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post #1 of 21 Old 10-15-2009, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Rock Rails

I was wondering if anyone could point me to a company that makes body mounted rock rails for a 1 inch body lift. I know that most prefer tub mounted but i already have the rubicon package and just need a functional step. While your at it I would appreciate any positive and horror stories about them. I am still in the contemplative stage. Thanks

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-15-2009, 08:59 PM
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Do you mean frame mounted?
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woops, im really not that much of a noob i meant frame vs body mount.
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-15-2009, 09:39 PM
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I prefer the body mount. I have A to Z fabrication rock rails. I feel as though the frame rock rails that I have been around hang down too low for my type of wheeling. It all depends on what you want really and what you want to do with your rig. If your gonna rock crawl it then I would stick with the body/tub mounted rock rails. If ya want a step then the frame mounted rock rails is probably what ya want. You decide.

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Rough Country has frame mount. I'll have some for sale cheap as my Savvy ones have the primer drying now...

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post #7 of 21 Old 10-16-2009, 03:58 AM
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So you lift your vehicle and put larger tires on for more ground clearance, only to attach things that hang down and essentially remove the clearance you were trying to get? We have no idea your level of wheeling you will do or ever do, but those of us who do wheel our jeeps, would be rubbing, scraping, and ripping off side steps far too often.

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Settle down bairy i said contemplative stage. Its just hard to rip off perfectly fine rails to put a set with a bar on for 300 some bucks. ill probably end up getting body mounted ones but I was curious if there were many frame mounted that look good for a body lift.
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Couple comments... I have a Rubicon and I would describe the factory rails as "decorative" not perfectly functional if you are going to wheel it.

Second comment - the tub mounted rock rails do provide better clearance. I highly recommend Roken (I have run Rokmen and TNT customs). If you go with tub mounted, buy the Rokmen interior brace kit (you can use this with any brand of tub mounted sliders)

To answer your question directly - Detours USA makes a Frame mounted rock rail. This is a VERY tough rail that you can buy to accomodate body lifts between 1" and 3". Drop-Kick Slyders
The main challenge with this setup is WHEN you begin wheeling more, the lack of clearance will be an issue.

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Your other option is to use a set of factory side steps for daily use and then remove them for wheeling. Only four bolts per side and takes less than 5 minutes to put on or take off the pair.
I know, I know, "Oh the horror of driving a Jeep with factory side steps", but they function better as a step than any of the tube rail style rocker guards. I've got them on my rig currently and the family is extremely grateful as we previously had a few bruised knees from trying use the tubes as a step to get in the rig with my tube side rocker guards.
The Drop-kicks would make a good choice as well for a step if you put some anti-skid strips on them or had them line-X'd.
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I got side steps on mine. I like them but I don't wheel too hard. Plus if I took them off, even without a lift, my 5'2" girlfriend would have trouble getting in the sucker, lol.
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REdRock Fab will make some for you. Jeeperman is expected to make a comeback soon too. I've been looking at frame mounted sliders myself. These are the two that I like the best. Other frame mounted sliders include:

RedRock Fab
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-16-2009, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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thanks to all of you who offered info despite bias you may have had. After looking at the prices of them i figure i might as well go straight to a new rail that is mounted to the body. I dont want to spend more money than i would for a body mounted set and be disappointed when i get into more serious wheeling.
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Here is an option that I use for my FJ (I know) that my wife struggles to get into. I made a step that hooks over the rock rail tube and back under to the mounting tube and attaches with one bolt. It takes all of 1 minute to take off and gives her a place to step that is about 5 inches lower that the rock rail.
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To answer your question directly - Detours USA makes a Frame mounted rock rail. This is a VERY tough rail that you can buy to accomodate body lifts between 1" and 3". Drop-Kick Slyders
The main challenge with this setup is WHEN you begin wheeling more, the lack of clearance will be an issue.
I really like my Drop-Kick Slyders ! They are perfect for the type of wheeling environment I'm in, i.e. the Pacific Northwest. I've never had an issue with clearance as the rocks and related obstacles aren't that huge here in the NW. I've attached a related response from another thread.

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I also wanted a Jeeperman rocker skid, I appreciated they way they mounted and also functioned as a usable step for my wife and kids. When I finally saved enough $$$ to place an order, the company shut down. I searched for similar products that had the same criteria of a functional step and a skid that mounts stupid easy. For a while I didn't find anything until I came across Detours Drop-Kick Slyders. I am very satisfied with the product. Simple to install and very stout. My wife especially appreciates them as she now can climb in the Jeep easily .


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