Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
September 06, 2016
Decent w/Quality Longevity Reservations
Rock Sliders arrived individually lightly bubble wrapped and contained in one large undamaged cardboard shipping box. Unfortunately, two (2) of the Passenger side rivets (Out of 8 total rivets for the Sliders pair, 2 front and 2 back each side) were defective - One (1) was completely missing and one (1) was partially raised from proper seating against the main outside tube. From my viewpoint, there is no way to determine if these defects were a manufacturing or transport problem but given the issues and evidence I would surmise a cause occurring somewhere along the post manufacture line.
Extreme Terrain (especially Jennifer K) was unbelievably responsive and supportive in answering post sale questions as well as providing remedy for the product issues. This was my first Extreme order and if the Customer Service I received for this product is typical then I'm sold on ET as a retailer. Thank-you Jennifer!
General quality of the Rock Sliders seems solid - Good welds, clean lines and decent, aggressive, sort of semi-gloss texture powder coat appearance. As for the rivet issues - I'm guessing they were put in place for the weld process and don't appear structurally important to the final product integrity but apparently a are somewhat of a weak point cosmetically and perhaps longer term if left missing and water gets into the tubes. Scuff mark near the missing rivet revealing bare metal could suggest the coating is fairly thin and perhaps somewhat fragile. Time will tell if finish holds up to salt ridden Northeast winter roads.
Included single page install instruction are labeled "2007-2014 Rock Slider" and very limited - Only three (3) small black and white image panels with brief text. Adequate for experienced experts but could be better. For instance, no mention is made of apparently common difficulty in removing the body mount bolts due to Jeep design where an internal sheet metal retainer can hold the bolts from easy final spin-out removal. Not specifically a Barricade issue but all the bolts on my JK had this issue and would have been helpful for instructions to mention the possibility and suggest remedy. Additionally, no information is given regarding the fact that these Sliders are not symmetrical, that is to say there is a specific Driver side and Passenger side part - They are not interchangeable. Customer is left to sort this out through trial and error or other documentation. Finally, the last panel text indicates bolt torque of "35 ft-lbs" which is actually incorrect - Jennifer quickly confirmed that Chrysler recommends 80 ft-lbs for the body mount bolts and I believe the ET product page online PDF install document is correct. Barricade should add a current Title/Date and obviously correct the torque specification - Easily fixed and not a great first impression.
Actual install was fairly straightforward. Having some help would probably be ideal but a box/bucket with a few boards to raise Slider to right height works fine. Large washers integral to the Jeep body bolt fit cleanly w/o modification into the Slider box ends. Careful progressive alternate tighten of the mount bolts seated the Sliders properly. Noticed some slight position on vehicle difference (Driver side was about 1 inch more forward) most likely caused by JK assembly tolerances rather than Sliders - Only really noticeable to perfectionist.
Overall, install instructions aside, these Barricade Rock Sliders seem fine for the price. They look OK and exposed, useful step surface measures about 3.5 inches from factory rail.. Some concern for initial quality and longevity given the rivets weak point. Big plus was the ability to keep factory installed Rails.