(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Hey, guys. So today I'm here with the Rugged Ridge Rock Crawler Rock Sliders, fitting all your '87 to '06 TJ and YJs. This is gonna be a great option if you're looking for some lighter protection to your rocker panel as well as a good stepping surface to give you a boost up into your Wrangler. This is actually gonna be your most affordable option at the moment on this site, coming in at around $230 and I think for a simple yet a stylish mod on your Wrangler that these are a great option.This is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter because there is some drilling required so let's jump into the install. The tools that we used for our install were an impact wrench, a small drill bit, a 5/16 inch drill bit, a 10-inch extension, a center punch, safety glasses, an 8-millimeter socket, a 13-millimeter socket, a quarter-inch drive ratchet, and a drill.So before we install our side steps, we have to remove this trim piece in order to allow enough room. It's gonna be three 8-millimeter bolts. So now that our trim piece is out of the way, we can mock up our side step so we can mark and drill holes. This may be easier with a help of a friend or if you don't have another person to install these with, I would recommend using a floor jack. So while you're mocking up your side step, you wanna make sure that the tilted end is at the front of the vehicle.So there are two different styles of side steps that you can choose from on the site right now. There's gonna be the more durable option that drills into the body and also mounts up to the body mounts. Since this style drills into the frame, this is gonna give you a little less protection than that body mounted option would.Now that we have marks on our frame, we can go ahead and drill those out. So we're gonna start with a smaller drill bit and work our way up to a 5/16 drill bit. So now that our pilot holes are drilled, we can use a 5/16 inch drill bit to drill out our holes. I would recommend using a lubricant to keep your drill bit cool. So after we drilled our holes, there is bare steel exposed on our frame and as you guys know, TJs are very prone to rust so I would paint those over before mounting up our side steps.So now that our paint is dry, we can mount up our Rock Sliders with our self-tapping bolts. These are gonna be a 13-millimeter. So if you don't have a second person at this point to help you mount this up, you can just rest it on your knee and tap in one of the bolts and it should stay in place. So once the Rock Slider is most of the way mounted up, you might have a little bit of trouble reaching the bolts. I'm using a 10-inch extension to reach this inside upper bolt.So after all of our bolts are tapped, we can move over to the other side but first, I would like to mention that even though these are used for some lighter protection situations, you are gonna get a lot of underbody protection as well as a lot of protection on the side. These are made of two-inch round steel tubing so it's gonna be able to take a hit on the trail and it comes within a black powder coat finish that's gonna resist any rust or corrosion as well as give you that off-road look. So let's head over to the other side so we could mount these Rock Sliders up.So that wraps up my review and install on the Rugged Ridge Rock Crawler Rock Sliders. For more videos like this, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Construction. Created from incredibly strong steel, these rock crawler rock guards from Rugged Ridge give your Jeep a rugged, aggressive look, and offer plenty of added utility as well. With a special frame mounting design, you get secure, bounce-free installation, while the mounting points remain higher than the frame. The end result? A great product that offers greater ground clearance.
Protection. If you're an off-road enthusiast and want to protect your Jeep from outcroppings, then this is the product for you. It raises the ground clearance, which both gives you an opportunity to take this Jeep places it hasn't been before, and to avoid damage from outcroppings. The unique side hoop takes it a step further and brushes away branches and other debris.
Application. Fits 1987-2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ and TJ Models. Installation involves minor drilling and all installation hardware is included in the kit.
Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
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June 13, 2018
About 2 hours for install. Feels solid. Kooks good. Stripped 2 self tapping bolts during install. Have 2 find a place that has matching bolts.Helpful (7)
February 15, 2018
They went on pretty easy. They look amazing. I recommend an impact when you install.Helpful (8)
January 26, 2018
Looks great but needs better bolts
I installed this myself with some jack stands to hold it in place. Over all it fits really well. It does take a while to install if you do it alone though. I only gave it a 4 because the bolts strip out really easily. I tried just using a ratchet but the tip would strip, so I used my impact gun, that helped out getting them started but I would have to back them out several times and sometimes use a new bolt to finish tapping the hole, then put the previous bolt back in. When it was all said and done, I had 4 bolts that were too stripped to tap the remaining wholes, so i had to go get a tap to finish the job. I would definitely recommend they include an actual hole tap or buy one yourself before hand. Other than that, im really pleased with the look. Pretty good for the price.Helpful (9)
December 27, 2017
Not What I Expected.
Product appears well made but had several issues during installation. The front mounting pad was rotated such that only 3 of the 4 bolts can be drilled into the frame. Also, there is not enough clearance to leave the body trim intact behind the fender. This has to be removed. Finally, the "self tapping bolts" are a joke - 7 out of the 8 I tried stripped rather than even start into the frame. The holes will have to be tapped out prior to installation and these bolts replaced with a better grade of fastener. Overall, allow much more time for installation.Helpful (8)
June 06, 2017
Look awesome fit perfect
They look awesome but don't expect to use them as a step like my wifeHelpful (9)
October 01, 2016
Look tough and really protect
These were not difficult to install but was time consuming to get it done correctly and level. took about 2.5 hours. if you have a lift it would probably take 2 hours. definitely need assistance to install. this is not a one man job unless u like to make thing difficult for yourself. can be used as a step but not made for that. strictly protect the body, so I like the fact that they curve up. .Helpful (13)
December 16, 2015
Bought these as a gift for my son. Beloved them! They are exactly what he was looking for and he stated they were surprisingly easy to install.Helpful (8)
January 19, 2013
These are a great product. They are strong and sturdy. They hug the bottom of the body well. They take a little work to put them on (need at least 2 people). Overall great investment.Helpful (9)
are the rock sliders 59 pounds each or together
The Rugged Ridge Rock Crawler Rock Sliders would be 59 lbs together.
Could these be switched from left to right and mounted upside down and used as a step? The better half is a little vertically challenged and would be used more visually than functionally. Just a thought.
The Rugged Ridge Rock Crawler Rock Sliders would not be able to be installed reversed due to their mounting pattern.
I have a 2006 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, I was just checking to see if they will fit. I don't see a dimension listed for length. Thanks
Yes, the Rugged Ridge Rock Crawler Rock Sliders will fit a 2006 Wrangler Unlimited.
I just ordered the RedRock Rivet Style Fender Flares from this site and was thinking about upgrading to these rock sliders, but I wanted to ask if any modifications will be necessary to the fender flares when installing these? I noticed that some of the other slider brands did require mods...
Hello, you should not have to make any fender modifications when installing the Rugged Ridge Rock Crawler Rock Sliders.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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