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Best Rock Rails For Jeep Gladiator

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David Lawrence
• Tuesday, 12 January, 2021
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Richard told me each of these Rock Slider Rails weighs 65 lbs. So let me know if you have any other recommendations for the Best Combo Rock Slider Rail and Step.

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About 60lb per side is the lowest that I've seen. I've been researching for a while, and actually decided on the exact one that you mentioned. I was stuck between Ace Engineering, and Rock Hard 4×4, and ultimately ended up going with Rock Hard 4×4 because of the style, extra mounting points it utilizes, and the Ruby rail elimination.

Since the Ruby rails come off, I'll be able to sell them to recover some cost of the proper sliders. I know you *can* remove the Ruby rails with the Ace sliders, but if you do you carry the extra weight for essentially no reason, and if you don't you leave the pinch seam exposed.

I also really like the look of Rock Hard 4×4's skid kit, and figured it'd be nice to have matching brands of armor down the road for the sake of continuity. They're essentially the lowest point of sprung weight on the vehicle, and need to be able to take a beating.

I'd take solid, beefy rails over wimpy light ones any day. If you want the beefiest sliders (that I've personally come across), check out Clockworks, as I believe they're one of the few true frames mounted kits.

Maybe Jew stood take a look see at the ace rock sliders. About 60lb per side is the lowest that I've seen. I've been researching for a while, and actually decided on the exact one that you mentioned.

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I was stuck between Ace Engineering, and Rock Hard 4×4, and ultimately ended up going with Rock Hard 4×4 because of the style, extra mounting points it utilizes, and the Ruby rail elimination. Since the Ruby rails come off, I'll be able to sell them to recover some cost of the proper sliders.

I know you *can* remove the Ruby rails with the Ace sliders, but if you do you carry the extra weight for essentially no reason, and if you don't you leave the pinch seam exposed. I also really like the look of Rock Hard 4×4's skid kit, and figured it'd be nice to have matching brands of armor down the road for the sake of continuity.

They're essentially the lowest point of sprung weight on the vehicle, and need to be able to take a beating. I'd take solid, beefy rails over wimpy light ones any day.

The powder coating has a bit more of a shine than the more matte appearance of the ACE ones. I did add some 1" wide strips of grip tape to limit slipping when wet.

I LOVE that the Richard sliders mount to the frame, but also cover then pinch seam. Both brands will protect you against most parking lot door dings, keep your body away from rocks, serve as a step, and support the weight of your vehicle for jacking.

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I did add some 1" wide strips of grip tape to limit slipping when wet. I LOVE that the Richard sliders mount to the frame, but also cover then pinch seam.

Both brands will protect you against most parking lot door dings, keep your body away from rocks, serve as a step, and support the weight of your vehicle for jacking. Hi Jed, Greatly appreciate your detailed reply, shared experiences and photos.

My question to you is; for the Angled Down Version Is the bottom of the Step Bar lower than the bottom of the rail? It's hard to tell by the photos if the Step is lower or higher than the Rail and by how much? My concern is that the Angled Down Step would catch on rocks instead of sliding on the rail.

The tubes are 1.5” lower than body mounted portion of the slider. Angled up will perform a little better in some offload scenarios ... allowing the body to roll further before contacting a rock which gives you a little more 'clearance' in that way.

Even so, you are far more likely to set your JT down on a frame rail or skid plate than the angled down slider. Even if a rock is situated outside your frame, and you set your JT on the angled down slider, it's made to support that weight.

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The steps are bolt on and easily removed when going on trails. The steps are bolt on and easily removed when going on trails.

Angled up will perform a little better in some offload scenarios ... allowing the body to roll further before contacting a rock which gives you a little more 'clearance' in that way. Even so, you are far more likely to set your JT down on a frame rail or skid plate than the angled down slider.

Even if a rock is situated outside your frame, and you set your JT on the angled down slider, it's made to support that weight. How much worse would it be if you tried to connect a LONG section of frame and body.

It is posted by the JCR rep who makes a slider that mounts to the pinch seam of the body as well as the bolts where the body mounts to the frame ... similar to the Richard slider. “Pinch weld and frame is a bad idea.

Yes, the body mount bolts go to welded nuts in the body tub, and connection of the mounts to the frame are through the flexible cushions. The Rock Slider should provide the best under carriage and body-weld protection combined with a Step for easy entry and exit, preferably light weight and non-protruding so it won't get stuck on rocks.

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So far the one that I have found is the one below:Richard 4×4 Patriot series Tube Slider Rock Guards Angled Up for Gladiator JT 2020 (RH-80104) Richard told me each of these Rock Slider Rails weighs 65 lbs.

So let me know if you have any other recommendations for the Best Combo Rock Slider Rail and Step. Not lite but extremely well-built and secured to the vehicle as well as anything I’ve seen.

The step is great but should come with anti-skid on it, I put some 3“ non-skid tape on them, and I am really pleased with them. I went with Rock Slide Engineering step sliders.

Happy so far not that I don't have to load the kids into the truck when i (used to) pick them up from school. Notice that the website doesn't say anything about their thickness, or talk about rocks and such.

I had considered them but the lack of info on toughness turned me away. Happy so far not that I don't have to load the kids into the truck when i (used to) pick them up from school.

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Richard told me each of these Rock Slider Rails weighs 65 lbs. So let me know if you have any other recommendations for the Best Combo Rock Slider Rail and Step.

They have a nice step/ rock rail solution uses solid frame body mounts as well. They provide maximum clearance from rocks with moderate protection, and they have a power step that lowers when any door opens.

When the step is deployed it is automatically lit up for nighttime entry and exit. The Rock Hard sliders attach to both the body and the frame.

That might be the dumbest thing I've seen today, but the day is young. Well, really, never use them at all. There's a reason the body is mounted in huge cushion posts on this thing.

They attach to the pinch seam and the body mount bolts, not the frame. Understood, I'll go re-read the installation instructions and maybe put them back on my list, thanks.

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