While the install instructions for Troy's guards are but a single page, be sure to read through them and note the comment about your electrical cable bundle that runs along the top of the rocker on the driver's side. Remove the plastic retainers (we finally ended up pulling them out with the pliers and used zip ties to put them back) so that you may temporarily move the cable bundle while you drill the necessary mounting holes. The passenger side as no cable bundle to worry about. Now would be a good time to say that you should always verify what lies behind the sheet metal as you drill holes in your Jeep. Drilling into a cable, hose, or fluid tubing is not a fun thing to have happen. It only takes a couple of seconds to double check!
Fitting the rocker flush to the bottom of the tub is always a
problem since that part of the tub is recessed about an inch or so. Sun
used a pair of nylon spacers to fill this gap. Troy's rockers have a
section of metal welded on to the guard to fill this tub gap. I like this
approach better since it disperses any rocker guard impact over a much larger
portion of the tub's bottom.
With the help of Mike's floor jack and a variety of wood blocks, we placed the passenger side rocker in position. A few extra pumps on the jack handle put the rocker guard flush against the bottom of the tub and put it in line with the bottom of the door, just as intended. I checked the spacing of the welded in section and it too fit flush against the bottom of the tub....nice, very nice.
This one caught Mike and I completely off guard. The nut
in the above picture is from the floor mount on my
front roll bar. Notice the cut
out on the rocker guard. Troy does not sell floor tie ins with his sport
bar. My bar came from OR-Fab. Regardless, it
was one thing I did not have to deal with. Troy's attention to detail,
like this, makes the install go so much easier. (Mike said he had to deal
with a similar problem when he mounted his "name brand" rocker guards.
Granted, you can't expect every manufacturer to know all of the various options
that might "interfere" with their product, but it is nice when one of them
We double checked the fit of the guard and made sure nothing was on the back side of the rocker and then I started drilling holes into the Jeep tub. I did one at each end of the guard, put bolts in them, and then fished with the ones in the middle.
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