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NapaWheeler 04-21-2012 05:27 PM

I finally installed my brawler rockers
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I took some photos of one side during the installation. If there is interest, I can try to post a brief write up. I was able to do this by myself, with my 3-year-old handing me the occasional tool.

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Arby694 04-21-2012 07:39 PM

I'd love to see a write up about your install. What type of paint/ bed liner did you use?

NapaWheeler 04-21-2012 08:21 PM

I started with self-etching primer and finished with herculiner.

medijeep 04-22-2012 09:29 AM

what do they look like underneath the pinch seam? How close to the frame?

taoshum 04-22-2012 10:17 AM

Where did you find 'em? $$? What's the surface finish? Look great!

spookylynx 04-22-2012 11:53 AM

You'll love them! I just put a set on and used them a couple times the other day on the trail, the were bomber

NapaWheeler 04-22-2012 12:27 PM

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Here's the before and some background(although this is the opposite side from the installation photos).
I bought them last year for my bday but couldn't put them on because I tore up my shoulder.

I decided to herculine them. It's a good non slip surface that's very durable and repairable.

Although I am not likely to use them as hard as some, having the capability is nice. My wife and I both like having extra steel between other drivers and the kids.

I bought them online from Northridge 4x4, and they gave me free shipping. They arrived in great shape.

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NapaWheeler 04-22-2012 12:33 PM

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Besides the tools PSC recommends I had use for some extras. A rubber mallet and a nutsert tool were invaluable. Comparing the tool to the one PSC sent with the hardware made it an easy decision.

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NapaWheeler 04-22-2012 12:45 PM

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First I taped the Jeep. This was especially important since I was doing it by myself, and the opportunity to put some rather large gashes in the paint was evident.

NapaWheeler 04-22-2012 01:00 PM

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Here's the difference between the included tool and the one I picked up. In all my research on all the different forums regarding nutserts one thing was universal, they are tough and time consuming to install.

Now I'll have the tool when I want to put on the next whatever. It also allowed me to continue the installation myself. This is my number one piece of advice- get a different tool than the one they include.
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NapaWheeler 04-22-2012 01:34 PM

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Next step is to clamp the rocker panel to the Jeep. Get your spacing to your liking and secure it to the body. This will be your template. I drilled one hole on the far left and one far right, then I took it down and expanded the holes and put in 2 nutserts. This allows you to secure the rocker with bolts so you can mark and drill the remaining holes.

It may seem like an extra step, but doing it this way was safer and made for a more accurate install.

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kswyg001 04-22-2012 01:51 PM

Poison Spyder makes some of the sickest looking things, it looks great against the white too!

NapaWheeler 04-22-2012 01:51 PM

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This is probably a good time to talk about the mechanics of drilling. Get a metal punch. They're cheap and it's the right way to drill metal. I placed the punch, a couple of whacks and I had a nice start point for the bit to catch.

I started with a 1/4 to drill the pilot holes through the armor. Then you pull the armor off and expand them with a 25/64. This was a surprisingly difficult bit to find! Home Despot does not carry the bit for sale by itself (at least in Napa). I had to buy a large set, not really a problem I guess.
After you carefully expand them, put some paint on the edges. If you go too fast with the 25/64 the bit can catch and make the hole too big. This would make it impossible for the nutsert to seat properly.

Now you're ready for nutserts.
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NapaWheeler 04-23-2012 08:34 AM

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All about nutserts.

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Again, using the tool made the nutserts very manageable. Drill hole, widen hole, paint, put nutsert on tool, squeeze tool, done.

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NapaWheeler 04-23-2012 08:40 AM

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Now put the panel back on with the supplied bolts. I used a drop of loctite on each. Screw them in carefully. If you cross thread a bolt at this stage, I'm not sure there is an easy or quick way to fix it.

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I sat on the curb and supported the rocker on my knees while I put in the bolts. I worked from the outside in, and waited to really tighten them until all were started.

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