Performance Rocker Guards
Time to come clean....
when I bought my TJ, I actually wanted factory side-steps. In my opinion,
they looked nice and I thought they would be good to have for my wife
and son.... then reality set in. The only thing steps are good for
is collecting mud and acting like a magnet for big nasty rocks on
the trail!! Needless to say, the steps didn't stay on very long and
I replaced them with some real beefy rocker guards made by Sun Performance.
I bought mine directly from Sun and paid $265 for them. What I like
most about these is the fact that they bolt up to your tub as opposed
to hanging off the frame and I really like the tube like bulge incorporated
into the design.
What You Will Need
• Sun Performance
• 1/2",7/16" Socket and Wrench
• 5/32" Allen Wrench
• Metal Drilling Bits
• Floor Jack or Hi-Lift Jack
Begin by removing the front fender flare extensions, rivets and any
trim that would be in the way. In my case, I had to remove the factory
2. Using a rubber mallet,
pound up the little tabs that line the edge of your tub. I have no
clue what they were for or why they are there, but if you don't do
this, they will be in the way and prevent a tight install.
3. Using a Hi-Lift jack
to hold the rocker guards in place, carefully mark and center punch
the points you will need to drill. Double check your work!
4. Take everything everything
back down and drill your holes.
5. Insert the two provided
well-inserts, reposition everything again with the Hi-Lift and bolt
6. Before I installed
my guards, I had read about the floor bolts being a bit long on Stu
Olsen's write-up and bought slightly (1/2" to be
exact) shorter ones before I did anything. If you don't do this, it
won't be a real problem but they will stand tall enough that you will
notice them through the carpeting.
NOTE: On 2003-06 TJ's, I have been told that there is a blister on the inner wall of the rocker guards that make bolting up the hole closest to the rear fender difficult. Extra drilling is required to access the bolt. See pic to the left
Anyway, that's it. A real piece of cake mod!