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I see you ran into the 17/32" drill bit as well, I ordered my rockers and fenders from Metalcloack and found out I needed it when reading the instructions, had to order from Amazon as well. Being that is not a common size it would make sense to include it with the hardware kit, another $10 added to the price won't make any difference.
I was toying with the idea of clear coating my aluminum parts as well, and when doing some research I found mixed opinions, some say the clear coat will peel, others said the aluminum will become dull under the clear coat. In the end I decided is not worth the risk to experiment, so the rocker guards will be painted silver to match the Jeep and the sliders and fenders in black.
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@MxRubicon that's good to know about leaving the aluminum raw and clear coating it. I left my front bumper raw and it had dulled but still looks good. It just doesn't clean off bug guts as easily. Since i already bought the paint I'll just go ahead and paint them. Hopefully the weather will be better once the paint arrives. The humidity is making painting a pill..

Yeah I skimmed over the instructions when I got them but never thought the bit would be something so specific. I think it's crazy all the hardware stores around me dont have drill bits larger than 1/2".
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Also, if you haven't marked the holes and you don't have them, I recommend you get a set of transfer punches. It takes the guesswork out of trying to find the center of the hole when marking the drill points for the rock guards and sliders. You can get a set at harbor freight for under $10 using one of their weekly 20% coupons.

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Also, if you haven't marked the holes and you don't have them, I recommend you get a set of transfer punches. It takes the guesswork out of trying to find the center of the hole when marking the drill points for the rock guards and sliders. You can get a set at harbor freight for under $10 using one of their weekly 20% coupons.
That would have been good to know monday morning haha. Yeah I marked and predrilled all the holes already. Just waiting for my 17/32 drill bit to come in so finish drilling all the holes. I got one of the sliders painted and need to paint the other. Still need to sand down the driver s9de rocker guard. Then I'll paint those once the paint gets delivered. However if this humidity doesn't go down I won't be painting anything any time soon.

I saw your pictures in your JK build post. I have to saw the JK metalcloak rockers and sliders look way better than the TJ ones. We'll see how everthing lines up once everything is painted.
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I left my corner armor and fenders raw aluminum and they have discolored but my rig isn't built for looks - strictly trail performance. I did paint my Savvy bumpers with a rattle can and it's held up quite well. Good tip about the transfer punches Art - that's a tool I need to add to the shop.

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I left my corner armor and fenders raw aluminum and they have discolored but my rig isn't built for looks - strictly trail performance. I did paint my Savvy bumpers with a rattle can and it's held up quite well. Good tip about the transfer punches Art - that's a tool I need to add to the shop.
John i love the look of your jeep. The raw aluminum looks great with the blue body. I really like my savvy front bumper raw but it has dulled out which is fine with me. I still want to get a new rear bumper but finding one that is tow rated is the problem. I'd gain a lot of departure angle back if I could since I'd be able to remove my hitch.

The rocker guards will be painted silver to match the jeep and sliders a textured black. it looks good. I am about function but also like it to look nice.
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Hey - that's me and the Mrs. when we ran Black Bear with you guys! That was a fun time.

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Hey - that's me and the Mrs. when we ran Black Bear with you guys! [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.rubiconownersforum.com/forums/images/smilies/driving.gif[/IMG]That was a fun time.
Yes sir! Was a great day. Ill be running Black Bear Pass again in early August when I am in Colorado for a MTB trip.

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I started painting them with the automotive rattle can paint I ordered from Automotivetouchup.com. I used white primer and applied 4 coats sanding with 600 grit sand paper between coats. There were a couple drip spots I had to sand out from the 1st coat which show in the base coat. It doesn't bother though because they'll be covered up by the rock slider. Between coats I allowed the primer to dry for 45min. After the last sanding I cleaned the surface and applied the 1st base coat, PSB Silver. I let that first base coat dry for 30min and then applied a 2nd base coat. The pictures are of the primer after the last coat was applied and after the 2nd base coat was applied.

I am quite happy for my first time doing true automotive painting and using rattle can paint. Tomorrow I'll finish up the passenger side spraying the clear coat. Once that's dry, 24hrs, I'll put it aside and start painting the other one. Looks like one more week before they are all painted up and installed on the jeep.

I did finish prepping the jeep by drilling all the holes and installing the nutserts. I test fitted the sliders to ensure all the holes still lined up. Some aren't 100% centered but they are so little off it shouldn't be an issue. Can't wait to get this all finished up. I think the rock sliders look good with the textured black.
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I hate working with those nutserts!

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I hate working with those nutserts!
I bought an installation tool online that makes nutserts much easier to install. A couple of weeks ago I built a new transmission tunnel cover and transfer case shifter mount. I used nutserts for both so they would be easy to remove. They turned out great. I've had them in/out several times as I'm doing more interior work (remounting seats and building a center console).

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