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Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. These are available for both the two-door and the four-door JK. Today we're gonna talk about the construction and, of course, the strength of these rock sliders, the installation and where they fall on the range of pricing for a rocker armor. These are for those of you that want a really strong rocker armor that's gonna hold up to anything you can throw at it on the trail. These also provide a bit of a step that's integrated into them, but mostly these are armor through and through. If I had to describe the design of these, they're almost like a boat side. They go from underneath the Jeep, wrapping up on to the side. And again, it's all about protection. It's all about strength. Now, these are going to be more expensive than a lot of the other rocker armors on the market, but if you're somebody who needs or wants the strength and wants a little bit of a step, this is a great way to go. This rocker armor is made from three-millimeter C&C cut mild steel that's covered in a texture-black powder coat finish, like most other Rugged Ridge aftermarket accessories and aftermarket accessories for your Jeep from a lot of other brands.The finish will resist rust and corrosion and it'll also mesh a lot of the factory plastic black accents that are already on your Jeep. Now, what makes these really strong and, in my opinion, one of the best designed rock sliders on the market, is how they mount. A lot of other sliders will mount either to the body bolts, the body mount and bushing bolts, or directly on to the pinch seam of your Jeep. These mount through the body bolts which is a very strong mount on its own, but then they also mount on to the pinch seams. So these are going to give you double the strength, they're going to be very strong.Aside from that, as I mentioned, they do have a built-in step albeit it's a bit of a smaller step, but this is more of off road armor than it is a convenience step. So if you are going off road, you don't want a step that's going to hang down or stick really far out from the side of the Jeep for clearance. So this is about as much step as you would want to be given and still have a lot of off road clearance and for it not to get in the way or for it to get hung up. Now, as I mentioned before, this is almost what I would describe as a boat side. Not quite, but it does wrap around from the underside of the Jeep, up to the side, covers the pinch seam, and also comes up a little bit on to the rocker itself. On the backside of this rock slider comes a pre-applied self-adhesive gasket which is there to protect the factory paint on your Jeep from chafing. Now, there are a few schools of thought. Some are that you should also run a bead of silicone across the top of this to keep any junk and debris from working its way between the paint and chaffing. Other schools of thought is that you shouldn't even run a gasket, that you just leave a gap so that water and air can push dirt and debris through instead of getting hung up in this phony gasket material. Either way, you can either take the gasket off if you want to. In my opinion, it's not a bad thing to have on there to help with the chafing.One nitpick, and as I mentioned a couple of times to you guys, I don't love the fact that this has the Rugged Ridge logo [inaudible 00:03:17] to it. It's not the biggest deal in the world. Some of you guys might not mind it at all. In my opinion, I'd rather not have it. If you agree with me on that, TeraFlex makes a very similar set of rock sliders for a similar price that doesn't have the brand name built right into it. These are designed to install very easily onto your Jeep. Because they're designed to be completely bolt on, you don't have to drill anything. In fact, they use a lot of factory hardware. Any additional hardware that's necessary to get them bolted up is included in the box. The first step in the installation is to remove the body bolts from the side of the Jeep that you decide to start on. From there, it's just a matter of lifting the rock slider into place and allowing the four studs through the pinch seam in the holes that are already existing from the factory. You can start the nuts onto the studs, but don't tighten them down quite yet. After that, you can reinstall the body bolts with the large washers that accompany them, and then go back and twerk everything down. That's it. This is a really simple installation. There's no need to take this to a shop and have these bolted up. As long as you have a set of traditional hand tools, you can get this done. It may help to have an extra set of hands around because these do have a little bit of weight to them but you can always use a [inaudible 00:04:27] or jack stand if you don't have a friend to help. As I mentioned, these are going to be a lot more expensive than a lot of other rock sliders on the market. But I think that they're still a pretty good value. The way that these mount in two different spots on the body bolt and on the pinch seam means they're going to be very, very strong. These also provide a step, they do a nice job of covering the pinch seam which otherwise looks unfinished. And, all in all, they're a really well-built, really strong product that I personally like the looks of and like the function of. Fortunately, if you don't have the budget for these, there are a lot of other options on the market, some that mount very similar to these ones that are a little bit less expensive, and other ones that are going to mount just on the body bolts or just on the pinch seam that will still offer some protection.So, if you have the budget for it and you're looking for a very strong rock slider that mounts at both the body mounts and to the pinch seam, that's going to provide a step and is going to be rock-solid on the trails, I would definitely recommend taking a look at these rock sliders.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Steel Rock Sliders
      • CNC Laser Cut 3 mm Steel Plate
      • Textured Black Powder Coat Finish
      • Integrated Step
      • Includes Gaskets
      • No Drilling Required
      • For 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models


      Dual Function. Embrace the terrain in style with the Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders. Featuring an integrated 4 inch step bar, these Rock Sliders will improve off-roading and daily driving alike. They're perfect for those with kids or a vertically challenged co-pilot and are easily paired with grab handles for even more help entering and exiting your rig. Additionally, these rock rails will allow you to easily tackle boulders and rocky terrain without damaging your pinch seam or scuffing paint. They even include gaskets to protect your surface paint, protecting your investment and providing intense protection, function and aggressive style.

      Durable Construction. These JK Rock Sliders are designed to take on tough trail hazards and feature a heavy duty construction. They're crafted from laser cut 3mm steel plate for extreme durability and strength against the rocks. Each slider comes finished in a rugged, textured black powder coat to help prevent damage and corrosive wear.

      Installation & Warranty. This Rock Slider Kit features a bolt on installation that won't require modification or specialty tools. The XHD Rock Sliders are designed to work with factory flares and most aftermarket flare options if you've already upgraded. Rugged Ridge ensures quality craftsmanship by backing this kit with a 5 Year Limited Warranty.

      Application. The Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders are designed for use on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited models. Please select fitment above.

      Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

      Rugged Ridge 11504.17


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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Rock Slider Left Side
      • (1) Rock Slider Right Side
      • Hardware

      Tech Specs


      Customer Reviews (9)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.4 out of 5 overall rating from 9 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      • June 04, 2019

        5 2014 Wrangler - Brink Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        2014 Jeep Wrangler JKU

        These sliders are awesome. They look great and can take a beating. I have had these bouncing off of rocks with the jeeps full wight. The paint is obviously scratched off of the bottom but otherwise these are undamaged. They are solid.

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      • April 17, 2019

        5 2008 Rubicon - Penmoe23 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Awesome product don't turn away

        Awesome.product great quality very sturdy and good weight. Easy install no drilling needed and seals right up to body and protects pinch seem and under from rocks. Highly recommend, dont let the brand turn you away these are great sliders. 4 inch step include and works fine. Some holes didnt line up perfectly but wallow it out some and your good.

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      • February 25, 2018

        1 2013 Wrangler - SamD Installation Time: Afternoon


        They were installed June2016. They are rusted Fb 2018. I love the looks. I loved easy install. But I got the first ones with welds on the crease and there is rust all over. Water will just sit in there. I tried getting the new version, but they sent the same. The new version does not have welds on the crease. I saw it on the demo at Bantam in June 2017. I wish someone would have an answer for me on how to swap the older version with the newer version before the warranty runs out. Other than the rust. Look awesome.

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      • January 18, 2018

        5 2017 Rubicon - Cole Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Sliding on rock in style

        I’m a huge fan of the XHD series. These sliders both comple my XHD series and are well built I haven’t used them on the trail yet since I just installed them but based on how heavy duty they are made I expect great things from them. They also look great. This is an easy 1 our 3 wrenches. If you have stock sliders like I do even with those in place and having to take them off the uninstall of the stock and install of these is still less then an hour. All tools needed are metric. If you want style and quality you are getting it with these which I expected nothing less from rugged ridge. I highly recommend

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      • August 05, 2017

        5 2011 Wrangler - tsamptrail Installation Time: Afternoon

        Rock On

        I have looked for a solution for years that would give me the protection I wanted with a small step so I could raise and lower my rack. These hit the mark. Solid construction and heavy duty. The little ledge, step, has been a huge help and I cannot wait to see how they perform on the trail. The only issue I had was fitment. Nothing with the product just prior damage to the pinch seems from off roading. Highly recommended!

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      • July 30, 2017

        5 2016 Wrangler - TomH

        Great product

        Install was a breeze. Tested them at Jeep jamboree and they worked awesome

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      • April 16, 2017

        5 2015 Wrangler - RandyS Installation Time: Afternoon

        Awesome Product

        Took 3 days to get it, you get a rabate, and this think is heavy duty. When installing, I recommend a friend, cause it's heavy and you don't want it to fall on you when you're trying to get the first couple of bolts on. I used jack stands for safety. Took me a little less then 2 hours cause I had to take the stock steps off.

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      • May 23, 2016

        4 2015 Rubicon Unlimited - Dbeast Installation Time: Afternoon

        XHD Rock Sliders JKU

        I'm m very satisfied with these sliders, they are my first upgrade to my JKU. The package arrived in four days with detailed instructions and very well packaged. They are heavier than I thought but very well made. It took a little brute force to align the holes to the body mount. Two people are need to mount it. I love the look and my wife is happy with the extra step.

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      • May 04, 2016

        5 2015 Rubicon - WVCatman Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders

        Nicely packaged. Install was a breeze with a second set of hands (make sure you have a buddy) - these sliders are heavy duty and heavy. Removing the factory sliders from my Rubicon and installing these took about 30 minutes. Nice fit and the wife likes having a 4 inch step now to assist with entering and exiting the lifted Jeep! I gave 4 stars for the bang for the buck just because these sliders are costly.

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      Questions & Answers (6 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Is these usa made

      • These are not made in the USA.

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      are these for the 2 door or te 4 door? description says JKU put pic is two door ?

      • This will fit both 2 and 4-door models, please select your vehicle before adding the item to the cart.

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      Do they need to be trimmed if you run 35 or higher on a jku? Most jeeps you have to trim the rear wheel well pinch seam for tires to fit.

      • The Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders do not need to be trimmed for 35's.

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      Will these support the full weight of the Jeep?

      • Yes, the Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders are designed to be able to withstand the weight of the vehicle.

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      Do they come as a pair?

      • Yes, the Rugged Ridge XHD Rock Sliders come as a pair. You will receive the left & right side along with the hardware for both sides.

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      What is the weight of each slider? Thanks, Jim 1 answer

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

      • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

      • Some models may require removing factory side steps or rocker rails for installation.

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