Fab Fours Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited
Body Mounted Rock Sliders


 

When it comes to protecting the sides of your Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited, few rocker guards offer the heavy duty strength and style the way FabFours rock sliders do. These form fitted rock sliders mount directly to the body and offer more than just serious protection from the rocks but also a unique and stylish look.Structurally reinforced and designed to be tied into the body mounts of your Jeep JK Wrangler, the Fab Fours rock sliders extend out to the edge of your fender flares and wrap all the way underneath the body in a smooth flat plane. This design effectively helps to keep rocks and trees away from the side of your Jeep’s body, allow you to slide cleanly over obstacles and it even does a great job of acting as a convenient step.

Installation of the Fab Fours Rocker guards is simple enough but I would recommend the help of a friend. Being as beefy as these rock sliders are, they are also very heavy and awkward to handle. Also, be sure to take your time as you really don’t want to screw-up when it comes time to drill into the body of your Jeep.

 

What You Will Need


• 18mm Socket
• 9/16″ Socket & Wrench
• Ratchet
• 7/32″ Allen Wrench or Bit
• Pry Bar
• Floor Jack
• 2×4 Wood Blocks
• Hand Drill
• 17/32″ Drill Bit or Unibit
• Center Punch
• Silicon
• Marker
• Red Loc-Tite
• Grease/Spray Lube 
   

Instructions


Here’s a shot of everything you will get with your new Fab Fours Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rock Sliders.
Factory Rocker Guard/Side Step Removal
1. To remove either the Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon rocker guards or Sahara running boards, use a 10mm wrench to remove the 3 pairs of nuts securing them to the body pinch seam. 2. Using a 13mm socket, remove the 3 bolts securing the Rubicon factory rocker guards or Sahara running boards to the bottom of your Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited’s body. 3. With the 6 nuts and 3 bolts removed, the factory rocker guards or running boards on your Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon or Sahara should pull off the body pinch seam with ease. Set them aside.
Fab Fours Rock Slider Installation
1. Apply some silicon to the edge of your Fab Fours rock sliders as this will help prevent dirt, sand and other debris from getting in between it and the body of your Jeep JK Wrangler. 2. Using an 18mm socket, remove the 3 body mount bolts along the frame rail of your Jeep JK Wrangler to the point were they are just dangling in place. 3. U sing a pry bar, separate the bolt and washer from your Jeep JK Wrangler’s body mounts as shown in this pic.
4. Using a floor jack, some blocks of wood and the help of a friend, carefully maneuver your new Fab Fours rock sliders in place and up against the body of your Jeep JK Wrangler as shown. 5. Secure your Fab Fours rock slider to the body mounts of your Jeep JK Wrangler using the factory bolts that you had previously removed. An 18mm socket will be needed for this job. 6. Using the Fab Fours rock slider as a template, mark the center points where you will need to drill the body of your Jeep JK Wrangler with a center punch.
7. Using a 18mm socket, remove the bolts securing the Fab Fours rock slider to your Jeep JK Wrangler’s body mounts, lower it down and set it aside for now. Then, using a hand drill and a unibit, proceed to drill out 9/16″ holes at all the points you previously marked off. 8. Assemble the nutsert tool that comes with your Fab Fours rock slider hardware packet, apply some lubricant to it, thread on a nutsert and then apply some red lock-tite to it as shown in this pic. 9. Insert the prepared nutsert into one of the holes you drilled into the body of your Jeep JK Wrangler as shown.
10. Using a 9/16″ wrench, hold the base of the nutsert tool in place and then tighten down the bolt head with a 9/16″ socket. This action will cause the nutsert to collapse and secure itself to the body of your Jeep JK Wrangler. It is important to make sure that you DO NOT over tighten the nutsert as doing so will cause it to loose its bite and spin. Also, make sure to apply lubricant or grease to the nutsert tool on a regular basis. Failure to do this will cause the tool to become harder and harder to use.
11. This is a shot of what the body of your Jeep JK Wrangler will look like once you have installed all the nutserts. 12. Using a floor jack, some blocks of wood and the help of a friend, carefully reinstall your Fab Fours rock sliders in place and up against the body of your Jeep JK Wrangler as shown. 13. Using an 18mm socket, secure your Fab Fours rock slider to the body mounts of your Jeep JK Wrangler using the factory bolts. Tighten these bolts to 80 ft. lbs. of torque.
14. Using a 7/32″ allen wrench or bit, secure your Fab Fours rock sliders to the side of your Jeep JK Wrangler with the 3/8″ stainless steel button head bolts and washers provided with the kit.
  15. Repeat steps 2-14 on opposite side of your Jeep JK Wrangler.
And that’s it - you’re done. The sides of your Jeep JK Wrangler is now protected with one of the beefiest body mounted rocker guards available on the market today. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 

After Pics


If you would like to see more after shots or all the pics taken from this installation, click on the link below:

Fab Fours Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited
Rock Slider Photo Gallery

 

8 Comments so far

  1. Clackey September 29th, 2008 4:24 pm

    After running these I am very impressed!!!! These rockers are SOLID!!!!!

  2. Frank October 2nd, 2008 10:32 pm

    I had the small privalage of seeing the prototypes when I went to pick up my bumper at there new place in NC. My wife is very short and we noticed there is no real step to get into the jeep. So even though I have there front and rear bumper the sliders were a no go. Don’t forget there is a new hi-lift jack mount made for the rear bumper after mine broke off going down the interstate and hit a 2007 mustang!!!!!

  3. David Riesenberger December 3rd, 2008 7:59 pm

    You better love these ’cause you are not going to get rid of those holes without serious bodywork. Not for me.

  4. JeffD December 31st, 2008 2:21 pm

    I am digesting all things JK since I am new to Jeeping and am reading all these installs to help me decide which mods to do.

    On this one, however, wouldn’t you wait to apply the silicone to the slider until AFTER you used it as a template for the nutserts?

    I guess most folks would figure that out, but some of us newb/noob/nubes might apply the silicon then slather it all over the side of the Jeep before figuring it out that we should have done it later.

    Great write-ups, however…what a site.

  5. Ponder February 18th, 2009 10:11 am

    Help!!

    I was installing the Fab Four sliders and two of the Insert Nuts came loose as I was tightening the bolts. I believe they are cross threaded and I cannot get them to go in or come out. Any suggestions???

  6. wayoflife February 18th, 2009 2:03 pm

    hi ponder, more than likely, the nutserts have slipped their bite on the sheet metal of your body. try using a pair of vice-grips, attach it to the head of the bolt and then while pulling on the head, rotate it out. if you’re lucky, you might find enough bite to get it to come out.

  7. Ponder February 19th, 2009 2:07 pm

    Wayoflife, thanks for the suggestion. Tried it last night, did not work. I think I am going to have to cut the heads off of the bolts, remove the slider then try to extract the rest of the bolt and replace the nut insert.

  8. Mark February 17th, 2012 12:34 pm

    have any old body armor laying around or know of a place to find some used, but not too abused?

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