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rocker trim fell off

I was doing some light offroading today and I came down hard and the black rocker trim piece came off. Has anyone had to replace this piece yet? How much?
What about the air deflector under the front bumper. It got broke over the winter plowing through some deep snow. Any idea on cost for this?

I have one complaint about my Commander. The bumpers feel so cheap and loose. When I came down on the back bumper it pushed it up and broke a tiny corner piece off of each taillight. I noticed a couple of the points where it fastened underneath with those plastic plugs have gotten bent out of shape.
I have to remember that the plastic trim pieces on a Jeep Commander are no better than any other car and cannot take the abuse you would expect them too.

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Re: rocker trim fell off

Here is a link to a site that has rock rails for the XK. I'm ordering a set.

http://www.4xguard.com/Products/side_guard.html
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Re: rocker trim fell off

Costs less than OEM sidesteps or bars. Looks like it wouldn't interfere with the mud guards.

Good find and thanks for posting.


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Re: rocker trim fell off

Nice link, will probably get them next month after tax time. They're local to me too so I can pick them up.

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Re: rocker trim fell off

The book says to REMOVE that air deflector before going offroad. As to the rock rails, they are A JOKE. Nothing but cheap plastic and of no value other then looks. Dont replace them, find STEEL ones that will give you PROTECTION before you do REAL DAMAGE to your vehicle. john
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Re: rocker trim fell off

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The book says to REMOVE that air deflector before going offroad. As to the rock rails, they are A JOKE. Nothing but cheap plastic and of no value other then looks. Dont replace them, find STEEL ones that will give you PROTECTION before you do REAL DAMAGE to your vehicle. john
I removed the air deflector immediately and tossed it in the trash. I have been getting the same fuel economy as those who left it on and have had no cooling problems (and believe me, AZ would be the place to notice cooling issues first).

Kent from AEV had said that they were working on the metal rock rails that look pretty much like the plastic rocker covers. I am not sure if they are ready yet as I can imagine is up to their necks in work with their new wheels and all their new JK parts.

4xGuard also makes a fairly nice looking rock rail for the XK and WK. You can see it here: http://www.4xguard.com/Products/side_guard.html

EDIT: Oops, didn't see that someone had already mentioned the 4xGuard ones.

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Re: rocker trim fell off

This could be a solution to the air deflector issue.

http://www.romik-usa.com/web-content...commander.html

I just can't find a dealer locally.
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Re: rocker trim fell off

I ordered a new rocker panel trim to replace the broken one. It will be around $50. Could of been a $200 part, you just never know.
I am not going to replace the air deflector. It hangs too low.
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Re: rocker trim fell off

My rockrails:



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Re: rocker trim fell off

Those would of helped!
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