Lightwieght Jeep Body Armor - Bantam BamersPosted in How To: Body Chassis on May 1, 2009
You've heard, there's no free lunch; everybody has to pay the piper; and you can't have it both ways. These are but a few axioms that imply a negative causal and effect relationship between good things and bad consequences. Sucks, doesn't it?
But what about, there's more than one way to skin a cat; never say die; and nothing ventured, nothing gained? Yeah, that's more like it.
When it comes to adding armor to your Jeep the tradeoff for all that strength and protection is usually a ton of performance-sapping weight. But it doesn't have to be. We cringed at the thought of adding nearly 80lbs of steel to the tub of our 2.5L-equipped YJ, so we went on the hunt for a set of lightweight aluminum rocker guards and found them available through Quadratec. The company offers 1/4-inch thick 6061 T-6 aluminum rockers for '76-'06 CJ-7 and Wrangler vehicles, including Jeep Unlimited models. We've used aluminum rockers in the past with good results. And while rocks will chew up the aluminum a bit more than steel, the weight savings is more than worth it to us.