The Difference Between Running Boards and Rock Sliders

The Difference Between Running Boards and Rock Sliders

We offer a lot of different aftermarket Jeep parts and accessories here at American Modified, because we know people love their trucks. Choosing the right modifications for your Jeep is a decision that only you can make, but we’d like to help you be more informed about your decision before you make it. There are two possibilities for mods underneath your truck’s doors. We’ll take you through the difference between running boards and rock sliders so you can understand their different functions.

Running Boards

Adding a running board to your Jeep will give you an extra step up from the ground so you can get into your vehicle more easily. People also value them for the aesthetic feel they give to a truck, as there are many different styles and types of running boards. You can go for very simple ones that bolt in, or you can go all out and buy fancy retractable ones.

Pros

  • Running boards are useful for helping enter your car
  • They add to the look and feel of your car
  • Boards are usually a cheaper modification compared to others

Cons

  • They aren’t as strong as rock sliders
  • They won’t protect your car from damage sustained off-road
  • Cheaper models will bend and dent after heavy use

Rock Sliders

The main difference between running boards and rock sliders is that rock sliders are far more durable. Their main purpose is to protect the bottom of your car from rough terrain. They absorb blows and handle them much better than a standard Jeep would. If you do a lot of off-roading, rock sliders can help your car stay intact over long periods of time.

Pros

  • Rock sliders are very durable
  • They protect the underside of your car from road damage
  • Allows for easier maneuvering over rocks and rough terrain

Cons

  • They are often more expensive than running boards
  • The aesthetic value of rock sliders is more limited
  • Only worth the money if you go off-roading very frequently
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