Rock sliders are an essential accessory for serious off-roaders. The H3 Hummer rock sliders protect the rocker panels and doors from damage. Counterintuitively to the inexperienced driver, when off-road the ideal way to navigate an obstacle is to typically drive the tires up and over the top of it. For example a bunch of big rocks. Without rock sliders, when the tires begin to slide down off the top of the obstacle serious damage to the doors and rocker panels will occur when bottoming out. The rocker panels and doors on the H3 Hummer were never designed to take the entire weight of the vehicle. This is why rock sliders are such an essential part of the serious off-roader’s setup.
In addition to protecting the rocker panels, the outside 1 3/4-inch DOM roll cage tubing provides the ideal spot to use a Hi-Lift Jack to safely recover the vehicle by. These particular rock sliders’ have 5×2-inch square tubing and 1 3/4-inch DOM tubing on a particular angle which is designed to push the vehicle away from walls and other objects that could lead to damaging the body. Then there is also the added benefit of being able to use the rock sliders to pivot around sharp turns without damaging the vehicle.
To ensure that these rock sliders are more than capable of surviving many years of punishment off-road the steel has to be thick. Which means these rock sliders are not light. They weigh in at about 52 pounds each. But otherwise, they would never survive the serious punishment that they are intended for. Particularly to this design, so as to ensure the maximum strength, the brackets used to mount the rock sliders to the frame rails are a boxed design using thick 2×1/2-inch steel. These rock sliders are an uncompromising design to ensure confidence knowing that the vehicle will be safe from damage and will be able to outperform everything expected of the best rocker panel protection.
Overall, rock sliders are one of the most critical parts to have on a serious off-road rig and without them, the vehicle is severely limited off-road.