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Old 05-27-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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Nemesis Billy Rockers ~ 2012 JK Rubicon

As per norm, many many thanks to brother Marcus for ...well, everything he does.

Nemesis is, if anything, both brilliant and predictable. There is no argument that they make some well engineered/designed Jeep products. My Notorious flares had a flawless fit with no deformation of the body where it meets the hood, which seems to be very common with some others. The Billy Rockers followed suit. Very good fit. That said, like the flares, Nemesis forgot to send the nutserts with the rockers. However, one Marcus placed phone call later and the parts were overnight shipped to me. That's good customer service X2!!

My only initial complaint is the lack of instructions for the rockers. Nemesis's web site has instructions for the Titan tub armor, but nothing for the other two rocker pieces. However, through the glory of the internet gods, there are a few good YouTube videos if you search "Nemesis Billy Rocker Install". The JeepLab video was especially helpful pointing out a few useful nutsert tips. In the end, the installation is pretty straight forward as there's only one way each part fits. So, I'll go through this piece by piece.

I had the Titan tub armor powder coated at Classic Auto Body in Gaithersburg, MD (highly recommend!!!) since they have a low probability of hitting rocks, and I rattle canned the space frame since it will attract rocks like bugs to a bug light.


Tools required (aka, what I used to get the job done) in no particular order:
  • Ratchet
  • Sockets: 13mm, 14mm, 18mm, 7/16, and 3/4
  • Hex keys: 5/32 and 7/32
  • Gearwrench: 7/16
  • Nutsert tool
  • Blue painters tape
  • Ratcheting screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Drill bits: 3/16 and size W
  • Center punch
  • Counter sink bit
  • Step drill bit
  • Alignment tool (something to line up the "clip nuts")
  • Red Loctite
  • Anti-seize
  • Rustoleum spray paints
  • Sand paper
  • MOPAR touch-up paint
  • Zep de-greaser spray
  • Engineers sledge
  • Quick grip clamps
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Various bit attachments



First, I removed my old Shrockworks sliders:









Next, I started on the dreaded nutserts. I used blue painters tape to protect the paint and an array of quick grip clamps to mock-up the tub armor, then mark the holes to be drilled:











Then the point of no return ...drillin', paintin', and sertin'!

Notes:
  • I mocked up the tub armor and adjusted several times ..."measure five times drill once!"
  • I drilled with a good rechargeable drill on the slow setting. Slow and methodical. First with a 3/16 drill bit, then the size W bit.
  • Use a counter sink bit (or 1/2 drill bit) and spin it around each hole drilled to be-burr the holes.
  • Before removing the blue painters tape I applied a liberal amount of MOPAR touch-up paint with a small artists brush.
  • Taking your time on this part will pay off later on!!!








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Old 05-27-2013, 07:18 AM   #2
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Here's were deciding to invest in a good nutsert tool will save your sanity ...to inevitably lose later.

Notes:
  • A good reference for setting the nutsert on the tool is to have the inside end of the nutsert flush with the threads.
  • Use red Loctite on the nutsert.
  • Slowly compress the nutsert, taking care that the nutsert collapses straight. One nustsert with an angle to the threads can cause headaches, paranoia, and psychosis.


















Now install the Titan tub armor ...do not snug the flush mounted bolts yet!



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Old 05-27-2013, 07:19 AM   #3
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Time to move onto the space frame. I ran into one quirk. The space frame is supposed to attach to the underside of the Jeep in the two locations where the OEM Rubi rails attach, then to the holes drilled into the lower portion of the rocker panel. One of the two points under the Jeep didn't line up ...so, I improvised. The rear mounting point on the space frame lined up with an existing hole instead of the correct mounting point. I used a fat step drill bit to drill a hole big enough to install clip nut next to the existing hole. Worked out just fine! Once the space frame is on, snug all the tub armor/space frame bolts down.









Install the clip nuts on the space frame.





Remove the two body bolts on each side of the Jeep (one side at a time) and install the space frame using the two spots under the Jeep and the lower holes drilled in the rocker panel. Remember to install the provided rubber gasket that sits between the space frame and the tub armor. The rounded edge of the gasket should be snug against both pieces, but nut pushed down between them. It also makes for a good seal between the outer shell and tub armor.












Install the outer shell. Snug the 10 flat head bolts attaches that outer shell to the space frame via clip nuts, and the two body bolts attach the outer shell under the Jeep (remember to use the metal spacers provided). Torque the body bolts to 80 ft/lbs. Stand back and admire.















Additional notes:
--I used a ratcheting screwdriver to snug down all bolts threaded into nutserts. This insures that they are snug, but reduces the chance that the nutserts will spin. I found this to be common on my last Jeep when I used a ratchet.

--The kit comes with all new hardware.

--Size W drill bits are not common. You may need to plan in advance and order these.




Overall, I'm very pleased. The install was time consuming, but easy. I had a good time ...really never got annoyed. I'm looking forward to seeing how they hold up at Rausch Creek during Freak Fest 2!!!! Hopefully they stand as advertised.
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Very nicely done as always!!! Looks great man:thumbup:
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Very nicely done as always!!! Looks great man:thumbup:


Many thanks!
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Nice write up, came out great!
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Thx for the heads up.
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Nice write up, came out great!

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Thx for the heads up.

No worries ...
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Looks excellent! Nemesis does make some nice looking stuff.
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