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Rugged Ridge Rocker Side Panel Body Armor Kit (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ, Excluding Unlimited)

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      Review & Installation 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

      Product Information

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


      • 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 Jeep Wrangler TJ Models, Excluding Unlimited


      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 Jeep Wrangler TJ Models, Excluding Unlimited, and are secured with the double sided adhesive.

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

      MPN# 11650.05

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (39)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.1 out of 5 overall rating from 39 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • September 16, 2019

        5 2004 Wrangler - AC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Look great

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

        Helpful (1)
      • July 02, 2019

        4 2005 Wrangler - CarsDahl Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


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

        Helpful (2)
      • June 14, 2019

        5 2000 Wrangler - JakeT Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        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.

        Helpful (1)
      • June 07, 2019

        4 2002 Wrangler - BigK Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Easy to install

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

        Helpful (1)
      • May 16, 2019

        2 2005 Wrangler - tommyp555 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        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

        Helpful (2)
      • March 26, 2019

        5 2003 Wrangler - MauriceM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great product.

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

        Helpful (1)
      • March 13, 2019

        5 2006 Wrangler - CarC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Easy install looks great . Best bang for ur buck .

        Helpful (1)
      • February 10, 2019

        4 2006 Wrangler - davida Installation Time: Afternoon


        had fasten by bolts tape not enough they look good

        Helpful (2)
      • February 03, 2019

        4 2005 Wrangler - William

        Rugged Ridge Plastic Rocker Guards

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

        Helpful (3)
      • October 03, 2018

        5 2001 Wrangler - FabianH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Rocker Panel

        Great Product. Would highly recommend. Great Price

        Helpful (4)

      Questions & Answers (12 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      What is the height of the rocker panel?

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

      Helpful (4)

      will they fit my 2006 wrangler unlimitid

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

      Helpful (1)

      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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      1 More Question
      I have recently installed a set of Barricade Flat Style fender flares on my 2006 TJ, and due to the fact that the front ones are larger than the OEM's, I had to dispose of the flare extensions. Now, I need to cover the 3 nasty holes with something.... Would these rocker panels work with the Barricades fender flares without cutting? Thank you, 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

        • Rocker Guards
        • Double Sided Tape
        • Hardware

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

      • TJ Rubicon 2 Door - 03, 04, 05, 06
      • TJ Wrangler 2 Door - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06