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post #1 of 31 Old 04-02-2020, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Interested on experienced Jeepers' opinions on my rock sliders

My '02 TJ I bought off of my father who was part of a club in Washington state (I grew up there). I've only put 6-7K additional miles on it in those 5 years, but I've modded it some since then. He originally had some schittybuilt rock sliders and they were crushed on his first real use so he had a friend who was a welder add some 2x6" steel sliders welded directly to the frame.

I was curious what some really experienced jeepers thought about this solution. It clearer reduces travel over obstacles when the jeep is an a real angle. In theory one could have taken the rails upward closer to the lower part of the body (still could actually). They are burly AF, I would/have felt completely comfortable having them rest on rocks/etc with the jeep resting on them, but my offroad experience is quite a bit less than most and less than my father's.

At the minimum I intend to cut the front part a bit short as when I added the MC fender and 35s, they began encroaching on valuable space. I also have MC rock rails for the body, so maybe I don't need or want them at all, but like I said they are burly as hell and a step into the Jeep.

I have never seen anything like this before on the web or in person and wondered what people thought about it, but more from experience than opinion (keyboard warriors).


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All depends on where ya go and how you do it.
Most sliders are basically big angle iron bolted to the tub.

Ill have to hide this post from the wife, she wants steps like that instead of the stool I pack for her......
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a quality set of sliders would give you the same protection but a lot more clearance. plus there is the possibility of tweaking the frame with sliders that weld directly to it.


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Get some tub mounted sliders. That Jeep isn't high enough to need a step.

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It used to be a lot more common to see people using 2x4 or 2x6 for rocker protection. This was before there were so many body mounted options.

Manufacturers were selling them too.

Since you already have the MC rock rails for the body, I'd remove them.
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If you decide to keep them, you definitely need to trim the front to match the fenders as you indicated. In the rocks you would loose clearance, but they may slide across nicely. I'm not a fan, but it really depends on how you use the Jeep, and whether or not you like them.

However, how strong and effective they are depends entirely on how they were welded to the frame. Do you have any pics of how it is mounted, or can you describe?

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Frame mounted is not the way to go for anything but light duty use. For anything more than that you need to go tub mounted. Tub mounted is a lot stronger.
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I have some warrior product sliders. They come with a step. I think I have only landed on them once of twice, but didn't leave a mark. Definitely helps you getting in if you lift your jeep.

I do reccomend the warrior products sliders I have on mine.

I would recommend removing the ones welded to the frame. They will rub if you get larger tires and you could bend/tear the frame I'd you land of them.

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You guys convinced me to remove them. I have the MC sliders anyway.

FWIW, I am not worried about the strength as they are welded to the frame in two spots with 2x2" steel 'standouts' and the weld looks properly well done but I am more worried about bending the frame. I just didn't see anyone with any think like this (maybe that was the reason) so I didn't know what to think about it. I would have never done it this way, but my dad thought it was a good idea. By the way, he had some seriously heavy Warn sliders on as well but I took them off when I put the MC fenders on as they didn't fit together.

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already decided to cut them off, but to follow up with a previous question on how exactly they were mounted here at the pictures. Just for future reference (and if someone searches later).
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cut the welds and try to avoid hitting the frame. angle grinder, sawzall, dremel or something similar. finish it off with grinding down the welds and touching up the paint on the frame


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Schrockwork sliders are pretty bullet proof.
You're just not going to break them
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All depends on where ya go and how you do it.
Most sliders are basically big angle iron bolted to the tub.

Ill have to hide this post from the wife, she wants steps like that instead of the stool I pack for her......
Lol,. My 5'2" wife asked if I could replace my MC sliders with the electronic slide out steps like trucks have. A 5 gallon bucket and a grab handle is my solution...

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Rock Slide Engineering. Buy once, cry once. I hated the idea of spending that kind of money but the wife insisted. I love them now. They take a beating but still have a nice, functional, retracting step.
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