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Rocker Panel Replacement

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replacing rocker panels is going to be one of my summer projects. what companies should i be looking at the get new steel?

and after replacing, would rocker covers help protect the new steel even more? what companies make the rocker panel covers?
 

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replacing rocker panels is going to be one of my summer projects. what companies should i be looking at the get new steel?

and after replacing, would rocker covers help protect the new steel even more? what companies make the rocker panel covers?

The only ones that I know about are

Rockauto



Now remember the rockers are part of the body structure so bracing is required

I suggest you call before ordering, with the stuff going on its hard to tell when they will be shipped
 

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Are you replacing the whole panel, you can section it.

Post a picture so we can see how bad it is. There are lots of videos on utube
 

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here are photos of the drivers side, front door and rear door. passenger side is very similar.
IMG_20210222_153515967.jpgIMG_20210222_153523136.jpg
 

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Yikes those are really bad, I thought maybe you could get away with some slip-on covers.

I'm pretty sure the dog legs under the cladding are bad too, have you had any experience welding on body metal panels.
 

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I remember that the AV is new to you and cost is a concern. A buddy of mine just replaced his rocker and doglegs to the tune of 2200 bucks,
I would try using some 3M-Panel-Bonding-Adhesive, it seems that's how the auto companies are attaching new panels nowadays.

Looking closely at the pic it looks like the B(center) pillar may be OK but I can't tell if the floor plan is OK. I'll be replacing my dogleg panels this spring and let you know how it works.

It does look like you indeed need to replace the entire panel

www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Panel-Bonding-Adhesive/?N=5002385+3293241847&rt=rud
 
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$2200 and did the labor himself?

that seems really high for the prices ive seen for rocker panels?
 

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That was labor included, he said they replaced the metal.

I'm taking it to mean they cut out the bad parts and weld in new metal.
 

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ah. alright. that makes sense. i would tackle it on my own. well worth the learning experience to save that much coin.
 

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You have to remember sometimes enough is enough and it's not worth the money to keep fixing it, after all it's 18 years old. So if you want to keep it and willing to do the work yourself it makes sense to do it yourself. Me unless it catches fire and burns to the ground I'll keep fixing it. I really like it and there's nothing out on the market that has the flexibility of it.
 
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