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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys, long time no see!
I pulled the plastic rockers off because rust was creeping up and of course found the underneath full of it! Would love to find some type of slip on cover and pitch the plastic...but my bodyman says it would be easier to clean up the rust and put the covers back on. Has anyone removed these and fit some type of metal down low and are satisfied with the look enough to pitch the plastic? Not sure how to move forward. All suggestions welcomed.
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Wow! That rust is bad! You're going to have to take care of the rust whether you put the plastic back on or not. If you don't the rust will keep getting worse. Yes, there are metal rock sliders made for the Commander. Rough Country makes them as well as Steel Armadillo. They also make supersliders.

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Hey Guys, long time no see!
I pulled the plastic rockers off because rust was creeping up and of course found the underneath full of it! Would love to find some type of slip on cover and pitch the plastic...but my bodyman says it would be easier to clean up the rust and put the covers back on. Has anyone removed these and fit some type of metal down low and are satisfied with the look enough to pitch the plastic? Not sure how to move forward. All suggestions welcomed.
Since you asked for suggestions on how to move forward.
I will offer up my suggestions.
You really need to cut those rockers out and replace them. Don't try to patch it up. Especially if you have loved one's riding in your car. That will become a huge safety issue. If it's not already.
"RUST NEVER SLEEPS"
Those are beyond saving.
Your car has no frame. Rocker panels provide structural integrity to the center section of the car. Your car will start to sag in the middle and the roof will buckle. But more importantly,if you get hit in the front or the rear.They are designed as part of the crumple zone.
It won't be a very cheap job. But you can put the proper coating on the inside so they won't rust out again. I would definitely have a first-class body shop do the work, if you plan on keeping the car any length of time.
After it's all done. Put your rocker moldings back on your car. It will look better.

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I didn't realize how critical they are. I have a guy looking at it. I want it all cut out and new metal in place.
Our winters are full of snow ice and road salt...anyone in snowy regions need to remove their plastic guards and take a good look. I'll keep you posted on progress after we get back from Emerald Isle! Leaving Saturday morning. Can't wait
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Im tuned in, i know mine must be going bad based on what i see creeping around the plastic, and what I see creeping around the pinch welds behind the front tires. Michigan winters are VERY salty.
Curious about the cost.
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By removing the plastic covers you will most likely break some if not all of the of the insert tabs on topside....you can pry the top and use a small screw driver to assist without breaking but they 'll still loose form. The bottom are easy


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By removing the plastic covers you will most likely break some if not all of the of the insert tabs on topside....you can pry the top and use a small screw driver to assist without breaking but they 'll still loose form. The bottom are easy
This was the collateral damage from when I replaced mine;




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Yep...I ruined most of mine also....gonna use another method to install the plastic guards later...still waiting on my body man to do the job.


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