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wayoflife
04-07-2019, 11:06 PM
While there was once a time when Cindy and I were a big fan of body mounted rock sliders or rocker guards, that was a very long time ago and well before there was a JK Wrangler or now, a JL Wrangler. In fact, the last time we ran a set was back when we still had our old TJ Wrangler and mainly because it was in fact, a superior way to go. The sheet metal on the TJ body was thick and strong and installing protection on the body as opposed to the frame would help provide the most ground clearance you could get along the sides of your Jeep. Now, what changed all that was Jeep's need to make a lighter weight Wrangler and when the JK was introduced in 2007, they helped make that possible by making its body panels with much thinner steel. Over the years, what we've seen is that body mounted rock sliders actually caused damage to the body after taking on a hard hit and in some cases, to the point where opening doors became difficult if not impossible. Of course, the JL Wrangler has body panels that are just as thin if not thinner and clearly, that hasn't help anything. But, for all the benefits you can get from body mounted rocker guards, we found ourselves tempted to give it another go and did so with a set of EVO Bomber Rocker Guards.

In addition to looking really sharp, what we liked about the EVO Bomber Rocker Guards was the fact that you can get them with optional armored skins that allow you to tie the two together. By doing this, the load from a hard hit can be distributed across the entire rocker guard and body. And, if ever in the future we decided that they just weren't for us, they can easily be replaced with frame mounted rocker guards and new skins that bolt up right up to the body and in the exact same way. With all that said, this episode of the JL JOURNAL will show you what it takes to get set of EVO Bomber Rocker Guards installed on a Jeep JL Wrangler and we hope you find it to be useful.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlbiTnpL1wY&feature=youtu.be

What to BuyEVO MFG Bomber Rockers w/ ROCKSKINS : https://amzn.to/2OhfM8w
Astro 1442 Nutsert Tool : https://amzn.to/2I1S5AE
Milwaukee 2763-20 M18 Fuel 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench : https://amzn.to/2WU3QfN

What You Will Need• 1/2, 9/16" Wrench & Socket
• 18, 19mm Socket
• 3/16" Allen Wrench
• Ratchet
• Ratchet Extension
• Torque Wrench
• Floor Jack
• Hand Drill
• Center Punch
• Step Bit Drill Bit
• Safety Glasses
• Nutsert Tool
• Pry Bar
• Hammer
• Painters Tape
• Touch-Up Paint
• Red Loctite


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HighwayTrout
04-07-2019, 11:24 PM
Those looks great!

TOPLESS
04-07-2019, 11:45 PM
They turned out great!

chrisswank
04-08-2019, 12:09 AM
Looks sharp! All of the labor makes it all with it.

OverlanderJK
04-08-2019, 12:29 AM
Those look great on there.

All these install videos really are great for a new jeeper. Where were you when I installed my first lift? Might not have taken me a week. Lol


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RESURECTIONJK
04-08-2019, 01:39 AM
Great video as always. Super helpful. I’ve been looking at these as a replacement for my terrorflex rock slid....uh magnets and these have been on the radar. I need something with somewhat of a step because I almost always have my kids with me in the Jeep but my current sliders are garbage... oh wait duh... terrorflex. So yeah, super helpful in my decision making. [emoji106][emoji106][emoji106]

wayoflife
04-08-2019, 02:17 AM
Those looks great!

Thank you :)


They turned out great!

Thanks! It was a lot of work but well worth it I think.


Looks sharp! All of the labor makes it all with it.

Thanks. There was a lot to be done for sure but definitely worth it :)


Those look great on there.

All these install videos really are great for a new jeeper. Where were you when I installed my first lift? Might not have taken me a week. Lol

:cheesy: Back then, I was still writing write-ups. Now, everything is on YouTube :crazyeyes:


Great video as always. Super helpful. I’ve been looking at these as a replacement for my terrorflex rock slid....uh magnets and these have been on the radar. I need something with somewhat of a step because I almost always have my kids with me in the Jeep but my current sliders are garbage... oh wait duh... terrorflex. So yeah, super helpful in my decision making. [emoji106][emoji106][emoji106]

I think you'd be happy with these :)

Rocralr
04-08-2019, 04:28 AM
Great Job!! Thanks.

Bear_JKU
04-08-2019, 04:58 AM
Those look really good! It’s nice to know you can always swap over to a frame mounted slider if you wanted to.


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Sharkey
04-08-2019, 05:21 AM
Great video and those look really nice. I have a stupid question. Do they move with the body on the mount? (Doesn’t the body move on the frame a bit like on the Jk?)


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TrailHunter
04-08-2019, 06:26 AM
Looks Sharp! Curious to see how they hold up on the big rocks when a pro (Cindy) gets behind the wheel. [emoji41]

wayoflife
04-08-2019, 03:29 PM
Great Job!! Thanks.

Glad you like what you see :)


Those look really good! It’s nice to know you can always swap over to a frame mounted slider if you wanted to.


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Honestly, as much as I like the look of these, I don't know if I would have done it if I couldn't change out to frame mounted sliders in the future.


Great video and those look really nice. I have a stupid question. Do they move with the body on the mount? (Doesn’t the body move on the frame a bit like on the Jk?)


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The rocker guards are tied into the body mounts. They are isolators and so the rocker guards move with the body.


Looks Sharp! Curious to see how they hold up on the big rocks when a pro (Cindy) gets behind the wheel. [emoji41]

LOL - hope they hold up as I like the way they look. :crazyeyes:

Brute
04-08-2019, 05:30 PM
That was labor intensive...and sharp looking too

Jsouder53
04-08-2019, 06:02 PM
Looks great! Hopefully they hold up well. How are the sliders mounted on Moby? Body or frame?

RESURECTIONJK
04-08-2019, 06:19 PM
Looks great! Hopefully they hold up well. How are the sliders mounted on Moby? Body or frame?

Moby is running the EVO frame mounted sliders and their rock skins.

blacker1
04-08-2019, 07:01 PM
You guys have the best videos in the business, hands down! Thanks again for sharing them all with us!

Jsouder53
04-08-2019, 08:04 PM
Moby is running the EVO frame mounted sliders and their rock skins.

Oooohhh okay, that’s what I thought.

deezus
04-08-2019, 10:10 PM
I've talked to Kingsize about these and was told if I wanted sliders for rock crawling to wait for the weld ons. Are you worried they will flex into the body?
Also how are they as a step?

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Clifford33
04-08-2019, 10:35 PM
Man those are super sweet looking!


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Trail JK
04-09-2019, 05:50 PM
They look awesome!


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danford.lau
04-10-2019, 04:07 AM
Finally got around to watching this . Great video Eddie . They look awesome . Unf after seeing the install, gonna go with the weld on sliders when I upgrade .. that’s just too much work !! [emoji13]


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MericaMade
04-22-2019, 02:55 AM
How wide is the step on the slider and do you know if the JL version is wider then the JK version? Can you get a good part of your foot on the step? How have they held up so far?

wayoflife
04-22-2019, 06:04 PM
That was labor intensive...and sharp looking too

Not real hard to install but a lot of steps for sure! :icon_crazy: :crazyeyes:


Looks great! Hopefully they hold up well. How are the sliders mounted on Moby? Body or frame?


Moby is running the EVO frame mounted sliders and their rock skins.

What RESURECTIONJK said, they're frame mounted on Moby and we are running skins as well. :yup:


You guys have the best videos in the business, hands down! Thanks again for sharing them all with us!

Thank you! We're truly flattered that you would say as much :blush:


I've talked to Kingsize about these and was told if I wanted sliders for rock crawling to wait for the weld ons. Are you worried they will flex into the body?
Also how are they as a step?

Actually, after spending a week in Moab and banging on them pretty damn hard, I'm happy to say that these rocker guards have held up surprisingly well. I literally hit them hard enough to click my teeth and other than some scratches - no problems and NO body damage. As far as them being used as a step goes, they work better than any tube slider I've run to date.


Man those are super sweet looking!

They really are. :yup:


They look awesome!

It's a big part of why we got them. Love how they look. :cool:


Finally got around to watching this . Great video Eddie . They look awesome . Unf after seeing the install, gonna go with the weld on sliders when I upgrade .. that’s just too much work !! [emoji13]

LOL - it's labor intensive for sure :crazyeyes:


How wide is the step on the slider and do you know if the JL version is wider then the JK version? Can you get a good part of your foot on the step? How have they held up so far?

I don't know how wide the JK ones are but these seem to offer a decent amount of step or at least, for our needs. Also, they've been holding up surprisingly well and I do say surprising being that I wasn't too sure about them :yup:

deezus
04-23-2019, 12:22 AM
Not real hard to install but a lot of steps for sure! :icon_crazy: :crazyeyes:





What RESURECTIONJK said, they're frame mounted on Moby and we are running skins as well. :yup:



Thank you! We're truly flattered that you would say as much :blush:



Actually, after spending a week in Moab and banging on them pretty damn hard, I'm happy to say that these rocker guards have held up surprisingly well. I literally hit them hard enough to click my teeth and other than some scratches - no problems and NO body damage. As far as them being used as a step goes, they work better than any tube slider I've run to date.



They really are. :yup:



It's a big part of why we got them. Love how they look. :cool:



LOL - it's labor intensive for sure :crazyeyes:



I don't know how wide the JK ones are but these seem to offer a decent amount of step or at least, for our needs. Also, they've been holding up surprisingly well and I do say surprising being that I wasn't too sure about them :yup:Teeth chatter is good, it means sliders are solid. I'll probably go with these for the step alone.

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rumblebee3
04-23-2019, 01:13 AM
Awesome install video! Looks great!

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MericaMade
05-01-2019, 10:45 PM
So no RVT on the back of the skins?

wayoflife
05-02-2019, 03:28 PM
So no RVT on the back of the skins?

I didn't use any on this video but will most likely add some when I get a chance. I just apply it to the edges and smooth it out.

jesse3638
05-02-2019, 11:27 PM
Finally watched this video. Those look sharp. The installation looked to be pretty time consuming..haha. Several more steps than the poison spider ones I have installed on my JK. I thought the comment about someone with big hands was pretty funny. I used the "tool" that came with the rocker guards which was as you described. It wasn't accurate at all and have one nutsert that spins. The astro tool sure made it go quick and easy.

rmccown
08-16-2019, 07:20 PM
Actually, after spending a week in Moab and banging on them pretty damn hard, I'm happy to say that these rocker guards have held up surprisingly well. I literally hit them hard enough to click my teeth and other than some scratches - no problems and NO body damage. As far as them being used as a step goes, they work better than any tube slider I've run to date.





Its been a few months, do you still like them? Any issues?

benatc1
09-11-2019, 12:04 AM
Eddie, or anyone with experience with both of my items in question, I'm torn between Lod frame mounted and these. I need to get something for a step for Alex pretty soon here, not the end game and while ultimately ill put on the EVO frame mounted sliders (if they ever make it to the market), i also want something that will hold up to some abuse along the way. I think if i go this route I will hold off on the skin portion for right now, but would you say this offers a bigger step than the LOD ones? Also, these seem to have held up pretty well for you, any issues?

OverlanderJK
09-11-2019, 12:08 AM
Eddie, or anyone with experience with both of my items in question, I'm torn between Lod frame mounted and these. I need to get something for a step for Alex pretty soon here, not the end game and while ultimately ill put on the EVO frame mounted sliders (if they ever make it to the market), i also want something that will hold up to some abuse along the way. I think if i go this route I will hold off on the skin portion for right now, but would you say this offers a bigger step than the LOD ones? Also, these seem to have held up pretty well for you, any issues?

You need the skins with these.


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wayoflife
09-11-2019, 12:33 AM
Eddie, or anyone with experience with both of my items in question, I'm torn between Lod frame mounted and these. I need to get something for a step for Alex pretty soon here, not the end game and while ultimately ill put on the EVO frame mounted sliders (if they ever make it to the market), i also want something that will hold up to some abuse along the way. I think if i go this route I will hold off on the skin portion for right now, but would you say this offers a bigger step than the LOD ones? Also, these seem to have held up pretty well for you, any issues?


You need the skins with these.

What Adam said ^^^^

So far, mine have held up well but only because I have the skins. The two tie in together to help make a stronger rocker guard. As far as steps go, I find that both do a good job but these might do a bit better being that they're flat on top and all the way across.

benatc1
09-11-2019, 01:21 AM
You need the skins with these.


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What Adam said ^^^^

So far, mine have held up well but only because I have the skins. The two tie in together to help make a stronger rocker guard. As far as steps go, I find that both do a good job but these might do a bit better being that they're flat on top and all the way across.

You guys are just trying to get me in trouble for drilling holes in a newish jeep aren't you lol.. sounds good though, and thanks for the feedback. Decisions decisions..

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wayoflife
09-11-2019, 02:12 AM
You guys are just trying to get me in trouble for drilling holes in a newish jeep aren't you lol.. sounds good though, and thanks for the feedback. Decisions decisions..


LOL - it really isn't so bad and I confirmed with EVO that if you want to move over to frame mounted sliders in the future, the skins for it will bolt up to the same holes.

benatc1
09-11-2019, 02:15 AM
LOL - it really isn't so bad and I confirmed with EVO that if you want to move over to frame mounted sliders in the future, the skins for it will bolt up to the same holes.That's good to know, I think this is the way I will go here soon. Seems like a better step and i honestly don't love the LOD ones, not sure why, they seem very high quality but just don't do it for me.

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wayoflife
09-11-2019, 02:21 AM
That's good to know, I think this is the way I will go here soon. Seems like a better step and i honestly don't love the LOD ones, not sure why, they seem very high quality but just don't do it for me.

The LODs are good sliders and we've punished ours and they've held up well. Bubba at Exodus was running a set on the JKX and you can see them doing their job as well. If you don't mind drilling 1 hole in your frame, I still have my old LODs in my garage and you can install them and test them out if you want.

OverlanderJK
09-11-2019, 02:35 AM
That's good to know, I think this is the way I will go here soon. Seems like a better step and i honestly don't love the LOD ones, not sure why, they seem very high quality but just don't do it for me.

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What’s wrong with the stock rails? :crazyeyes:

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Abntroop
09-11-2019, 03:07 AM
What’s wrong with the stock rails? :crazyeyes:

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benatc1
09-11-2019, 03:13 AM
The LODs are good sliders and we've punished ours and they've held up well. Bubba at Exodus was running a set on the JKX and you can see them doing their job as well. If you don't mind drilling 1 hole in your frame, I still have my old LODs in my garage and you can install them and test them out if you want.I'll shoot you a message, I appreciate the offer
What’s wrong with the stock rails? :crazyeyes:

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Sent from my iPhone using WAYALIFEHey! Where'd you get that pic?? Lol. Stock rails did their job, for 1 trip, something tells me they dont have many beatings left in em.

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OverlanderJK
09-11-2019, 03:14 AM
I'll shoot you a message, I appreciate the offerHey! Where'd you get that pic?? Lol. Stock rails did their job, for 1 trip, something tells me they dont have many beatings left in em.

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I snagged a couple pics of this and others on the early morning dog walk. Lol


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benatc1
09-11-2019, 03:21 AM
I snagged a couple pics of this and others on the early morning dog walk. Lol


Sent from my iPad using WAYALIFE mobile app (http://r.tapatalk.com/byo?rid=73415)Nice lol. Yea some good dings here and there but nothing to serious. Definitely put a few good scrapes on the engine/trans skid too.

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Exodus Jeeps
09-11-2019, 05:10 AM
I'll shoot you a message, I appreciate the offer

I’ve beaten the LOD’s pretty hard over the 4 years they’ve been on our JK and can’t say enough good things about them. I welded mine on after I installed the long arm kit, so that’s an option. If my wife wasn’t so short I probably would’ve installed the EVO sliders. Out of everything available, I believe those are the 2 best options.


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nbunga
09-11-2019, 06:38 AM
Does it really count when you just jump over all the obstacles?🤣

wjtstudios
09-11-2019, 11:20 AM
Send it!


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Exodus Jeeps
09-11-2019, 11:46 AM
Does it really count when you just jump over all the obstacles?🤣


Send it!


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Well that’s a new technique for me[emoji23]


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benatc1
09-11-2019, 02:19 PM
I’ve beaten the LOD’s pretty hard over the 4 years they’ve been on our JK and can’t say enough good things about them. I welded mine on after I installed the long arm kit, so that’s an option. If my wife wasn’t so short I probably would’ve installed the EVO sliders. Out of everything available, I believe those are the 2 best options.


Sent from my iPhone using WAYALIFE mobile app (http://r.tapatalk.com/byo?rid=73415)Thanks for the feedback bubba, good to know how well they've done. I'm crazy about the looks was all, but function is really all that matters in reality and I'm certain they would grow on me.

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doubletapdaddy
09-11-2019, 08:49 PM
LOL - it really isn't so bad and I confirmed with EVO that if you want to move over to frame mounted sliders in the future, the skins for it will bolt up to the same holes.

Lol. Don't make me start throwing up RockSlider memes here too.