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I'm looking into ordering my first GC, and think I've decided on an 18 TH with Lux & Hemi.

Are the MOPAR rock rails worth the money? Does anyone know how much weight they add?

I'm a little concerned with the weight, as I do value on-road handling / acceleration.
 

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The Mopar rock rails are one of the items that will cost you more later to install then if you order them with jeep. Some dealers do not even want to install them because of the difficulty. That makes them worth the money IMO.

Weight? I have no idea, I have a hemi so it's not a problem. You mentioned hemi also, so again not a problem.
 

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they add less than 80 lbs total, and they integrate along the entire pinch weld and body/door sill area so probably add some stiffness to the entire structure of the vehicle. they look great, can be used as a step (unlike the crappy plastic junk on the regular wk2s), and are solid as heck

get them now ... adding them later is a major project
 

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they add less than 80 lbs total, and they integrate along the entire pinch weld and body/door sill area so probably add some stiffness to the entire structure of the vehicle. they look great, can be used as a step (unlike the crappy plastic junk on the regular wk2s), and are solid as heck

get them now ... adding them later is a major project
I'm pretty sure I'm going to add them. It sounds like they're worth the protection and stiffness. 80 lbs isn't bad.. I was worried they were like 200.
 

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Just to note, the current production rock rails DO NOT have the tubular side guard. For whatever reason Mopar did away with those. Current rock rails are smooth side, no tube to use as a step.
 

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if i were to guess mopar got rid of the tube because it's in the way more than it helps. sure you may encounter a situation where you wanted to pivot off it, but i'd guess wk2's rarely rock crawl to that extreme. even if i had the option i'd have gone with the non-tube version .... I had the RRO super sliders and found that tube = dirty pants almost no matter what. you had to really concentrate when stepping out.
 
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I have the Uneek sliders, which are similar to the older Mopar version with the tubular side guard. As mentioned in the previous post, the tube does get in the way a little during entry/exit. But it doesn't bother me much. And having it double as a step for getting to the roof rack is well worth that trouble for me. With that being said, if you don't see a need for the tubular part but you still want some side protection for off roading, I'd just order the rock rails with the vehicle. As others have stated, many dealers do not want to install them as an accessory.
 

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I recently bought the TH rock rails from a MOPAR online store and will do the install myself. However, the hardware that came with the kit is actually for the other "tube-type" rock rails. I've tried to get the supplier to get me the correct hardware but no luck. They tell me all the kits have the tube hardware and that I should be able to make do with what I have. Very frustrating. So I'm thinking about moving forward and trying to put the rock rails on using the hardware they sent. While there appears to be some overlap in hardware between the two types of rock rails, its not complete. My question is, has anyone else run into this problem where the hardware for the TrailHawk rock rails does not match? And if so, were you able to get the correct hardware OR did you have success in installing the rock rails with the hardware originally intended for the tube rock rails?
 

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I have a '15 with the older tube style rails installed. My buddy at a local bodyshop did the install as dealer didn't seem capable of this job. It is a bit of a bitch to do, and we used some alternate bolts from Fastenall. Yes the tubes do rub on your pants on a reg basis.
It is my understanding, the install for the Trailhawk rails should be essentially the same as the previous gen rails although apparently the stiffener plate is no longer considered necessary.
 

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Has anyone installed thes on a 2017 TH? If easier to install than the Mopar, sounds like a good option.
i had them ... they suck (well, they're what they are ... incomplete protection that hangs too low and imo looked like ass on the rig)

i took them off and replaced with MRR's. far better, but yeah they're a pita to install. once on though ... no comparison
 
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if i were to guess mopar got rid of the tube because it's in the way more than it helps. sure you may encounter a situation where you wanted to pivot off it, but i'd guess wk2's rarely rock crawl to that extreme. even if i had the option i'd have gone with the non-tube version .... I had the RRO super sliders and found that tube = dirty pants almost no matter what. you had to really concentrate when stepping out.
Pretty much it. AND - you wear out the side of your seat cushions you need to slide out to avoid the tubes.
 

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Good input. Thanks. I
anytime. i was just in the canyonlands/maze area ... the road in is 46 miles of dirt except it rained all last night so it was slop the entire way out. the RRO sliders would've been caked in the red slop, but the MRR's were fine plus there aren't the gaps front and back near the tires for rocks to bash in your rig if you misjudge

...and it cannot be stressed enough how much easier it is getting in/out without that stupid bar to step over. plus the mrr were a fantastic step for my skybox where my tent etc are at. will post pics later still on the road home
 

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I just had the Mopar rock rails installed on my TH at my local dealer this week and they said it was a pain to install. They quoted me 2 hours of labor to install and it took the poor mechanic 3 days. I’m sure that’ll be their first and last rock rail install on a WK2. At the end of the day they came out really clean and they did a great job.

I should’ve found a model with these already installed as I did end up paying $150 more than it would have cost me if they installed it at the factory.
 

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I'm looking into ordering my first GC, and think I've decided on an 18 TH with Lux & Hemi.

Are the MOPAR rock rails worth the money? Does anyone know how much weight they add?

I'm a little concerned with the weight, as I do value on-road handling / acceleration.
Well, you're getting the LUX package. That pano sunroof ain't light. I'm in the same boat. Want the LED/HID lights, but not the sunroof.
And the 5.7 is apparently over 300 lbs heavier than the six. I'm betting the air suspension is heavier than the standard springs, too; plus the standard trailer hitch...

The TH/5.7 is not light.
 

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This is the thread I was looking for!

I just got an 18 TH and at 65mi I was already planning on taking the side rails off and welding a tube side step. Sounds like a "fun" job and come to find the old style rock rails had the exact design I was envisioning. Ha!

I'm going to leave my rails alone and see what I make of the new car / setup.

I used the roof a lot on my '06 Xterra. Made my own rock sliders, and they naturally had enough to side step on. Plus the rear bumpers have side steps from factory. I also used the rear tire. Lets see for now. Thanks for the info : )
 
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