(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
- How to Install Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit - Black Matte on your Jeep Wrangler
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I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Of course, there is a version of this kit for those of you with a two door and those of you with a four door JK. Today we're going to talk through the installation of this rocker guard kit which is a very simple one out of three wrench installation. We'll also talk through the construction and a few of the features of these guards. These are going to be for those of you who want to finish off the otherwise unfinished look of the pinch seam underneath the doors of your JK. That rocker guard section from the factory does look a little bit unfinished with some holes drilled in it, and a set of rocker guards like this will certainly finish off the look.However, rocker guard is used a little bit loosely when it comes to this particular product. This is a plastic product that while it does use a couple of screws to hold it in place, it also attaches with 3M tape and you're not going to get any sort of protection from off-road obstacles. This is going to be protection against kicking the rocker with your shoes and scratching up the factory paint, and it is going to be a little bit of protection from door dings depending on the height of your Jeep. However, these will take the place of some steps or some other rocker guards. You won't be able to run those two in conjunction so these are going to be for those of you who are staying on the road and don't need actual rocker protection for off-roading.As far as a plastic, more aesthetic part goes, I think that this is fairly priced and it does work as advertised. These rocker guards are made of a UV treated thermoplastic so they're going to hold up well in the sun. They're not going to fade or become brittle. They are also going to be pretty strong so if you do get bumped into by a door in the parking lot, these won't crack or become damaged.As I said before, these are designed to work specifically on your two door or four door JK. They do bolt directly onto the holes that are already existing in your pinch seam and use some automotive grade 3M tape to be held in place.I said before that this is a very simple one out of three wrench insulation and it definitely is. There's a good chance you'll get these installed in less than a half an hour with just some traditional hand tools and a good cleaning product. Any time you're attaching anything to your vehicle with 3M automotive adhesive, you will want to make sure that that area is nice and clean. So I would recommend roughly holding the rocker guard up to the Jeep, seeing the area where the pre-applied 3M adhesive is going to actually stick onto the rocker panel and making sure that area is nice and clean with a good alcohol based cleaner.From there, you can use the 3M adhesion promoter that comes in this kit to make sure you get a really good bond between the 3M and the surface of the vehicle. What I would recommend is after cleaning the surface, hold these in place and put a few of the nuts and bolts through your new rocker guard into that pinch seam to hold everything in place. From there you can start to peel the 3M tape and make sure everything is lined up properly before you pull the rest of the backing off and really make sure that it sticks to the side of the Jeep. You will want to make sure that you're doing this when the temperatures are moderate. You're not going to want to do this on a really hot day or a really cold day because it can affect how that 3M adhesive adheres onto your vehicle. So if you're doing this in the winter, try and do it in a heated garage. If you're doing it in the summer, pick a cooler day or a day in the shade so that that adhesive sets up good and everything is going to stay where you put it.The nice thing about the 3M adhesive is while it will stick and stay exactly where you put it as long as you want it to, this is completely reversible. So if you remove the nut and bolt hardware that is attaching these rocker guards to the pinch seam and do a little bit of pulling and peeling, you can certainly remove these and go back to stock without any long-term effects. As I mentioned before, just traditional hand tools and a good cleaner and you'll get this job done in less than half an hour. Sometimes when you get plastic products like this, some of the edges aren't perfect, you can see where the mold wasn't quite right. These are really, really well made and that's why I would say that they are worth the cost. They are a little bit expensive in my opinion for just an aesthetic piece but if you like the look that these provide and a little bit of protection that they provide, these are very, very well built.So if you're looking to change up the look of the rocker area of your Jeep, make that pinch seam look a little bit more finished and add some protection against kicking that rocker and scuffing up the factory paint, these are going to do a nice job. These are a really well built version of these rocker protectors and while they're not going to give you protection in an off-road scenario, they will help protect against scratches and some door hits.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit fitting all 2007 and up JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Rugged Protection. Give your Wrangler a rugged appearance with protection from trail debris and damages with the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit. Featuring a smooth black matte finish, this kit is designed to complement your factory exterior as well as aftermarket upgrades. A quick installation makes protection and style a simple upgrade.
Durable Construction. This rocker guard kit is crafted from impact resistant polycarbonate to protect your Wrangler's rocker panels from scratches and abrasions. Automotive grade 3M tape is included for a secure and reliable fit.
Installation and Warranty. This rocker armor installs easily on your Wrangler with included automotive grade 3M tape without modification or drilling. Rugged Ridge backs this kit with a five year limited warranty to ensure quality craftsmanship and value.
Application. The Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit is designed for installation on all 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited (4 door) models.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details
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October 26, 2019
Easy to install!! Looks great and holding up well!Helpful (0)
August 23, 2019
They look great but I feel for just being plastic they are pretty pricey. They are held on by some bolts and the sticky weather strip.Helpful (0)
February 06, 2019
It's half held on with adhesive, which was a little disappointing, but it doesn't seem to matter much to it's ability to stay on. It's done well for the last month.Helpful (2)
January 22, 2019
I ordered the body armor rocker guard in a Sunday afternoon and it was at my doorstep Monday night. It was well protected and wrapped. I installed both sides less than an hour and it gave my jeep such a nice look. I love it. Great buy.Helpful (3)
December 15, 2018
Basic Coverage for Pinch seams
If you are looking for something basic to cover your pinch seams after taking the steps off your JK Sport, this is it! These are as basic as you get, no bells or whistles, just plastic trim that mounts with plastic screws and tape (provided), to cover up the vacant holes left behind from removing your factory or other steps. Here’s a helpful hint: if you are planning on installing any other steps with these, you’ll probably want to install the steps first if they use the pinch seams, due to the tape.Helpful (3)
November 08, 2018
Looks so tough!
A great finishing touch! Awesome quality and looks so tough!!!Helpful (3)
May 08, 2018
Body Armor Rocker Guard Kit
Really dressed up the pinch seam and gave the bottom of my 2010 Jeep a finished look. Used a flat black spray paint on on the frame and it all blended together well!! The product looks much better on than it does out of the box. The torx screws need to be a litter stronger for the installation. I stripped one out and was close to doing it on a few others. I would recommend the product simply on how it finished the Jeep's looksHelpful (4)
April 29, 2018
Love the look
I love how this looks on my Jeep! I couldnt find anything to protect the pinch weld that also allowed me to install side steps.....this worked great and looks awesome!Helpful (4)
March 29, 2018
Rugged ridge rocker guards
Product fit perfectly and all holes lined up. Only issue is that the guards are labeled backwards. Just test fit before install and each side should take just a few minutes.Helpful (4)
February 04, 2018
Looks great. Easy to install. Comes with adhesive promoter. Very easy to install. Shipping was fast. Very happy with this product.Helpful (5)
Can you use the RBP RX-7 wheel to wheel side step bars with these? Could you just use the bolt that goes thru the pinch weld for the Rx-7 to hold both pieces on and keep using the other bolts in the other holes to work like it said to do
These would work with the RBP RX-7 side steps yes.
Will these fit with the 6" raptor series steps?
These will not be compatible with the Raptor Series side steps.
Will these work on a new JL 4 door? If not, do you offer a JL compatible product?
These will not work with the JL model wranglers. We do not currently have an option that is compatible with the JL. We are working on a daily basis to confirm fittment and increase our inventory for the new model wranglers.
Is it possible to instal item#J107236 Snyper Triple Tube Rock rail with this guard? I’m trying to find something that’s gonna close up the unfinished side to my 2018 JKU.
This Rugged Ridge Rocker Guard kit will indeed be compatible with the Snyper Triple Tube Rock Rails (item #J107236). They utilize different mounting points which is what allows these both to work together.
Will these work in conjunction with both the smittybilt xrc front fenders (j17686 / MPN#76880) and rear corner guards (j17682 / MPN#76882) installed?
The front fenders (J17686) will fit just fine with this Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit. However, being as we have not done the testing directly, due to the fact that the rear fender protrudes from the Jeep, we would not be able to guarantee compatibility between these two.
We do not carry anything like the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit that would be compatible with the Smittybilt SRC Side Armor - Textured Black or any other body mount rocker guards. If you install rocker guards that install into the frame, those would not interfere with the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit.
The Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit will not work with the side steps as they both utilize the same mounting points. However, this rocker guard kit is impact resistant so it will certainly be protecting your pinch mold.
Yes, the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit - Black Matte and the Snyper Triple Tube Rock Rails - Textured Black will work together.
Yes! This Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit will fit with the RBP RX-3 Cab Length Step Bars (J106640) since they only cover the pinch welds and don't infringe on the mounting brackets for the steps.
Yes, the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit can be installed with your Mopar splash guards.
The Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit will fit with most step bars that do not attach to the pinch weld. At this time we do not have a complete list of compatible steps.
The Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit will not be compatible with the Mopar Factory Style Molded Side Steps.
The Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit is crafted from impact resistant polycarbonate to protect your Wrangler's rocker panels from scratches and abrasions.
The Smittybilt N-Fab Nerf Steps will not have the clearance required to install the Rugged Ridge Body Armor Smooth Rocker Guard Kit without modification.
Hello, the Jeep in the video seems to have a 4" lift, with 35x12.5 Tires and 17" Mammoth D Window Black Steel Wheels
(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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