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Old 10-08-2016, 10:59 PM
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Looking for rocker guards????

Looking for some thoughts on replacing my stock running boards with something different. Started my jeep project from scratch and have done everything myself except paint. To be honest, my jeep will never see a lot of off road but I like the looks of the rock guards. Trying to stay around the 250 range and really need something that can be used as a step as well. Any Ideas????

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Old 10-09-2016, 12:01 AM   #2
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I have this set on my 04 TJ. They are very heavy guage and built well. They were on it when I purchased the jeep. Surface rust had gotten to them and the powder coat bubbled. I cleaned them up and sprayed them with stain black, and they look great.

Smittybilt 76868 XRC Rocker Guard Fits 04 06 Wrangler LJ | eBay

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Old 10-09-2016, 10:34 AM
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Those are nice. How's the step. I have kids who always want to ride in the jeep. Is it a stretch to get your foot on it. I have. 3.5 lift
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I have this set on my 04 TJ. They are very heavy guage and built well. They were on it when I purchased the jeep. Surface rust had gotten to them and the powder coat bubbled. I cleaned them up and sprayed them with stain black, and they look great.

Smittybilt 76868 XRC Rocker Guard Fits 04 06 Wrangler LJ | eBay
I have these on my jeep they look great but not so good as steps, the top of the tube is almost even with the bottom of the door so a pretty high step up.
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I like that style the best. I just can't bring myself to drill holes in the body. I know it's probably stronger but I don't plan on doing a ton of off roading and when I do I will probably steer clear of rocks. I already get the evil eye when I buy jeep stuff. I think I will go with the same type rocker guards but the ones you mount to the frame. That should make the step a little lower. Kinda like these if not these exact ones!!!!
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I'm with you on the holes. Like I said, they were on the jeep when I purchased it. Luckly, the installation looks professionals. I was looking at the holes and there is a large margin for error where you can goober it up. I don't cut or drill anything in my jeep. My hats off to the guys that work on their jeep with a dremel tool.....

Go with Trail Products. I took a look at their stuff and it looks really good. Plus they are a very good company...
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I'm def going check that out. Will let everyone know what I go with and post a pic after I'm done
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I like that style the best. I just can't bring myself to drill holes in the body. I know it's probably stronger but I don't plan on doing a ton of off roading and when I do I will probably steer clear of rocks. I already get the evil eye when I buy jeep stuff. I think I will go with the same type rocker guards but the ones you mount to the frame. That should make the step a little lower. Kinda like these if not these exact ones!!!!
Drilling the holes is really not that big of a deal you mount the rock sliders in the body mounts and then use a jack to push them tight up against the body and the drill through the holes in the rockers so its pretty hard to mess it up. But I do understand the fear. You should have seen my wife's face when she came home and found me cutting the front fenders off my jeep with a sawzall to mount the new tube fenders. The more you do the more you are willing to try. I just do a lot of research and watch videos and when I feel Ive got a good idea what im going to do i just go for it.
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I got some Rockhard 4X4 rockers. I liked them because they incorporated a step which I like. I had to drill into the body, but like others have said, it is hard to mess up. Additionally the benefits of those body-attached models outweighed the frame attached models (lower profile). If you do a style that hugs the body like the link below, make sure you put a gasket between the rocker and body. Cheers.

Rock Hard 4X4 Parts Rocker Sliders with Tubing for 04-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ Unlimited | Quadratec
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I'm trying to decide on which ones as well and came across Detours Dropkicks. They are different. My number 1 choice going so far.

Drop-Kick Slyders
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Thanks guys. I think I am going to go with the dropkick slyders. Don't really want to spend the money but they are everything I want. No drilling, best thing to a step you can get, great function, weather I use them or not and look cool. Plus I really haven't saw many or really any around where I live.
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Thanks guys. I think I am going to go with the dropkick slyders. Don't really want to spend the money but they are everything I want. No drilling, best thing to a step you can get, great function, weather I use them or not and look cool. Plus I really haven't saw many or really any around where I live.
I'm still leaning towards those too. I like the unique look and that I've never seen them on a Jeep around where I live.

Let us know how the install goes and post some pics.
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I can't say enough good things about Rusty's offroad rock rails. Seriously...I have an LJ and I really struggled to find a good set of rocker guards that were #1. not crazy expensive, #2. came coated and painted, and #3. were strong and good quality. Rustys hit every nail on the head perfectly. I wouldn't have even thought to look at Rusty's for much of anything, let alone rock rails...but I saw a set of rocker guards in a photo on google, and it took me to their site. They are beefy as hell, come with a built in step, came powder-coated AND E-coated, and they were only like $350.
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I'm definitely getting those. How was the install? I looked at some instructions and it mentioned having to disconnect some line along the frame to install one of them but I forgot what it was. I remember it not being clear to me what to do with it after you disconnect it.
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I don't remember disconnecting a line. If anything, maybe pull the brake line away from the frame to keep from pinching it.

My wife is only 5'2", and this fit the bill for serving as a rocker protector and a step.
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I thought the instructions indicated that there was a line (maybe brake line) attached to a plastic clip under the frame that needed to be removed from the frame but it didn't state what to do with that plastic clip/line afterwards
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Looks like you've made up your mind, but for other folks, these might be an option too. I've had my eye on them for a bit, but don't have the funds to pull the trigger yet.

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Looks like you've made up your mind, but for other folks, these might be an option too. I've had my eye on them for a bit, but don't have the funds to pull the trigger yet.

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I like those as well. #2 on my list
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Those dropkick slyders look good, anyone know where to get best deal for them?
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Those dropkick slyders look good, anyone know where to get best deal for them?
They only sell them on there web site He made mine after I ordered them
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They only sell them on there web site He made mine after I ordered them
Yep, made per order like a lot of the smaller companies. Mine took about 3 weeks. And he can accommodate/modify to any size body lift too.
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I was set on the Drop Kick Slyders but I think I am going to get the JCR sliders instead. They look well made and look really solid the way they mount. They are more expensive than most other though.

Anyone have them installed? Opinions?

I'll probably order them in Jan since I just ordered JCR front and rear bumper and a winch. Wife might have something to say if I spend any more money this month on the Jeep.
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I was set on the Drop Kick Slyders but I think I am going to get the JCR sliders instead. They look well made and look really solid the way they mount. They are more expensive than most other though. Anyone have them installed? Opinions? I'll probably order them in Jan since I just ordered JCR front and rear bumper and a winch. Wife might have something to say if I spend any more money this month on the Jeep.
Those are super nice and serve your purpose well. I'm still going to get the slyders if everything else will quit breaking on my jeep

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