I decided to go the slider route because I wanted something more functional/better looking than a regular side step. The ones I got weren't all that flashy but for me they were worth it. It's all a matter of personal preference.
Shoot man. Make your own if u have the tools. If u don't have the tools do what u can then take the metal to a muffler shop and I bet they will weld it up for ya. Maybe even for as cheap as a case of beer !!!!
these are pretty identical to the smittybilt but are less $$$, same install instructions. They look good and are very functional on the trails. They seem to change price every now and then. I picked them up for 165, free shipping, no tax.
I made my own, haven't got them mounted yet but here are some pics of before I painted them
So far all they have cost me is 8 bucks for 2 grinding wheels, and 8 bucks for a can of bedliner, had the metal and everything laying around
98 sport, 4inch skyjacker lift, 35" goodyear wrangler mtrs with kevlar on 15x10 black streetlock wheels, smittybuilt rear bumber with tire carrier, warn m8000 winch, windshield mount hellas, and a rhinolined interior, with aussie locked dana 30 front dana 44 rear with a yukon grizzly locker, 4.10 gears with a 3speed 32rh
I wanted to get everyone's thoughts on some rock sliders.
Ya they look badass and change the look. Just wondering if its worth the $200 or is there something better you could do for $200 to make your jeep stand out
I'm a huge fan of sturdy rocker guards, but that's because I beat the hell out of my Jeep on large rocks. My motivation for installing them was simply to protect the sides of the tub, and they do an excellent job.
Do I think they look bad ass? You bet. Do I think the average onlookers thinks so? Not at all. They don't stand out visually since they are black and my Jeep is black, and most non-Jeepers assume they are some strange type of step for climbing up into the Jeep. Other rock crawlers recognize them for what they are, of course, and they can tell how I use my vehicle without either of us saying a word. It's like a secret handshake or something.
Oh, one more side benefit to rocker guards with tubing: they offer fantastic protection against door dings in parking lots.
__________________ Dempsey Bowling
My fleet: 91 Miata, 98 Wrangler Sport, 06 Mustang GT, 01 Suburban 8.1L, 14 Forte EX
Jeep mods: 4" longarm + 1" BL, 35" KM2s, 4.56s with dual ARBs... and lots of scratched armor
I bought Trail Gear Sliders. I saw them on sale a couple years ago for half price. I bought them. So far so good. They have done a lot of rubbing against trees, but I do not wheel where there are huge rocks.
When compared next to my friend's A to Z sliders, his rail is definitely beefier, but he paid 3 times as much.
My sliders work 1000X better than the Derf bars that I had on the Jeep when I first bought it.
The Dork bars attached to the frame and started bending up towards the tub.
I would discourage anyone who wheels their Jeep on buying Derf bars.