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post #1 of 21 Old 02-05-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Installed some ACE Rock Sliders

Finally got around to the installation of some ACE Engineering JK Rock Sliders just before the game stared. Here are some shots of the install - didn't take long at all. I did have to remove the stock Rubi Rails :frown: The new rails seem very solid and I think they will hold up well - time will tell.

ACE Engineering Rock Sliders - came well packaged and UPS didn't beat them up either:



For reference here is the stock Rubi-rail - I was looking for a little more armor (not to mention no more door dings in the parking lot :biggrin: )


First I had to remove the Rubi-rails, then the big frame-body bolts and measure the fit of the bolts inside the new rock rails. Each bolt washer had to be trimmed a little bit on each side to fit into the rock rail:


Just a little bit off on each side of the giant washer - I don't have a grinder so I used a portable hack-saw - no WAY was just a file going to work or a hand hack-saw. (my rube goldberg work bench and vise seemed to allow me to get the job done - workbench is still another project on my list but I couldn't wait)


Let the saw do the work and then clean up the cut with a file:


Check the fit of each body-bolt and washer before you get under the jeep:


Installing them is a two man job (noted from the install video off the ACE site) didn't have a 2nd man so I improvised and use a bike lift to hold the slider in place - worked like a charm.


I torqued the body bolts back on to 80' lbs - front and rear. Here is what they look like freshly installed:


I think the ACE guys have a quality product - the fit and finish is nice and clearance seems nice in the front:


Here is the fit in the rear:


Another bonus - when I get around to getting a lift and some 35s I won't have to worry about rails hitting - just the pinch seam:


Here they are installed:


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post #2 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 12:12 AM
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Looks good! I thought you could install them with the factory rubi rails on?
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 12:12 AM
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Nice job and thanks for the write-up!
I added a link to the JK F.A.Q. for future reference
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Looks good! I thought you could install them with the factory rubi rails on?
You can, installed mine under a set Rubi rails that I picked up for cheap, thats one of the things that sold me one the Aces

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post #5 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 06:21 AM
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Ill buy your stock rubi rails
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post #6 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 08:13 AM
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Lol...the Ace Rails are designed specifically to be installed under the Rubi rails.

Nothing like getting to do a job twice(minus the trimming of the washers)!

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post #7 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 08:17 AM
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I installed them as well. Had a hell of a time with the last body bolt not catching. Took 20 mins of swearing and sweating to get the bolt to catch.
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Very nice! I agree with everyone else though, why did you have to take off the Rubi Rails? They work just fine with them? Either way, you made a great choice. All of ACE's products are great! These rails will stand up to any beating you put them through!

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post #9 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 09:37 AM
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I need a set of these too, they look very sharp.

Would be nice if ace makes a slightly wider set of fender flares to match them!

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What the hell is going on with that gigantic spider on your vice? I donít care if itís dead or not how in world can you work with that thing there?
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Nice! I want a set of those so bad but unfortunately the idiot previous owner of my jeep got rid of the rubicon rails and installed some gay step rails instead. And these rails look much better with the stock rails on because there's too much of a gap without them. I'll probably end up with a to z's sliders. Ace is the only place with reasonable prices though that I've seen. Everybody else thinks they use gold instead of steel in their bumpers and sliders.

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spider web

Hahahah your right - big old-spider-web on it. Vice was over in the corner of the garage and I just grabbed it and went to work on the washer bolts right there in the middle of the garage floor. Really need to get a proper bench set back up. When I moved about 8yrs ago I sold off most all my tools etc. Vice was one thing I couldn't let go - Grandpa/ma gave that to me many years ago as an xmas gift.

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The Rubi rails and ACE sliders are made to work together.
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Yes they are and they look good. I may have to revisit the install - what kind of clearance are you seeing between the stock rail and the slider? When
I was bolting on the set I had there was 0 - you couldn't even get a match-book cover between them... and that pesky rear bolt was just like Jeffro said... looking fwd to testing them out.

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Love-em and of course plan to re-tighten after a few miles.

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