Finding a sturdy and protective rock slider is possible, with many brands catering to Jeeps.
Here are our recommendations for the 4 best rock sliders for Jeep Jks:
1. EAG Rock Sliders: 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 4 Door
The EAG Rock Sliders come in two styles with the one pictured here having the more aggressive look, and also the higher price tag.
If you’re going to be subjecting your vehicle to rocky terrain, these will help protect your frame from looking like a dented soda can.
Constructed from heavy duty steel tubing and sheeting, you don’t have to worry about this being a failure point.
For installation you won’t need to drill into your frame, this is a simple bolt-on assembly that should take about 20 minutes. We say easy – but you’ll still need a buddy because they’re decently heavy at 80 lbs.
All mounting hardware is included in the kit along with the two rock guard sliders. These won’t fit the JL model! This is a great buy if you’re looking for some protection but also want something that looks cool. It really does add to the look.
2. EAG Rock Sliders: 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 Door
The EAG side armor rock sliders are a great protective element to add to your 2 Door Wrangler.
They’re not as expensive as other options and they still get the job done.
You’ve got an easy bolt-on installation as is standard with all EAG sliders.
This model is more affordable than what it’s 4-door friends have to deal with, and it requires less work for install. Only 4 bolts instead of 6. It’s powder coated and hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see marks on these sliders instead of your frame.
3. Paramount Restyling Rock Slider: 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 4 Door
Made from strong steel tubing and sheeting. You’ll have to remove your original rock rails to put this on.
Another bolt-on kit, they’re closer to nerf bars than rock sliders. If you want an upgrade in looks and a step then you could use these. If you want real protection, there are better options.
4. Hooke Road Rock Slider: 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 4 Door
With this model there are 2 mounting holes on each side compared to the 3 of other models.
A 2-year warranty is included with this purchase and they have a good customer service reputation if needed. The steel is on the same thickness as other models in this guide so you won’t be sacrificing quality on the actual material.
What are rock sliders for?
A common misconception people have is that a nerf bar is the same thing as a rock slider. A nerf bar is not meant to protect your frame, it’s meant as a step to help get you in your vehicle. Rock sliders are close to the frame – and act as a barrier. But, many people do step on their rock sliders to get in, it’s just not their specific purpose.
Anyone who offroads frequently will tell you, there are times when you brave it over a rock that you shouldn’t have or you’re restricted from trying to go somewhere you’d like.
Because of the fear of messing up your frame. Rock sliders are just a way to protect your vehicle from getting the frame beat up when you’re going wild over difficult terrain.
True enough rock sliders aren’t an impenetrable wall of protection, if you smack your Jeep on a rock with enough force- rails or not – it’ll cause damage.
Lots of the model designs for rock sliders are EXTREMELY similar, so paying a huge difference for the exact same thing isn’t cool. When you’re comparing brands looking for one you like, we recommend spending extra time looking at the details.
How thick is the steel? How many mounting brackets? What’s the warranty like?
We say that because there are several listings where the items are almost identical – and the only differences are what the specific company offers to set it apart.
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