Jeep Body Armor Product Guide - Toughen Up!Posted in How To on September 1, 2009 Comment (0)
Your 4x4 works hard for you so why not help it look good and last as long as it possibly can? Installing body armor on your 4x4 can make the difference between a ragged-looking rig and an experienced rig. Scratches in stock paint look ugly and typically rust quickly, but most body armor items can look like new with a fresh coat of spray paint. Skid plates, bumpers, rockers, and more, will protect your vehicle and keep it running and looking better. Take a look at some of the latest and greatest body armor products that are available from the after market.
Designed to function alongside AEV's Jeep JK winch mount bumper, the 1/8-inch-thick, AEV-stamped steel front skid plate is available to protect the JK's sway bar, impact beam, and steering components. The skid plate features AEV's multi-stage coating process and is zinc coated, e-coated, and then powdercoated black. The skid plate includes all mounting hardware and requires an AEV winch mount bumper for installation. The AEV winch mount bumper is also shown.
All J Products' Boulder Bars are available to fit Jeep Wrangler TJs and YJs, CJs, Liberty KJs, and Cherokee XJs. Custom Boulder Bars are offered for Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ and WJ applications. Boulder Bars are built from 2x2-inch box tubing and secure to the frame of the vehicle in multiple locations. Each application is designed for function and looks and offers an easy installation for most users. All J Products also offers front and rear Jeep bumpers and spare tire carrier and rack systems.
All J Products
The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Side Protection Kit from BTB Products is designed to add additional clearance and support to protect the body side panels. The stock Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser steps can become damaged while 'wheeling, which can create expensive body work repairs. The steps are removed and the body is cut upward approximately 2.25 inches to install the new BTB rocker panels. Made from 3/16-inch high-quality steel each rocker support panel is precision-formed and then powdercoated a high-gloss black. Carriage bolt hardware and fender welting are included to complete the installation.
The new RockJock V-bumper from Currie Enterprises is offered for Jeep Wrangler TJs. It is available in two widths, 45 inch and 55 inch, and a number of bolt-on accessories are available, including three hoop designs. The V-bumper incorporates a V-shaped front face with angled ends so the bottom of the bumper is angled like a skid plate and the top of the bumper is plated all the way to the grille. Holes are already in place for a low profile winch mounting area. The V-bumper bolts to the stock bumper mounting holes using the stock hardware. It is finished in semi-gloss black powdercoat and is recommended for use with the Currie Antirock sway bar.
Downey Off-Road Mfg. builds its Toyota skid plates using 3/16-inch-thick heavy-duty steel. The skid plates are designed to replace the original equipment sheet metal plates. Downey garners additional strength from its skid plates through various design elements, including additional brackets/ribs, beveled holes, and direct frame mounting. These skid plates are available for '86-'95 Toyota 4WD Pickup/4Runner, '96-'04 Tacoma, '03-'08 4Runners, '05-'09 Tacoma, '00-'06 Tundra/Sequoia, and '07-'09 FJ Cruiser.
Downey Off-Road Mfg.
Available for the 2007-to-2009 Jeep JK, Fab Fours sliders match the radius of the JK body with a vertical plate to create the traditional body protection system that has been proven to work. The sliders tie in to the body mounts as well as at 15 additional body locations per side to deliver the ultimate rocker panel protection. The sliders are manufactured from 3/16-inch steel and are secured using stainless fasteners. Fab Fours sliders are offered in bare steel or with a two-stage textured powdercoat finish.
Designed specifically for 2005-'09 Jeep Grand Cherokee WK vehicles, the Matrix brush-guard system from 4XGuard integrates a variety of features using a modular concept, which allows the customer to purchase only components they want or need. This also provides opportunity for future upgrades or for customization. The Matrix system currently consists of the Matrix Basic, Matrix HC (Hard Core), optional grille hoop/brush rail kit, optional receiver kit, accessory bow shackle kit, and accessory portable winch mount. The Matrix Basic and Matrix HC complement 4XGUARD's other accessories for the Jeep WK and Commander, all of which are designed and manufactured with a "trail performance...street smarts" philosophy.
Gen-Right's tube fenders are built from rugged 1-1/2-inch-diameter by 0.120-inch-wall tubing and 1/8-inch-thick laser-cut and CNC-bent plates and are MIG-welded in a precision jig to assure a good fit. The tube fenders offer a 1-inch larger wheel opening to prevent tire rubbing, retain the inner fender-wells, and are available for TJ, LJ, YJ, and CJ-7 models. Three choices of aluminum side panels are offered: flat, louvered, and perforated. All models are also available in standard or high-fender styles with 0-inch, 3-inch, or 6-inch width flares. LED marker and signal lights are also available.
SuperNerfs from JKS Manufacturing provide excellent protection to the rocker panels and lower door areas without compromising ground clearance or vehicle aesthetics. JKS SuperNerfs are available for Jeep Cherokee XJ, Grand Cherokee WJ and ZJ, and Liberty KJ. They offer a unique twin-tube construction that protects the entire rocker panel and lower doors. They mount to the vehicle using critical load distribution points that enable SuperNerfs to support the full weight of the vehicle. The JKS SuperNerfs also feature round buffer tubes that allow the vehicle to pivot around stationary objects rather than hanging up and are finished with a durable satin powdercoat that can easily be touched up using spray paint.
JKS Manufacturing, Inc.
The Trail Boss Body Clamz' from Kilby Enterprises are designed to protect the vulnerable body mounts on Jeep Wrangler TJs. Rocks can easily damage the body mounts on your Jeep and once damaged, repairs can be both difficult and costly. The perfectly matched two-piece Body Clamz' are designed to sandwich and encase the body mount and glide over obstacles without incurring any damage. Manufactured from 3/16-inch HRPO steel and finished in a durable satin black powdercoat, these guards are built to take the abuse. Kits include stainless steel mounting hardware and are 100-percent bolt-on. Body Clamz fit Jeep TJ and LJ models with or without a body lift. Kilby also offers a TJ gas tank skid plate and steering box skid plate as well as many Jeep JK items, including a muffler skid plate and lower shock mount skid plates.
Mountain Off-Road Enterprises (M.O.R.E.) manufactures front and rear fenders for 2007-and-newer Jeep Wrangler JKs. The fenders are designed to fit both the two-door and four-door models. The fenders are manufactured using 1-3/4-inch, 0.120-inch-wall round tubing with a top skin of 14-gauge steel that sits on top and in tangent to the radius of the tube so the look is seamless from the tube to top skin. The fenders also re-use the front inside skirt along with other provided mounting hardware to close off mud to the engine area. The fenders offer an easy-to-install, bolt-on construction and include side marker lights.
Mountain Off-Road Enterprises
Off Road Evolution offers its EVO-Armor front and rear steel plate fenders with built-in flares to protect the Jeep Wrangler JK's stock body panels from dents and scratches. The fenders are constructed using 3/16-inch laser-cut steel plate and 1 3/4-inch by 0.120-wall DOM tubing and offer a bolt-on installation to four-door and two-door JKs using provided Nut-serts and hardware. The steel plate fenders also feature cut-outs to accommodate the radio antenna and the gas filler. The front flare offers 7 to 8 inches of tire coverage and is tapered toward the front to create a narrower vehicle approach. The rear flare offers 6 inches of tire coverage, more than ample for 40x13.50-inch tires or larger. EVO-Armor products are available in bare steel so they can be paint-matched to your vehicle. Powdercoating is also available.
Off Road Evolution
OR-Fab Rock Rail Bars offer solid protection for Jeep JKs. These heavy-duty bars are manufactured from 0.120-inch-wall steel tubing and provide superior rocker panel protection and an easy installation. OR-Fab Rock Rail Bars are available for use on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler JKs. Four-door JKs can also use an additional Rock Rail Bar to protect the rear section of the vehicle. Front and rear sections are sold separately. The OR-Fab Rock Rail Bars wrap around and under the factory rockers to provide protection under extreme trail conditions. The front and rear JK rock rails are available in either a gloss black or wrinkle black finish. OR-Fab also offers many more Jeep body armor items, including bumpers.
Proto-Fab offers its bolt-on winch-ready bumper that is available with or with-out a protective pre runner bar to fit many Jeep models, including Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, and TJ models. The bumper also includes a lower skid plate that covers the radiator to protect it from trail damage. The Proto-Fab bumper is made from 3/16-inch-thick, CNC-cut plate steel. Most standard low profile 8,000-pound winches will fit this bumper. Rear bumper packages are also available.
The Redline Motorsports 40-Series roll cage kits are manufactured from 1.75-inch by 0.120-inch-wall tubing, and are 95-percent notched for a very easy installation process. FJ-40-series cage kits range from a factory roll bar replacement to the extreme family cage kit. The family cage with the optional door bar upgrade is shown. Triangulated roof spreaders act as gussets for superior strength. Red Line's 40-series cage kits are available with many optional upgrades that range from CB mounts to seat cradles.
Rock Hard 4x4 Parts' JK gas tank skid is made from 3/16-inch steel plate that is laser-cut and CNC-bent for a perfect fit. Removal of the factory skid is not necessary as the Rock Hard skid bolts right over it using factory bolts and one additional bolt on two-door models and three additional bolts on four-door Unlimited models. Drilling is required for these 3/8-inch bolts. The two front factory bolts are replaced with tapered bolt head protectors to allow rocks to slide across them with ease and still allow you to get a socket on the bolt heads for removal. Sides are tapered along the full length of the JK for better clearance. The Rock Hard 4x4 Parts' JK gas tank skid plate comes powdercoated black with a slight texture.
Rock Hard 4x4 Parts
Warrior Products offers two new stubby bumper systems, combining winch mounts, brush guard assemblies and stylish good looks. The 'Stubby' got its name from being cut down from the factory bumper to roughly 45 inches in length for CJ, YJ, and TJ models, and 48 inches for the JK. The bumper protects the front of the grill, while allowing greater wheel articulation and clearance from its shorter sides. The CJ-7 to TJ Wrangler applications come with or without a winch plate that can accommodate a standard 4.5x10-inch self-recovery winch bolt pattern. These models come in combinations with or without brush guards and D-rings. The JK stubby bumper offers a fully hidden winch mount and will accommodate only non-integrated, solenoid winch models. The bumper housing is 7 inches tall, 6 inches deep (front to back), and has 22 inches in overall width to accommodate most winch models. Two top openings allow access to the winch spool and clutch lever. JK models come standard with D-rings and have two brush guard options: full pre-runner (forward slant) or pre-runner center hoop assembly only.
Rusty's heavy-duty rocker armor is available for all years of Jeep Cherokee XJs and Grand Cherokee ZJs. The rocker armor is constructed using 3/16-inch and 1/4-inch steel and use 27 mounting points to secure the skids to the uni-body, pinch seam, and rear spring hanger. A backing plate is included for the back side of the pinch seam for an even stronger mount. Rusty's rocker armor offers complete rocker protection that will safeguard the stock rocker panels, strengthen the vehicle's uni-body, and will not move. The rocker armor includes mounting hardware and instructions.
XRC rock sliders from Smittybilt are available for two-door and four-door Jeep Wrangler JK models. XRC sliders are manufactured out of 3/16-inch solid plate and are designed to form to the vehicle and protect it from the elements. Each side features a 1.75-inch over-rider tube that provides extra protection from rocks and other obstacles. The XRC rock sliders bolt up to the factory holes and require no drilling or modification.
Available for Toyota pickups, Tacomas, and 4Runners, Trail Gear rock sliders are made from 1 3/4-inch by 0.120-inch-wall round tubing and feature legs that can be cut to length to allow for different mounting positions. The rockers are strong enough to support the weight of the vehicle and the outer bar creates suitable jacking locations across its entire length. Trail Gear also offers its Rock Defense bumper series with four models available to fit 1984-1995 4Runners and pickups. Rock Defense bumpers are manufactured using thick-wall DOM tubing and offer excellent strength and protection to Toyota vehicles.
Warn Industries offers front and rear bumpers for the Jeep Wrangler JK and many other Jeep models. The front tube-style bumper accepts most Warn mid-frame winches using an optional winch plate and has tapered ends for increased approach angles, welded eyelets to mount D-shackles, and pre-drilled holes to mount lights. The JK rear Rock Crawler bumper features welded eyelets for D-shackles and a cutout for the factory hitch. The tire carrier for the rear Rock Crawler bumper is designed to carry a wheel and tire up to 37 inches in diameter. The carrier pivots on a 1-1/2-inch solid-steel shaft pin that comes up through the bumper into the frame carrier. The shaft itself is welded - not bolted. The Warn rear Rock Crawler bumper also features structural T-joint welds and includes frame reinforcing brackets.
Rough Country's RCX Armor front stinger bar is manufactured using 2-inch by 0.120-inch-wall steel tubing. The stinger bar offers a bolt-on installation and is available for Jeep Wrangler YJ and TJ models. An optional winch mount is available. Rough Country also offers front and rear bumpers for the YJ and TJ models as well as differential armor and rocker guards.
The HighRock 4x4 by Bestop front and rear bumpers are designed for hardcore rock crawlers and feature a high-access design for greater clearance. These bumpers have an e-coat undercoating and a black powdercoat finish, which not only provides protection from moisture penetration, but also ensures a tough exterior finish, which is essential for extreme off-road adventures. Brand new to the line for TJ owners is the High Access front bumper system. It's made with 3/16-inch laser-cut steel and features extreme approach angles to get over and around the toughest obstacles.
Available for two-door or four-door Jeep Wrangler JKs, these Poly Performance high-clearance rocker guards are designed to withstand hard impacts and heavy trail use. They use numerous attachment points, including several stock body mounts and offer complete coverage from flare to flare and from the door openings to below the body mounts. The rocker guards are manufactured from 3/16-inch laser-cut steel and are available in semi-gloss black powdercoat or raw metal. Hardware and instructions are included.