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.