Project Buckshot – our ’74 Ford Bronco – is really starting to take shape. We’ve added fender flares, a 5.5” lift, new wheels and tires, Axle upgrades, disc brakes, an 8-point roll cage, hushmat, seats, interior upgrades, and it’s been treated to a complete soda blasting and new paint.
It is now time to indulge Buckshot with some trail armor, namely in the form of a set of rock sliders that would not only protect the body, but provide a nice step to get into the big Bronco. After all, the owner wanted to protect his $12,000 body work and paint job, and we can’t blame him. This isn’t to say it won’t see the trails though, but that’s another story all together.
We spent several hours looking at various types of rock sliders for early Bronco’s, some of which were just God-awful ugly and others just didn’t offer the protection we needed. After searching high and low, we landed on a set made by White Knuckle Off Road Products. We chose the White Knuckle sliders because of their durability, fitment and great looks. Here are a few key features:
Making rock sliders for an early Bronco isn’t tough. Making high-quality rock sliders that conform to the body curves and provide true protection of our Bronco is a whole different animal. We’ve seen rock sliders made from sections of receiver hitch tubing which I’m sure are strong, but just don’t look the part we needed for Project Buckshot. White Knuckle Off Road Products has done a great job building a set of rock sliders for early Bronco’s that provide excellent protection, look great, and are strong enough to be used as lift points, or take a serious beating.
Our rock sliders required trimming on the inside / underside area to clear the body seams. We made short work of this with a plasma cutter, but for those of you that don’t have one, be prepared to spend an hour or so cutting away material with a right-angle grinder and a cutting disc. We also needed to modify ours to work with the large fender cut-outs that we were using and we had to cut just onto the rear-most weld on the rub rail – but not enough to cause any problems. We also knew this going into it.
The instructions provided with the kit are exceptional well laid out. There are good, clear pictures within it, a comprehensive list of the tools you need, and good step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. When we did have questions, John (the owner) was quick to answer them and provide even more detail.
If you have a 1966-1977 Ford Bronco and are in need to a set of tough, good-looking rock sliders and trail armor, be sure to give White Knuckle Off Road Products a call or at least stop by their web site.
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