Re: 1996 Jeep Cherokee XJ - Mild build
Next on the list was to build my own rock sliders. I wasn't happy with the look of anything on the market (nor the price). This was my first go at fabrication in about 20 years.
There is no solid frame on XJs to mount anything to directly (it's generally a slightly sturdier car unibody). There is a body pinch seam between the wheel wells that is the best way to get support for rock sliders. I used qty: 9 x 1/4" bolts to sandwich a 1/8" x 1/2" wide flat rod down the entire pinch seam. I welded that seam support to 3 legs (2"x1" x 1/8" rectangle tubing) that bolt to the "frame". I used thread forming screws directly into the sheet metal frame...not thread cutting. I then welded 2"x2" x 3/16" square tubing to those legs. I cut some angles into the front and rear of each slider and notched the ends to match the fender flares (I do not plan on getting rid of the stock fender flares). I make it sound simple...but these took me a long time to get everything the way I wanted them...twice. Finishing one side only having to do it again is pretty miserable.
96 Jeep XJ; 31s, locked, & fully skidded
93 Toyota pickup; 31s, generally stock, and quite beat.