Installing RockerPods - A non professional view!
First off, let me apologize to Doberman for my taking up so much room on his forum section!
Well, the RockerPods from Ultimate Truck Gear were received and installed just a over a week ago. I wanted to give a brief run-down on what is involved in the installation for those that might be curious.
I can only comment on the experience as it relates to me and so please understand that any other installation may differ somewhat though I believe most installs are just as easy as this one.
The Rocker Pods come with all the necessary hardware including nuts and bolts. All you need to provide are the basic hand tools, a drill, some titanium drill bits, and a few floor jacks (or not even... have a lift? Maybe some scrap lumber? Those will work also)
I had running boards on my 1999 Suburban so those were taken off in about 15 minutes total. A few nuts to take off and they drop easily.
The Rocker Pods come with options mud guards. If you have mudflaps on the front wheels then their installation can be omitted. Installation is simple- Put them place, center punch the bolt holes, drill out the holes and bolt the guards in with the supplied bolts, washers, lock-washers, and nuts.
The installation of the Rocker Pods themselves for the Suburban came with two bracket for the front and middle that attach to the body mount position, and one rear block bracket that gets bolted right onto the frame. After the install and some discussion it was decided that the middle bracket was to be switched to a block bracket like the rear.
Once the brackets are bolted on preliminarily, taking only a few minutes, really, the Rocker Pods are jacked up into place where they can be moved forward, backwards, up & down... etc. until they are level and where they should be.
The brackets are checked and moved (block brackets up and down, side to side (if needed)), and bolted up tightly.
Using a center punch or a marker the bolt holes from the brackets are transferred to the Rocker Pods.
The holes are drilled out, the Rocker Pods jacked back up into place and they are bolted on with the supplied bolts, washers, lock-washers, and nuts.
In all it is quite conceivable that the installation will take you a few hours of a nice Saturday morning and no more!
They fit easy, and feel quite solid!
I hope this helps anyone that had questions as to whether or not they could do the install themselves. If I'm able to, quite honestly, so are you!