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Installing Rubicon Rock Rails on a Non-Rubicon

Here is my write up:

Tools Needed:

Drill bits 3/16 and 9/32(Must have)
Socket set
Harbor Freight Nut-cert Tool (Found here)

Step 1: Remove the Stock Flare extention

Step 2: Install 5 Nut-Certs per side on the underside of the jeep in the Hexagon style holes they will use the 1/4 size nut-certs that came with the HF tool (I have a 2005 I have herd if you have an older one you will have to drill these holes)

Step 3: Using 3 bolts and the Rock Rails, install the front/back/middle bolts into the nut-certs that you just put in. This will hold the rails in place so line up your side mount holes.

Step 4: Using a Sharpie marker trace the holes out of drilling

Step 5: Remove the rock rails at the 3 bolts you previously installed

Step 6: Using a punch make your starting spot for the drill bits

Step 7: Use your 3/16(or smaller sized drill bit of your choice) to start your holes. Make sure you don't slide the bit out of the punch hole

Step 8: Use the 9/32 Drill bit to drill your final hole (Try not to reem this hole out any since you want the nut-cert to fit as tight as possible)

Step 9: Use some primer or touch up paint around the hole to prevent rust

Step 10: Install nut-certs into the newly drilled holes, the nut-certs used on the sides are the 10-24 size from the HF tool (note: some holes if you don't want to install the nut-certs you can use a nut and bolt through the body. If you want to do this just look inside the door)

Admire your work

Step 11: Re install the underbelly bolts and then install the new side bolts and enjoy your new sliders:

Additional Notes:

If you are lucky enough to have the rubber seal that comes with the sliders use some double sided take or glue to install it to the rail. this will help it from moving around a bunch during the install and making you mad

I used the stock underside bolts with the 1/4 size nut-certs, but was unable to use the stock bolts for the side 10-24 cert-certs as they are metric.

Make sure you use plenty of beer during this install


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