If you're the fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on how you look at it) owner of a fullsized Jeep, you've probably found out by now that there isn't a wealth of aftermarket products available to make your Jeep more trail-ready. Other, more popular Jeep models enjoy numerous bolt-on options. Welcome to the shop where almost anything is available for your FSJ, it's called Build It Yourself, and its neighboring shop, Pay To Have It Built. We wanted some strong rocker guards for our 1973 J-truck. We had built rockers for our 4,500-pound 1966 Panel Wagon that worked out real well. For the 6,000-pound J-2000 we simply made a longer set and added two extra frame attachment points. Here are some ideas for building your own FSJ skidders.
The abused shorter rockers on our Panel Wagon only have two 1 1/2-inch .120-wall runners that are attached directly to the rollcage mounts. The rockers have held up amazingly well to full-throttle rocky ledge attacks. The longer rockers on our J-truck are attached to the frame with four tubes mounted up and out of the way. For space reasons we used two 1 1/2-inch .120-wall tubes up front and two 1 3/4-inch .120-wall tubes just below the bed. The main rocker rails on the truck are not welded to the bed, only to the cab. This allows the bed and cab to flex independently. These rockers rigidly attach the frame to the body. The thin body mounts on early FSJs don't allow much noise absorption or movement anyway.