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Unread 11-18-2014, 09:18 PM   #1
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Rocker Panel Upgrades?

Say no to wimpy hollow Rocker Panels.. .

Failing inspection and not wanting to waste time nor money reworking these stock hollow rockers sure seemed the perfect time bullet proofing this area. When the time calls of getting off the tarmac, setting a jack at any point between wheels nor worrying of metal cancer for much longer time to come while stiffening the unibody in the process. What would you rather do? Looking for better solutions keeping a some what stock appearance. Seeing a few different ways many have done (thank you) the feeling seems so far best route of cutting out old rocker to weld in 2x6 steel with 3/16" thickness with possibly extra cross supports to inner unibody frame. Extra protection of outer tubular brush guard or step seemed added bonus.
Enough jabber & show off your Rocker upgrade.

I/We Thank You!

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Unread 11-19-2014, 02:42 AM   #2
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My 2 x 6 rockers + 1.75" OD tube as rock sliders/ steps.

They are actually 2" x 4" + 2" x 2" .120" wall, welded together for similar strength as 2" x 6" .250" wall, on lower weight package. Has taken a beating without issues, no cross- bracing to uniframe rails. I will eventually add them once I also do the frame stiffeners, but so far rockers have been good for three years.

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Unread 11-19-2014, 05:32 AM   #3
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Mine are 3/16 2x6, but I honestly can't remember the size of the tube.

2002 WJ Olympics Commemorative Edition
245/70-17 Duratracs
2" BB
Future: 4" lift and lockers

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