(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, what's up, guys? Ryan here from ExtremeTerrain. And today I'm here with the DV8 Off-Road Steel Rock Guard Sliders in Black, fitting your 2007 to 2018 two-door Wrangler JK. This is gonna be for those of you Jeep owners that are just looking for some light off-roading protection and if you're looking for something that's a little stronger than the factory plastic step, one that mounts directly to the body into the pinch weld, and if you like the way that these look, then I think this is a great option to go with. Now, with side protection, you're gonna have all different styles and some of them are going to be modeled after this rock slider right here. Prices are gonna vary all over the place and I think for the price that these are coming in at, right around $280, then this is a pretty good option to go with.The Wrangler is very capable in its stock form, however, it does lack some very necessary armor in my opinion. Now, depending on the type of off-roading that you're doing, the type of trails that you're riding, you can really cause a lot of damage to that pinch weld. It's out in the open. It's a very vulnerable spot. These are very easy to install and this is really cheap insurance versus having to get your Wrangler fixed, repaired and of course, repainted, which can cost a lot of money. Now these are constructed of steel. They're made of 2-inch steel tubing and of course, they have many different tubes that are all connected together and fully welded up. And the whole thing is coated in a very nice black powder coating. These are also a great addition to prevent any door dings or deflect a wayward shopping cart if you're in a parking lot. So, like I said, they're gonna be a huge upgrade over the factory plastic step. And if you do have a Rubicon, then you'll be able to keep that Rubi rail which is just going to add even more protection to the side of your Wrangler. Now, along with having that side protection, these are going to provide a great additional step to your Wrangler. So, if you're looking to gain some ease of access into your lifted Wrangler or reach any of that cargo, then this is going to be very helpful in that aspect as well. Along with those tubes fully welded up, DV8 has added a nice plate that's gonna connect the top two tubes right here. It has their name carved right into it and that's just gonna add to the whole structural integrity of this part.Now, as far as installation goes, I'm gonna give this a very easy two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter as you can do this with just basic tools that you have in your toolbox and you can get all this done in about two hours. Tools we used for this install: a torque wrench, 3/8 drive impact, 3/8 drive ratchet, 10-millimeter wrench, 16-millimeter socket, 13-millimeter socket, 10-millimeter socket, rust busting lubricant.All right, guys. So the first thing we have to do, obviously, we have a plastic step on here so we have to get that factory one off. If you don't have anything on there, obviously, you can just go right to the install. Also, this is something you can do in your driveway at home with the vehicle on the ground. Obviously, we put it up in the air because it's just gonna make it a lot easier. So I'm gonna go grab some tools and we'll get started.All right, so now that we're under here you can see exactly where these mounting points are. We got some on the pinch weld here, we got to take these two nuts off. We also have this bolt going up through the floor so I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter to get both of these nuts off, use a 13-millimeter to get that bolt out. We're just gonna follow that side step until we find our next bracket and then we'll do the same thing. Once you get all the hardware we're just gonna remove this step. So you wanna just tilt it up in the air, slide it out a little bit, get it around the lift arms.All right, guys, so with these so elegantly placed on the table, I just wanna show you the differences between your factory step, the aftermarket step and of course, talk a little bit about the construction. Now, overall, the factory step really isn't a bad design. They give you some thick protection on the ends. They cut it down a little bit in the middle. Of course, that drops it down a little bit. It has a pretty nice texture as well and that gives you a sure footing, you're not gonna go slipping off. Overall, it's a pretty good design besides the fact that it's plastic. The way that it mounts to the body, I like that it mounts to the floor and to the pinch weld because overall, normally that gives it a pretty strong mounting point, makes it a very strong step, but once again, it is plastic. So it's gonna protect you from light bumps and bruises, you know, maybe some light off-roading and stuff like that, but if you're looking for something that's a little more aggressive looking and a little stronger, then you wanna go with something aftermarket. Now this one is made of steel. So, obviously, it's gonna be a lot stronger than the plastic step and it has a pretty nice design. These two are way different than each other and this one actually mounts in a different way as well.So with this one you have two mounts right here. These are actually gonna mount to the body mount bushing bolts and those little studs that stick down. This is a pretty solid design. It's gonna give you a pretty good amount of protection and strength there. Of course, I really like the way that these mount and if you do want that extra protection, you're gonna want something that mounts like that, because like I said, normally, in the aftermarket, that's gonna be a lot stronger than this. But overall, this is gonna be a huge upgrade from the factory step. Now this is made from 2-inch tubing. As you can see, there's a series of tubes that are all welded together in a really fanciful way and also it makes it a lot stronger. So you have this tube down here, this drops down. It's connected with these two little intermediate tubes and it extends away from the vehicle as well. So it's gonna give you that buffering, kind of keeping things away from your vehicle and it's gonna give you a little bit of underneath protection. And this tube right here is actually gonna sit right along the pinch weld which is a very vulnerable spot on the Jeep. That's something that tends to really get hit in the aftermarket. Now this is gonna be a rock slider. It's also gonna function as a step, so DV8 has welded a nice plate in here which is gonna make the bridge between these two tubes a lot stronger, of course, and it just adds a nice little aesthetic look to it as well, as well as some structural integrity. This whole thing is finished off with a textured black powder coating, and it's kind of a semi-gloss finish, but overall, it adds to that aggressive styling, the rugged good looks, and it's gonna protect this thing from rust and corrosion. You know, if you bang it against something, it's gonna add a little bit of protection but if you do scratch it, of course, you expose bare metal, you wanna just cover that up with some black spray paint or some clear spray paint. You just wanna keep this thing from rusting. Overall, this is a relatively easy thing to install. We do have to take some bolts off of the Jeep but that's not gonna take too long. So, with that being said, let's show you how to get this installed and what it looks like on the Jeep.All right, so we're going back over to the Jeep. You're gonna see the body mounts here. We're not taking this big old bolt out of here. We're actually gonna take these two nuts off of the body mount bushing. So we're gonna use a 16-millimeter socket. We'll just take these two off, then we'll go over to the other mount, take the other two off. You might wanna spray them with some WD-40, any rust busting lubricant that you may have in your arsenal at home, just a little ahead of time before you tackle this. All right, like I said, we're going up to the front. We're gonna do the other two. Of course, doing anything overhead you might wanna put on some safety glasses that way you don't get any dirt that's gonna fall off your Jeep in your eye. All right, so now we're gonna go grab our rock slider and then we're gonna install and put those nuts back on.All right, so this step is pretty heavy. You might wanna grab a friend to help you. What we're gonna do, since we're doing this on a lift, I'm gonna have to weave it into place. Now we're gonna get it set up here and I'm gonna grab someone else to help me lift this up and then we'll get those nuts re-installed. All right, so we need to slide the end of this rock slider. It's got this little cup on it. We need to slide it on top of that big body mount washer. Once we get it on top of that, the studs are gonna poke through. We're just gonna take those nuts. Just gonna reinstall them on there. Get both of these started. You can take that 16-millimeter socket and then you can tighten them up. All right, so since we're on the lift, the lift's arm is in the way, I had to switch to a ratchet but you can use your impact or if you're already using a ratchet, you can keep using your ratchet. However, we'll get this other one tight and then we'll do the two front ones. All right, so once you get all four of those nuts back on, you wanna torque them down to 40-foot-pounds and then you can do the same exact thing to get the other side off and on.All right, guys, now you see how we got this one side installed, so you can use that same exact process to get the other side installed. However, that is going to wrap it up for my review and install. For more videos and products like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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