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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-05-2000, 05:09 PM
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Rocker Panel Protection

You know that little rib that runs under the rocker panels ('87 Samurai)? How did you deal with that as far as installing rocker panel protection is concerned?

I would like to cut it off, but it appears to be two pieces of sheet metal joining......maybe not a good idea to cut it? I'm assuming most people just take a hammer to it. Every inch counts and I want to get rid of it somehow so my angle iron fits nice and snug. Thanks!

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Re: Rocker Panel Protection

drill out the spot welds and that piece will come off and give you a flat surface to mount your angle iron

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We feel the same way. You can get an extra 1/2-3/4" by folding that seam over. With our rockers we recommend using a hammer to put that body seam flat, that way you can tuck our bars up as tight as possible.... which by the way are made from 1/4" hitch steel and cannot be bent or dented like those silly tube nerfs.

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Re: Rocker Panel Protection

Don't cut off that bottom ridge! It's a welded seam and intergal to body ridgidity. You could hammer it over, but this would result in a pretty lumpy rocker. Leave it alone is my suggestion, but if you want it gone I guess you could cut it and WELD it.

If you want real rocker protection, add rock rails or sliders. They can be purchased for as little as $99/pair, or can be home-made for even less. Don't rely on diamond plate for total protection. It's not gonna cut it.

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LOL......thanks for the advice!

Don't worry......I'm not using aluminum diamond plate......I can't stand the stuff.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] When I do the 1/4 panel protectors, I'll probably use 1/8" (flat) steel!

For the rocker panels I'm using the same stuff I used on my Jeep; 3/16" angle iron bolted to the body with 3/8" grade 5 bolts. The angle iron I use has a joint that is approximately 7/16" thick. This stuff has nary a scratch on it.....and trust me, I've tried my best to damage it.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

It all cost me about $30 Canadian (or so, my memory isn't that great). I'm too poor to buy "products" especially from the states with the exchange rate and all. Thanks again!

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