(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Hey, guys. Today, I'm here with the Hyline Offroad Rock Sliders Set fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJ Wranglers, excluding those unlimited models. So, this is gonna be for the TJ owners who are looking for maximum side protection and even a little bit of underbody protection with a rock slider. Now, one of the most vulnerable areas on your Wrangler is your rocker area as well as your pinch weld underneath. So, you definitely wanna keep it protected from any of those lower obstacles on the trail like stumps or rocks that you may come down on. This option by Hyline is gonna do a fantastic job of keeping that rocker panel protected. You're gonna have some heavy duty steel up top on the side here as well as wrapping down underneath, so if you come down on anything, this is gonna take the blow.This is also gonna have a welded tube on the outside, which is gonna have some steel plating up top, perfect if you need a boost up into your Wrangler, especially if it's lifted because it can be a challenge. And I do like the fact that they have a plate up at the front as well as down at the door. So, that's gonna give you a boost up into your Jeep. But if you have anything on top of your Jeep like a roof rack or anything, this is gonna help you have easy access to that. Now, this is going to be a heavy-duty plated steel providing that protection. It's also gonna have a nice E-coating underneath that is gonna be rust-resistant and a nice textured black powder coat finish on top, protect that steal from any rust or corrosion. What it's also gonna do is help you achieve an aggressive and off-road look to the side of your Wrangler, especially with these riveted accents here.So, this is gonna be one of your more expensive choices at roughly $335. Not your most expensive, but definitely one of your more premium choices. But you can tell that within the quality of this step. It does have some really clean welds on it. It does have a very quality powder coat that you can tell is gonna last a very long time and overall, it just looks very clean and it also is attached by not only the rocker panel here, but underneath, it's attached by the three body mount bolts. Now, some other options on the page may only connect by two, so this is gonna be a little bit more structurally sound, and I do like that especially when providing you that protection on the trail. Nonetheless, this is gonna look very nice mounted up to the side of your TJ, and it's even gonna be American-made with a one year warranty to keep a little bit of peace of mind.So, install's gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. We are gonna have to do a little bit of drilling, but it's nothing you can't do in your driveway in a couple of hours with some basic hand tools. So, speaking of the install, it's jumping to that now. Tools I used for this install were a clamp or a couple of clamps, pair of scissors, a drill, vise grips, a 3/8-inch drive ratchet, 14-millimeter wrench, 8-millimeter ratcheting wrench, quarter-inch drive ratchet, a 3/8-inch, 5/16-inch, and 3/16-inch drill bit, a 16-millimeter, 14-millimeter, and 10-millimeter deep socket, a 3-inch extension, a 7/32-inch Allen key, a center punch, small pry bar, and an impact wrench. You're also gonna need a jack and a couple blocks of wood.So, the first step of our install is to remove our stock sidestep. You are gonna need a 10-millimeter socket, and I would recommend an extension with this as well then we can head underneath the Jeep. So, you're gonna have a series of 10-millimeter bolts. There are three on the back and then there's gonna be four up front. You're gonna have one in the back there. It's gonna be a little difficult to see, but it's gonna be on that back corner. All right, then we can move up to the front mount. Then we're gonna go ahead and take off this fender liner extension. You're gonna need an 8-millimeter ratcheting wrench or an 8-millimeter socket. We're gonna remove the three bolts that are holding it on. So, the rivnuts we're spinning in the back, so what I did with the two rear ones was just put a pry bar behind the washer on the bolt, put some pressure on it, and I was able to work it out, but that's not the case with this front one. So, I took a pair of vise grips and clamped the back rivnut, so we can go ahead and try to hold that rivnut still while we loosen up this bolt here.So, now, our next step is to take out our three body bolts and that's what our sidestep is going to sandwich in between. So, you're gonna need a 16-millimeter socket and an impact wrench or a ratchet in order to do this. So, now, with the help of a friend, we can go ahead and line up our rock slider into our body mounts. So what I'm gonna do just to make sure all of our holes line up, is just thread our body mounts back in. Now, we do have to take the rock slider back off in a minute to drill our holes, but we wanna make sure that everything's lining up. All right. So now what we wanna do to make sure that our holes are lined up correctly for drilling, we want to get this as high as possible and then we're gonna clamp it on to the body of our Jeep. So, we wanna make sure that this is clamped up tight to our body so we can correctly mark where we need to drill our holes. So we're gonna put one on the back here and then we're gonna head up front and add a clamp up there. Make sure that everything's lining up. After that's done, we can go grab our center punch.So, next, we're gonna make a mark with our center punch so we can drill our hole. So, once those are marked, what I'm gonna do is actually take our rock slider back off so we don't chip any of the powder coating while we drill. So, what I'm gonna do is just pull this step back off. We can put this to the side so we can drill our holes. So our next step is to drill a pilot hole. I'm gonna use a 3/16-inch drill bit, and then we're gonna step it up to 5/16, and then finally, a 3/8-inch drill bit. You also wanna make sure that you are being careful of the wiring harness that is on the other side of the driver side. It is tucked up pretty high, but you just wanna be mindful of that. All right, then we can step that back up to a 3/8-inch drill bit.So, before we go ahead and mount up our step, we do wanna make sure that we put our gasket in here and this is just going to ensure that this sidestep is not going to have metal to metal contact and scratch up your body paint. Now we can go ahead and mount this backup into place. So now, we can line up our slider with our drilled hole and work our hardware in. You're gonna have an Allen head bolt and then you're also going to be provided with a rubber gasket as well. So, we're just gonna get our bolts through and then we can attach our nuts on the other side. So, I'm using a 7/32-inch Allen key in order to get these bolted up.So, once that's through, we can take our nut and reach around to the other side. Go ahead and thread that on. Now, this is a little bit hard to see, but it's right on the other side of your inner fender liner, right there. And then we can take for this front one, a 14-millimeter wrench and hold that nut still and we can just go ahead and tighten this down with a 7/32-inch Allen key. So then you'll be able to access the other four bolts from the inside of your door here. So we're just going to thread those on and then go back and then tighten them down. They are nylon lock nuts, they're not gonna thread on all the way. Gonna give you a little bit of pressure, but they'll stay in place for a very long time. So now I'm gonna take a 14-millimeter deep socket and that same 7/32-inch Allen key and go ahead and tighten these down.All right, so now we can thread in our body bolts. So once you have a thread in all of them, we can take our jack out of the way, carefully lower it down. So now, with our 16-millimeter socket, we can tighten up our body bolts.So, that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. 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