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post #1 of 18 Old 11-26-2012, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Rocker panel rust repair?

Is this repairable?

Passenger side is wasted..



Driver side, not too bad...


I was going to order rocker replacement panels from RockAuto.
https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/mor...676&cc=1181977

Can I pretty much repair this damage with the replacement rocker panels, a welder and extra sheet metal without to much of a problem?

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-26-2012, 03:25 PM
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Look in my build thread or search this has been covered very well I cut out my rockers and welded in sliders I made to gain clearance

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post #3 of 18 Old 11-26-2012, 03:52 PM
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And I thought my rockers were bad!
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post #4 of 18 Old 11-26-2012, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Look in my build thread or search this has been covered very well I cut out my rockers and welded in sliders I made to gain clearance
Ok I searched somebodys build thread and didn't have good info. I already have JCROffroad Rock Sliders, I knew mine where rough but didn't know the extent till I went to install the sliders.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-26-2012, 05:34 PM
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Wow, if my rockers looked that bad, I'd be taking a really close look at the rest of my Jeep.
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-26-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Rest of the jeep is good. I think its just the michigan salt gets behind the plastic never comes out and just destroys the metal.

I ordered the rocker replacement panels and will try and take a few pics when I do the repair.
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-27-2012, 04:40 AM
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Keep us posted. I have a Michigan zj and I was wondering how difficult it would be to replace em.

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post #8 of 18 Old 11-27-2012, 05:44 AM
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There's no way the rest of the jeep is good. Take a hard look at your suspension mounting points.

Investing in a welder and practicing fab on the rockers is a great idea. Because you'll be prepared for when somebody's foot goes thru the floor or a suspension mounting point pulls free.

And all that stuff is patchable/fixable if you got the time. It may not look pretty but will delay the junkman a few years.

good luck
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-28-2012, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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I've already replaced the suspension all the way around and completely in the front. Its not bad on rust. I really think salt gets caught in there and just rusts it to hell.

My replacement rockers came today. My buddy has a plasma cutter and a weld just not sure when I can get to use yet. I'll take pics when I do and post em.
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-28-2012, 04:47 PM
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I live in Michigan too and mine is the same. Rockers are rusted and the rest of the under side looks good. I also went through the suspension as well. It also has a little rust on the lift gate like all the other 10 year old suv's in michigan.
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post #11 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Got a chance to do some work. I'm at a crossroads and need advice.

This is the bad side cut back.


Now I have the replacement rocker panels and would need a 'L' bracket to be welded behind it to replace the missing metal.


Or...

I could do more like what biggoofy did (I think), push it up tight and and close to the floor.


I really like the uptight look, better clearance and lifted look. My thought was, it could be up too high, and now if I go over a fallen log instead of the rails sliding on the log, my exhaust will hit be the lowest point and take increased damage on the trails.

Here are both shots underneath showing sliders in both positions. Do you see a problem with going up tight? Notice the exposed exhaust, possibly more hard to see with the jack in the way. Skid plates are not out of the question if thats the best way to run it.

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post #12 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 09:19 PM
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Bring the sliders up and never look back!

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post #14 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 09:45 PM
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Also in mi an rockers were the only rust on the jeep fixed now before it could get to the floor and got jcr stage 3s on it

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post #15 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ya these are JCR stage 2.
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