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Unread 12-06-2014, 11:35 AM   #1
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Jeep rocker panels

My rockers need replacing should I have them professionally replaced and how can I save some money on the job. How do I prevent dirt etc..from getting into the panels in back of the front wheel.. Is there an easy way of repair?
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Unread 12-06-2014, 06:57 PM   #2
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A lot of people use steel tubes to make sliders. You can do a quick search and see what people usually do for these. A lot of people have said its up to 1000 to get a shop to fix them. I havent repaired mine personally but have been researching around this board on the same topic.

Edit: Im also from Massachusetts. Sup?
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Unread 12-06-2014, 10:40 PM   #3
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cut the rockers out and weld in some steel box tube. 2x6 would be nice for sliders/step
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Unread 12-07-2014, 02:55 PM   #4
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cut the rockers out and weld in some steel box tube. 2x6 would be nice for sliders/step
This is what I have planned. As soon as I find the time.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 08:50 PM   #5
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rocker panels

what is a slider?
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Unread 12-08-2014, 08:52 PM   #6
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I'm in East Freetown mass... wish there was someone around who knows the ins and outs of the jeeps ... I think someone in tauton
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Unread 12-08-2014, 11:10 PM   #7
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A slider is a HD piece of metal, like the 2x6 box steel mentioned, which replaces the rocker and normally for off-road use. Like sliding on rocks, logs, etc..

If you're wanting to stick to stock rocker panels Rockauto carries them at some fairly descent pricing. Usually there's an inner and outer rocker. I've seen more of a selection on their site but would think for $123/each these might be both welded together but could just be the outer.

https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/mor...088&cc=1315963

The left one would be part #08504AL. If you don't weld you'll have to find a body shop to cut the old ones off and weld the new ones on. You may be better off finding a small shop or asking around about welders in your area. Good luck.

PS. Go into your account at top of page > click on edit Jeep info on the left side > under model select ZJ > save changes button at the bottom. A XJ is just a Cherokee while a ZJ is a Grand Cherokee (93-98).
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Unread 12-09-2014, 10:02 AM   #8
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To the OP, just consider this:
No matter of style done, a rocker panel replacement will take between 1-2 days. have a shop do it, and it'll cost you plenty of money.

Box steel rockers are the way to go, no matter if you're ever going to wheel it or not. Why? It's much easier to do in the end. Stock rockers are sandwiched between multiple plates (mainly on the a-, b-, and c-pillar areas), they consist of at least an inner and outer panel, and to do the work properly, there are a gazillion spot welds that need to be drilled open, then separate/ pull out rocker plates, clean ALL rust, etc... only then you can start welding in the new ones.

In other words, trying to replace with stock style rockers is a LOT more work than doing box steel rockers. Box steel rockers: cut two straight lines (one from the bottom side of the Jeep on the vertical floor pan section, one right below the door sill), burn in 2 x 6 box steel, paint. Search for box steel rockers either on ZJ- or XJ- tech section. Principle is the same on both, measurements are slightly different. Check out my ZJ build thread on my signature.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 10:21 AM   #9
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Some real good info Timo and in not replacing rockers myself I've learned something!
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Unread 12-09-2014, 01:23 PM   #10
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I'm going to be cutting off my current sliders and then cutting up the rocker for box steel in a month or two.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 01:51 PM   #11
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We carry new rockers for your ZJ here's a link to them if anyone wanted to check them out. Jeep Grand Cherokee Rocker Panels
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Unread 12-09-2014, 02:06 PM   #12
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$230 will buy a lot of steel . . .
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Unread 12-16-2014, 09:31 PM   #13
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Ok Jeepsters....Can you believe your on line with a 71 yr old jeeper. My ZJ is 6 cyl and 98k orginal miles 3rd owner. Runs like a clock and never a tune up. Fantastic automobile. My grandson wants bigger tires and loves to hear that engine perform. All original and I get many comments. It's my 2nd car for general runs around town. I want to keep her I do need to get the rims taken care of..seems like a clear coat is pealing..true? Anyway, pse keep me imformed. THANKS
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Unread 12-17-2014, 08:42 AM   #14
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Here is a video of rocker replacement with 2x6 steel tube. The design on this one is a little unique (to me anyway) because the tubes don't have supports which are welded to the main uni-body frame rail.

http://www.projectzj.com/videoupdate...liders-part-1/
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Here is a video of rocker replacement with 2x6 steel tube. The design on this one is a little unique (to me anyway) because the tubes don't have supports which are welded to the main uni-body frame rail.

http://www.projectzj.com/videoupdate...liders-part-1/
That's pretty much exactly how I've built mine. If I was doing more hardcore offroading with my ZJ, I would definitely add the support legs from the rockers to uniframe. However, I've dropped my ZJ from at least two feet high ledges flat onto a rock, I've banged them MANY times pretty hard on rocks, and I have had zero issues. I have multiple dents on the tube extensions on both sides, but nothing on the rockers
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