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I finished the holes and Mike tightened the bolts on the upper
edge of the rocker guard. While he was doing that, I drilled the holes
from the bottom of the guard up into the tub. I put the half dozen bolts
into the bottom of the guard and did a final check on all of the bolts.
We finished up the job with installing the driver's side guard
and then got started on making some new sway bar links. The guards went on
nicely. No need to re-drill a hole or figure out how to clearance
something that didn't fit correctly. As I write this, I've not had the TJ on
the trail yet (they have only been on for about 6 hours). But, I have no
doubt that they will work well. If you are looking for a pair of nicely
designed guards, these would certainly do the job. I look forward to
testing mine on the rocks.
I thought I would post an update as to how the rocker guards are
doing. They've been on for about two years now and have done everything
I've asked of them. They are still tight, snug to the body, no mounting
issues, etc. They've done a very good.
I had to chuckle a bit after reading an online comment from a guy who said that the self tapping bolts were just begging to get ripped off (or something like that). Even though I have done a fair job of scraping the length of the guard, there is not a nick on the bolt heads. I have successfully folded the center body mount ears over quite well, but again without ever touching the mounting bolts on the rocker guard. From what I heard, he doesn't have the guards on his vehicle. I'll trust what I see on my vehicle until something better changes my mind.
Last weekend, I ran Die Hard, a solid 5.0 trail here in the Phoenix area. It was a challenge on 35" tires.....two of the six vehicles in our groups were moon buggies on 40" tires....I was the smallest vehicle on the trail. Anyway, my reason for posting was to show you a picture of the rocker guards.
Here is a view of Lady's driver's side rocker guard. As you can see, it is quite well used from front to back. The side sliders didn't look quite this bad, but they took on some new "finish" too. The heads of the bolts that hold the rocker guard onto the bottom of the tub still have no nicks on them. So much for them ripping out.