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Old 02-24-2012, 08:31 AM   #1
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Smittybity xrc rock sliders

im looking for any feedback or photos on Smittybilt XRC Rock Sliders. I just installed smittybilt medal tube fenders. gonna plan on blowing some cash on them in the next week or two.

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I ran the top one of the two you had links for, the tube that acts as a step. They were fine for me and seemed well mounted (frame) I took them off because there is a space between the tubes that my dog would get her paw caught and because the lower bar reduced ground clearanace. I just took them off and plan on selling them for about $100, but they are too heavy to ship.
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I liked them cause they could be used as a step as well, The XRC look like they just bolt to the tub and I'm not to fond of how I feel about that and using it as a step. Plus the XRC look flimsy.
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I have the smittybuilt but I am not sure if the are XRC...probably are.

They mount to the body mount and tub. Some issues I read when I bought them were the powder coating isn't the greatest and the welds aren't either.

Mine came shipped and had only a few very minor scuff marks. Pretty much the corners are sharp and poke through the packaging. It really wasn't a big deal at all. The welds do have something to be desired and on one weld it doesn't look like it is closed very well. I noticed after a few rains some rust starting to form, not really a big deal either but non-the-less, not good.

I am going to clean this area and repaint. The weld does look solid but they are not "pretty" and when they are not "pretty" they may not be done right. Only time will tell but so far I have had NO issues, they seem solid and I do like them. Are they perfect, NO. They are an inexpensive alternative so take them for what they are. They are not JUNK but they are not far off.
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I was going to buy the Smittybilt front bumper, rockrails and rear....now I am giving it a second thought.

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....now I am giving it a second thought.
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They are one of the most warrantied products we sell at my shop . we call it shittybuilt
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The only reason to not buy smittybuilt is if you can hold tight and save more to buy better quality or you are very serious about off-road ability and need the best.

There is better quality no doubt but in general from what i have read from real life experience smittybuilt quality isn't the end of the world.
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... from what i have read from real life experience smittybuilt quality isn't the end of the world.
Not exactly a glowing recommendation for Smittybilt.
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Let me try to expand a little further. Any time you buy Chinese products you have to expect that they are massed produced and the quality control may be lacking. This kind of surprises me because the Chinese are very hard working a pay particular attention to detail. That being said, typically American made products aren't necessarily better but they are always more expensive. More expensive does not equal better quality in every case. It cost's more to manufacture in America because of all the rules, laws, regulations, etc. It also costs more to employ people here with insurance and expected pay.

Workers in China work for pennies on the dollar, they don't have all the regulations and therefore cost is seriously reduced. In my particular case, the one weld that doesn't look right wouldn't take any kind of serious review to tell it wasn't perfect. The fact is, is wasn't done right and it was ok'd and shipped. Would this happen by an American company that manufactures in America, no doubt but they wouldn't be in business very long. I could probably notify Smittybuilt and perhaps they would take it back and send me a better one but for my purpose I chose not to do that so I am not going to bash them to much.

Like I said, it is an inexpensive alternative to some higher priced parts that for some people are not necessary. I spent $200 shipped and the more Jeep community approved versions were over $400. I don't feel those are twice as good.
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Not exactly a glowing recommendation for Smittybilt.
We know how you feel Jerry, you bash them every chance you get and there is no question you seem to be very knowledgeable so I, for one, certainly listen to your advice. I am not trying to give them a glowing recommendation because my only experience buying smittybuilt has something to be desired but I could/would perhaps buy their products again for the same reasons I have mentioned. There is also a lot of other people that have bought their products and haven't had any issues. It is hit or miss so if you have the money I would say to go with the other alternatives out there. If you don't then buyer beware and don't complain about it later. You just have to make your own decision based on your intent and your financial situation.
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I bought besttop sliders.....Look good and excelent clearence with a step. A+ on best top. Also, Chris @ Jeepaddons is a great guy at a good company to deal with. That's where I got mine.
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Here are mine right after install.
I like them: they held up pretty well. They r scuffed up but that is what spray paint is for! Had a lot of weight of the car for them and they are sturdy. Have only took them out once so far.
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This kind of surprises me because the Chinese are very hard working a pay particular attention to detail.
Really?
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for the price i think you cant go wrong. it is a solid piece of equipment and will provide some extra protection on the trails. and they have a nice look to them. i have trouble paying twice the price for something is just gonna get beat up on the trail. i just got the XRC fender flares for the front and back. i installed the back ones so far and am going to try to install the front ones this weekend or the next. the rear ones went on nice and easy. good fit and finish. they seem to pretty well constructed. really solid and will take a beating. so i think for the price smittybilt offers a quality product that will offer you additional protection for your jeep. As soon as im done installing everything i will post some pictures for anybody that in interested in getting some of their own.
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I'm picking these up today...I would rather find a local guy that makes them with his own hands and Keep the Money right here in the US
Jeep TJ rock sliders/Rocker Guards
I'm pretty sure there is not a better deal out there.
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I'm picking these up today...I would rather find a local guy that makes them with his own hands and Keep the Money right here in the US
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I'm pretty sure there is not a better deal out there.
I'm picking these exact same things up in a week or two...

you'll have to post some pics for me, man!
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They are one of the most warrantied products we sell at my shop . we call it shittybuilt
So I bought a Smittbuilt XRC rear bumper before I knew any better about their overall reputation. Mine is great. Very tight latch on the tire carrier, handles the 33" spare real good with no rattles and I like the look. So here we go. My brother liked it a lot so he bought one for his 05 Rubicon. We spent twice as long as I did trying to make it fit and in the end, gave up. The tire swing was cocked up at suck an angle that it was impossible to latch. I am not saying it missed by 1/4' or so, it missed by 2 full inches. The socket that the swing arm mounted in was welded in incorrctly. So he put in a warranty claim and a new bumper was sent out. It is a real PITA to install, so now we have to pull the entire bumper off and start all over again. The section that is improperly welded is hard to believe it could be messed up that bad. That will be a spring project as the Jeep is UP North at the cabin. How could a bumper be screwed up, so non technical and simple. Wouldn't buy another one. I hace learned during the build of my 97, you get what you pay for. Plain and simple. That is why I love this forum now, you learn what to buy and what not to buy.
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I never heard anything good about Smittybilt.
Here's what I've been looking at -

97-06 Jeep TJ Wrangler Armor Rock Slider Rock Crawler Guard W/O Step | eBay
This look EXACTLY like my Smittybilt rocker guards. I got side steps on mine. The Smittybilt one ties into 2 body mounts as well. Mine have served me very well and still have a good finish on them. I paid like 175 for mine over a year ago.

JEEP WRANGLER TJ YJ Front Bumper 87-06 Tubular Rock Crawler + Winch plate ready | eBay
This looks exactly like my front Smittybilt bumper too.

I bet that seller gets them from the same place Smitty does.
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No, but you can see it from there!

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I got them last February. Holding up great, no chips or dings. Got them from Street Side Auto for $179 shipped when they were offering all kinds of coupons. Installed them in about 3 hours. The head of the bolts is starting to rust if you will, but only surface. I got a silver paint marker and that covered it up. Other then that, I like them and were worth the money. I really liked the "jeeperman" rockers.
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I was looking for rock sliders after bashing the heck out of both sides of my rockers as I bottomed out coming out of that tube in my avatar. I found some smitty xrcs on amazon for a good price (both as armor and to cover the gashes- cheaper than the bodywork would've cost) w/free shipping (amazon PRIME, baby!)

With not much to lose, I went ahead and got them- they went on easy, and look good. I don't know how durable the tubes will be, but as sliders the steel seems to be tough enough. I used my own zinc tub bolts tho, and I also went over everything with some Raptor liner leftover from my tub project, which should help with any potential finish flaws.

they bolt to both the side of the tub AND under the body mounts- they're plenty strong enough to stand on. I hadn't thought of the pooch getting it's foot caught in them tho- have to keep using the rear hatch once it warms up enough to drop the top.

Anyway, 7 months later and no issues...

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