Can body protection help increase your 4x4's off-road capability? It can and does through peace of mind. When you know for certain that your daily-driven 4x4 will make it home with no more scars than it started with, it gives you that much more confidence in attacking an obstacle. Items such as rocker-panel guards allow your vehicle to slide over rocks much more easily, without hanging up and without leaving a dent or gouge in the factory sheetmetal. Rocker guards can also serve as steps for climbing into your rig or even as a sturdy Hi-Lift jacking point, should the need arise.
Desiring such benefits for our own Jeep TJ, we set out for FourXDoctor in Burbank, California, to install a set of the company's FXD rocker-panel guards. The guards are available for Jeep TJ, YJ, and CJ models, including CJ-7s and CJ-8s. The panels are also available for the Wrangler Unlimited. Constructed from 3/16-inch plate steel, the guards are further enhanced by 1-1/2-inch-diameter, 0.08-inch-wall tubing that extends from the front to the rear and is braced to the panel. The FXD guards offer 4 inches of underbody protection to CJs and 2 inches of protection on TJs and YJs. Available with a satin-black powdercoat finish, the FXD rocker-panel guards are provided with all necessary hardware for an easy installation. Check out the photos and captions to help you decide if peace of mind will help you and your 4x4 reach greater heights.