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Rugged Ridge Plastic Rocker Side Panels - Black Diamond Plate (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ, Excluding Unlimited)

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    • Body Armor - Protects Rocker Panels
    • Enhances Your Jeep's Appearance
    • Thermoplastic Construction
    • Black Diamond Plate Finish
    • UV Treated
    • Bolt-On and Adhesive Installation
    • Fits 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ, Excluding Unlimited Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    These rocker panels are going to do a couple of different things for you. One, they're going to change up the look of the side of your Jeep, almost giving it a little bit of that factory Rubicon rock slider look, even though these are plastic and those are metal. This is also going to provide some really light protection. Again, scratching, especially if you have a side step on your Jeep, and you find that the toe of your shoe kicks that rocker area when you get in and out of the Jeep, this is going to provide that little bit of protection. Today, we're going to talk through the installation of these side panels, which is a very simple one out of three-wrench installation that shouldn't take you more than an hour to complete. These attach with a little bit of nut and bolt hardware, and some 3M adhesive. So there are no major modifications necessary to get these installed, and we'll talk a little bit more about the installation in just a second. Now, there are a couple of different versions of these rocker side panels out there on the market. For instance, Bushwacker makes a set that are a couple of dollars more. For the most part, they're going to act, look, and function very similarly. So it really comes down to which ones you like. These side rocker panels are made of a thermoplastic material that has been UV-treated, so they're not going to fade or crack in the sun over time. As you can see, these do have the diamond plate texture, just for a little bit of additional style. As I said, I am going to give this installation a very simple one out of three wrenches, and it shouldn't take you more than an hour to get these attached to your Jeep. The most important thing about this install is ensuring that the rocker area of your Jeep is very clean ahead of time. Anytime you're using 3M adhesive to attach anything to the outside of your vehicle, making sure that the surface is clean is the most important and you can use a good alcohol-based cleaner in order to do that. You'll also want to do this installation when the temperatures are moderate. If you try and do this when things are very, very cold, the adhesive isn't going to want to stick as well to the side of the Jeep as it otherwise would.From there, you can start the corner of each of the pieces of 3M adhesive, so that you can see that backing piece even when things are pushed up against the Jeep. After that, you can attach the J-nuts to the preexisting holes on your pinch seam, and push the rocker panel up against the Jeep exactly where you want it. Use the bolts that are included to loosely attach these to the side of the Jeep. Peel the rest of the backing off, and then make sure that everything is smoothed out and making good contact with the rocker area of your Jeep. After that, you just have to repeat the process for the other side, and you're finished. This isn't going to take you very long at all, under an hour, and you're just going to need some hand tools. These are going to come in at just over $70. For a piece that is designed to change up the look of your Jeep mostly, but also have a little bit of function in protecting against scratching, maybe also covering up some existing scratching, I think that's going to be a very fair price. This is going to be a well-built piece. It's going to do what it's designed to do. Now, there are some other versions, as I mentioned before, the Bushwacker ones, that are going to be a couple more dollars than this, and they are going to be very similar in design and also in function. So if you're looking for some plastic side rocker protection that's going to cover up existing damage, protect you against scratching, and/or change up the look of the side of your Jeep, I think this is going to be an affordable and easy to install way to go. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Rocker Side Panel Pair in diamond-textured black plastic, fitting all 1997 and up Wranglers, that you can find right here, at extremeterrain.com.

    Construction. These rocker side panel guards from Rugged Ridge are made from UV treated thermoplastic to give your TJ the protection it needs from off-road brush. The UV treatment will keep the black diamond plate finish looking new even after your summer excursions.

    Protection. These guards protect your Jeep's rocker sides from damage on and off the trails while the diamond plate adds a rougher and tougher feel to your rig. Use these guards as a preventative measure, or to cover up existing damage.

    Accessories. This kit includes the double sided adhesive and hardware needed for installation.

    Application. Removal of the OE fender flare extensions is required. Install this kit with simple hand tools and consult the guide from Rugged Ridge to make installation even simpler. These guards bolt onto 1997 - 2006 TJ Wranglers, and are secured with the double sided adhesive.

    Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

    MPN# 11650.05

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      • Rocker Guards
      • Double Sided Tape
      • Hardware
    Installation Info
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        What is the height of the rocker panel?

        • The Rugged Ridge Rocker Side Panels measure 3" tall.

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        will they fit my 2006 wrangler unlimitid

        • Yes, this item will fit a 2006 TJ Unlimited model.

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        How does this fit both "Regular" TJ's and Unlimited LJ's (Longer wheel base). Is installation behind the front fender extensions on the Unlimited? Can anyone who has installed on an Unlimited post a photo or comment on fitment? Thanks!

        • These Rugged Ridge Rocker Side Panel Pair only work with the standard wheel base.

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        how long are these and whats a pinch seam

        • The pinch seam is the accumulation of sheet metal layers from the Wrangler's body. Outer fenders and inner tub panels are joined in a pinch weld along the bottom side of the Jeep's body. The seam runs the length of the Jeep directly under the doors. The Rugged Ridge Rocker Side Panel in Diamond Textured Black Plastic is approximately 46" long.

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        my 04 sahara has factory step will this still work

        • So long as they do not mount on the pinch seam you should be able to apply these with steps.

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        6 More Questions
        my 2005 wrangler sport has a step-up factory installed ( they called it 'running boards') will this product fit? 1 answer
        what are the measurements on these? 1 answer
        Is this a set or one side 1 answer
        I have a 2006 LJ. The picture shows an LJ. Will these fit? Thank you. 1 answer
        What is the height of the rocker panels. I will need to cover some rust areas on the doors and want to make sure that this product is tall enough to do that. 1 answer
        Several questions. Will this product work on my Jeep YJ as well as the TJ? Does the rocker guard turn under the bottom of the Jeep (i.e. 90 degree bend in bottom of panel)? What is the exposed width of the rocker guard? What is the thickness? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (39) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.1

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          • Protection 3.846154 3.8
          • Fit 4.641026 4.6
          • Appearance 4.692307 4.7
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.205128 4.2



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 16, 2019

            Look great

            Super easy to install and make a huge difference to the appearance.

            AC

            Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 02, 2019

            Good

            It looks and feels good, however, it does very slightly stick out from the jeep because of the adhesive.

            CarsDahl

            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 14, 2019

            Looks Great/Easy To Install

            Installed these this past week! Looks great on the jeep. Easy to install took about 15-20 minutes. Protects side panels well. Definitely recommend.

            JakeT

            Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 07, 2019

            Easy to install

            They look great on my TJ and they were easy to install.

            BigK

            Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 2/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 16, 2019

            Look Good but double sided tape cheap

            They use the cheapest 3m tape they make invest a little money and replace it with the heavy duty 3m tap and run it down the whole side of it. They only do it in sections

            tommyp555

            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            March 26, 2019

            Great product.

            They were just as described.easy installation and they look great on my wrangler.Cant beat the price.

            MauriceM

            Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            March 13, 2019

            GREAT PRODUCT

            Easy install looks great . Best bang for ur buck .

            CarC

            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 10, 2019

            installing

            had fasten by bolts tape not enough they look good

            davida

            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (1)

          • 4/5

            February 03, 2019

            Rugged Ridge Plastic Rocker Guards

            The rocker guards look great. Can’t wait to install them. Been way to cold here in Michigan.

            William

            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 03, 2018

            Rocker Panel

            Great Product. Would highly recommend. Great Price

            FabianH

            Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 24, 2018

            Rocker side panel

            Great fit and as a great look. Easy to install. Also happy with the shipping time!

            CarlosN

            Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 4/5

            September 11, 2018

            Nice Product

            The shipping was fast and easy to install. Would be better if the tape was a full piece all the way across the guard.

            JasonH

            Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 29, 2018

            Love them!

            I absolutely love these. Extremely easy install! Definitely makes the jeep look better. One down fall though the passenger side didn't seem as long as the driver side so there is a small gap but other than that no cutting needed!

            EmilyO

            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            August 11, 2018

            2002 jeep tj rocker side panels

            Very easy to install,they look great and cover the stuff marks.The fit was perfect.

            MansellW

            Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 04, 2018

            Textured black plastic rocket panel

            A very quick and easy way to improve the look of my wrangler plus protect the rocket panels

            TimY

            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 23, 2018

            2003 wranglers

            Easy to install nice look just wish they were a little wider but over all good product

            JoeT

            Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 17, 2018

            Shawshank

            Love the way it looks and was very easy to install.

            ChadN

            Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 01, 2018

            Nice add on

            Item is a nice cosmetic add on . Good for coverup and easy to lnstall.

            ShaunF

            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 11, 2018

            Nice product if adhesive would hold

            I wanted some light protection from rocks/road debris and brush that would also dress up the look of my Wrangler and these seemed to fit the bill. They do look nice but the fit could be better. The holes underneath that are supposed to line up with the tabs under the Jeep do not. Only the center hole lines up with the center tab, so I had to measure and drill new holes to connect to the tabs on either end. At the same time, the 3M adhesive isn't holding that well in all areas. I washed the Jeep and then cleaned the application areas with rubbing alcohol prior to installing; the surfaces were completely clean and dry, yet the adhesive has lost its grip in 2 places. The rest has continued to hold so far (1 month since installation). Drilling the additional holes is less concerning than the adhesive not wanting to hold. If it weren't for the adhesive issue, I'd likely have given 5 stars.

            DC

            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            March 29, 2018

            Wonderful

            They went on like a breeze. I am very happy with the way they look!!!!!

            Runt

            Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)