Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Northern Indiana
Feedback: 1 reviews
My reason for the ACE slides was simple, price and how long I would have to wait on them. Price because I am just a weekend warrior with a DD. And anywhere I go to off road, I have to get back from. So how hard I push things is always based on that. And for the wait, I had them on 2 days after I ordered them.
I added the Rubi rails, because I traded even up to someone for my OEM steps. Now when I make contact with something now, the Rubi rails are right there filling the space between the ACE rails and the pinch seam. That is a plus not a negative.
The ACE rails stick out enough to be a step for the wife and kids, and protect the JKU from the side. That's helped save totally ripping off of my rear flares a few times, but not always. The others appear to give this same protection.
I not going to bash any of them, but I just can't see any extra ground clearance with LOD or EVO, at least not from their website pictures and the size tubing each uses. I measured mine from the pinch seam (not the Rubi rail) to the bottom of the tubing of the ACE and it's 2.5".
The LOD's done appear to give much better clearance. I say that based on the fact that they use 2" tubing and there is a gap between the rail and the pinch seem. Weight is 120 pounds. Price almost double, wait time more than I am willing.
The EVO's use 1.75" tubing and look like they are spaced a little more off the pinch seam than the LOD's. Weight is not list so don't know. Price again is almost double, wait time I have no idea on.
So I am just not seeing that the clearance is going to be that much different than ACE's. Minimal at best, again I am judging this by their photos, not seeing on in person. So it is a little bit of an opinion.
I will agree that frame mount is superior to body bolt mount. But for twice the price and nominal added, if any ground clearance, my build just doesn't justify it. Besides, I could tie them into the frame similar to the bolt on design of the LOD if every I thought I need too. And still not be anywhere near twice the price.