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Rocky Road ® Superslider Install

Six weeks after I ordered them, I finally received my supersliders from Rocky Road. I installed them yesterday - it was very simple and anyone with a drill and a wrench should be able to do it without a problem. With a 2” lift I didn’t even need to use jackstands. I needed three drill bits to drill into the frame, as the first broke and the second wore down at the tip with two bolts left to drill. The holes in the body seam didn’t line up perfectly, and I had to drill those out just a bit, but that was easy (much easier than on WKs, which I believe don’t come with holes already in the seam like the XK).

Here's the package (all 70 pounds of it):



And unwrapped:



I read somewhere else on a different forum that it is better to drill into the frame with the support plate installed. That guy was right, and I didn’t follow his advice on the first install. I thought the angle would be too great and I’d get a little more level approach with the slider off. The result was that one of the holes I drilled was just a hair off when the other three were lined up. No big deal, as I just drilled out the faceplate slightly and it went right in. On the other side I drilled with the plates up and had no problems, other than a sore hand from wrenching (they are very tight going in).
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The only other problem that I had was shearing off one bolt head. Word of caution: if you use a torque wrench, set it very low! Since the bolt was already deep in the frame and wouldn’t have come out easily, I just popped a cap-nut onto it. Problem solved.



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And after (with a bath, too):


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Looks good. They are a good way to protect your plastic trim and give you something to slide over rocks with. I had a similar set but Lee wanted nerf bars to use as a step to get into the Commander. Yours protect better for off road use. Thanks for the install post.

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These stick out about 4 inches, making a good low-profile step for the wife and kids. That's actually why I got these instead of just the rock rails. Plus they make access to the roof rack a hell of a lot easier, especially with the lift.
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Those are the same ones I have and I cannot tell you how many times they have paid for themselves in protecting the body of the Commander.





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How much do they lower your clearance?
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The square tube that runs along the bottom of the plastic piece is about 1.5 inches so you lose that amount.



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Haags, I have always wanted to see these installed from the angle of your "before" picture. Can you take another picture of the XK with the sliders from that same angle? Nice install they look really good!

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The square tube that runs along the bottom of the plastic piece is about 1.5 inches so you lose that amount.
just on the sides, but they are about even with the frame
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I had a lot more problems drilling into the frame than you did. I ended up taking the Commander to my buddies tractor shop and having them welded on.

As posted above, they provide just enough step for small children or adults, and I use them all the time for getting to the roof rack. And they do have some gouges in them...
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