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- How to Install Your Barricade Rocker Guard on your 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ
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Hey, guys. So, today I'm here with the Barricade Rocker Guards, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJ Wranglers, excluding the unlimited models. So, one of the most vulnerable areas to your Wrangler is definitely your rocker and you always wanna keep it protected while you're out on the trail. So, this option by Barricade is gonna be a great choice if you're looking for the ultimate protection for your rocker to keep it protected while you're out on the trail from any lower hanging obstacles like stumps or rocks that you may come down on. And these are very durable. So, these are gonna be able to take the blow and take the heat instead of your rocker.Now, these are made of a steel construction. They also have a textured black powder coat finish on them, obviously to resist any rust or corrosion on the metal underneath. What it's also gonna do is give you a really nice contrast to your Wrangler as well as assist in that off-road look. So, speaking of off-road look, it does have the nice riveted accenting. But those aren't gonna be rivets, they are gonna be bolts. So, that's gonna add a little bit more integrity to the actual rocker guard compared to some other options that may be attached by rivets. And not to mention for you guys out there that have already come down on a rock and busted up your rocker, this is gonna be a perfect solution to cover up any existing damage.So, these are gonna be a very affordable option at roughly $150. And that's just because these are pretty simplistic in comparison to other rocker guards on the page. Now, those other rocker guards that will be a little bit more expensive. They usually have a little bit more going on. Some will have welded steps here. Some may even have just welded rails that will come out and give you a little bit more side protection. But what I do like about these is the fact that you can pair a side step with this in conjunction to the actual rocker guard, giving you a little bit of options on how you wanna style your Jeep and how you want it to function. I do really like these. Even though they are simplistic, they're gonna give you some underbody strength. They're gonna give you a ton of side body strength and they're gonna look very good on the side of your TJ.So, install is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and that's because we have to drill into our body to get these attached. Nonetheless, it should take you roughly two hours to get the job done with some basic hand tools. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for this install were a floor jack, a block of wood, two clamps, a pair of needle-nose pliers, a dead blow, a 3/8-inch drive air ratchet, a 1/2-inch drive and 3/8-inch drive ratchet, a drill, a 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch drill bit, a center punch, a 5-inch extension, a 5/8-inch socket, a 17-millimeter socket, and a 6-millimeter Allen key.So, the first thing that we need to do in order to install our new rocker guards is to take off the two body bolts that are securing the body to our frame. Now, you are gonna need a 5/8-inch socket as well as an impact wrench or a breaker bar because these are sometimes difficult to get out. So, we're just going to remove these bolts. That should drop right out. Then we can do the same thing for the second one. So, after we've removed the two that we need to remove in order to get our body up off of the frame to slide our rocker in, what we need to do now is loosen up the front and the back one. And this is just going to allow that body to lift off. We don't have to remove it. We just want it loose. So, this is gonna be right inside of our bumper here. We're just gonna loosen this up.Now, we wanna make sure that it's loose. As you can see, that fell out, but we can just thread that back in, just a couple of threads. So, before we lift our body off of our Wrangler, we do wanna make sure that our rocker guard will sit flush. Now, there should be a trim piece on your JK right about here. This is just gonna be the extension of the fender. You should be able to remove it with a 10-millimeter socket and a ratchet. However, ours is already removed, so what we need to do next is drill out the rivets that will be holding that fender on. So, that's going to make sure that our rocker sits flush. So, I'm gonna grab a 1/4-inch drive drill bit and my drill and just go ahead and drill that out. So, the rivet started spinning. So what I just did was grab some pliers to pry off the head of the rivet and then we'll be able to push that through.So, what we're gonna do now is grab our floor jack as well as a block of wood and we're gonna jack the body up on the rearmost part of our rocker here and try to get the body separated from our body mounts on the frame so we can slide our rocker in. So, there will be a piece a right next to the rear fender, but we can go ahead and jack up. Now, make sure the block is centered and be careful. So, you may have to do the same thing on the other side in order to get the body up off of the frame. Now, what I just did on the other side was loosen up the front and the rear body mounts and removed the two inner body mounts. Now, we're just gonna carefully jack this up, get this in position, and then we can, once there is enough room, slide in our rocker.Now, what we can make sure is that these line up. So, we're just going to thread these in as best we can. We're not gonna tighten them down yet. We do need to make sure that everything is drilled and secure before we tighten these down. This is just for our pre-alignment. So, what I'm gonna do now is just hit the side of this with a dead blow just to make sure this is seated properly and all the way in as far as it needs to be. And it did actually get a lot closer. So, what we're gonna do now is move our jack stand to our actual rocker guard. So, I'm just going to jack this up in the middle. Make sure it's sitting where we need it to be. Then we're gonna take two clamps, one in the front and then one towards the back and we're gonna clamp the rocker up against our body to make sure that everything is lining up for when we drill. So, what we can do now is just jack up our rocker. And, as you can see, it's gonna move up a little bit higher. So, after that, I'm just going to take a large C-clamp. I do have a cloth on here to protect the finish on our rocker.So, we can put our second clamp on. I'm going to place it in the back here. So, what we can do now is mark and drill for our holes. So, first, we are going to hit this with a center punch. Then we can take our 1/4-inch drill bit and go ahead and start that hole. Then we can step that up to our 3/8-inch drill bit and this is going to be the last size that we need in order to get our bolt in. Then we can do the same thing for the rest of the holes. Be careful, because there is a wiring harness back here. For the last three holes, you wanna make sure that you're holding it up or taping it out of the way.So, what we can do now is grab our provided hardware. This is going to be your bolt, flat washer, and nylon lock nut. You're also gonna need a 6-millimeter Allen key and a 17-millimeter deep socket to go ahead and tighten that down. But we're gonna go ahead and attach this. So, we are going to stick our bolt through. Now, it may not go through all the way right away, but that's okay. We can go ahead and tighten that up through there. So, I did grab a small extension just to clear our clamp and our fender here, but I'm just gonna work that through just so it's clear enough to get through the body. Now, I'm going to add our... This is gonna be hard to see, but it's on the other side of the body. Grab our flat washer and our nylon lock nut. Now, we can grab our 17-millimeter socket, go up and behind our body.Now, these will have to be torqued to 35-foot pounds. After that's on, we can repeat the process for the other four bolts. So, now what we have to do is just remove our clamps and lower our floor jack and then we can go ahead and tighten up all of our body bolts. So, we're just gonna start with our clamps. So, our last step is just to tighten up our body mounts. We're gonna use that same 5/8-inch socket as well as a 5-inch extension just to give ourselves a little bit of room. After everything is tightened down, we can repeat that process on the other side and then you're all set to go.So, that's going to wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. And for more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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