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post #721 of 2859 Old 08-19-2013, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Washed the mud off today to get a better look at the work Ive got ahead of me. Should be pretty straightforward, but will need some tweaking. Top of the rocker is tucked just behind the door.



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post #722 of 2859 Old 08-19-2013, 03:24 PM
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YUP! Thats a good one alright!
Good thing is though....there's a TON of good write-ups on rocker replacement on the web.
I can tell you though, it's a pretty entailed process, and I hear there is usually some door trimming involved.
all depends on how you do it.
I wish you luck man..... the pay off is huge, but the task is pretty hard.

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post #723 of 2859 Old 08-19-2013, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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YUP! Thats a good one alright!
Good thing is though....there's a TON of good write-ups on rocker replacement on the web.
I can tell you though, it's a pretty entailed process, and I hear there is usually some door trimming involved.
all depends on how you do it.
I wish you luck man..... the pay off is huge, but the task is pretty hard.
Haha yea, I think this stuff is the part of the hobby I enjoy most. Letting the trails show you a weakness, then rebuilding it better and getting to see the benefits of it on the next ride. Wheel, break, fix, repeat.

I really havent dug into it all yet but as of right now but I have a rough idea of the path Im going to take. First step is to beat the top of the rocker back down, pull the pinch seam straight then cut the sheet metal out. Weld in the 2x6 with 3 legs per side for bracing, each leg being mounted to a large piece of 3/16 plate that will be welded to the unibody rail. Hopefully I dont hit too many obstacles along the way.

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Washed the mud off today to get a better look at the work Ive got ahead of me. Should be pretty straightforward, but will need some tweaking. Top of the rocker is tucked just behind the door.
Weak bro, you still have a clean door. Lmao

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post #725 of 2859 Old 08-19-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Weak bro, you still have a clean door. Lmao
Haha yea, i dunno how the **** the door survived. Guess its because I didnt really come down hard on the rocker vertically as much as the whole Jeep got tipped over into the rock.

I find that I continually give less and less ****s after every trip. Not sure if thats good or bad but Im having fun.

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post #726 of 2859 Old 08-20-2013, 02:33 AM
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Haha 50 bucks? Its yours man, come take this ugly thing lol.
I will be there tomorrow LoL.
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I also should mention that I owe the design crew at Dirtbound Offroad a generous thanks for making the bumper have rounded corners. In the same area that I received the nasty bruise on the rocker, I was under heavy throttle to pull up all the slick rock, and when I made the obstacle I was hurling my right front right into a tree. Coulda been a 2nd slap in the face (busted header panel woulda been no fun either) but I literally glided right off of it and got pointed back where I needed to be. Didnt even hurt the Duplicolor liner much either. Had I still been running the factory bumper or even an aftermarket without side protection I would have had even more work to do lol.


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post #728 of 2859 Old 08-20-2013, 08:42 PM
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Some how I feel guilty for asking about B&A pics. It's like the Sports Illustrated cover curse! Hahaa.

It's still a beautiful rig, but NOW it has character!

I bought my XJ with the pre-bent rocker panel at NO extra cost! I'm going to weld a plate with a bunch of 90 degree holes, and see what I can do with a cable winch, slide hammer, grinder and dolly's. I like the RuffStuff frame stiffener for a attaching point, then the rock sliders via 1" x 3" frame ties.

Both my ZJ and XJ need rocker repair. I am interested in seeing your idea's/ concept!

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post #729 of 2859 Old 08-21-2013, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Some how I feel guilty for asking about B&A pics. It's like the Sports Illustrated cover curse! Hahaa.

It's still a beautiful rig, but NOW it has character!

I bought my XJ with the pre-bent rocker panel at NO extra cost! I'm going to weld a plate with a bunch of 90 degree holes, and see what I can do with a cable winch, slide hammer, grinder and dolly's. I like the RuffStuff frame stiffener for a attaching point, then the rock sliders via 1" x 3" frame ties.

Both my ZJ and XJ need rocker repair. I am interested in seeing your idea's/ concept!

Pete
Haha it will likely get more character in time Im sure.

As for my process of doing the rocker replacement, I do not intend to follow anyones methods step by step. Theres a lot of ways to do it, and Ive researched most all of them in an effort to mainly see what kind of snags I may encounter. I feel Ive got a pretty good grasp on that, and plan to pretty much wing it to suit my needs.

Ive got it mostly mapped out but theres a couple things Im undecided on that I may have to consult some people on. For example, Im not sure if I want to extend the 2x6 to full length or stop behind the front fender and angle cut it to blend back in. Im also unsure how many bracing legs would be adequate. After starting to dig into it yesterday and begin pulling it back out I notices just how little room Ill have to work with, versus traditional bolt on sliders with horizontal bracing. It will all come together when I get going on it though.

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post #730 of 2859 Old 08-21-2013, 09:15 PM
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Living in the wonderful rust belt state of PA, both of my Jeeps need rocker replacements. I think in both cases, welded frame re-enforcement, box tubing rockers tied to the "new" frame plates are a must. I have no intention of going rock climbing, but ya never no when the urge may strike! I will need to pull the drivers side rocker on the XJ to line things up, but then the cutting starts!! The ZJ is just rusty.

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post #731 of 2859 Old 08-24-2013, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Living in the wonderful rust belt state of PA, both of my Jeeps need rocker replacements. I think in both cases, welded frame re-enforcement, box tubing rockers tied to the "new" frame plates are a must. I have no intention of going rock climbing, but ya never no when the urge may strike! I will need to pull the drivers side rocker on the XJ to line things up, but then the cutting starts!! The ZJ is just rusty.
Yea better to have rocker protection and not need it than the other way around. It was the next thing on my list to do but the rocks beat me to it.

Ive got some time to wrench today but still havent picked up the main tube for the rocker replacement. Since I have the parts to weld in the receiver tube to the back bumper I may go ahead and do that.

I did acquire some other steel Ill be incorporating into the rocker replacement process though, Ill post pics if I get any progress done there. Just getting the passenger pinch seam straightened up will be a job in itself Im afraid.

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Ohhh noezzz. Someone cut a hole in my bumperrrr.


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Made some progress anyway.




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That bumper looks good!

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OK now just quit it!! I will not post pics of any of my welds!! I did pick up my Lincoln welder from the repair shop today! Actual cost was lower than the estimate!!! Estimate was 179.++, real cost was $178.52, what a relief!!

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