt break the bank.
Like those!!
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A to Z fabrication makes a quality product... How do you plan on addressing the rust? NE winters are the WORST.
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I have the warn guards and like them for the most part. Just one complaint, where they mount under the tub isn't the best design. They use spacers that tend to rust to the body and the guard, and the hardware also rusts.(Bottom only) Other than that they lasted about 8 years before I remove them to sand, repaint, an replace the bottom hardware.
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A to Z fabrication makes a quality product... How do you plan on addressing the rust? NE winters are the WORST.
I'm going to grind it back to see how bad it really is, then put some POR 15 on it. Rather than fill and paint, the rocker guards should cover...... Hopefully!!
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I have the warn guards and like them for the most part. Just one complaint, where they mount under the tub isn't the best design. They use spacers that tend to rust to the body and the guard, and the hardware also rusts.(Bottom only) Other than that they lasted about 8 years before I remove them to sand, repaint, an replace the bottom hardware.
Pretty solid review in my opinion. Maybe some stainless hardware would be a nice little upgrade for me if I go that route! Thanks for the advice.
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i just bought these ruggid ridge $269.99 from quadratec.i like the look and didnt break the bank.
How long have you had those? They have the clean look I want. Quality seem good?
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I went with Sinister Fabworks, a local company when I was in Michigan. Strong tub mounted.

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You don't get off that easy! I've been trolling around here for months, and you have a ton of knowledge/ experience. What would you spend your money on??
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I went with Sinister Fabworks, a local company when I was in Michigan. Strong tub mounted.
Nice!! Always support local guys! They did a nice job. Looks great.
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A to Z fabrication makes a quality product... How do you plan on addressing the rust? NE winters are the WORST.
Just went on their web site. Look really nice! How they holding up for you?
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What would you spend your money on??
i spent my money on a used set of wheelwell-to-wheelwell full coverage rock sliders, procured from craigslist. I got them for basically half the advertised new price, just had to repaint.
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Those are nice! A little more pricy, but they look rock solid. I'd rather spend a little more up front...... You know, measure twice, cut once!
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I had the same rust problem below my door too. It was worse than it looked from the outside. Feel the thickness of that spot compared to the adjacent area. Mine was swollen with rust about 6 inches wide. There's several pieces of metal that are sandwiched together and spot welded there. Thankfully it hadn't reached my floor pan yet so I used a cut off wheel and notched out the damaged piece and covered it with a good primer. I purchased the Smittybilt XRC step/sliders and love them. They're well built, frame and tub mount, stainless hardware, and have a nice textured powder coat. They'll also save you versus some of the overpriced ones out there. I know they're made in China and there's a solid group of Smittybilt haters on here but I and a lot of other cost minded people like them and would purchase again.
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I had the same rust problem below my door too. It was worse than it looked from the outside. Feel the thickness of that spot compared to the adjacent area. Mine was swollen with rust about 6 inches wide. There's several pieces of metal that are sandwiched together and spot welded there. Thankfully it hadn't reached my floor pan yet so I used a cut off wheel and notched out the damaged piece and covered it with a good primer. I purchased the Smittybilt XRC step/sliders and love them. They're well built, frame and tub mount, stainless hardware, and have a nice textured powder coat. They'll also save you versus some of the overpriced ones out there. I know they're made in China and there's a solid group of Smittybilt haters on here but I and a lot of other cost minded people like them and would purchase again.
Thanks for the info! Luckily the " cancer" had not spread to my floor pan either. Kind of Leary of frame mount. I'm also big on local/ American made stuff. I'm willing to pay the extra$$$. Thanks for the input!
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i spent my money on a used set of wheelwell-to-wheelwell full coverage rock sliders, procured from craigslist. I got them for basically half the advertised new price, just had to repaint.
Well played. Custom , or after market? At this point, I'm almost ready to fab my own! I do a lot of electrical work @ a machine shop, and I'm pretty handy w/ a welder. Some careful planning, and a few weekends at their shop, and I could have some sweet customs........or a hot mess!!!
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Thanks for the info! Luckily the " cancer" had not spread to my floor pan either. Kind of Leary of frame mount. I'm also big on local/ American made stuff. I'm willing to pay the extra$$$. Thanks for the input!
Good to hear. That won't be too bad of a fix then. By the way my "frame mount" term, the bottom actually mounts between the body mount and tub. That way they stay rigid with the body. Not actual frame mount. They sandwich in with the body mounts. Good luck on your project.
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Good to hear. That won't be too bad of a fix then. By the way my "frame mount" term, the bottom actually mounts between the body mount and tub. That way they stay rigid with the body. Not actual frame mount. They sandwich in with the body mounts. Good luck on your project.
Thanks! I'm of the same mindset that you have, but have heard negative things. Not quite sure why people are against sandwiching the guard between the frame and tub. Seems really solid. Anyone want to chime in?
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Big thanks to you guys out there! I love the feedback. I work too hard, and love my Jeep too much to spend my money on junk. I research like crazy before I put my cash on the table, and you guys have been a big help.
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My wife bought me Smittybilt's I can't bitch about the CHina thing cause she bought them because she wanted the Jeep to have them. They fit, and gave no issues on install. Very solid product for the money.
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My wife bought me Smittybilt's I can't bitch about the CHina thing cause she bought them because she wanted the Jeep to have them. They fit, and gave no issues on install. Very solid product for the money.
Nice NC..... Not the guards, but a wife that buys you Jeep parts!!!! I'd take em' too!!
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Having already bent/caved in one set of what I felt were well made rocker guards (from 4XDoctor, 3/16"), I can only say don't cheap out on them.

There are certainly a lot of good ones out there but the two I would choose between would be either AtoZ or Savvy Offroad's. AtoZ is a great product, especially if you're watching your budget real closely. If budget is not a concern, the best & strongest (by far) rocker guard I know of is from Savvy Offroad. I switched to Savvy's on my previous (stolen) TJ & am running them on my replacement TJ. Savvy's differs from the rest by being a two-piece design. The inner part is aluminum with an inner aluminum brace to sandwich the tub. THen the steel outer rub-rail (which is replaceable) is bolted to that.

So either would be a great choice but if you can possibly afford the Savvy's, man they are a great rocker that will hold up to anything.
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Having already bent/caved in one set of what I felt were well made rocker guards (from 4XDoctor, 3/16"), I can only say don't cheap out on them.

There are certainly a lot of good ones out there but the two I would choose between would be either AtoZ or Savvy Offroad's. AtoZ is a great product, especially if you're watching your budget real closely. If budget is not a concern, the best & strongest (by far) rocker guard I know of is from Savvy Offroad. I switched to Savvy's on my previous (stolen) TJ & am running them on my replacement TJ. Savvy's differs from the rest by being a two-piece design. The inner part is aluminum with an inner aluminum brace to sandwich the tub. THen the steel outer rub-rail (which is replaceable) is bolted to that.

So either would be a great choice but if you can possibly afford the Savvy's, man they are a great rocker that will hold up to anything.
Thanks Jerry! I appreciate the info. I've looked at those savvy's and they look awesome! Might be a little rich for my blood, but those AtoZ's might be right in my wheelhouse. Solid looking product, and you're not the first person to recommend them.
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Alright, I've got it narrowed down to the Rokmen Mercenary's and the A to Z fab's. I feel like I have to throw a dart to choose! Both seem like well built, solid products. Leaning towards the A to Z's. Any thoughts before I toss hundreds of dollars at my Jeep??

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