Out of these 2 I like the Smitty's. I didn't know they were that affordable! I'm going to get a set. I think they look great and that's the style I've been looking for. It looks like it gives good protection from the trails and also the idiot door bangers in parking lots!
Of course you realize the link you attached is for the 2Door for 239.00 and you have a 4door right?
09 X 23S Flame Red 2door, tinted, Black Rock 997's, BFG 32" MT's, grab handles, RR XHD front bumper,BW trail armor,4door springs up front, KC's
Stock rocker panels dont take much of a hit....I vote for making your own. I have less than 210 in these and they will take one hell of a hit!
This is the reason why the Jeep got the new rock sliders thanks to a stump at all wheels:
This is during the dent repair:
A skim of fiberglass to smooth things out:
Dont make fun of the body work, just did a rough sand of the fiberglass to get the shape somewhat right and a quick blast of paint. If I wasnt covering it I would have done a lot nicer job:
Two sections of 3/16 steel bent to fit the angles of the rockers, $150 dollars at Lane Supply:
Cut outs for door openings marked, gotta love plasma cutters!
The most time consuming and difficult part, making the attachment hardware. DOM Tubing with an outside diameter of 1/2 inch and inside slightly smaller than 5/16 had to be drilled out to 5/16. Once drilled out each end had to be tapped with over an inch of 3/8 16 threads. This process was repeated 18 times (actually 20 if you count the 2 broken taps that resulted in scrapped parts) by the time I paid for taps and a couple drill bits, the bolts and the DOM steel I spent about 60 dollars:
Bolted on, marked for final grinding before paint:
All painted and ready for install:
Installed and ready for abuse:
04 Ram 2500 5.9L 24v HO Cummins
you can buy almost the same thing from Pure Jeep but they are pretty pricey. The only diff is they have a step off tube on them!
poison spyder sells similar ones that cover down to the pinch weld for a couple hundred, I almost went with them but I wanted protection to go under the tub as well.
04 Ram 2500 5.9L 24v HO Cummins
i got them locally sorry, so cant help you with the pricing plus im in canada so ours is probably more anyways. And no you defanetly do not need to drill any holes or anything, i felt the same way as you did about that. They bolt to your exisiting side step holes, i had the 4 door side steps. Rock sliders make the appearance and funcutality night and day in my opinion. Looks better, and actually serve a purpose. Win win in my books. I say go for it, im happy with them for sure.
I bet you could pickup some takeoff rubicon rails from someone who has upgraded.
__________________ '08 Red Rock Unlimited Rubicon / AEV 2.75" Lift with Remote Reservoir Shocks / AEV Heat Reduction Hood / AEV Front & Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier / AEV Skidplates & Rear Corner Guards / Riddler Diff Covers / Mopar Enhanced Rock Rails / Warn 9.5ti Winch / Mopar Gas Cap Cover / 4.88 Gears / IPF 900xs Drive Beams / Eagle Eye HID Spotlights / Daniel Stern Headlights / 17" AEV Pintler Wheels with 35x12.5r17 BFG Mud-Terrain KM2's / Tuffy Security Drawer / sPod and Benchmark Dual Battery System / Cobra 75 CB / Lockpick with Front and Rear Cameras / Katzkin Heated Seats / Line-X Interior / Hitchsafe Key Vault / and a Trasharoo and a lot more little stuff or just stuff I forgot!!!
i love my smittybuilt rockers after i was finally able to get the on.. what should have took 10 mins took like 2 hours because halfass working at smittybuilt did not properly align the one wall on the cup so i had to cut grind then reweld the passengers side went on it 2 minutes didnt have as much luck with the driverside. i guess that is the difference in paying $250 and $450 for others