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Re: Rock Rails & Xpel Ultimate PPF installed

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Here you go. I've been glancing at it every other day... I have a date with two rock rails maybe next week
Good luck. If you can get someone to help you while you install it will be a little easier when you are trying to get the holes aligned.

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Re: Rock Rails & Xpel Ultimate PPF installed

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Here you go. I've been glancing at it every other day... I have a date with two rock rails maybe next week
Cheers mate. I don't envy you, having to feed all those bolts in with that tool. Good luck with it.
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Here you go. I've been glancing at it every other day... I have a date with two rock rails maybe next week
THANKS, for the instructions, it gives me something to read and consider if I want to do them my self.
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Here you go. I've been glancing at it every other day... I have a date with two rock rails maybe next week
Did you get the install done?
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Re: Rock Rails & Xpel Ultimate PPF installed

I did this install alone on my 2012 JGC. When you follow the directions you need to reverse the order of the inside/outside bolts. If you follow the instructions it is impossible. If you put the rail onto the OUTSIDE BOLTS FIRST then it is easy. Message/email me if you want more info but there really isn't more to it than that.

Oh, and I thought fishing the bolts into the body would be hard - it's actually really easy. The PITA piece is carving out the foam in the body cavity.
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Got the first half of the th rails installed after so many delays. Thanks to MartyA for the tip on installing the cap screws first before the inside bolts. Have a little issue on the front part, can't see the other hole for the plastic trim to mount to. Will check it out when I finalize the install.

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Re: Rock Rails & Xpel Ultimate PPF installed

Looks great !!

The dealer threw in the anti chip or 3M depending on who you talk to when we did the deal. My last truck didn't have it and was a disaster in two or three years. Paint chips everywhere.

So what exactly are Rock rails?

You obviously live someplace that doesn't get a lot of bad weather i.e. snow etc. I can't keep mine clean more than a day or so at the moment.

I'm envious. :-(
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Re: Rock Rails & Xpel Ultimate PPF installed

Never mind....just saw the rock rail pics. very cool
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Re: Rock Rails & Xpel Ultimate PPF installed

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Paint on the Grand Cherokees, with base coat/clear coat is pretty thin - and impacted by sand, salt, gravel and other air borne objects - which is why I had the Xpel Ultimate film applied. Total cost was ~$900 - that included a full front bumper wrap, all rocker panels below the Grand Cherokee lettering, the A pillars, mirror caps, and the top roof from windshield to sunroof opening, also small pieces on the rear bumper ledge corners. He rounded all the corners so they won't catch on a microfiber or other type of towels. I used Kirby from Colorado Clear Bra in Arvada - he has installed over 15,000 vehicles and is by far, the best installer I've ever had do work for me. He is an artisan!

The rock rails cost $868 for the parts, and installation was 2.5 hours labor cost. However, the dealership I used was Pollard Off-Road in Boulder, where they specialize in high end highly modified Jeeps, including dropping in 6.4 liter hemi engines, Poison Spyder and other custom parts, etc. They told me they had installed many rock rails and would have no problems getting it done in 3 to 4 hours. Since I was going to be in the Denver/Boulder area, I set an an appointment for an installation.

Once I got to the dealership, they began the work at 800 AM. At 600 PM they brought the Jeep to me, and in near darkness I inspected the work, using the flashlight app on my iPhone 5S. I quickly discovered that 2 of the M8 flange bolts were missing completely, some nuts were overtightened, and others barely had grabbed a thread. I complained about the gaps, and had to return the next morning around 11 am. From 11 AM to 330 PM, I worked with their managers and technicians in trying to make sure the rock rails were installed properly. When I inspected the rock rails after they said they had done everything they could - the work was satisfactory, but not anywhere close to what I had expected, given their claimed level of "expertise". I have painstakingly gone over the installation instructions, as I almost attempted it 2 years ago on my '12 GC Overland.

In that case it took a nearby dealership 12 hours over 2 days to install the rock rails. In the case of the Boulder Pollard Friendly dealership it took them approximately 14 hours to complete. I overheard one of their managers say they might not try to install the rock rails on the GC's again. I think they are used to dealing with a lot of Wranglers. This shop has Jeeps listed at $115,000, including highly modified Grand Cherokees and Wranglers, plus they are an AEV dealership.

Having owned the rock rails before, I have to say I really like them and think the look completes the vehicle. It seems to have a lower CG (center of gravity) when they are installed, and definitely will protect your doors from parking lot fiends, and protect your rocker panels and lower doors if you are off road.

I noticed your 3rd picture, the 6th hole on rock rail has what seems to be a plastic rivet...my dealer did same thing...why?
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Re: Rock Rails & Xpel Ultimate PPF installed

I hear you guys on the dealer installed MOPAR accessories.

I had a local stealership install mine. Quoted me 2.5 hours ($212). I said sure!

Brought in the parts (bought it brand new off from another dealership, thinking I would do it myself - but work has me traveling more).

Long story short, they damaged the door sills when the tech tried to impact on the side bolts, and the socket slipped off the nut and slammed into the door sill.

They blamed it on the Rock Rail being defective. Said the side plates were not straight.

They denied me the warranty on the MOPAR rock rails because I did not buy it from them. (Had a receipt.)

Took another month to get the rails replaced. New rails showed up - dealer sent them to the body shop to have it installed (since they had to repair the body damage). They said the rail was straight, and the door sill was damaged. Well, thank you STEALERSHIP for damaging my vehicle, and blaming the MOPAR parts.

After a month - the rock rails were finally installed. We but 4 tanks of fuel in the rental Dodge Journey while waiting for the SHT SHOW to end.

And the dealer said the damage existed before, and wanted me to pay for the body work....
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