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Old 01-16-2018, 03:10 PM
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Aluminum rock sliders - am I crazy

Anyone using aluminum rock sliders like these from Teraflex? https://www.quadratec.com/products/12002_1100_07.htm

I'm thinking alu to save weight and these kind of provide an entry step. I don't love that they screw into the body though, would prefer mounting to frame on the existing points..

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I almost pulled the trigger on those exact rockers. I wanted something lightweight with high clearance. I ended up going with the Metal Cloak Overland Rocker Kit which are steal, but are relatively lightweight and provide high clearance. I just wasn't sure how well the aluminum would hold up over time as I do moderate wheeling and rock crawling.

If you don't wheel that much in rocks where they might be crunched the TeraFlex aluminum rockers would probably work very well.

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I almost pulled the trigger on those exact rockers. I wanted something lightweight with high clearance. I ended up going with the Metal Cloak Overland Rocker Kit which are steal, but are relatively lightweight and provide high clearance. I just wasn't sure how well the aluminum would hold up over time as I do moderate wheeling and rock crawling.

If you don't wheel that much in rocks where they might be crunched the TeraFlex aluminum rockers would probably work very well.

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And these bolt to the existing mounting points?
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What is the purpose of saving a few lbs on sliders? Are you drag racing, trying to hit 14 second 1/4 times? What will happen to those sliders when your tire slips off a boulder and the slider slams against another boulder? Install proper sliders and don't be that guy with his lightweight sliders all bent out of shape.
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What is the purpose of saving a few lbs on sliders? Are you drag racing, trying to hit 14 second 1/4 times? What will happen to those sliders when your tire slips off a boulder and the slider slams against another boulder? Install proper sliders and don't be that guy with his lightweight sliders all bent out of shape.
Perfect response. Get some steel sliders mounted to the frame like VKS, LOD or EVO. What you will lose in weight you will make up for in potential body damage. You want to save weight run aluminum bumpers, fenders and maaaaybe skids but I would even do that. Run a winch with synthetic line as well
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I have these and very happy with them. Took them off-roading and never had an issue but around where I live there’s no rocks. I just have to worry about sliding into trees or trying to go around them. I usually go to Silver Lake Dunes so there’s no worry for damaging them.

Also if your Jeep is lifted with bigger tires having these as a step isn’t really that great because they’re mounted higher than the stock steps so you’re really stepping higher just to get in.



Sorry not the best picture to see the steps but that’s the best one I have on my phone.


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Check out the Nemesis Billy Rockers. They’re aluminum and built to be beat on.
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What is the purpose of saving a few lbs on sliders? Are you drag racing, trying to hit 14 second 1/4 times? What will happen to those sliders when your tire slips off a boulder and the slider slams against another boulder? Install proper sliders and don't be that guy with his lightweight sliders all bent out of shape.
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Perfect response. Get some steel sliders mounted to the frame like VKS, LOD or EVO. What you will lose in weight you will make up for in potential body damage. You want to save weight run aluminum bumpers, fenders and maaaaybe skids but I would even do that. Run a winch with synthetic line as well
Totally fair. The reason I'm looking at aluminum is for weight savings since my Jeep is a DD and I'm not expecting to do any hardcore crawling in it. More overland style for me.

Also, I've heard people on the forum talk about the potential for damage to the body while using aluminum boat style sliders, but I haven't read any ACTUAL accounts. Have you? Please share if so.

Here's an interesting perspective from another forum: 'Every jeep with frame mounted rocker protection I've seen that actually wheels hard has had body damage from the "protection" flexing and hitting the tub. As has been stated the frame mount rockers flex and the damage is done, the tub mount is far stronger.'

FWIW, Teraflex has some videos showing the good performance of their rocker, though I wouldn't describe it as 'slamming' into a boulder...
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I have these and very happy with them. Took them off-roading and never had an issue but around where I live there’s no rocks. I just have to worry about sliding into trees or trying to go around them. I usually go to Silver Lake Dunes so there’s no worry for damaging them.

Also if your Jeep is lifted with bigger tires having these as a step isn’t really that great because they’re mounted higher than the stock steps so you’re really stepping higher just to get in.



Sorry not the best picture to see the steps but that’s the best one I have on my phone.


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Thanks for the tip on the step, as I was thinking it could work well as a step. I'm only 2.5" lift and 33's, but still. Wife is not tall..

What is the retractable roof you have?
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Check out the Nemesis Billy Rockers. They’re aluminum and built to be beat on.
Aaaaand I think I may return the Teraflex and get the Billy's with the step!
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They have a video of them beating on a set of those rockers. I think they look great too. I have their aluminum fenders and I love em’
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Oh! Krawl off-road (forum vender) works with Nemesis. They got me a little bit of a discount on the Nemesis fenders. They are pricy for sure, but the quality is top notch.
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Rad Jeep!

Thanks for the tip on the step, as I was thinking it could work well as a step. I'm only 2.5" lift and 33's, but still. Wife is not tall..

What is the retractable roof you have?


I also have a 2.5 lift and 33’s AND my wife is only 5ft so she’s not to crazy about getting in and out of the Jeep but she’s got used to it. A good set a grab handles will help a lot.

Not a retractable...it’s the bestop sunrise for hardtops and the Teraflex roof rack.


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Awesome!

And these bolt to the existing mounting points?
Yes, and under the body as well. You use larger bolts for the pinch seam and under body attachment points, so you have to drill out the current holes. For the under body attachments you install three nutserts. It is not difficult.

Instructions here: http://www.armoredworks.com/metalclo...Rocker-Kit.pdf

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Frame mounted rock rails only. Avoid tub damage by running away from anything tub mounted.

If you are buying armor you should typically go steel. Aluminum may take a hit and save you but then you need to replace it where steel can keep getting hit. Weight is a factor but it's not as much as you would think. I've driven all aluminum everything jeeps and they have marginally more pickup and go than I do. It may have even been my imagination but I am assuming lighter weight equals faster, albeit just barely.

I run steel skids, bumpers, and rock rails because they are ARMOR first. Many people I know who ran aluminum skids here in AZ where even moderate trails have rocks you'll drag over have had to look at aluminum armor as a consumable product and after a few replacement pieces they started swapping over to steel. I run Aluminum flares because they give me more protection and look cooler than the stockers but they are not likely to repeatedly take a hit like my armor is. I run synthetic line in my winch but my winch is a heavy zeon platinum. Save weight where you can but not if it sacrifices strength in critical areas.
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Aluminum rock sliders will work great if you bolt some 1/4 inch plate steel to where they will contact rocks.

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