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Finally took the plunge and started making the new rocker panels, after the years of the Rubicon Trail then moveing east and finding all the wrong rocks to try and crawl over the rockers have really taken a beating!! I wanted to keep the look of stock, well sort of, rocker panels but did not want to weld them to the body and have to repaint the sides of the Jeepster. Came up with 2x4 1/4 inch wall tubing with a top sandwitch plate 3/16x 1 1/2, drilled and tapped 11 bolts along the top about every 5 inches. This is bolted thru the top angle under the door opening. I cut the outer sheet metal off from the inner rocker panel that provides a lot of body support, then bolted a 1 1/2 angle piece to the inner rocker panel and this angle piece is welded to the bottom of the new rocker panel. If needed the rocker panel can be removed to be modified or repaired and should never dent from rocks. I still need to weld on some end caps and cut some openings into the sides at the rear and front to give the high lift jack somewhere to lift the <nobr>Jeep</nobr> if the need presents itself. This setup should be very strong since I have been using the rockers to lift the Jeepster with the lifts at work for some years now, can't get the arms on the frame correctly. Being bolted all the way across the bottom of the body helps spread the load all around. Here are alot of pics if anyone else needs to do this. Plus it gained about 1 1/2 inch of clearance.
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