Ok this install was plenty self explanatory, but since this product was spanking new on the market, it actually didn't come with any instructions so we figured we'd put some out there.

Reasons we chose this product:

  • Of course 3/16 steel

  • Full underside coverage

  • Comes with reinforcing brackets

  • Shweet laser cut flaming cross

 

    Installed on Special J's Jeep

 

All right, before you begin, let me give you a little time saving heads up that you in fact already know.  Place your vehicle on level ground.  I know, I know, this is one of those phrases we've come to so easily ignore: "Disconnect negative battery cable," "Place vehicle securely on jack stands," "Do not light in hand, place on ground and get away."  But if you do this simple trick ahead of time, they will be on in a cinch and you'll save an extra couple of hours trying to get them to line up straight.  Not that this happened to us... because we are... really smart manachanically.  Anyway, we managed to keep ourselves level headed enough by parking the Jeep sideways in the driveway.

 

Honestly. that's really all the instruction you'll need for this project. 

BTF like most companies now, ships their guards unpainted so we painted them up plenty ahead of time.  We used a couple bottles of black Rust-O-Liom and gave the outsides a nice coat of Duplicolor aerosol Bedliner for a cool textured finish.  We also took the liberty of making the logo come out orange by figuring out where it would be located on the Jeep, then painted that spot.

Now it was time to do the real work.  We used a nice floor jack and a stand or two until the guards were located about a ___inches from the bottom of the door sill.  We then marked the side holes with a punch and lowered the panels to begin the drilling.  The bolts got lost in the shipping process but that was fine and we got some pretty SS button head hex bolts for the sides and some Grade 8's for the underside.

The holes actually all lined up fine, the only problem we had was that Jared's Jeep was an '04.  There is actually a couple slight differences we found in the '04 that forced us to modify the installation slightly.  The hole towards the rear of the guards was supposed to be an easy in with a regular 1 1/2 inch bolt, but Jeep added an extra protrusion of metal apparently for strength below the seatbelt mount.  We solved this problem by using a 3incher, but the bracket was supposed to reach this hole too.  Since that wasn't going to happen now that it couldn't be flush against the inside body like intended, we just ground off 1/4 of the bracket and used it for the two middle bolts (after letting Dan at BTF know, they made sure to add the changes to the newer wrangler kits).

Now that the guards were placed to our liking and not going anywhere, we drilled the holes for the bottom up through the double floor, making sure the carpet didn't get in the way.  The coverage on the bottom was excellent compared to other brands, and used its own mounting points instead of just the body mount locations.

Okay now they were on.  The only thing left was the optional sealing.  No matter how tight you torque down the bolts, there still may be some gaps between the guards and the body of the Jeep.  So to prevent water from sitting or from grit getting in there and constantly working on your paint job underneath, we sealed them up on top.  3M tape could be used but we ran a bead of your regular run-of-the mill black silicone caulk on the top, then drug our finger on it to make it smooth and uniform.  This covered the gap and made us feel better about the dirt issue.

Done and done.  The orange logo looked sweet, and we like our textured paint work.  The Jeep's rocker panels were now girdled in solid steel, and we were ready to test them out if we had to.  They were secure enough to use as a jack point and the brackets reassured us of the smack strength.