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Unread 06-18-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
MartyA
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FINALLY finished my Rock Rail Install

I actually got the parts about two months ago and once I started it still took a month to get the installation finished but I'm very happy with the results.

Good
  1. Very sturdy and high quality construction
  2. They look great on the vehicle

Less Good
  1. The installation was a pain until I ignored the instructions
  2. The rails stick out a bit further than I expected so my leg pushes against it as I'm getting in.

I found out that prepping for the installation was VERY important. When I was prepping the nuts and bolts I found three nuts that had welding flash on them (see the pic). Filing that off up front was far better than finding it in the middle of the installation. The rear (inside) bolts also thread into nuts welded to the rail. I found that those threads were pretty rough and getting the bolts in and out once cleaned them up nicely.

For the installation itself everything was pretty much on track until I tried to bolt the front (outside) of the rail to the body. The instructions say to bolt the back of the rail on BEFORE the front. There was NO WAY that the front could be attached when following those instructions. The picture with my hand in it shows that the outside top of the rail was at least an inch away from the body and nowhere close to slipping over the very short bolts.

I took the rail down and walked away from it. For quite a while. But that was mostly due to other responsibilities getting in the way.

Finally I came back to the install and this time I put the front on first. The bolts snapped right into place and the front installation worked perfectly. Getting the nuts on the short bolts was very easy. Moving to the back (inside) of the rail I had to use my floor jack to push the rail up to where the bolt holes lined up but that was just awkward, not impossible.

So I bolted everything up with plenty of threadlocker and I'm done! I still need to spray some flat black paint over the scuffed nuts but that doesn't count

Next is the winch mount!! That may take me some time to build up to

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Unread 06-19-2013, 05:53 AM   #2
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Nice install!

I agree, that slag was ridiculous.
The winch mount is quite easy, just a little time consuming. I created an in-depth build thread for the winch mount. Enjoy!

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309/...stall-1535128/

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Unread 06-19-2013, 06:43 AM   #3
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Looks great!!!

Can you think of any reason that Mopar decided that open ended rock rails are a good idea?
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Unread 06-19-2013, 07:37 AM   #4
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Looks good! Thanks for the pics!
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Unread 06-19-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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Looks great. Sloppy Chinese hardware. Are they made in China? I know other Mopar accessories are.
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Unread 06-19-2013, 05:45 PM   #6
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Looks great!!!

Can you think of any reason that Mopar decided that open ended rock rails are a good idea?
What do you mean by open ended? Mine aren't.
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Unread 06-19-2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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They aren't hollow?
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Unread 06-19-2013, 10:59 PM   #8
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Yeah mopar likes when their wiring hanesses are made in china.....
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Unread 06-20-2013, 06:50 AM   #9
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Good write up and thanks for the info.

Where did you order them?
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Unread 06-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #10
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Sorry I've been offline for a few days and didn't respond.

Thanks for the kind comments!

For the question about 'open ended', I'm not sure what you mean by hollow. The steel outer skin is held about an inch off the bottom of the body by internal bracing. I don't call that hollow? And I think it's actually a good choice since that will allow any water in the rail to drain out thru several holes.

But typical road splash isn't going to get in there much - they are pretty well closed up once they are mounted.

And if you're questioning the strength I think you're wrong. They function really well as a step and I jacked a wheel off the ground with the jack on the bottom of the rail.

As for china vs elsewhere? Who knows, and for basic fabrications like this I don't think you're going to find anyone who won't use a low bidder. I want to buy american (for example, I won't shop at WalMart) but we don't always have a choice.
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Unread 06-20-2013, 03:06 PM   #11
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Oh, and I ordered them from my local dealer but I did it thru my friends auto shop so they gave him the trade price vs retail. I could have bought them for the same price online but then I'd pay shipping.
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