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Most likely to damage: sides or rear corners?

So, in the perfect world we're so awesome we never smack our jeeps on anything. Well, life - or my driving skills at least - ain't perfect. Living over here in California, there's plenty of rocks to keep me busy. I was thinking about armoring up at least one. What do you find happening more often on those types of trails - damage to the lower body sides or the rear corners?

Now I do have sliders (T&T) that will help keep the rocks of the side. Would that be enough to sway one to go rear corner armor over side?

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I'd have to see the design of the sliders to give you my opinion. If they protrude from the body like Shrockworks ones I posted below then I wouldn't worry about damage as much. If they're tucked up to the body like stock Rubicon rails or the PSC ones below I would armor up that area for sure. Hope that helps.
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I'd have to see the design of the sliders to give you my opinion. If they protrude from the body like Shrockworks ones I posted below then I wouldn't worry about damage as much. If they're tucked up to the body like stock Rubicon rails or the PSC ones below I would armor up that area for sure. Hope that helps.
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I've run my JK in rocks since new, and the first bit of armor I got was the oil pan/trans and EVAP (EVAP is still relatively un-marked, but cheap insurance) skids from Skid Row. Next up was rock rails. Would NOT run a JK without at LEAST OEM Rubi guards. I have the Olympic A/T's- decent, cheap rails. They've been well-abused, and show only a bit of rust (click-clacked over) for it.
As for corners, I still run stock- haven't bashed anything yet! However, I did lose my license plate, but that was to a dumb biotch in a Wallie World parking lot Now I have a tramp stamp with my plate on it, and a blanking plate over the stock bracket hole Sweet- Mark W.

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Yep. Are those frame mounted?

If it were me, I would go with corner armor. Having said that, unless you're doing some extreme stuff or are wheeling in very tight places, the odds of corner damage aren't very high.

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I've run my JK in rocks since new, and the first bit of armor I got was the oil pan/trans and EVAP (EVAP is still relatively un-marked, but cheap insurance) skids from Skid Row. Next up was rock rails. Would NOT run a JK without at LEAST OEM Rubi guards. I have the Olympic A/T's- decent, cheap rails. They've been well-abused, and show only a bit of rust (click-clacked over) for it.
As for corners, I still run stock- haven't bashed anything yet! However, I did lose my license plate, but that was to a dumb biotch in a Wallie World parking lot Now I have a tramp stamp with my plate on it, and a blanking plate over the stock bracket hole Sweet- Mark W.
Good advice....if you don't have it get a Poison Spyder Evap skid. It's $98 (if I recall correctly) and very important if you're going to play in the rocks.

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They bolt into the OEM pinch-seam holes, and have some rather nifty metal straps (solid- haven't bent 'em, despite some HEAVY hits) that run under the door and clamp on the seam just inside (don't have a pic, sorry!). I've seen some people weld them in, but A. I can't weld to save my life, and B. I'd rather not I've used mine to hi-lift jack on, and they held just fine.

They came with a decent rubber gasket that goes against the body. Took them off after a year, just to check- no rust- the paint looks a bit off vs. just above the rails, but nothing awful. I put a light bead of silicone grease around the edges when installed, and haven't touched them since. No complaints! Just make sure when installing them that the doors don't rub on the straps, or you may lose some paint! Mine were darn close- Mark W.

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Good advice....if you don't have it get a Poison Spyder Evap skid. It's $98 (if I recall correctly) and very important if you're going to play in the rocks.
Yea, they are frame mounted, I already relocated my evap. As far as other skids go, I"m already talking w/ a JKO vendor on a RROR system. This thread was for "the next step". There's a good set of my NorCal friends that have banged up their rigs and I plan on following them on the trails this summer!)

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Yea, they are frame mounted, I already relocated my evap. As far as other skids go, I"m already talking w/ a JKO vendor on a RROR system. This thread was for "the next step". There's a good set of my NorCal friends that have banged up their rigs and I plan on following them on the trails this summer!)
Well...with that info I would say corner guards 100%. Good luck man

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Thats a tough one. I usually hit both everytime I go out...

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I also would say corners. The rails you have wont take a pounding for a long time but offer some protection. The corners however are wide open right now! One rock a little to close, and your looking at some big money to fix it! So, do the corners now, then save for new rails!!

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